Thursday, July 18, 2019

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1.         Sunday morning coffee hour ~ Thank you to the Worship Team, Audio/Visual and Knitters for hosting coffee hour last Sunday morning. Spreading out the work between committees gives everyone a chance to participate. Make it fun! This coming Sunday, the Bridge Group and COSM will have the privilege of serving ~ preparing the coffee and snacks, setting everything out, and cleaning up afterwards. 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 Publicity Committee chair and Caring Team chair Randy McCrea.  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. Thank you, Randy.          

3.         Prayers of the Community.  We are reminded each Sunday of members and friends who are experiencing illness or other life challenges who need our love and care. If you would like a name included, please notify Karen Salzinger, our office administrator. For this week, please continue to keep the Bartz family in your thoughts.  Lois Stilley is recuperating at Westminster Health/Rehab, 1700 21st Avenue W, Bradenton 34205.

4.         July 21st Special Collection benefits HOPE Family Services’ Emergency Safe Shelter.  This Sunday our Special Collection will benefit HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter; your generosity will be appreciated. During the service Elsa Hanna, a HOPE staff member, will speak to us about HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter. In addition to monetary donations, HOPE has need of volunteers and Shelter wish list donations. To find out more about domestic violence, HOPE’s services, volunteer opportunities, and Shelter needs visit their website at https://www.hopefamilyservice.org or contact HOPE’s Outreach Office by calling 941-747-8499 or by emailing info@HopeFamilyService.org.

5.         Please welcome our newest member, Mary Frances Kordick. Mary Frances will be introduced to the congregation this coming Sunday during the New Member Ceremony.

6.         This coming Sunday, Rev. Fred will meet with people who may be interested in joining the Fellowship as a member. This is a casual gathering to get to know one another better and to answer preliminary questions. Meet in the sanctuary about 15 minutes after the service ends.

7.         Thank you to Bernita Franzel and the Social Justice Committee for coordinating last Friday’s Share a Dish dinner and event afterward. We had a good crowd, good food, and a distressingly informative talk by Andy Mele, Suncoast Waterkeeper, on Phosphates and Mosaic. Rev. Fred led us in a prayer of solidarity with the vigils being held throughout our country to end human concentration camps. Homestead, Florida, has one of the largest detention facilities for unaccompanied immigrant children in the country.    

8.         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. 

9.         Emergency Contact form and the New Membership Information form:   If you haven’t already, please fill out these forms and turn them into the office. The forms are on the visitor table every Sunday morning. The Emergency Contact form is especially important to have on file for all members. The Membership form will ensure your birthday is announced in the UPDATE newsletter!

10.       Meetings/events coming up this week:

  Fri. Jul 19 Finance Comm 10AM;

  Sat. Jul 20 Bridge 1PM;

  Sun. Jul 21 Meet the Minister 11:45AM; 

Tues. Jul 23 Chalice Circle 10:30AM; 

Tues. Jul 23 Board Meeting 6:30PM; 


11.       UPDATE articles are due 9AM Monday July 22.


1.         EVERY FRIDAY   Stand With Our Muslim Neighbors (Indivisible Pro-gressive)  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.

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

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