For July, our Generosity in Action nominee is Sunnie Baber! Sunnie is the chair of the Membership Committee, working hard to put together introductory materials for new members and making them feel welcome. She leads our songs during Sunday services, manages our social media, and has served on the Mission Funding Team. Sunnie also gives many hours to the church youth — she is an RE and nursery volunteer and an exemplary OWL teacher. She hosts the renowned Taco and Beer party every year for the Service Auction, and is, in Phillip’s own words, the church’s “minister wrangler”. Make sure to thank Sunnie for all of the tireless hours she puts into our beloved community!
This month we are honoring the Bannisters as for their Generosity in Action! They are always doing their part to build community, and continue to do so much for our church. Juzer leads the covenant groups, and Maria has joined the mission funding team. Almaas has always shown dedication and love in her service to RE. The Bannisters help out with social hour, and have hosted fabulous dinners for our service auctions. They always help out whenever there is a need, and there is no action of service too small or too big for them. We are blessed that this wonderful family is part of our community!
The honoree for May’s Generosity in Action is David Laffitte! David has organized and worked on many projects related to renewing and upgrading our church campus: He’s organized the Campus Condition Survey in 2015 and the roof repairs for the Sanctuary and North Wing. He’s worked with the Campus Renewal Group through the contracting of Cathy Duncan, and advised both the group and the architect during the process. He currently heads up the Campus Renewal Group to help set priorities for work on the campus, and the Keeper of the Church Group to verify that proposed changes are in the spirit of Bob Broward’s design. David is also working on getting proposals for lighting for the church and campus—especially for the parking lot. Let us all thank David for his tireless work in making our church a safe, welcoming and beautiful space!
This month we recognize Tom Larson for Generosity in Action. A former Board member, he has been the chair of the Finance Committee for the past two years, and he is currently heading up the Staffing Task Force. Tom is known for being very organized, and we appreciate his meticulous dedication to the UUCJ community. Thank you, Tom, for everything you do!
Christina 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!
This month we are recognizing Lois Hoeft for Generosity in Action. While we know she has served tirelessly as Board President these past two years, she has been involved in so much more at UUCJ: She chairs our ICARE committee, sits on the Campus Renewal Taskforce, and volunteers in Religious Education.
She is always willing to give her time in whatever way she can to the church. We all recognize her sweet smile in our community, and now we owe her our thanks for everything she does!
For November’s Generosity in Action we are recognizing Donna Janesky. Donna contributes her time and talent to the church in so many ways: She chairs the Special Collection Committee, helps head up the Arlington Community Garden, and volunteers regularly at our partner school, Arlington Heights Elementary School. She runs the Ethical Eating Class, is head of the Partner Church Committee for our sister church in Bozod, and she leads the “unoffical” feral/stray cat feeding efforts out of her love of animals. Whew! If that wasn’t enough, we regularly see her at other volunteer efforts whenever help is needed at the church. We truly appreciate all of the effort that Donna makes puts into the betterment of our church community!