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Weekly Bulletin
Sunday April 13 – Saturday April 19, 2014

If you have an event announcement for inclusion in Sunday morning announcements or a MUF publication (including weekly emails, monthly newsletter, website and Facebook page), please refer to the publications guidelines for deadline and contact information.

Deadline for What's Happening
and Order of Service
is the Thursday evening prior to the Sunday of the service

Deadline for the weekly Email Blast
is the Tuesday evening prior to the Wednesday of the blast

Please email ( ), fax 973-539-8218, or leave information on form. Forms are available in the mail boxes near the MUF Office. Any questions, please call 973-540-1177, ext. 203, during office hours (see Home Page for hours).

Happening This Week

Sunday, April 13

Blood Drive, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Great Hall and Terrace Room

Last chance to pick up Lost and Found items, Room 100.

The Lunch Bunch meets after the second service for lunch at a local restaurant and possibly for an activity after. See Don Price in the Great Hall.

Passover Seder, 4:30 pm, Terrace Room

NOTE:  The Fellowship Office will be closed Monday, April 14, through Wednesday, April 16.  If you have an immediate need, please contact Rev. Alison or our Director of Religious Education, Tim Atkins.

Tuesday, April 15

Choir Practice, 6:15 pm, Meeting Room

Endowment Board Meeting, 7:00, Room 208

Board Working Meeting, 7:00, Dining Room

Thursday, April 17

Faith Like a River, 7:00 pm, Terrace Room

Men’s Group Consciousness Raising, 7:30 pm, Library

Friday, April 18

Family Board Game and Potluck Night, 6:00 pm, Room 204

Saturday, April 19

Tai Chi Light, 9:00 am, Room 204

Current and Upcoming Fellowship Events

Sunday, April 13: 

Blood Drive, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Terrace Room.
• Pick up Lost and Found items in Room 100. Any items not picked up today will be donated.
Passover Seder. Guests are invited to arrive at 4:30 pm, and the Seder will begin at 5:00 pm. 

Sunrise at the Top of the Tourne. Join us as on Sunday, April 20 as we gather to greet the dawn. Everyone is welcome. Sunrise is at 6:14 a.m. Enter through the gate on McCaffrey Lane in Boonton. We’ll meet in the parking lot on the left past the Wildflower Garden at 5:30 a.m. and will hike up the hill together. As the sun comes over the horizon, we’ll share readings, poetry and song, and breakfast afterwards. For more information, contact Carol Todd at or 908-625-7807.

Join us between the services on April 20 for our Easter Egg Hunt! We will have one hunt geared for younger children and one for older elementary school-aged children.

Fellowship Crafters’ Workshop! Friday, April 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Calling all crafty folks who love to have fun and make lovely crafts. In anticipation of the Jewelry & Craft Show on May 2‑4, we need to make some great decoupage planter pots (led by Nina Nemeth); chic jewelry using stones, silver and crystal in uniquely designed necklaces and bracelets (led by several experienced jewelry crafters); fabric quilted ornaments (Beth Wilson); sachet bags (Robin Allen and Donna Becker); and embellished fabric totes in linens, denim, and other fine fabrics (Karen Burns). Refreshments served. Come to all the workshops – multiple crafts each time, but not all every time!

Birthday Party for Ann Renz.  The Fellowship is invited to celebrate Ann Renz’s 100th Birthday on Sunday, May 4, from 1-3 pm in the Terrace Room. The celebration will include a light lunch and cake. In lieu of gifts, Ann has requested that donations be made to the Fellowship. To make the planning simpler, Ann’s family requests that you RSVP to the office by April 29.

CRAFT FAIR. Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, May 2, 3, & 4. Join us just in time to get Mom the perfect Mothers’ Day gift or add elegance to your spring and summer wardrobe and home! Featured items include decoupage flower pots with live spring flowering plants! There will be creations by professional artisans and by Fellowship members who have created lovely pieces at the Fellowship’s Craft workshops. Craft Show Hours:  Friday, May 2, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Saturday, May 3, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, May 4, 8:30 am - 1 pm. Attention Artisans: If you’re interested in displaying your crafts at our Jewelry & Craft Show, contact

The memorial service for Jim Burchell, a member of the Fellowship since 1988, will be held at the Fellowship on Saturday, May 24, at 2:00 pm.

MUUFkin Movies, most Thursdays, 5:00 pm. Join a group of movie goers most Thursdays at about 5:00 pm for a movie, dinner, and a discussion. Contact Tom McGuinness at or Ben Breitkreuz at

Young adults!  Are you in your 20s and/or 30s?  Check out our Young Adult Group that meets once a month for lunch after the second service. Contact Brooke Donaldson at

Upcoming Lifespan Religious Education – Adult

Faith Like a River. Learn about the History of Unitarianism and Universalism with our Faith Like a River course presented by our Director of Religious Education, Tim Atkins. Classes are from 7 to 9 pm on first and third Thursdays at the Fellowship. The next class will be on April 1. The topic is The Seven Seas—Globalization. You don't need to have participated before to attend. Email Tim at for more info or to let him know you're coming (so he can plan copies appropriately).

The First Monday Book Club has changed the meeting time to Monday afternoon at 1:30 pm. For April 21, read short stories by Alice Munro, which we will discuss and compare. If there is a particular paragraph in one, be prepared to read aloud and share. Suggested and facilitated by Frank Siwiec. For May 5, read “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan Philipp Sendker, suggested and facilitated by Katharina Pietraszek. Please contact Nancy Lee McLure for further information: 908-204-9572,

Learn about efforts in New Jersey toward Preventing Gun Violence, April 27 and May 18 at 1:00 pm at the Fellowship (via Webinar with the Unitarian Church in Summit).  Topics are “Understand Guns and Firearms Safety to Prevent Gun Violence” (April 27) and “Legislation on Firearms Safety, Then & Now, Federal & State” (May 18). Free and open to the public.

UU Common Read. Religious Education Director Tim Atkins will lead a congregational book discussion in response to the book “Behind the Kitchen Door.” The book reveals how restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America and how poor working conditions — discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens — affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables. The discussion will be held on Sunday, April 27, from 1:30 to 3:30. The book can be purchased through Amazon for $8.52 (Kindle) or $12.93 (paperback) or the UUA Bookstore for $15.95 (paperback). Please email Tim at if you plan to attend.

Interdependent Living:  Getting Started. Want to eat healthy, green, and organic, but don’t think you can afford it?  Interdependent Living is a four-part food and meal planning series designed to help with keeping food shopping on a budget; incorporating healthy, green and organic options into your meals; and easy ways to make products at home to help our earth and your wallet. Join us at the Fellowship on the following Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

April 28 -- Basic Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping
May 5 -- Making Meals from Scratch
May 12 -- Household Products You Can Make at Home
May 19 -- Incorporating Veggies into Your Meals and Snacks

Contact Mandi Huizenga at to register or if you have questions. You do not need to attend all four evenings.

Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to usher on Sunday morning once a month?  Contact Steve Gruber at or 908-647-3253.

Do you want to help plan and coordinate our Lifespan Religious Education Program?  Our four Religious Education Committees welcome new members; contact our DRE, Tim Atkins, at to find out more.

Every month, members and friends of the Fellowship donate food and dry goods to various Morris County organizations to alleviate hunger and homelessness. In March and April our donations will go to Family Promise.

Items needed: gift cards (for gas stations, Wal-Mart, or food stores), copy paper, stamps, #10 white envelopes, and Avery labels 5160, baby supplies, household paper products, liquid laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, personal care items, garbage bags, batteries, flashlights, cars, computers, umbrellas, and vacuum cleaners. For info and to donate gift cards or postage stamps, contact Katharina Pietraszek, 973-590-0449 or Other items may be left in Room 100.

Please help by donating what you can, and thank you for your continual generosity! For info or to donate stamps or gift cards, contact Katharina Pietraszek, 973-590-0449 or

WOMEN ON THE GO meets at the Neighborhood House the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. The next meeting will be this Tuesday, April 15. We provide a support group primarily attended by undocumented, Hispanic women and their children. Contact Katharina Pietraszek, 973-590-0449 or

Other Events Of Interest to the Fellowship Community

UU Metro New York District Annual Meeting. Hyatt Morristown Headquarters Plaza, May 2 & 3. Register at

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. The 2014 General Assembly will be June 25-29 in Providence, RI. Theme for 2014 GA is “Love Reaches Out.”  We believe that our faith provides a path for each of us to unlock our transformational capacity to serve the world with love. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through a democratic process. Anyone may attend. Congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.

The Folk Project Minstrel Concert Series is in residence at MUF. Folk concerts every Friday night.


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