• 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



Cops'n Kids Back to School Uniform & School Supplies Fundraiser - Kids and families are getting ready to start a new school year. Help our youth feel prepared for the new school year by contributing your tax exempt support in any form to our annual "Back to School Fundraiser." For more information contact Robbin Sotelo Redd at 813-405-7005 or robbin@copsandkids.us The Cops 'n Kids Family.


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.


 UUCTS Featured in Interweave Continental Publication
The Interweave Continental organization actively works toward ending oppression based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Their May newsletter Interweave Connect featured an article submitted by Greg Rosasco titled “Becoming a Welcoming Congregation: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs.” Our church was one of nine congregations officially recognized as “Welcoming” and featured in this publication. You can read all the submissions HERE


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 Shepherd Center: Thank you to all who continue to support the Shepherd Center with food and money donations and volunteer hours. Two of our volunteers are pictured on the Shepherd Center Facebook page, Barbara Rosen and Greg Rosasco.  The Shepherd Center raised $3000 in their recent auction. Thank you again to the Quilters who provided a beautiful quilt to auction. $350 was given to the Shepherd Center by UUTS to continue in our role as a Primary Partner.

The Laundry Project: The Social Justice Council plans to donate $250 to Co-Sponsor The Laundry Project in Tarpon Springs. The Laundry Project assists low-income families with meeting a basic need - washing clothes and linens. More dollars are needed to complete the project. If you are interested in making a donation please contact Gerald Goen, Mark Hopkins, Cathy Lawson or Irene Prosser.

Greenlight Pinellas: Tarpon Springs City Commissioners recently voted to endorse the Greenlight Pinellas Initiative. Greenlight Pinellas is a comprehensive transportation plan for the future of Pinellas County. Greenlight Pinellas would provide a network of rapid bus services, more frequent local routes, more evening and weekend service, improved trolley services, new regional express routes, improved Connector service, and passenger rail. Please email or mail your County Commissioners asking them to endorse Greenlight Pinellas. Greenlight Pinellas will appear on the November ballot.

Amendment 1: The Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative will also be on the November ballot. If passed, 33% of the state's documentary stamp tax revenue - paid when real estate is sold - would be dedicated to land conservation, provide for outdoor recreation, managing existing lands, and protection of lands critical to the water supply.

Rally For A Better Tomorrow: On Saturday September 27th The Greater Tarpon Springs Democratic Club will host "Rally For A Better Tomorrow" a FREE special event open to the public, with the purpose of providing hope for the future, inspiring action, and Getting Out The Vote. The event will be held at the Walton Center Gymnasium, 400 South Walton Avenue in Tarpon Springs. See Gerald Goen for info.


From time to time, Don will use low-tech clipboards to recruit folks for key programs. If you have gifts and a passion for helping out, just sign up. Right now we could use some help with Caring and the Coffeehouse, but other opportunities will be forthcoming. Thanks in advance for your help.


Mark Turley is our Volunteer of the Month. Mark has been busy for the 14 months he's attended UUCTS. He has been very active in the Caring Committee providing support and care. He even provides transportation to church for a couple of our members. Mark is also a member of the Worship Committee, helping prepare Sunday services. If you drop in on the Wednesday Meditation group, you might find him there. And you may even find him in the Choir lending his “3rd string bullfrog” voice.

Mark is active in the community teaching computer skills at the Tarpon Springs Library. He also writes poetry, paints, and plays “with some degree” guitar, violin and piano. At one time when he was younger, he was a Spanish speaking missionary for the Mormon Church. He is married with 4 children, the youngest having just graduated high school, and 5 grand-daughters. Mark is very active in and out of the church and enjoys meeting people and learning about their experiences. He states, “The UU Church has a vast variety of folks with splendid life experiences, skills,
and visions.” We thank him for his volunteer work and being a member of our church community.


For over 60 years SUUSI (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute) has been a source of fun and learning for UUs and kindred spirits. Stay in the dorms of Radford University in Radford, VA the week of July 20-26 to explore our  interconnectedness, delight in the outdoors, enjoy music and learn new ways of seeing our world and each other. Sure there is music and crafts, but also cool things like Argentine Tango lessons, Tarot for Beginners, Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, and Music & Social Change. And of course there is worship, if you like, morning and evening. For more details, go to www.suusi.org. See you there!


Bhante Dammawansha, a monk from Sri Lanka, will provide sitting meditation in the parsonage on Wednesdays, weekly. 7PM Sign in each sitting is needed. Providing an e-mail address at the first attendance would be helpful in case of cancellation or if you wish to receive reminders as well as information about topics for discussion,following meditation. For more information on this tradition see the Quill..


 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.


An Arts Legacy George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs: LRMA Exhibition through August 31, 2014
The Legacy of George Inness, Jr. exhibition Grand Opening Reception took place at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art on May 4th. Patrons, members and guests were given a brief presentation by Director Ann Lawson and Curator Lynn Whitelaw. They acknowledged the Presenting Sponsor, Community and Corporate Sponsors, Media and Hotel Sponsors with a very special thanks to contributors and our church. This was followed by a magnificent buffet, viewings of the paintings, and period music from the 20’s provided by our own Quimby Heotzler, pianist extraordinaire. It was a grand evening in a beautiful setting. Julia Inness would have proud. Many related community events are planned. Check your E-nUUs for details. Linda Gradual, Head Docent


Thursday, August 14th, join the Lunch Bunch crew at the New England's Ale House Grille, 3419 Alt. 19N, Palm Harbor, formerly the Old School House. Fresh, in season foods come straight from New England, so the menu reflects New England tastes. Think friendly wait staff, good food and opened-up space with a sport's bar flavor. As always, separate checks, and all are welcomed, whether members or not. RSVPJanet Goen.


 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