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1.         On Sunday, April 22, Joe Simonetta will speak to us on the “7 Words That Can Change The World,” based on his book by the same title in which he presents a global belief system using the seven words that can change the way we govern, the way we do business, the products we create, and how we treat our environment and each other. Special music honoring Earth Day by Lisa Bohn, Peggy Dickson and Martha Pelletier.

2.         Next Sunday, April 29, Dr. Robert Tucker’s sermon title is “Darwin’s Daring Deed.” Dr. Tucker will explore continuing anti-scientific/religious challenges to Darwinian evolution and explain how Darwin’s theory revolutionized modern thinking in a myriad of ways.

3.         Sunday morning coffee hour ~ Thank you to Men’s Group and Finance Committee for hosting coffee hour last Sunday morning ~ preparing the coffee and snacks, setting everything out, and cleaning up afterwards. Sunday morning coffee hour is an important part of our ministry ~ to our guests and to each other. Spreading out the work between committees gives everyone a chance to participate. Make it fun! This coming Sunday, the Social Justice Committee will have the privilege of serving. If you see the group could use an extra pair of hands, thank you for offering to help.

4.         Last Sunday, April 15, was the final choir performance for the season. Our gratitude to Will Whitehead who conducted the choir during the past 2 months and to accompanist Barbara Jensen who gently eased the transition through choir conductors. Will has a busy teaching schedule in the fall but he assures us he will make time for MUUF’s choir. We might even get lucky and see him over the summer!

5.         Last Friday’s Share a Dish dinner was a fun and delicious event, lovingly decorated by Linda Wilke. We had a brief ceremony to welcome new members Misty Stolze and Carolyn Baker who shared some of their history with us and offered good ideas during the 30 minute brainstorming session at the end of the evening. We were sorry Randy McCrea, Bobbi Bordeaux, Charles Allen and Mary Malachowski were unable to attend.

6.         The Ministerial Team is in the process of reviewing applications from Developmental Ministers who have expressed an interest in serving our Fellowship. Stay tuned!

7.         The Men’s Group continues their efforts to clean out the garage. This past week John Isham was on the job. Thank you! John. In a few weeks they will turn their attention to the Memorial Garden.  

8.         Meetings/events coming up:  UPDATE article deadline Fri. Apr 20     Sat. Apr 21 Bridge 1PM;  

Tues. Apr 24 Chalice Circle 10AM;   Tues. Apr 24 Board Meeting 6:30PM; 

9.         Looking ahead:   Sun. May 6  Noon UU 101 class for people considering membership at MUUF; May 6 Noon Social Justice Meeting.

Fri. May 11 Share a Dish 5:30PM. After dinner film Al Gore’s sequel to Inconvenient Truth.  An
Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”
Sat. May 12  1PM  2nd Saturday Film “Food Chains” about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food Program;


1.         OCCUPY meets at Manatee UU Monday, April 23. Doors open 6PM, film 6:30PM with discussion following:  “Poverty, Politics and Profit.” Frontline and NPR conduct an investigation into the billions spent on housing low-income people and why so few actually get the help they need. The 60 minute documentary examines the politics, profits and problems of an affordable housing system in deep crisis. (All OCCUPY meetings and films are free and open to the public. Free-will donations to cover costs are welcome.)

2.         Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ~ Sarasota chapter. Meet every Thursday 4PM at Bayfront Park (the Kissing Statue). Parking area off Main Street & Tamiami (41) at the stoplight. Bring a chair if needed. Printed signs provided.

3.         Indivisible Bradenton Pro-gressive ~ Go to    http://fl17indivisible.com/calendar.html   for the list of coming events



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