Caring Candles

Jay Huebner’s twin brother, Ray, passed away on September 19, 2019. The family had traveled to Dallas, Texas, in July to celebrate the brothers’ 80th birthday with all of their children.  Condolences go out to the couple and their family.

Carlos Fraticelli’s mother, Lena, passed away on September 20, 2019, at the age of 97.  She had been a resident at the Taylor Care Center. Carlos and Barbara were with her when she died.  Our sincere sympathy goes out to Carlos and Barbara and their family.

Women of All Ages, October 10

UUCJ Women meet Thursday, October 10, from 6:00–7:30 p.m. at the Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd. All female members and friends of UUCJ are invited.

Special Collection Sunday, October 6: UUCJ Foundation

The UUCJ Foundation is a non-profit corporation established to oversee the UUCJ Endowment Fund, a financial resource of the congregation in perpetuity. Its purpose is to support, enhance, and ensure the continuation of UUCJ’s religious and charitable activities. All members of UUCJ are also members of the Foundation. The Foundation annually distributes 4% of its assets to UUCJ. In 2019 that amount was $21,543.31. Our speaker, Barbara Robinson, has been a long time member of UUCJ and presently serves as the president of the Foundation. She will further explain how your generous contribution will allow the mission of our church to continue for future generations.

Speaker Bio for Sunday, October 6: Linda Hart Green

Linda was ordained 40 years ago and practiced ministry within the American Baptist Churches USA. She served pastorates in New Jersey and was on the regional ministry team in Massachusetts. She received her theological education from Princeton Seminary, from which she holds the M.Div degree and an advanced certificate in Pastoral Leadership Development. She also was trained in applying family systems theory to congregations. While on the Massachusetts staff, she developed, trained, and supervised teams of laity and clergy who helped her work with churches in conflict. She is married to Rev. Harry Green, who is Penny Reid’s big brother and a retired district executive and pastor for the UUA. They retired to Fernandina Beach. Linda has enjoyed attending the Nassau branch of this congregation with her sister-in-law. The Greens are members of New Vision UCC, a progressive Christian congregation in Yulee. Linda coordinates their community outreach ministry.

Stitch & Bitch, October 9

Join us for Stitch & Bitch September 9, 6:00–8:00 p.m., in the Social Hall! This group is for knitters, crocheters, embroidered, sewers, and all other stitchy humans. We will meet to work on our projects and chat. This is open to all levels, from curious to experienced.

Speaker Bio for September 29: Michael Franklin

Michael was born and raised as a Baptist in a small steel mill town in northeast Ohio. At the age of twelve he was ordained as a youth minister at his local church. After graduation from high school Michael served in the U.S. Navy and thus began the journey that brings him here now!

Professionally, Michael is a Certified Surgical Technologist with about 30 years of experience. Michael has worked as a Surgical Technology Instructor and Program Manager at various career colleges around the country.

He often says that his experiences as an independent contractor for hospital based surgical departments is a large factor in his love of diversity in life. Michael currently serves surgical patients as a senior Surgical Technologist on the off-shift specialty team at Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville.

His community building experience includes welcoming diversity and conflict resolution work with the National Coalition Building institute (NCBI) in upstate New York and Toronto and Inward Journey Inc. in Memphis and Chicago.

Michael has been a member of UUCJ for five years and currently serves as Chair of the Adult Religious Education Committee (which he fondly calls the Adult Religious “Experience” Committee).
As part of his diverse spiritual journey Michael consults with local Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors as a physical health practice and works on his spiritual and emotional well-being by participating in sweat lodge rituals in the Lakota Native American/indigenous people’s traditions.

Spiritually speaking, Michael is an admitted Taoist that worships as a Khemitic Spiritual Philosophy Initiate under the teachings of the Ausar Auset Society International. Throughout his journey Michael has learned from, prayed, and meditated with Japanese, Lao, and Thai Buddhist monks, African priests and priestess, and native American shamans.

Membership Committee Ushers and Greeters September 29

The Membership Committee will hold its quarterly informational meeting on Sunday, September 29th at 12:30 p.m. in The Fletcher Room. Please join us! Refreshments will be provided. Thank you for being part of this committee, which greets visitors and welcomes members every week!

A Message from Arlington Community Services

We were blessed to serve 361 folks in August. We thank you for your many donations as are shelves are getting bare. So many people are in need of food right in our neighborhood!

Our current needs: crackers, cereal, canned fruit, tomatoes, dry potatoes, Hamburger Helper, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, canned pasta, Jiffy Corn Bread Mix, soup, laundry detergent, gravy/broth, snacks. t-shirts, socks, and washcloths are always appreciated by our homeless clients.

Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director
Arlington Community Services, Inc.

Jazz for the Sanctuary Concert

Jazz for the Sanctuary Concert will occur on October 13th at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Hope Clayton and Friends will be putting on the concert. This concert will be the kickoff event for the Mission Funding Drive for 2020. This event will be unique because the ticket to attend will be your completed pledge card, and all members of that household can attend.

The idea for the concert and using it as the starting event for this year’s canvass came out of the Jazz Soiree Service Auction Event that Hope and Gary sponsored at their home. Blanche Williams, Stewardship Portfolio Manager, and the UUCJ Board approved the format. The sponsors of the event are the Mission Funding Team via its budget and Carlos Fraticelli, Barbara Robinson, and Meg Rohal. Carlos will be organizing the event for Blanche Williams and Mission Funding Team.