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Minister’s Message for November 2021

Dear Ones, The theme for this month is “holding history.” While our history does not have to determine our future, it does have a significant impact on who we are today. The joys and the sorrows, the achievements and the failures, the hopes and the disappointments of each stage in a life leaves its mark on the present. Understanding our personal history is an essential part of spiritual growth and development. For many of us, we choose to remember only…

ICARE Community Problems Assembly November 8

Monday, November 8 at 7 PM The first big event of the ICARE year. An update of current issues will be presented as well as a vote on a new issue involving the environment.  The event will be on Zoom or in person at Christ the King church to observe on a screen. To Zoom:Go to: https://bit.ly/2ZRH92KPlease enter a few minutes early to register. After registering, you will be prompted to enter the meeting. You will also receive an email…

Garden Beautification at UUCJ: Help Needed! November 7

We are sure that many of you have noticed that the garden to the right of the walkway into our church is in desperate need of attention.  What’s the fix?  Phase 1: CLEANUP. Hope and Darlene will spearhead a gathering at the church this Sunday 2:30-4:00pm. We will be trimming, pruning, raking, weeding, cutting down and disposing of dead plants, and sure could use some help.  Any amount of time you have to spare will be most appreciated, and if you have…

New Normal Team Update

New Normal Team Update COVID 19 cases continue to decline in the Jacksonville metropolitan area. On 10/23/21 the reported number of new cases dropped below 10/100,000 per day and the positive test percentage below 5%.  If the numbers remain low until November 6, the New Normal Team has recommended in-person services are safe to resume with the following precautions: All members should be vaccinated.  Vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of infection. Vaccinated individuals can safely attend small groups. …

Choir? Yes, Choir!

Taking a leap of faith in a continued decline of Covid infections, we choristers invite you to join us for rehearsals beginning on Sunday, October 31 from 1:30 to 2:30 in-person at our church. We prepare for Choir Sunday on December 19 with a program titled “The Spirit of Christmas”, including five anthems and commentary on the familiar elements of the Nativity story. Fully Covid vaccinated music readers and non-readers of all ages are welcome. We have special choir masks for…

New Normal Team Update

The number of new COVID 19 cases in the Northeast Florida area has continued to decrease and in-person services are planned when the number of new cases has been less than 10/100,000 per day and the percent of positive tests less than 5% for a period of two weeks.  On 10/22/21 the number of new cases the Jacksonville metropolitan area was 11.3 per 100,000 (down from 115 per 100,000 on 8/1/21), and the precent positive tests was 3.9%. We are excited…

New Normal Team Update

The New Normal Team has made recommendations that: All members should be vaccinated. Vaccinated individuals can safely attend small groups. In-person services should resume when the number of new cases in the Jacksonville metropolitan area is less than 10/100,000 per day and the percent of positive tests is less than 5% for two weeks. On 10/14/21 the number of new cases was 14.7 per 100,000 (down from 115/100,000 on 8/1/21), and the test positivity was 5.1%. All persons attending UUCJ…

Qualified Charitable Deductions

Are you at least 70 ½? Did you know that you might be eligible to make your charitable contribution to UUCJ tax free, even if you don’t itemize deductions? IRS has a program called “Qualified Charitable Deductions” (QCD) that does just that. The QCD is an option that allows you, starting at age 70½, to instruct your IRAadministrator to direct IRA distributions to a qualified charity. Because your IRA distribution goes directly to UUCJ, you do not report it as…

Arlington Community Services Update

Thanks for the Steady Flow of Generosity!  In October, Nichole King reported that Arlington community Garden donated 20 lbs. and 10 oz. of fresh produce (Sweet potatoes 6 lbs., Onions 2.4 lbs., Mustard Greens 5 lbs., Squash 7 lbs., and Peas 8 oz.)   Note sent by Mary Louise on September 15 that includes the pantry needs. Many thanks for the generous donations of Bibles, masks, and monies to help folks with rent and JEA. We are very busy and appreciate…

Seeking Board Nominations

The Board Nominating Sub-committee of the Leadership Development Council is accepting UUCJ member nominations for the four Board positions beginning in January 2022. You may nominate yourself, or nominate another member for a director position.  Guidelines are:  Be a member of UUCJ for at least one year Completed UU history, Articulation Your Faith, Journey, or other UU workshops Serving as a UUCJ chair or committee member Leadership experience in business, a nonprofit, the military, etc.  Attended UU Leadership Experience and/or…