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1.         On Sunday, March 25, Rabbi Michael Sternfield‘s topic will be Easter and Passover: confluence, conflicts and contrasts. Special music by Josh Adler, viola. Special collection will be taken for PRISM.

2.         Next Sunday, April 1, Rev. Emmalou Kirchmeier will share with us her remembrances of childhood Easter joys, as well as international ways of enjoying the day, and news stories that took the headlines away from usual Easter celebrations. This will be Emmalou’s final sermon with Manatee UU Fellowship. She will soon be moving north to be near family. Come and offer your gratitude and farewell to Emmalou. The choir will sing.          

3.         Sunday morning coffee hour ~ Thank you to the Bridge Group 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 Board of Directors will have the privilege of serving. In recent weeks we have needed more people to help and were grateful when volunteers stepped forward. Thank you to all who see the need and offer their help!

4.         Thank you to AJ Wolff who organized MUUF’s participation in last week’s Manatee Pride Festival at Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion. And thank you to the volunteers who signed up and showed up to work the table. It was a successful day for all.

5.         The 2018-2019 Stewardship Drive is in full swing with the final testimonial given by Jo Williams at last Sunday’s worship service. Earlier that morning, Bill Peruzzi gathered the canvassers for the annual breakfast at Theresa’s restaurant where each was given pledge cards and a pep talk. Please be thoughtful and generous when your canvasser calls you. This is OUR Fellowship and only WE can ensure its future success.

6.         Now that our 2018 Annual Auction is Over!  Final tally:  $4,116 which was below our goal of $7,000. From that $120 was spent on lunch and $100 was sent to Our Daily Bread. There are currently a few openings for one of the dinners so there may be more purchases coming in as the year progresses. See the April UPDATE (coming soon) for details.

7.         March 2018 Board meeting highlights:

  • Jim Heaton’s resignation from the Board was accepted and Bernita Franzel was approved as replacement for his position for the remainder of this fiscal year.
  • The Board meetings will be held on the 4th Tuesday of the month instead of the 3rd Tuesday beginning with the April 2018 meeting.
  • John Isham & AJ Wolff will be attending the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience, a five-day interactive workshop offered by the Southern Region of the UUA in May.
  • Our Stewardship Drive is launched under the direction of Bill Peruzzi and we are hoping to see pledge increases at this exciting time as we seek a Developmental Minister.
  • The Men’s Group is working on the cleaning and organizing the garage and will then turn their attention towards the Memorial Garden.
  • We have hired Bernie Salzinger on a part-time basis to do much needed maintenance work on our building.

8.         Ministerial Team Report: John Isham has been in contact with UUA Southern Region representative Christine Purcell who assured him that everything remains on track for our Developmental Minister. We should be receiving the candidate list soon.


9.         Wanted:  A MUUF Volunteer
            Job:  Arrange ordering sandwiches for lunch from a local grocery store deli
            When:  11:45 a.m. on April 8 (before our Annual Meeting)
            MUUF will supply the $, you provide the coordinating!

            If you would like to do this please contact Carol Bartz
            cdbartz1@verizon.net or 941 224-9158

10.       Mark your calendars today for the new Second Saturday Film Series once a month at 1PM. There are lots of fine films and documentaries on the environment, social justice issues, history, etc. Let’s get together and share our favorites. We’ll begin Saturday, April 14 at 1PM, by showing “Gender Revolution” a 95 minute documentary by Katie Couric which explores the complexities of gender in everyday life, from the moment we are born through our twilight years.

11.       Meetings/events coming upSat. Mar 24 Bridge 1PM;   Sun. Mar 25 BYOT Noon;   Mon. Mar 26  Great Decisions 10AM;   Tues. Mar 27 Chalice Circle 10AM;   Thur. Mar 29 Choir 6PM;  

12.       Looking ahead:    April 1 Annual Report booklets available to membershipApril 8 Annual MeetingApril 13 New Member Share a Dish dinner


1.         Saturday, March 24, “March For Our Lives” at Noon at Riverwalk, Bradenton. Survivors of the school shooting in Parkland organized the March for Our Lives in DC with the support of Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun law reform advocacy group. In Washington, protesters will march along Pennsylvania Avenue starting at noon. The demonstration could draw as many as 500,000 people to the nation’s capital. More than 800 “sibling marches” are also planned worldwide, from Maui to Lincoln, Nebraska, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Hong Kong. And Bradenton, Florida!

2.         Occupy Bradenton ~ On Monday, March 26, at Manatee UU Fellowship, the Occupy group will show an 84 minute documentary film titled ‘THE OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MINDIsrael’s  Public Relations War in the United States.’  Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world – Except the United States. . .  Doors open at 6PM; film starts at 6:30. Free and open to the public.


Click on www.uuworld.org  and read the UU World Magazine Online. Click on UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray’s article titled The Touchstone of Community. A story for us all.