VENUTI COMING TO UUCTS
soul-stirring Maestro who invokes the essence of love
into his music”
Award-winning composer and masterful instrumentalist
Matt Venuti will be playing a special concert performing
his original compositions while accompanying himself on
the Hang and Gubal, two rare and captivating new
acoustic instruments from the Swiss-based PANArt
company. His concerts are renowned to inspire peace and
Matt’s compositions and performances have been commended
by his world-wide fans. He has a history of performing
at progressive happenings like the TED Conferences and
gala events either as a soloist or with his San
Francisco-based ensemble, The Venusians.
for Matt’s website and video excerpts of his
performances and demonstrations of the Hang and Gubal.
performance opens the heart, quiets the mind and touches
author, lecturer, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
“A fabulous one-man concert”
president, Arts in the Parks, Nashville, TN
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.
CARING TEAM Contacts
Mark Turley - firstname.lastname@example.org, Penny Boyd -
Alice Donovan - email@example.com, Sally O’Brien -
Linda Gradual - firstname.lastname@example.org, Linda Routhier –
Church office - email@example.com Minister -
Add your name to our lists of volunteers; you may sign
up for Meals, Transportation, Elder Visits, or
We need your help to make sure we
have as many folks as possible scheduled to have their
photo taken for the first UUCTS Photo Directory in many
years. Photos will be taken on Sunday, April 27th and
Monday, April 28th. We have contracted with Life Touch,
a company that specializes in directories for schools,
churches, etc. After your photo session, you’ll pick the
photo you like best for use in the directory, plus
you’ll get a free 8” x 10” photo AND a UUCTS Photo
Directory. Naturally Life Touch hopes to sell additional
photos, but they have assured us they
use a soft sell and never pressure anyone. For northern
friends that may be heading back to the cold lands prior
to photo day, we encourage you to mail or email a
picture for the directory to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Couples and families may send individual, couple or
family “head shots” to be included in the directory.
Typically directories are repeated every 3 years, which
means we won’t be any younger looking the next time
Here are the basic needs:
1. We’ll have Life Touch set up their photo area in the
rear part of the room at the ELKS we use on Sundays.
2. There will be sign-up sheets for appointments during
Coffee Hour every Sunday, plus we already have 2
volunteers who have agreed to call members to sign folks
up for a photo session in
3. Then we need 4 volunteers, 2 for each day of
photography, each with a 4 hour shift. We’ll have labels
printed up in advance and these get attached to
paperwork for each individual.
That’s it, except to answer questions that might come
up, visit with friends that come by, read a magazine or
4. Groups like our Choir, the Quilters, committees, etc.
can submit group photos and or action shots for the
So the actual process is simple. Let’s encourage
everyone to be a part of this effort. Photo Directories
are a great way to put faces with names and it helps new
members begin to know their
way around. If you can help, please call or email Ann
Rainey at 913-499-6622 or email@example.com.
The quilters have been meeting at
the Crystal Beach Community Center three weeks a month,
thanks to Barbara Rosen and her mother, Marge Lee. This
temporary move has brought some new opportunities for
generosity. Our proximity to a local church has added a
new request. Donna McBurney has made at least 30 dresses
for African girls, as a part of their missionary
outreach. We also gave a civics lesson to some of the
residents of Crystal Beach, who were disappointed at not
being able to vote in the recent election for District
13 House Representative. The
Community Center is their usual voting place. But that
day, two of these 10 disappointed voters who were
quilters brought us fabric donations. The other Tuesdays
we meet at Kathy Stevens’ home. So far this year we have
delivered about 60 quilts, divided between Metropolitan
Ministries of Pasco, the Shepherd Center in Tarpon
Springs, and the Homeless Emergency Project in
Clearwater. Kathy Stevens
VENUTI COMES TO UUCTS
Mark your calendars for May 4
when instrumentalist, Matt Venuti, brings his music to
the 10:30 service. Matt is a master of the Hang – a
unique instrument that despite its ancient sounds was
invented only fourteen years ago – and has included our
church in his current tour. His concerts are renowned to
inspire peace and joy. To learn more about his music
PETE PRIDE WEEKEND
PRIDE June 27-29, 2014 For 2014, St Pete Pride Weekend
will feature 3 days of Celebration!
Friday 6/27: 27-82, The Benefit
Concert “27-82″, a fundraising concert at downtown St.
Petersburg to support the LGBT community. The concert
features local and national performers, musicians, and
Saturday: LGBT Pride Parade … at
night! Beads! Floats! and now… Lights! Florida’s
largest LGBT Pride Parade will take place in St Pete’s
Grand Central District beginning at sunset the last
Saturday of June. More than 150 parade entries will roll
down Central Avenue beginning at dusk, each lit with
colorful lights delivering on an experience that’s just
as unique as St Pete! … and it’ll be the only night-time
Pride Parade in Florida!
Sunday: Street Fest. The
street festival aspect of the celebration will now be on
Sunday and will embrace celebratory aspects from all
over the world. There will be a series of marches Live
music, interactive exhibits and zones will await
FOR THE MAGIC CLIPBOARDS!
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.
The April UUCTS Coffeehouse will
be held on Friday, April 25 starting at 7:30pm at the
Elks Lodge in Downtown Tarpon Springs. Each monthly
coffeehouse presents a variety of talent from poets and
storytellers to musicians and other amateur artists.
Refreshments and, of course, coffee (decaf) are
available. A donation of $1 and canned item for the
Shepherd Center are requested, but not required. Come
share the good time - an evening of good music in a
relaxed atmosphere with decaf coffee and light
refreshments. It’s the best deal in town!
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
This month the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs honors Michael
Johnson. Michael is deeply involved in a myriad of
our Church’s activities. Foremost he is head of
Buildings and Grounds. In this capacity Michael performs
a variety of maintenance functions himself, only
contracting out if the job is “too big.” This
maintenance ranges from electric, air conditioning,
security systems, to plumbing, and a lot in between.
Thus, Michael saves the
Church a considerable sum through his volunteerism.
Moreover, Michael has been very involved in the Forum
Room remodeling initiative. He is one of several
congregants that have done a lot of the physical labor
on this project. Michael’s contribution is about
more than maintenance and remodeling. Most notably
Michael picks up our handyman John Doyle and they are
principally responsible for setting up and taking down
all that is needed to conduct Sunday service at the Elks
Club. Somehow Michael also has found time to participate
in various committees.
The UUCTS owes much to the efforts and commitment of
parishioners like Michael Johnson. Thank you Michael.
Classes Offered at Spirit of Life
(Odessa) The Community Learning Center (CLC)
at Spirit of Life starts its third year in January
2014!!! Classes will run from January thru April. They
have a number of new classes in 2014 and all of their
classes are open to the public. Container Gardening,
Belly Dancing, Photography, Mala Beads and Mantras, and
Healing Touch are just a few of the many class topics.
Spirit of Life is located at 18412 Burrell Road, Odessa
FL. For a class catalog and registration information go
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..
Tarpon Springs Council of
Organizations: Meetings are held on the third Friday of
every month at 8:30 AM at the Freedom Inn located at
1651 S Pinellas Ave in Tarpon Springs. The Freedom Inn
will provide a hot breakfast for every meeting. The cost
for all this is $1. Mark your calendars now. Where else
can you learn so much for so little! Spread the word and
help the organization to grow. The March speaker
will be Jocelyn Carpenter from the Community Foundation
to tell about Give Day, Tampa Bay, a one day initiative
to increase awareness of Tampa Bay's amazing
organizations. The meeting in April will feature
Nina Berkheiser, Ethics chair of the Association of
Fundraising Professionals. She will be discussing ethics
TAI CHI CLASSES
The classes will be held every Monday and
Thursday morning between 9:30am and 10:45am in the Elks Lodge building. Tai Chi
is a gentle exercise; a meditative movement that promotes mental and physical
health benefits. No fee. For further information, contact Carol Chaney at 727-940-4545.
There will be no classes on December 26 and
The Book Discussion Group meets every
month on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 1:30pm to
3pm. Currently, the group is meeting at the Tarpon
Springs Library. The next meeting will be on April
17. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a member
of the church to participate. April’s book is Calling
Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray. It’s about a woman who
wakes up invisible, but her family doesn’t notice. She
decides to find out why she is invisible, is anyone else
invisible and can it be reversed.
After 4 years of leading the Book
Discussion Group, Irene Prosser is stepping down. Irene
has led many informative and lively discussions and will
be much missed in this position. She will continue
participating, just not as the lead. The leader of the
group checks availability of suggested books, provides
information about the authors and facilitates the
discussion. If you are interested, let Irene know. The
reading season runs from October to May. The group takes
the summer off.
The April Lunch Bunch will be held on
April 10 starting at 12:30pm at Rodie’s Restaurant at
1097 S Pinellas Avenue in Tarpon Springs. There is ample
parking. Prices are reasonable. For more
information or to make reservations, contact Betsy
Shaffert at 727-789-0258 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy a
nice meal with a very sociable bunch of folks! Everyone
Choir practice will be on Mondays, 5:45 - 6:45 pm, in
the home of Bonnie Whitehurst. Contact Bonnie Whitehurst or Kathy Stevens with
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.
|GET A UU TARPON T-SHIRT
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.
YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
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
SPIRITUAL LITERACY SUNDAY
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.
"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
to get a trial copy or to add your name for an “in quantity”