SPECIAL THANK YOU* Collection for Transition House. Thanks to the generosity of the church's members and friends, $2,423 was raised for Transition House at the March 26 Share the Plate collection. Your donation will ensure that our church's commitment to help one family at a time transition out of homelessness will continue. Thank you.
SATURDAY EVENTS, APRIL 1
* Games: In March, we opened a new game: Word on the Street, and everybody joined in. Even the Scrabble players abandoned their boards! How's that for excitement? Take a break on Saturday afternoon, April 1, and bring your favorite board, card or other table game to the West Wing at 1 p.m.
* Bonfire Night - Saturday, April 1st.
Join us in the east field of the UUCS at 6:00 p.m. for a night of fellowship and fun. Please bring a potluck dish to share and your favorite beverage (BYOB). A grill will be available for cooking. What could be better than s'mores for dessert - marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate will be provided. We have a limited supply of chairs, so, if you are able, please bring one or two with you.
SUNDAY EVENTS, APRIL 2
* 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. "The Biggest of All Questions," sermon by Rev. Michael McGee
What is the biggest of all questions for humanity? Clue: it has nothing to do with the president or politics, and it has everything to do with the meaning and purpose of our lives.
Michael served 40 years as a UU minister before his retirement in 2012 when he and his wife Terry - who has published 75 novels as Emilie Richards - moved to Osprey, Florida. They live in Chautauqua, NY, in the summers. Michael is the author of the ebook "The Six Biggest Questions of Life."
* Music: 10:00 a.m. Choir, 11:30 a.m. Samantha Bennett, violin; Don Bryn, piano
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a violinist "full of subtlety and poise," Samantha Bennett is an active and varied performer around the globe. Ms. Bennett was recently appointed Principal Second Violin of the Sarasota Orchestra. Prior to this position, she was a violinist in The Florida Orchestra. She performs regularly with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and has been a frequent Guest Concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony. Born in Ames, Iowa, Ms. Bennett completed her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at the New England Conservatory in Boston studying with Donald Weilerstein and Malcolm Lowe.
* 10:15 am Forum: "Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented or Even Reversed?" 99.6% of drugs in Alzheimer's Disease clinical trials have slowly ground their way to failure. However, medical evidence is very compelling that Alzheimer's Disease is preventable and potentially reversible in its earliest stages. Dr. Stephen Harlin will review recent research findings that support early detection and prevention of the disease. Presenter, Stephen Harlin; Moderator, Fredric Sirasky.
* 11:30 a.m. TED Talk Talk: Yassmin Abdel-Magied: "What does my headscarf mean to you?"
Yassmin Abdel-Magied wears many hats, including a hijab. She's a mechanical engineer, writer and activist who campaigns for tolerance and diversity. What do you think when you look at this speaker? Well, think again. (And then again.) In this funny, honest, empathetic talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied challenges us to look beyond our initial perceptions, and to open doors to new ways of supporting others.
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* 10:00 a.m. "The Church Where People Laugh," sermon by Roger Fritts
Roger Fritts returns in person to the Lakewood Ranch congregation to give a sermon for April Fool's Day.
* 10:00 a.m. Darren Server, keyboard
* 11:00 a.m. Brunch and conversation
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE) - Susan Hallock, DRE@UUSarasota.org
* Nursery: Loving care for infants and toddlers is available during the 10:00 a.m. Service.
* RE Classes: A religious education program is available for children & youth during the 10:00 a.m. Service.
RE Classes, Sunday, April 2nd, 10:00 a.m.
Children will be meeting by age/grade for our Tapestry of Faith curriculum.
Pk-1st Grade: "The Cat in the Hat" Children will explore the idea of being responsible for our actions with Dr. Seuss' classic story.
2-5th Grade: "We Respect Each Other" Exploring how we appreciate and accept people's differences.
Youth Group: Youth are meeting in the teen room to continue planning a presentation for the congregation.
Operation 100 Sandwiches: On Sunday, April 9th, we're having a sandwich-thon in the West Wing. Our goal is to make 100+ bagged lunches for the homeless clients of Resurrection House. Please plan to be here - we will need everyone's help for this "Act of Kindness" project. Parents and guardians are invited to join us.
Save the Dates:
Parents/RE Committee Meeting, April 9, 11:30 a.m.
Easter Party, April 16, 10:00 a.m.
Pancake Brunch, April 30, 10:00 a.m.
OTHER SUNDAY EVENTS
* UU Artists Market, Sunday, April 2 - Come to the UU Artists Market on Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Lexow Wing to shop for items made by UU members and friends. There will be fused glass, jewelry and mixed media. The artists will also be bringing food.
* Congregational Care - We invite all those interested in being a part of visitation for the Congregational Care Committee to meet in the library on Sunday, April 2, at 11:00 am.
Helen Laughlin and Becky Clapp, Co-chairs
* Our Second meeting of the Death Cafe, Saturday, April 8th, 2-4 p.m.
Join us for the next Death Cafe to express our hopes, wishes, dreams and fears about the fact that we are all mortal beings. Winnie Downes, of Compassion and Choices, will join us and give a brief presentation of this movement. As always, there will be lots of time for small group interaction (perhaps sparked by the Compassion & Choices talk). Contact Risa Marlen to register at 201-741-6056 or email@example.com. You may also read more about Death Cafe at www.deathcafe.org.
* Does the Minister have your Memorial Form on file? Has your emergency contact information changed since you filled out the form? Update and submit your form for a memorial service and have peace of mind knowing you've made choices easier for your loved ones. The form can be found online at www.uusarasota.org or in the church office.
* Would you like to honor a friend who passed away or someone who made your day a little brighter or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or your grandchild's accomplishment? Make a Tribute donation today and send your check, with a Tribute form, to the office. Forms are available in the office and online. The Tribute will be acknowledged in the Contact.
* Have you seen our web page at www.UUSarasota.org? Read about the elected members of the Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee for our 2017-2018 fiscal year which begins April 1.
* Happy Birthday to the following members:
April 1 Joan Pabian
April 2 Mary Lou Keller, Sue Sherman, Lynne Singer
April 4 Peter Bennett
April 6 David Cowell
April 7 Mel Schuyler
If you are a member with a birthday this week that is not listed here, please inform the office.
* Second Sunday Potluck will be after the second service on April 9 ... bring your favorite dish to share with 6-8. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are encouraged. Setup and cleanup help welcomed.
* See Sarasota and More
The final "See Sarasota and More" adventure for this season will be Saturday, April 22. We have reserved 35 tickets for the Booker High School of Visual and Performing Arts' very popular production of "Fiddler on the Roof." We will gather at the church at 11:50 and leave at 12:05 to have brunch in the Ringling College of Art and Design Dining Hall at 12:30. After our brunch we will drive a short distance to Booker High School for the 2:00 matinee. The cost of the play ticket is $10.00 (cash or check made out to Lois Lee), and the brunch cost is $7.00 (Please have correct change to pay the cashier). We should be back at church around 4:15. Registration for this event will take place the next two Sundays after each service.
* The UU Vegetarian Lunch Group will meet at the Tandoor Restaurant, 8453 Cooper Creek Blvd, on Friday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m. Non-vegetarians are welcome. However, we ask that everyone have a "vegetarian" lunch. For further information or to make reservations, please contact Jean Wieloch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 929-3845.
* Operation 100 Sandwiches - A Religious Education "Acts of Kindness" Project
On Sunday, April 9th, the RE children and youth will be making lunch for the homeless clients of Resurrection House. Donations to purchase lunch items - bread, cold cuts, fruit, plastic bags, etc. are needed. If you would like to help, please stop by the Social Justice table and place a small donation in our Operation 100 Sandwich box. Thank you for helping our RE children and youth show that we care for those in need.
* Call to UUCS artists! Does the idea of "Justice for All" inspire you? In May the Arts Council will host a Member's exhibit with that as its theme. All UUCS Members and Friends are encouraged to create and exhibit work inspired by "Justice for All." Due to space constraints we must limit submissions per person to two pieces no larger than 16 x 20 inches each, or one larger piece up to 30 x 30 inches. All wall pieces should be wired and ready to hang (no saw tooth hangers, please). Glazing can be either plexiglass or glass. Three-dimensional pieces - such as glass or ceramic vessels - will also be accepted. Wake your inner artist today, and plan to deliver your work for this exhibit to the Lexow Wing Gallery from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, May 19th. The opening reception will be Sunday, May 21st. Contact Chair Joan Boyce at email@example.com if you have any questions.
OUR COMMITMENTS - SOCIAL JUSTICE
The UUCS Social Justice Committee addresses issues of homelessness and hunger, economic justice, racial justice, human rights and the health of our planet. To learn more, attend our noon meeting on the second Tuesday of each month (except July), join the mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Social Justice table on Sunday.
* Make Your Voice Heard: At the Church's Annual Meeting on March 26, the members voted to adopt the UUA/UUSC Declaration of Conscience, a statement that UUs "are united in purpose to protect the values of our democracy and those vulnerable populations among us." Individuals can make their voices heard by signing on to the Declaration by going to http://connect.uusc.org/l/103112/2017-01-17/gpgn2 -
* Gun Safety: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is hosting a forum on Monday, April 3, 1:30 p.m. at Selby Library. Featured speakers will be Patti Brigham of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and Cristen Rescigno of Sandy Hook Promise. Rescigno's young cousin was one of the 20 students killed at the Sandy Hook School.
* Renaming the Jefferson Room: All of the meeting rooms on our campus are named after a Unitarian whose life exemplifies our principles. The one exception is the Jefferson room. Thomas Jefferson was not a Unitarian. While Jefferson was an advocate of religious freedom and wrote in the Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal," he owned 600 slaves in his lifetime. He fathered six children with his slave Sally Hemmings. He freed his surviving four children in his will, but not Sally Hemmings nor any of the other slaves he owned.
The Social Justice Committee has received permission from the Building and Grounds Committee and Board of Trustees to replace the Jefferson room name with the name of a Unitarian social activist whose life and work personified our second principle: justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Beginning on April 2 and continuing until April 23, we will be collecting your suggestions. Please stop by the Social Justice table and fill out a form with a name of the person you would like the room to be named after. Based on the response, one or more names will be on a ballot for church members to vote on at an upcoming Sunday service.
* Manatee Solar Coop Organization Meeting - April 6: Manatee residents interested in the idea are invited to an organizational meeting from 4:30-6:00 April 6 at the Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. For more information, call Alice Newton at 778-4184.
* Climate Justice Volunteers Needed: Ready to roll up your sleeves and engage in Climate Justice activities? As a subcommittee of Social Justice, we climate folks work on things that aim to educate our own congregation (examples: our vegetarian-emphasis potlucks, book studies, and speeches like the recent Michael Oppenheimer presentation) and also the community (examples: our sponsorship of the Sarasota Solar Coop and membership in the Sarasota Climate Coalition). Contact Diane Cirksena at email@example.com for more information. We need you!!!
* Looking for more Social Justice information? Stop by the Social Justice table to find out about volunteer opportunities and Fair Trade items including chocolate, coffees, teas and olive oil. For Fair Trade special orders contact Suzie Brucklacher at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line Fair Trade Special Order. Suzie will be placing an order in early April, so if you wish to place a special order, please contact her by April 9. There is a catalog of Fair Trade items at the Social Justice Table.
SUNDAY EVENTS, APRIL 9
12:30 p.m. Second Sunday Potluck
* 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. "Are There Just Wars?" sermon by Roger Fritts
One hundred years ago, in April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war against Germany. The decision split the American Unitarian Association between those who supported the war and those who opposed it. Today we still debate the issue.
* Music: 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Fred Sirasky, Don Bryn, piano
* 10:15 am Forum: "Immigration Enforcement in Florida: The Effect on Families," What will be the effect of Donald Trump's immigration policy on our local residents here in Sarasota? Who are the people he wants deported? What would a good immigration policy look like? Realtor Cramer Verde, with his close ties to the Hispanic community, will speak to the Forum on Immigration Issues and answer your questions. He is active in the ACLU. Moderator, Verna Safran.
* 11:30 a.m. TED Talk Talk: Wes Moore: "How to talk to veterans about the war"
Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the paratrooper and captain-who went on to write "The Other Wes Moore"-explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it's just not sufficient. It's a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories -- and listen.
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* 10:00 a.m. Sermon topic to be announced
* 10:00 a.m. Mindy Simmons, guitar. keyboard and vocals
* 11:00 a.m. Brunch and conversation