• 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.


The group will meet on Thursday, Nov 20th at 2:30pm at the Tarpon Springs Library. The book for discussion is The Art of Hearing Heart Beats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. It has been an Amazon book of the month and is a kind of a mystery that takes you to parts of Asia. It has been translated from German. As usual, our discussion is open to all members and non-members as well.


Lunch Bunch will gather at Tarpon Bar & Grill, 1981 N. Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, 12:30 Thursday Nov. 13th. This restaurant is located just 3 minutes from the Sponge Docks going north on Alt. 19. It was
called Salt & Pepper and prior to that ABC Pizza. There is plenty of parking and a nice decor. A large selection of lunch items is available at reasonable prices. Everything is “Home Made”. Please join us for lunch so that we may get to know each other better. Place your name on the sign up sheet, or email Don or Barbro Wilson 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.


As they have from time to time in the past, your Board of Trustees has chosen to commend a member of our congregation for exemplary service. This month the Board puts the spotlight on Kathy Stevens. Kathy is a go-to person at UUCTS. She heads up our extraordinary quilting endeavor. All the quilters have produced a host of finished products that are regularly donated to various groups in need. These hand-made goods also serve to raise funds for the church.

Beyond quilting, Kathy chairs our Worship Committee. Not having a minister on hand currently, this is most important work. The quality of our services attests to Kathy’s skill in keeping quality worship present in our church.
Moreover, Kathy heads the Membership Committee, represents us at cluster meetings and is about to take on the task of Stewardship. It staggers the mind to think of all the hours of service Kathy regularly dedicates to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs!  Besides, what would Sunday be without a smile and a hug from Kathy Stevens?  Kathy, thank you for all that you do.


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.


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.


Bhante Dammawansha, a monk from Sri Lanka, will provide sitting meditation in the Elks Club 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.


 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