Christmas Choir for Sure!

Our theme is endings and beginnings and how these are celebrated by cultures over the world (Jewish, Japanese, English, etc).  Music readers and non-readers of all ages are invited to sing.  You will receive a CD with your part so you can rehearse at home.  Group rehearsals begin on Sunday, October 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the chapel, and weekly until our program on December 10. If you like to sing, here’s your chance.  For encouragement, contact Sharon Scholl.

Nov 5th ~ Labyrinth Walk 10 a.m. (weather permitting!)

Labyrinth

Join us for walking meditation at the labyrinth Sunday morning, starting at 10 a.m. Enter into into November by reflecting on gratitude and thankfulness.   And mark your calendar for a First Sunday Labyrinth Walk this fall, winter and spring! Contact Donna Janesky or Karen Kempf for more information.

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back again into the world.

Spiritual Studies

We meet weekly in the Channing Room from 9:30 – 10:30.

Topics:

  • Nov 5 – Sharon Scholl – Meditation for Those Who Can’t Sit Still
  • Nov 12 – A God of Ones Own

All are welcome. Leisla Sansom – 904-745-7803

President’s Letter: October 2017

Dear Members of the UUCJ Congregation,

I’m Mark Dickens, your new President as of June 2017. This is my first monthly letter to you and I’d just like to give you a short update on a few of the things we’ve been working on.

For many months we’ve had separate Task Forces working on some far reaching issues:

  • Should we modify our Mission and Vision Statements? We’ve got four draft Mission Statements and two draft Vision Statements we’ll send you next month to ponder before the vote.
  •  Staffing Task Force has been analyzing who on our church staff does what, who SHOULD do what, who should we hire to do what isn’t being done, how much of that can we afford, how should the performance of our professional staff be evaluated, and what about pay?
  • We’ve conducted two surveys in the last few months to evaluate how you think we’re doing and what yourpriorities are for moving forward. Mike Plummer has analyzed what you said and the Board has developed plans to fix what is broken and to steer toward the goals you have given us. More on the survey results in another communication. Speaking of Communications, that’s a glaring need and we plan to hire a part time Communications Director in January as well as stand up a Communications Committee now – and yes we need to get the President to send out monthly letters…

Also:

  • The renewal of the Fleming Nature Walk begun just before Irma is nearing completion.
  • We’ve set aside $80,000 to have the roof on the South Wing REPLACED (instead of repaired yet again) the contract is almost signed and work will begin soon.
  • We want to expand opportunities for FUN and are establishing a new committee, maybe something like, “Fun Raising Cmte.”, to work on having more things we used to have like 8 person dinners; a Men’s Club; outings; etc. It will also focus on other internal social opportunities.
  • We haven’t found anyone willing to lead it but we plan to begin a 3-year Capital Campaign to grow our church facilities – we’re considering hiring professionals to help us with that.
  • Before the end of the year we want to improve the outside lighting in the parking lots and other spaces around the campus. It’ll be an interim solution but we need to do something.

Our congregation is growing almost weekly, and not just in size, our demographics are broadening and becoming even more inclusive (witness the many new children running around). To quote the Sheriff in that famous Shakespearean movie about the shark, “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”

Thanks for your support and I look forward to serving you for another two months.

Sincerely,

Mark Dickens
Board President, UUCJ

What UUCJ Means to You

Once again, thank you for your participation in the 2017 Triennial Membership Survey. The results are in, and have been forwarded to the Board and the Committee on Ministry (COM) for review and in-depth analysis; which will take several weeks to accomplish. However, we wanted to let you know through a word cloud what you have told us UUCJ means to you! Stay tuned . . . .

Word Cloud

Guest at Your Table is Coming!

Despite a storm season that has seen so much tragedy in our geographic area, our UU work goes on around the world. We’ll welcome those “guests” on Nov.19th and encourage everyone to donate or support our UUSC sales through the holiday season.

Path to Membership

Join us the 2nd Sunday of every month. Discuss UU history and how a creedless faith works in practice. Learn what membership means, and how to take the next steps.

UUCJ Common Read

Our UUCJ Common Read is White Like Me by Tim Wise. Phillip will be facilitating discussion groups about the book on Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 after service.

Healthy Eating Class

HEALTHY EATING CLASS will be held October 29th, Sunday at 12:30. Are you still eating bagels and pop tarts for breakfast? Come and learn about healthy breakfast foods- eat samples and get recipes. Lisa and Donna

Death Café

Coffee and conversation on  Saturday October 28th from 4-6 pm in the Social Hall where we will be free to speak frankly and share what’s on our mind. Check it out on the Death Café website, and join us for an interesting interlude. Hosted by Donna Janesky and Wende Carter.