Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 11/7/19
HAPPENINGS — 2 Min UPDATE
This “2 Minute UPDATE” will be sent by email every Thursday from the MUUF office. If you have friends who do not receive email, please make this information available to them. The purpose of these weekly emails will be to remind our membership of important events happening at MUUF, in the UUA and in the Bradenton community.
1. Sunday morning coffee hour ~ Thank you to the Chalice Circle, Caring Committee and Team Spotless 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 Book Group has 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 new member Pat Neary-Hayward. 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, Pat.
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, we hold Beverly Von Holt, Barb & Tom Ehren, and Ed Kobee in our caring thoughts. A special prayer will be said for Al Usack during the service on Sunday.
4. Who are we? Last Saturday, 30 members and friends spent the morning in a spirited discussion of how best to define MUUF’s core values. . .what words best describe who we are. Marguerite Mills, Director of Lifespan RE at Nashville UU, guided us in the give and take of group process and the struggle of compromise in reaching consensus. We ended the morning session with 3 words that may or may not become a part of a new mission statement. See the list posted on the double doors leading into the social room. Three are starred. (Gratitude, Connected, Love) Do these 3 words describe MUUF’s core values to you?
5. Welcome our visitors! Snowbirds are returning to south Florida and some will be checking out MUUF to be their winter religious community. Please remember how important it is to make our visitors feel welcome and wanted. Take a few moments to greet a visitor and introduce them to a nearby member. Remember how you felt when you visited MUUF for the first time. Let’s all present a friendly first impression.
6. Move over Team Spotless! Check out the kitchen ~ the floor, the refrigerator, the counter tops. Check out the carpets, the bathrooms, the doors. Look carefully at the outside, the memorial garden, the landscaping. As you look around the MUUF campus you will see the handiwork of Bernie Salzinger. Thank you, Bernie, for making and keeping our Fellowship beautiful!
7. Tomorrow, Friday, Nov 8 is the Share a Dish Dinner, followed by The ED Show (aka Talent Show). Come at 6 for hospitality hour, bring a dish to share, and enjoy an evening of delicious food and skits and songs by MUUF members and our minister! It’s all in good fun.
8. BOOK SALE. Used books on a variety of topics for sale in the social room beginning Fri., Nov 8 until Sunday, Nov 17. Browse and buy…and come back during the week or on Sat., Nov 16 (during the Farmers’ Market)…and browse and buy some more! Thank you, Carol Bartz, for your hard work.
9. AUCTION PLANNING MEETING. There will be a meeting after the service this coming Sunday, Nov 10 to begin planning for our annual auction, our major fundraiser of the year, to be held in February. All are welcome to participate!
10. A reminder that we have business cards, flyers, and MUUF pamphlets at the back of the sanctuary each Sunday that I hope you will use liberally (no pun intended) to promote the Fellowship. Take several and give them to your neighbors and friends to help us increase awareness of MUUF in the greater Bradenton community. Let’s use every tool that we have to increase membership. Thanks. Randy McCrea, Publicity Committee
11. Caddy’s at the Pointe ~ Friday, November 15, 4:30PM. Join your friends (make new friends!) for our third monthly event at Caddy’s. It’s a lively and festive place right on the water in downtown Bradenton. Everyone is welcome on the 3rd Friday of every month at 4:30PM. Come! (801 Riverside Dr. E, Bradenton.)
13. December 14, 2019 is the National Remembrance Ceremony to place wreaths on the tombs of service men and women. In the Bradenton area, the National Veterans Cemetery in Sarasota is the nearest location for the placing of the wreaths. Wreath sponsorships are $15 apiece or $65 for a family placement of four wreaths. If you would like to sponsor one or more wreaths, please see Randy McCrea, or Karen in the MUUF office, for the form to mail in with your donation. Your check may be made payable to Wreaths Across America which is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our thanks to Linda Craig of Manasota Operation Troop Support (MOTS) for bringing this honoring opportunity to our attention.
Our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th, gather at 1PM, dinner at 2PM.
Please sign-up today in the social room.
From the list provided, please indicate what you will bring
and what job you would be willing to do.
Please join us! Everyone is welcome!
14. 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 social room 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!
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 email@example.com to arrange a time and location that works best for you.
15. Meetings/events coming up this week:
Sat. Nov 9 Transgender Inclusion course 10AM;
Sat. Nov 9 Bridge 1PM;
Sun. Nov 10 8:30 Choir rehearsal;
Sun. Nov 10 Auction Meeting after service;
Tues. Nov 12 Worship Team 10AM;
Tues. Nov 12 Chalice Circle 10:30AM;
Wed. Nov 13 Men’s Group 2PM;
Thur. Nov 14 COSM 2:30PM;
Fri. Nov 15 Caddy’s at the Pointe 4:30PM;
Sat. Nov 16, Arts & Crafts Fundraiser for Turning Points 9AM;
Thur. Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner 1PM;
Sun. Feb 9 2020 Live Auction
IN AND AROUND BRADENTON
1. Weekly Brady Bayfront Rallies. Every Thursday, from now til mid-May, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, advocates rally to show support for the passage of sensible gun laws. Signs are provided. Bring your enthusiasm and help keep the momentum going. Meet at the Unconditional Surrender statue, Bayfront, Sarasota. (ps The Gun Control lobby outspent the NRA in this week’s Virginia elections!)
2. 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.
3. 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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