Labor of Love Sign-Up

Sunday, 8/27 after service in the Social Hall

For the past 7 years we have celebrated our Labor Day weekend service (Sept 3rd) by hosting “LABOR OF LOVE SUNDAY”, where instead of a traditional service, the members, friends, and guests of UUCJ will be giving their service to UUCJ in the form of LABOR. This is always followed by a church-wide POTLUCK to celebrate everyone’s hard work!

On Sunday 8/27, there will be tables with assorted sheets to sign up for the following week’s Labor of Love tasks. This will range from very light to heavy work. Please sign up and help beautify UUCJ.

Do you have ten?

The BIG EVENT is on its way. This only happens every few years, so you won’t  want to miss it. Come to church Sunday, August 27th and see what all the hoopla is about. By the way, do you have ten?

Guest Speaker for August 27th: Adah Shair

Born and raised in the Kashmir valley, Adah moved to the United States to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering. During her time in college, she became involved with the Interfaith Center on campus and the UNF chapter of Muslim Students association. Her involvement with the interfaith center led her to the National Better Together campaign initiated by Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a non-profit organization aimed at building cooperation across lines of difference. Adah became one of the eleven National Better Together Coaches for the year 2014-2015. She currently works with HDR Inc. as a bridge engineer and intends to specialize in the field of sustainable engineering. Despite the technical nature of her work, she remains inseparable from interfaith work and dialogue. Adah currently presides as the chair of Jax Interfaith Young Professional’s council and envisions interfaith cooperation to become the very fabric of Jacksonville.

Women Over 50 Group

UUCJ Women Over 50 invites women of all ages to the Thursday, Aug. 24 meeting in the Anthony Room at 5:30 pm. Barbara Parkinson has volunteered for over 4 years at White Oak, a private research and breeding center for endangered animals. Barbara will present first hand information about this extraordinary facility located in Yulee.

Caring Candles

Peter Racine’s father, Albert Racine, passed away on August 6, 2017 after a short illness at the age of 90.  He was in hospice care in Denville, New Jersey.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter and Kelly and their family.

Kristin Lapinski’s  grandfather, “Dutch” Weber, a Lutheran Minister for 75 years, passed away on August 5, 2017 at the age of 95.  He had been living in a Lutheran Retirement Village in Pennsylvania.  Our condolences  go out to Kristin and her family.

Takes Ten?

Have you ever wondered what takes ten? Does it take ten eggs to make a great omelet? Does it take ten degrees higher to feel warmer? Does it take ten pushups to burn 300 calories? Does it take ten chapters to make a good book? Does it take ten dollars to go to the movies? . . . . . .

Guest Speaker for August 20th: Rev. Ron Hersom

A graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in 2007, Rev. Hersom was ordained in Albuquerque, New Mexico at First Unitarian Church and served as Assistant Minister until May 2010. He was then subsequently called to serve here at UUCJ. In November 2013, Rev. Hersom had to resign due his diagnosis of leukemia. Following numerous chemotherapy treatments and a successful stem cell transplant, he has been in remission from cancer since early 2014. Even with remedial issues that have made him legally blind and breathing with less than one lung capacity, Rev. Hersom continues to look to the future taking the gift of life, even this new normal he has, not only one day, but one precious moment at a time.

Last Qigong Class this Sunday 8/20

Qigong class and practice will be held in the Emerson room at 12:15 . This will be the last class.

Qigong existed before Tai Chi as a healing practice for balancing life force energy. No level of ability needed. For questions contact Cheryl Anthony 651-5589

Special Collections for August 2017: L’Arche Jacksonville

L’Arche Jacksonville opened in 1985 as Harbor House, a home for adults with intellectual disabilities. Harbor House joined the International Federation of L’Arche communities in 1992, and is now known as L’Arche Jacksonville.

L’Arche is French for “the ark,” a symbol of refuge and the first covenant between God and humanity. The International Federation of L’Arche is a network of 147 communities in 35 countries.  L’Arche Jacksonville is the only L’Arche community in Florida. The aim of L’Arche is to create communities which welcome people who have intellectual disabilities. L’Arche seeks to respond to the distress of those who are too often rejected, and to give them a valid place.

Fundraising Meeting

Sunday, 8/20 @12:15pm – Darwin Room

If you are interested in joining the Fundraising Committee, please join us on Sunday, Aug 20th @ 12:15pm in the Darwin Room. We will be discussing our budget and upcoming events for Fundraising for UUCJ. Come join the FUN and be a part of this very important committee.