President’s Message for September 2017 

Carol Bartz

  “Live your values aloud, not alone. Our open-minded, open-hearted spiritual communities help people lead lives of justice, love, learning and hope.”  On my most recent visit to the UUA website those words greeted me.  I knew that at last we, as Unitarian Universalists, are finding our voice, finding how to talk to others about what we believe so fervently and so seldom know how to articulate it.  It then goes on to invite the visitor to click “Your adventure in faith starts here” and in doing so are led to:

  • · Beliefs & Principles – our seven Principles, six Sources and common belief questions
  • · Who We Are – our history, symbols, backgrounds and stories
  • · Religious Practices – what Unitarian Universalists do on Sunday and every day, including holidays and rites of passage
  • · Get Involved – find out how to connect with Unitarian Universalism, no matter where you are
    Please go to the UUA website and look at this, read the links, and watch the short video.  Then take a deep breath and click right here go to our own Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s website and feel proud of what you are a part of or what you could be a part of!  We are a busy, caring fellowship here at MUUF with opportunities to connect with other like-minded people as we individually and collectively try to navigate this complicated thing called life.  Thank you, Bernita Franzel, for all your hard work on developing our website and showing that we are a vibrant, busy place!
    Our August board meeting featured a number of discussions and decisions.  New committee chairs are Lorraine Berry for the Worship Team, Sally Isham as co-chair for the Membership Committee, and John Isham for the Publicity Committee.  Survey results are still coming in for the Transition Team to analyze so that next steps can take place towards hopefully finding a minister for our fellowship.  We welcome Barbara Jensen who will be our pianist to accompany the choir and provide our music and hymn accompaniment on many other Sundays.  We will be working on improving our side stairs and handicap access ramps with hand railings that are easy to grip.  Both interior and exterior finishing touches for our building are on the “to do” list, beginning with our lovely recently cleaned carpeting which looks so much better!
    We talk about stewardship a great deal in the spring, but stewardship is a year-long commitment by all of us throughout the year.  It’s how we show that we care about this fellowship by doing the little things and the big things that need to be done.  It could be putting a new roll of TP on the holder in the restroom, serving as greeter and handing out programs at the door to welcome members and guests, providing or serving refreshments, helping set up for the share-a-dish, operating our sound system, writing a check to cover your pledge, tidying up in the kitchen, leading or participating in a discussion group, sweeping the sidewalk, joining or leading a committee, sharing your ideas, visiting someone in the hospital or assisted living facility, and the list goes on.  This fellowship is what we make it!  Just as a garden that is tended bears flowers and fruit, a church that is well tended emits a feeling of well-being, warmth, and love. 


President Roster Since the 50th Anniversary

Carol Bartz   2016  to present 

Martha Pelletier 2015

Bill Peruzzi:(winter) and Martha Pelletier (summer)   2014

Bill Peruzzi (winter) and Joan Butcher (summer)  2013

Grace Hirsch January 2012

Lorraine Berry  2009-2011