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  1.  Sunday morning coffee hour ~ Thank you to the choir and particularly Carol Alt for hosting coffee hour last Sunday morning ~ preparing the coffee and snacks, setting everything out, and cleaning up afterwards. Spreading out the work between committees gives everyone a chance to participate. Make it fun! This coming Sunday, the Bridge group will have the privilege of serving. Thank you for coming forward to help when you see we need some extra hands in the kitchen. Sunday morning coffee hour is an important part of our ministry ~ to our guests and to each other. Thanks to everyone who sees a job that needs to be done and does it, without being asked.
  2. The chalice lighter this coming Sunday is board member Pat Rohrer. The chalice is the primary symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. It symbolizes our congregation’s light of truth, warmth of community and fire of commitment to our good work. In recent months the chalice has been lit each Sunday by a MUUF board member. Thank you, Pat.
  3. There will be a special collection on Sunday for Our Daily Bread.
  4. On Sunday, after the service, there will be a “Meet & Greet” with Rev. Fred. Bring your questions and join others who might be contemplating membership and want to learn more about UUism and this Fellowship. Rev. Fred will hold these informal gatherings on the 3rd Sunday of every month after the morning service.
  5. Last Friday’s Share a Dish dinner was a great success. Around 40 people enjoyed good food and conversation and after dinner we learned about the Gen Z activists in Oregon and in Florida who are tired of waiting for the adults to do something about climate change. The Oregon lawsuit failed; the Florida lawsuit continues. The youngest plaintiff in the lawsuit is 11year-old Levi Draheim from the UU Church of Brevard in West Melbourne, Florida. See Carol Alt on how to send a thank you note to Levi for his work on behalf of our planet. 6. Our Wish List recipient for the month of January is Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA of Manatee County. Emily Bach from Bishop spoke briefly at the beginning of the social hour following Sunday’s service about the compassionate programs they offer. See the red bin in the social room for gift suggestions. Thank you Barb McCrea and Sandy McCarthy for organizing.
  6. Please welcome Mary McClendon who signed the membership book following the “MUUF 101” session last Sunday after the service. We will honor Mary at this coming Sunday’s New Member Ceremony. Mary lists as her interests and hobbies: fiber arts, kayaking and mah jongg. AND she joined the choir! Welcome, Mary!
  7. January 2019 Art Exhibit at MUUF. We continue with the permanent collection of Richard Oxley’s works as well as watercolor illustrations by Roger Cook from Carol Alt’s children’s book “Up Above and Down Below.” Roger and Carol have published a series of environmentally-themed children’s books. Copies of the book are available for sale in the social room.
  8. MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR MUUF’S ANNUAL AUCTION!! SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10. Look for the “AUCTION BRAINSTORMING” easel in the social room and add your ideas for in-home events, gift certificates, excursions, lessons . . . be creative and have fun. What would you most like to see offered at the auction? Important dates for our annual auction, MUUF’s major fundraiser: Jan. 20 Deadline for promissory notes (what you will donate, to be included in the catalog) Feb. 2 Set up for auction Feb. 3 Catalog available, Silent Auction begins Feb. 10 Silent Auction ends, lunch, entertainment, and Live Auction begins Watch for more news about the auction in the January UPDATE, 2 Minute UPDATES, and Sunday programs on how you can participate and make this the best auction ever!
  9. Want to set up a time to meet with Rev. Fred to have coffee and get to know one another better? You may set up a time by going to calendly.com/fredlhammond <http://calendly.com/fredlhammond> and schedule directly a time and location that works for you. If these times do not work then you may also email directly Rev. Fred at muufminister@manateeuuf.org to arrange a time and location that works best for you.
  10. Meetings/events coming up:

Sat. Jan 19 Bridge 1PM;

Sun. Jan 20 Meet & Greet Noon;

Mon. Jan 21 Great Decisions 2PM;

Tues. Jan 22 Chalice Circle 10:30AM;

Tues. Jan 22 Board Mtg. 6:30PM;

Thur. Jan 24 choir 6:15PM


  1. Women’s March Sarasota – Saturday, January 19, 10AM. Meet at Bayfront Sarasota. Wear your yellow Standing On the Side of Love tee-shirts and your pink hats. If you have a tee shirt and won’t be marching, please loan it to Bernita Franzel.
  2. EVERY THURSDAY Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Sarasota County Chapter, <sarasota@bradymail.org> Rally 4-5 PM. Meet at Bayfront Sarasota, just south of the Unconditional Surrender statue. Contact email address for details.
  3. OCCUPY  will meet on January 28 Michael Moore’s film “Fahrenheit 11/9” will be shown 6PM (doors open 5:30PM). All events are free and open to the public.
  4. EVERY FRIDAY Stand With Our Muslim Neighbors (Indivisible Progressive) 1:15pm – 2:30pm Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton, 4350 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota. Every Friday we hold signs outside the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton during Friday prayers in a show of support for our Muslim neighbors.

  5. For a list of events of Indivisible Groups in Florida’s 16th and 17th Congressional Districts click http://fl17indivisible.com/calendar.html


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