Clothes Closet Outreach

Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to carry on this outreach program in 2019 due to health reasons. I have been doing it for the past two years, and it has been very successful, with over a ton of donations in 2017, and close to that this year. So- if you are interested in taking it over or perhaps sharing the duties with others, let me know. Duties consist of picking up the donations from church in the hamper in the social hall, weighing them, and taking them to St. Paul’s Methodist church on Lone Star Road on Monday morning (between 9:00-9:45). On Tuesdays, the Clothes Closet is open for those in need to get clothing/shoes/baby items, etc. at no charge. It is my hope that this program will continue. Contact Donna Janesky if you are interested.

Caring Candles

Barbara Parkinson is now home after being released from Mayo about a week and a half ago. She is very glad to be home with her family after being discharged over a month earlier than originally planned.

Guest at Your Table

We are in the last two weeks of our UUSC campaign, so fill up those coin boxes and/or write your checks soon for this global quest for human rights. Bring your coin box on Dec. 23rd or Christmas Eve and place it under our holiday tree. If you’re leaving town, you can bring it this week or at the end of the month. Helpful reminders: Place some tape on the bottom of your box to prevent leakage, and write checks to UUCJ, with UUSC on the memo line. Thanks again for your support.

Special Collections Committee: 2019 Non-Profits

The Special Collections Committee is currently determining the non-profits for the 2019 calendar year.  We are seeking input from the congregation of possible agencies that may benefit from our donations.  The guidelines for selection include-  recipient must qualifies as a legitimate non-profit; reflects diversity; uses most of its income in its mission not administration and has an active board.  While the needs are great and the calendar is limited, the committee will carefully consider any suggestions.  Please email Meg Rohal (

Greening of The Sanctuary

Join us for the Annual Greening of the Sanctuary on Saturday, December 1st at 1:00pm, as we ring in the season. We’ll make wreathes and other decorations, as we eat sweets and listen to festive music. Bring clippings: pine, magnolia, holly, or evergreen bushes.

Weekday Book Club Upcoming Selections

Monday, December 3rd: Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours (fiction) — Rill Foss fights to keep her younger siblings together after being placed in a Tennessee orphanage.
Monday, January 7th: Jhumpa Lahi, The Namesake (fiction) — A story of family members who exchange their tradition-bound life in Calcutta for America – explores themes of the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and the tangled ties between generations.

UUCJ Foundation Meeting December 9

The UUCJ Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 9th at UUCJ after the Sunday service. The Foundation meeting will immediately follow the church Annual Meeting. All members in good standing of UUCJ are also members of the Foundation and will be entitled to vote.

There are three open positions on the Foundation Board to be filled by election. The following are nominees for the UUCJ Foundation Board: Barbara Robinson, one year term as Foundation President; Mark Dickens, three year term as Board Member; and Meg Rohal, three year term as Board Member. Current Board Member, Melody Shacter, will continue for one more year. Current Board Member, Carlos Fraticelli, will continue for two more years and will serve as Secretary/Treasurer. Mary Carter, current Foundation President, will leave the Board and take a much deserved break after a number of years of service. We thank her for her long dedication to stewardship of the UUCJ Endowment Fund, which is vital to the long term health and success of UUCJ.

Women of All Ages: No Meetings in December

UUCJ Women of All Ages hold no regular meetings in December. On Jan. 10, 2019, at 5:30 pm we meet at the Regency Library, resuming the usual schedule of the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. All UUCJ women are invited.

Green Sanctuary Meeting December 2

Green Sanctuary Meeting this Sunday, December 2nd, 12:30 in the Fletcher Room.

Any member or guest interested in UUCJ’s efforts to “green” the Sanctuary is encouraged to attend. Brief updates will be given and future plans discussed. All are welcomed!