• 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



A soul-stirring Maestro who invokes the essence of love into his music”
Jill Lawson, Huffington Post

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 joy.

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.  CLICK HERE for Matt’s website and video excerpts of his performances and demonstrations of the Hang and Gubal.

“Matt’s performance opens the heart, quiets the mind and touches the soul”
Arun Gandhi, author, lecturer, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

“A fabulous one-man concert”
Eddie King, 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.

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.


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 tarponuu@hotmail.com. 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 around!
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 whatever.

4. Groups like our Choir, the Quilters, committees, etc. can submit group photos and or action shots for the Activity Pages.

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 ann.rainey6622@gmail.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


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 visit  www.mattvenuti.com


St. Pete 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 bands.
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 festival goers


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!


 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 to http://www.spiritoflifeuu.org/community-learning-center/


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 in fundraising!


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 January 2.


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 betsys@mailbug.com. Enjoy a nice meal with a very sociable bunch of folks! Everyone is welcome!


 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