• 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



Are you interested in joining this church - The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs?   What does becoming a member involve?  Over time, many people embrace the responsibilities that come along with membership at UUCTS. As a member, you are responsible in at least three ways: To yourself, you owe the pursuit of a personal, spiritual journey. To others, you owe participation as a member of a shared community. To the institution, you owe a commitment of financial support in the form of an annual pledge in any amount you feel appropriate in your economic circumstances.

Participants in our community are generally at one of three levels of commitment, each with the following
rights and benefits:  Guests: are welcome to attend services and all activities. Friends: make a contribution of record, either by ongoing participation in a committee or by financial support in the form of a pledge.

Members: have made UUCTS their church home, provide financial support, and participate in activities.
Only members may hold office and vote in congregational affairs.   If you are interested in becoming a member of our community, we recommend visiting several times before making this important commitment. We also recommend getting involved in a committee or any activity that piques your interest. The same applies if you are interested in becoming a “Friend” of UUCTS. I welcome an opportunity to talk with you anytime about UUCTS activities.

Once you have decided to make the commitment of membership, you may sign the Membership Book either during a Sunday service or privately before service.  For further information regarding membership please see, call or e-mail me, Barbara Kostreva (864-6505638 & silbitpro@gmail.com), or Barbara Rosen (727-787-4240 & rosencool@gmail.com).

Our Minister, Rev. Bob Murphy is available after Sunday Services, at his 10am-1pm Tuesday and Thursday office hours, Room C at Church on the Bayou. He can also be reached by phone 727-942-7316 or uumurphy@gmail.com.


Join us every 3rd Thursday as we serve lunch at Metropolitan Ministries in Pasco. Our first 3rd Thursday Lunch Service is January 21st. Volunteers are needed from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please contact Greg Rosasco or Cathy Lawson for more information or to volunteer. Metropolitan Ministries Volunteer Opportunities - There are many opportunities to volunteer individually or in groups at Metropolitan Ministries in Holiday in addition to our monthly lunch service. You can volunteer in their Resource Center, Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, Adult Education program, kitchen or grounds keeping departments. Please identify yourself as a UUCTS volunteer when you log your hours. Consider these new opportunities: Kitchen Shift - Prepare, serve and clean up at each meal service. Up to five volunteers needed per meal. Breakfast 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM, lunch 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, dinner 5:30 PM - 7:30PM. Resident Services Assistant - Assist staff RSA's or support resident programs at the Miracle Place front desk. Volunteers needed to fill 3 hour shifts from 6 AM through midnight daily. After School Program - Play, tutor, or read to children, or simply be a helping hand to staff. Requires a background check. Up to five volunteers needed per day. Mon - Fri from 4pm-6pm. Not sure which volunteer opportunity fits you best? Contact Stacy Wyman, Volunteer Coordinator at 727-937-3278 ext. 218 or Stacey.wyman@metromin.org for upcoming Volunteer Orientation dates and times. They are held weekly and both day and evening sessions are offered. Contact Cathy Lawson for more information at ihearthorses2012@gmail.com.


Mark your calendars for an exciting and interesting boat trip with members and friends of UUCTS to Anclote Key on Thursday, March 24th, 2016. The boat only holds 40 people, so be sure to sign-up early at the Congregational Life Table to hold your seat ($16 each). A Florida naturalist will accompany us as we cruise around some spoil islands, then out to the lighthouse on Anclote Key. Along the way dolphins are usually seen riding the waves. There will be 30 minutes allotted to gather shells on the island and to walk on the boardwalk. The trip takes two hours, from 10:30 to 12:30. Those who have taken this trip with Odyssey Cruises have really enjoyed it. Questions, call Marti Kardinal at 939-9254.


Did you know UUCTS now has an Instagram account? Yep – Cathy Lawson and her daughter Katrina Mercado launched it for us. If you already have an Instagram Account, you can visit & follow us at “uuchurchtarponsprings.” Simply use the search function to find our page, select it and select follow. If you have photos that you would like posted to our Instagram page please send them to Cathy at cmlawson43@yahoo.com.You may also want to follow the UUA's page Unitarian_Universalist. If you do not have an Instagram account yet, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions to get you going next month..


Tai Chi is a slow and gentle exercise system working all the muscle groups and systems of the body, promoting strength, agility, balance, and harmony. It is often called "a moving meditation" or "creative quietude", a sensuous feeling of moving in space, helping practitioners to become more aware of their own bodies. Please join us. All are welcome. There is NO FEE! Sign up on the sheet at church or by phone. Beginning, Monday, October 26, 2015, and continuing on Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 9:30 to 10:45am we will meet at: Craig Park Recreation Center on the Bayou, 5 Beekman Lane, TS
− Carol Chaney (727) 940-4545


Tarpon Springs will be receiving a very special community development grant entitled Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC). The funding to be administered by The Philadelphia Health Federation comes from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Endowment. It will enable us, along with thirteen other communities from across the nation, to create environments that foster resilience and lessen the impacts of life’s harshest adversities.  As a congregation we may take pride and take part.

Take pride in this happening because Tarpon Springs earned the esteem of national sources. They saw through the vision of Peace4Tarpon the compassion and courage to tackle the tough challenges that surround emotional trauma and toxic stress. Our congregation has been a mainstay contributor to Peace4Tarpon and other humanizing forces in our community.

I hope you’ll consider taking part when opportunities arise over the 2-year lifespan of funding and beyond. A multi-sector network led by Peace4Tarpon and the Tarpon Springs Housing Authority is right now putting together plans for next steps. I’ll be happy to answer any questions and will keep you up to date as things progress. For more information you may visit the Peace4Tarpon Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Peace4Tarpon or The Philadelphia Health Federation announcement http://www.healthfederation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/HFP_MARC-PressRelease_2015-10-29-1.pdf

Mark Hopkins, email mvhjax@gmail.com cell phone 904.629.0722r


On Thursday, Feb 11, at 12:30 PM, we will gather at The OZONA PIG, 311 Orange St. in Palm Harbor. This is favorite eating spot for locals who love the laid-back atmosphere. They specialize in slow smoked BBQ ribs and chicken. They also serve salads with home-made dressings and sandwiches. Add your name to the Sign-Up-Sheet on the Congregational Life table. Friends of UUCTS are especially welcome – we’d love to get to know you better! For late sign-up or cancellation please phone Don or Barbro at 938-9427 or dwilson81@tampabay.rr.com. Directions: Take Tampa Rd. west till it ends. Turn right on Orange St. It is a short distance on the left.


Concert Celebrating the Life of Pete Seeger: Jim Scott, a long-time friend of Pete Seeger, will be giving a concert featuring the rich legacy of song and activism of this talented musician. Jim collaborated on many projects with the folk singing legend, and will lead a celebration of songs by Pete and others, as well as his own, for the causes Pete championed. Come to the Walton Center, 400 S. Walton in Tarpon Springs Saturday, February 13th, 7:00 pm. Jim Scott has visited our congregation before, sharing his own music, and delighting his audience. Tickets, $15, but no one turned away.


Summer is over, and lots of church activities are beginning again, including our CHOIR. We are looking for people to join us in “making  a joyful noise” during our worship services. What makes a worship  service transcendent is sometimes not the spoken word, but rather the music that moves us. So be a part of that transcendence. Our
director, Bonnie Whitehurst has a wide repertoire, and you know she’s got some fun up her sleeves. For more information, contact Bonnie or Kathy Stevens.


UUCTS continues to support The Shepherd Center through donations of canned food, and used clothing or household items. Please deposit donations in the bin marked Shepherd Center or consider putting a dollar in the box. Monies are donated to buy canned goods for The Shepherd Center food pantry.

The Shepherd Center News:
• June 1st we welcomed our new Executive Director, Ada Torres-Del Gais. Ada came to us from Gainesville, FL and is the former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida.

• Our New Beginnings Capital Campaign has a goal is $500,000. This will give us enough money for  the down payment to purchase the building we currently lease. After 40 years of serving the poor in our community we are excited to be working towards having a permanent home for The Shepherd Center.

• The Thrift Store has a super Summer Sale on clothing right now and, we always have tons of other great items that can be purchased at discounted prices 7 days a week!

• Our Grand Opening of the Community Enrichment Center will be July 1st
, 4-6 p.m. See below for info on everything we are doing for that special occasion.

• We are having an Oldies Dinner Dance on Saturday, July 11th. Tickets are only $25. Also that evening, we will raffle off great prizes and the Grand Prize is a 1978 Corvette! Winner of the Grand Prize need not be present to win. A suggested $50 donation is all that is needed for a chance to win! See www.tscenter.org for more info.

− The Shepherd Center Staff, 727-939-1400 


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.


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.


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


 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/


Nothing Gold Can Stay By Mark Belletini  In twenty-two simple yet profound reflections, seasoned minister Mark Belletini explores the many and varied forms of grief. His honest, poetic essays serve as a prism, revealing the distinct colors and manifestations of grief in our lives.

He addresses the way we respond to loss of people in our lives, loss of love, loss of focus, and loss of the familiar - understanding that grief is as much a part of our lives as our breathing. Belletini uses specific, personal stories to open up to the universal experience. Nothing Gold Can Stay is a gift of awareness, showing how the shades of grief serve our deepest needs. Copies available at UUA Bookstore


  © Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, 2015