• Adult Discussion Group

  • Annual Picnic

  • Book Club

  • Christmas Dinner

  • Circle Suppers

  • Coffee House

  • Easter Breakfast

  • Monthly Luncheons

  • Music Recitals

  • Orientation Meetings

  • Sermon Forums

  • Summer Program

  • Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Silent Auction



Want to know more about Unitarian Universalism in general, and the UU Church of Tarpon Springs? Curious about becoming more involved in how we live our faith, and the rights and responsibilities of membership? Or are you already a member and want to get to know potential members better? If you are interested, join in the discussion on January 17th in the Social Room at the Community Center, 400 South Walton Street, from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. There will be no pressure to join our congregation, but those who decide to sign the membership book will be formally welcomed into the congregation on January 25th. RSVP to Barbara Kostreva, Barbara Rosen or Ann Rainey or add your name at the Congregational Life Table any Sunday.


We will meet on January 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the Tarpon Springs Public Library to discuss The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton. We welcome any members or friends to come for the discussion. - Barbro Wilson & Laverne Pearson, Co-chairs


Our dear friend, Cherry Reynolds, died November 19th at the age of 68. She is remembered as a loving and generous person who taught in both public and private schools. She led an active life outside of work, enjoying genealogy and many kinds of dance. For a time she joined our quilters, and helped make quilts that were sent to Ethiopia. She played both the fiddle and the cello, and trained therapy dogs, which she would take to the library. Her Celebration of Life service will be on Sunday, January 4th, 2:00 pm at the Unity Church, 5844 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. Our condolences are extended to her husband, Will, their daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren, along with her many friends.


The first UU Lunch Bunch of 2015 will be on Thursday, January 8th at First Watch Restaurant on US 19 off Alderman in Palm Harbor at 12:30. The menu is extensive with crepes, eggs, pancakes salads, sandwiches, and any combination. There is something delicious for everybody and very reasonably priced. We hope old and new members and friends will join this very sociable crowd. Let's make this the largest and best Lunch Bunch gathering ever. It is a wonderful way to get to know one another better. Excellent parking is in the plaza.
Please sign-up on the sheet in the church or call Betsy Shaffert 727-789-0258 or Barb and Don Wilson 727-938-9427.


A Mind, Body, Spirit exercise system begins again starting on Monday, October 22, 2014 at The Elks Club, Tarpon Springs. Classes continue every Monday and Thursday morning: 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. A signup sheet will be available on Sunday mornings after the service. We welcome all church members and friends. There is NO FEE. Tai Chi is a slow, gentle, graceful moving meditation, strengthening all muscle groups, cultivating flexibility, enhancing balance, alleviating stress and tension. Come join us. We have lots of fun.  For further information please call Carol Chaney: (727)-940-4545.


Have you noticed our new Community Life Table? Make sure you stop by the table before or after services on Sunday’s. A board member and committee people will be available for any questions you may have. You will also be able to sign up for lunch bunch and other events.


Check it out at http://www.uuabookstore.org We're excited about the new design, which will make your shopping experience easier, more enjoyable, and more interactive. Some important things haven't changed: your username and password remain the same as the ones you used on the old site. We've added some cool new features that we hope you'll take a few minutes to explore, like the opportunity to contribute your own book reviews and read others'. You can now also build a wish list right on the site.

Our customer service remains the same as well. In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, we've gathered a list of suggested holiday gift ideas and we'll keep adding to the list. Shipping will also be free for orders over $50 until December 15th. If you need expedited shipping, please call 1-800-215-9076 for cost and estimated shipping dates. And as always, we hope you find exactly what you're looking for.


UUCTS continues to support our partner The Shepherd Center. Thank you to all of you that have volunteered, brought canned goods or household items to church, or donated money in the collection box.   Volunteers are of critical need at the center. Even if you only have an hour or two to volunteer, your help will be greatly appreciated. Please think of the Shepherd Center when you grocery shop. That extra item in the buy one, get one free offer at a local supermarket could help a person with food insecurity. Gently used clothing, linens or household goods can be sold at the Center's thrift store. Buying from the thrift store helps too. Sales at the thrift store support critically needed programs offered by the Center.  If you have any questions about The Shepherd Center please talk to Mark Hopkins, Cathy Lawson or Irene Prosser from the Social Justice Council.


Caring Team is a network of volunteers that exists to lend a helping hand to the members and friends of Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs in times of illness, medical emergency, birth, bereavement, or other life transitions in close coordination with the minister. Our goal is to develop and maintain a mechanism to get parish members involved in providing assistance; and attention and help to members who would appreciate these services.

You can SHARE THE CARE by (1) joining the team, (2) letting us know of specific tasks that you are able to fulfill (3) letting us know of someone who needs care.

Mark Turley - marktheword68@gmail.com, Penny Boyd - pboyd305@hotmail.com,
Alice Donovan - androsnurse@gmail.com, Sally O’Brien - Danpad7@hotmail.com
Linda Gradual - uuzen@tampabay.rr.com, Linda Routhier – sarouthier@gmail.com
Church office - tarponuu@hotmail.com Minister - donaldlrollins@gmail.com

Add your name to our lists of volunteers; you may sign up for Meals, Transportation, Elder Visits, or
Miscellaneous Jobs.


Here’s a happy way to support campaign finance reform: Get on the bus--WITH US-- December 2-- call Jaime Canfield at (941) 704-7782 NOW to save your seat and see where you can hop on! It starts in Sarasota 9:00 AM Tuesday, December 2, with several pickups on the way to Tallahassee. Great events that night (Hey, check that trailer on Pay to Play *). More celebrations after Rhana Bazzini walks the last mile on December 3rd. If you can’t walk the last mile, you can walk the last few feet! All ages are accommodated. Let's show everyone the people want campaign finance reform! - Kindra Muntz - Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida


UUnique Quilters Donate More than 100 Quilts this Year!
Being dislocated for months has not slowed the production of charity quilts by our devoted quilters. When Michael Herrera, Executive Director of the Shepherd Center, came to church recently to talk about the work of this Tarpon Springs social agency, he was presented with a second donation of 20 quilts this year, along with cash and canned goods from the congregation. Being at the Crystal Beach Community Center most Tuesdays has increased the quilter’s visibility and outreach opportunities in the community. That’s a good thing.


People’s Choice Award for 2014 Nurse of the Year
When Alice Donovan recently attended a fundraising dinner for the Good Samaritan Clinic, she never expected that she would be honored. This clinic offers free medical and dental care, and the dinner was attended by about 370 people. Five nursing awards were given out that day, one for each of the local hospitals, and one from community agencies, which includes assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospices. Nine nurses were nominated for the category from which Alice was chosen.

This award has special meaning to Alice, as her nomination was not from the facility for which she works. She was nominated by a former student who, with Alice’s encouragement, continued her nursing education and now has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Before becoming a nurse, Alice worked 24 years in the administrative offices of a VA hospital. She then decided to go to nursing school, and now works at the Bayonet Point Health and Rehab Center in Hudson. Her reward, besides the public acknowledgement of her accomplishments, includes riding on the Good Samaritan float in the Chasco Fiesta Parade next year. Great Job, Alice, but then we already knew that you were special!tour. His concerts are renowned to inspire peace and joy. To learn more about his music visit  www.mattvenuti.com


The Laundry Project - The final tally is in on The Laundry Project UUCTS sponsored with contributions from Church on the Bayou and The Center for Religious Tolerance. Seventeen families washed a total of 128 loads of clothing and linens. Thank you to all of our volunteers who supported this project.

Monthly Meal Service at Metropolitan Ministries Holiday - UUCTS along with COTB served meals to needy families in November and December. Thank you to all of our volunteers who supported this project.

Metropolitan Ministries - Thank you to Kathy Stevens and the Quilters who donated beautiful quilts, sweaters and Christmas items to Metropolitan Ministries to give to needy families. This annual donation is greatly appreciated by Metropolitan Ministries.

Give-the-Plate Update: GED Scholarship Fund - $170 was collected to initiate a GED Scholarship fund through Metropolitan Ministries. This collection will help fund students who are ready to take the GED (High School Equivalency) test. Thank you for your generous support.

Give-the-Plate Update - ESOL Classroom at Tarpon Elementary. We received a thank you card from Caroline Salsbury, the ESOL teacher that we supported with the Give-the-Plate in November. She plans to use the money to purchase bilingual books that the children and parents can check out from her ESOL library. When the children return the books and have written about them, they are rewarded with a trip to the treasure box. She also thanked us for the donation for uniform clothing for boys.

Social Justice Spotlight - Linda Gradual: The Social Justice Committee extends their sincere gratitude to Linda Gradual for her handmade bookmarks and the generous donation of books she made possible through The Friends of the Library to The ESOL Classroom at Tarpon Elementary. Linda also initiated a monthly donation of books to the classroom through The Friends of the Library. Linda was an ESL teacher for 30 years and has a deep understanding of the needs of children who enter school without mastery of the English language. Books are essential in narrowing the reading gap and because of Linda the ESOL students will have the books they need in order to be successful.


It is our practice to set aside some time during many of our services to share our joys and concerns. This tradition is an integral part of UU worship services across the country. It is a time for members and friends to share the significant events in our lives: births and deaths, reunions and farewells, love and grief. All are welcome to share their joys and concerns, and place a stone in our bowl of remembrance. When you participate in this, you are doing more than making an announcement. You are asking each person in the congregation for their spiritual and emotional support. Please be mindful of this sacred time, and use it gently. Thank you. The Worship Committee


5 sessions coordinated by Barbara Kostreva will be offered in October and November, dates and times to be arranged at participants’ convenience. “Five Smooth Stones of Liberalism” refers to an essay by James Luther Adams providing theology and philosophy of the liberal, free church. Each stone represents a foundational tenet for Unitarian Universalism. Adams is often quoted, interpreted and examined in curricula for UUA youth, adults and ministers. We can read,  critically discuss, and evaluate its meaning for ourselves and to UU history through present day. Discussion can be experiential or academic. Each series will be slightly different depending on the participants, allowing for continuous  participation if desired. Four people have already asked about participation. If interested, please contact Barbara Kostreva at silbitpro@gmail.com or by cell or text at 864-650-5638 by September 21st.


The traditional ROBE CEREMONY was held at Unity Church in Clearwater on Dec.6th. This is a time of giving to express gratitude, sharing and generosity. Donations are brought to temples, especially new robes for the monks, who give so much to the community. Our meditation teacher, Bhante Dhammawansha led the day including the Naming Ceremony. Five ladies from church received their Pali name: Bettylou Cummins – Ashoka means “without sadness”; Sue Martz - Sumangala means “very austpicious”; Sally Coupal - Dhammanatha means “protection of the Dharma”; Carolyn Morey - Satima means “mindful”; and Linda Gradual - Aloka means “light.” All who attended felt a peaceful joy. Please join us for Buddhist Meditation every Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm in the sanctuary at the Church on the Bayou.


 This is your opportunity to network with other local organizations. TCO supports non-profit organizations and meets the third Friday of every month at 8:30 AM at the Freedom Inn, 1651 S Pinellas Ave. The next meeting is Friday, July 18th. The Freedom Inn provides breakfast and admission is only $1, so mark your calendars now. Spread the word and help this organization grow.


Want a Fancier Name Badge Holder?
Got an ordinary name badge, and long for something that expresses your individuality? No longer want pin holes in your blouse or shirt? See Marti Cardinal or Barbara Rosen for your choice of holders for $2 or give us your beads, perhaps from a broken necklace, and we will custom make a badge holder for you. The Membership Committee.


It is hard to go unnoticed in a crowd when we are all wearing our goldenrod-colored church tee shirts. And, isn’t that the point? Michael Johnson will be collecting your money, $15 for small, medium or large sizes, and $20 for X large shirts. Don’t be left unnoticed – buy and wear your church shirt. There is a sign-up sheet in the Social Hall if you don’t see Michael.


The Book Discussion Group has been meeting at the Tarpon Springs Library since the sinkhole. They do not charge a fee. As a way of saying “Thank You” consider bringing in old CD's, DVD's, VHS tapes and books to the library as donations for their semi-annual book sale or library circulation. If the library cannot add them to their collection, they place them in the Friends of the Library used book sale area. You may even find some items to replace those you donated!  So, if you have any of the above, collecting dust in your home, please consider donating them for this purpose. You can give them to Irene Prosser or just bring them to the library and say that it's from our church.


There are DVDs in the Inman Room on the bottom shelf of the bookcase on the east wall. A sign-out/sign-in sheet is located in the same container as the DVDs. Because these are high definition format videos they may not play directly on your DVD player unless it is of reasonably recent vintage. The DVDs also should readily play on your computer. If you have trouble with viewing the DVD please let Greg Rosasco know and he will look for an alternative for you.

The list of available DVDs includes:

1. Ethel Fritts, January 2012 Wisdom-keeper
2. Bill Gladwin, February 2012, Wisdom-keeper
3. Sally O’Brien, March 2012, Wisdom-keeper
4. Ed Erickson, April 2012, Wisdom-keeper
5. Janeth Clark, May 2012, Wisdom-keeper


View a video from the series titled “Renewal:  Stories from America’s Religious-Environmental Movement” (segments are 10-17 minutes)www.renewalproject.net


View a half-hour video from a series organized around a new alphabet of 26 qualities of mind and heart important for practicing spirituality in everyday life. http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/spiritualliteracy/


"The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands." by Margaret Reagan.  We have a few copies of the book available for anyone who wants to learn more about this Common Read. Also, we can order in quantity from Amazon and save on shipping charges. Contact Greg Rosasco – in person, by phone 727-939-8170 or e-mail gjrosasco@yahoo.com – to get a trial copy or to add your name for an “in quantity” purchase.

  © Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, 2015