• 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



 James Luther Adams, Unitarian Universalism’s dominant 20th century theologian, wrote about what he called the Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism in “Guiding Principles for a Free Faith” in On Being Human Religiously, Selected Essays in Religion and Society, Max Stackhouse, ed. Beacon Press, 1976, pp. 12-20. (Rev. Tony Lorenzen, 2011) They are:

1. Revelation and truth are not closed, but constantly revealed.

2. All relations between persons ought ideally to rest on mutual, free consent and not coercion.

3. Affirmation of the moral obligation to direct one's effort toward the establishment of a just and loving community.

4. Denial of the immaculate conception of virtue and affirmation of the necessity of social incarnation. Good must be consciously given form and power within history.

5. The resources (divine and human) that are available for achievement of meaningful change justify an attitude of ultimate (but not necessarily immediate) optimism. There is hope in the ultimate abundance of the Universe.

The group will meet for 4 sessions on Mondays October 27, and November 3, 10 and 17 at 2pm at The Church on the Bayou Library. Attendance is limited. Anyone interested in this or future discussions, contact Barbara Kostreva at silbitpro@gmail.com or by cell or text at 864-650-5638.


We will be meeting on December 18th, 1:30 PM, at the Tarpon Springs Library. This month we will be discussing "Dreaming in Cuban" by Christina Garcia, The story is set in Cuba and in Brooklyn, covering three generations of a family, and their love for each other in spite of their conflicting political loyalties. The discussion is open to both members and non-members.- Barbro Wilson & Laverne Pearson, Co-chairs


To celebrate the Holiday Season we decided to go a little upscale, to Currents Restaurant, 200 E. Tarpon Ave, downtown Tarpon Springs. Currents was voted “Best Restaurant” in Tarpon Springs for the past three years by “Tampa Bay Magazine”.  Some items are Crab & Lobster Bisque soup, Fish & Chips, Beer battered “Fresh Catch of the Day”, Shrimp 'n Grits with cheddar/bacon/shallots, and Gourmet Burgers.  Most items cost $9.00 to $12.00.  Join us at this festive time of the year.  Non-members are welcome. You’ll find ample parking across the Pinellas trail, on the west side. For questions or late sign up call the Wilson’s at 938-9427 or e-mail at dwilson81@tampabay.rr.com.


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


Metropolitan Ministries:

A big Thank You to our volunteers for their outstanding service!

On Tuesday, November 18th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. volunteers teamed up with The Church on the Bayou to host our first hot meal service at Metropolitan Ministries in Pasco. Serving a hot meal and beverage to needy families was a very rewarding experience for our volunteers. We will continue to host a monthly meal service on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Join us for the next meal service on Tuesday, December 16th. Please contact Cathy Lawson if you would like to volunteer.

 On Saturday, November 22nd from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. UUCTS hosted our first Laundry Project with support from The Church on the Bayou and The Center for Religious Tolerance. With our support, low income families were able to wash their clothing and linens for free. The families who participated were very grateful for our generosity and seeing the smiles on their faces was a great reward for our volunteers.

Seeking Mentors:

UUCTS is active with The Shepherd Center's Esther Project, a mentoring initiative that partners local professional women with at-risk women working to build lives of self-sufficiency. Kathy Hopkins is currently mentoring one of the clients. If you are interested in being a mentor, see Kathy.

 UUnique Quilters:

Thanks to all of you who bought quilts and fabric creations from the quilters at our recent sale. We appreciate your support of this social justice program. We made enough money for more batting and sewing supplies, so that we can continue our mission. This holiday season we will be distributing quilts and sweaters to the Shepherd Center, Metropolitan Ministries of Pasco, the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater, and the Forgotten Nation, a group of Navajo Native Americans in Arizona.

 Donations Needed:

Therese at Tarpon Springs Elementary School is asking if anyone can help with the school uniform bank for boys’ clothes sizes 5 - 10.  Their uniform is either Khaki or Navy pants with white or cranberry shirts.  Of course, money to shop for the items is always appreciated.  Please bring your donations to church and give them to Cathy Lawson or Irene Prosser.

 Sunday Social Justice Forums:  December 7th, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Metropolitan Ministries' Nathan Gula will speak about the GED classes they offer and the need for GED test scholarships for their students. Nathan will also talk about the monthly meal service UUCTS and Church on the Bayou are co-sponsoring. There will be time set aside for questions and answers. The Give-the-Plate collection on December 14th will be used to sponsor GED Test Scholarships for students that have completed the GED program.

 Social Justice Meeting:  Next Social Justice Meeting - Tuesday December 9th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Cathy Lawson's house. Everyone is invited to attend.

  2015 Social Justice Priorities:

 The Social Justice Council has set their priorities and focus areas for the 2015 calendar year.

1. Climate Change
Investigate divesting from Fossil Fuel Companies without impacting portfolio returns.
Initiate the Green Sanctuary Program.
2. Root Causes of Poverty –
Immediate Needs:
Continue the Monthly Meal Service at Metropolitan Ministries with The Church on the Bayou.
Continue to sponsor The Laundry Project with The Church on the Bayou.
Long Term Needs:
Provide GED Test Scholarships
Continue to support the ESOL classroom at Tarpon Elementary School
3. UU Justice Florida
Continue to organize Tally Days
Support conference attendance
Pay Program Fees
4. Sponsorships
Continue our Primary Partnership with The Shepherd Center
Continue to support the Gay Pride Parade
5. Social Justice Forums
Continue to organize monthly forums


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 meditation group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7pm at the Church on the Bayou. On Saturday, December 6,a night of the full moon. A Robe Offering Ceremony will take place at the Unity Church in Clearwater from 10.30 - 1.30pm.All are welcome. A quote from the Buddha: "Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."  - Linda Gradual  


 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.


 Choir practice will be on Mondays, 5:45 - 6:45 pm, in the home of Bonnie Whitehurst. Contact Bonnie Whitehurst or Kathy Stevens with questions.


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, 2013