Thursday, May 16, 2019

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1.         Sunday morning coffee hour ~ Thank you to the Choir 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 Worship Team/AV/Knitters 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. (Last Sunday Mary Frances Kordick and Carol Van Vleet cleaned up. Thank you Mary Frances and Carol!)

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. Thank you, Pat. 

3.         There will be a special collection on Sunday for Peace & Justice Coalition at Fogartyville for their efforts to undo the Supreme Court’s decision known as Citizens United

4.         Meet & Greet the minister on Sunday. Every 3rd Sunday Rev. Fred will meet with folks who may be interested in joining the fellowship as a member. This is a casual get together to answer questions and get to know one another better. Meet Rev. Fred in the sanctuary about 15 minutes after the service ends.

5.         A special thanks to all who brought flowers for last Sunday’s Flower Communion service, a truly beautiful service. Thank you, Rev. Fred, for telling the story of Norbert Capek who introduced the Flower Communion to his Prague Unitarian congregation in 1923. Read the story here.   Flower Communion

6.         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 continue to hold close Carol and Daryl Bartz and their son Gareth.

7.         Emergency Contact and Membership Information forms:   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.

8.         Brainstorming ideas on promoting MUUF and increasing membership. On Saturdays June 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 10 am to noon there will be a series of workshops at MUUF to brainstorm and prioritize ideas for how to promote MUUF to the greater Bradenton community and increase membership. We will plan on meeting in the social room.  I will facilitate the workshops. The first workshop primarily will be an open brainstorming of ideas and weeding out duplicates. If we run out of ideas or accomplish our goal in a shorter period of time, we may not need the full two hours set aside. All members and friends of the Fellowship are invited to attend and submit ideas. At the end of the first session we will talk about the goals of future sessions. I encourage you to attend all the sessions as promoting MUUF and increasing membership are critically important to keeping the Fellowship alive and well. If you plan to attend, please let me know as soon as possible so we may have adequate seating. My email address is remccrea6@gmail.com and my cell phone number is 512-763-9356. Thanks very much.  Randy McCrea               

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.       Reminder to all committee chairs: On Sunday, June 9, following the service, we will have the annual calendar meeting where dates are reserved for activities such as the stewardship drive, the annual meeting, monthly Share a Dish dinners, etc. Bring your personal and committee calendars and protect the dates for your activities. Karen will take these dates and build them into  the annual fiscal year calendar which she maintains in her office.

11.       Due Date Reminder: UPDATE articles are due Monday, May 20.  Board reports are due Wednesday, May 22.

12.       Meetings/events coming up this week

Sat. May 18 Bridge 1PM; 

Tues. May 21 Knitting 4 Peace 10AM; 

Coming events: 

Tues. May 28 Board meeting 6:30PM;

  Sat. Jun 1, 8, 15, 22  Brainstorming session 10AM-Noon; 

  Sun. June 9 Calendar Mtg Noon; 

UUA General Assembly Spokane WA June 19-23


1.         Wednesday, May 22, the League of Women Voters will educate the public on The National Popular Vote Compact, a constitutional solution that works and is gaining national movement and attention. The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It has been enacted into law in 15 jurisdictions totaling 189 electoral votes. The bill will take effect when it has received 270 electoral votes. . . 81 more votes are needed. . . Florida has 29.      6:30-7:30PM, Manatee County Central Library auditorium, 1301 Bacarotta Blvd. West Bradenton.

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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