Special Collection for February

The special collection for February 2017 will be for The Women’s Center of Jacksonville.  The Women’s Center of Jacksonville provides a multitude of services to our community. Their mission is to improve the lives of women through advocacy, support and education.  Today’s collection will be for The Community Education Department of The Women’s Center which consists of the following programs: Bosom Buddies, Expanded Horizons, Abuse in Later Life program and Girls Circle. Our speaker today is Lisa Wright, the program coordinator for Bosom Buddies program.  Please make your checks out to “UUCJ” with “Women’s Center” on the memo line.

 

Sign-Up Sunday

 Sun, Feb 29th after service

On Sun, 2/29 immediately following the Sunday Worship service, we will have our annual Sign-up Sunday event.  This is your opportunity to check out all the committees and groups that we have available here at UUCJ.  This will be a FUN event with lots of fanfare and atmosphere. In this week’s and next week’s Order of Service, you will find a list of the committee’s that will be represented there along with a brief description of what each one does and how they can use your help.  Please plan to sign-up and volunteer to help with one or more of these committee’s  Remember that UUCJ runs almost solely on volunteer help, and without you, we cannot do all the needed tasks to keep UUCJ a thriving and growing community.

Healthy Eating Class

Healthy Eating Class will not take place on Feb. 19th. Instead, we are urging you to attend the following:
A movie screening of “Eating You Alive”, a look at why we are so sick due to our eating habits. The movie is Sunday, Feb. 19th from 12-2 pm,followed by a physician panel discussion from 2:15 to 2:45. Takes place at FreshJax, 111526 Lake Meade Avenue Unit 101.
Register through FreshJax, cost is 10.00. We will resume class at UUCJ on 3/19/17.

Generosity in Action for February 2017

Christina RameyChristina Ramey has been instrumental in updating and revitalizing our online presence in Jacksonville in the past year. She has worked diligently on rebuilding our website as well as using her amazing skills for bringing marketing tools to UUCJ. Recently, Christina has agreed to further serve our beloved community by joining the UUCJ Board and heading up the Outreach Portfolio. She is an active member of the Fundraising Committee, volunteers in our Children’s RE activities, along with volunteering her time to assist in the church office. Christina is the first to offer her services in whatever capacity she can and generously gives her time and talent with so much obvious love you can’t help but want to join her in whatever she is participating in! Thank you Christina for your selfless contribution to UUCJ!

Garden Work Day

Saturday, February 11th (10-1)

Meet at UUCJ’s garden (growing food for pantries) located at Tree Hill Nature Center (7152 Lone Star Road 32211-East Entrance) to help us tend the beds. Tools provided. Bathrooms on site. Wear work clothes and bring gloves if you have them. The more help we have, the more food we can grow!

Vespers Service

UUCJ will be launching a new weekly Vespers service on Saturday, February 18 at 7 pm. Vespers is a service of evening prayer in the Christian tradition. Our Vespers services will be held regularly every Saturday evening. They will offer a sacred time of song, meditation, prayer, reflection, and contemplation. All are welcome.

UUCJ Foundation gives Annual Gift to the Church of $18,593!

Friends and members of UUCJ have donated money to the Foundation for the purpose of providing ongoing financial gifts to the church. The year-end balance in the Fund for 2016 is $464,826. The 4% distribution amount for 2017 is $18,593. Due to generous gifts in 2016 which paid off the outstanding loan to the church, the entire amount will be applied to 2017 church operations. In the past, a portion of the annual amount was applied to loan repayment and interest. A gift to the Foundation is a gift that keeps on giving.  Foundation Board members are Mary Carter, Lynn Shad, Barbara Robinson, Melody Shacter, and Bret Hinman.

Special Collection for January

The Special Collection for January will be for The Women’s Center of Jacksonville.  The Women’s Center of Jacksonville provides a multitude of services to our community.   Their mission is to improve the lives of women through advocacy, support and education.  Today, we will hear from Robin Graber, the Director of the Sexual Assault, Rape Recovery Team.

Please stop by their table in the social hall to today to speak with Robin to find out more about their programs.