Arlington Community Services Update

A joyous Happy New Year to all! UUCJ members and friends, you contributed 3,115 pounds of groceries to Arlington Community Services during 2019. The 2019 total contributions are high for the four years that we have been tracking donations. Last year’s total includes the produce grown and contributed by Arlington Community Garden. This December, we helped to feed 319 clients, 18 of them homeless, and assisted 15 clients with rent/JEA.

Our accumulated total food contributions to ACS for the last four years is 11,075 pounds.

We have set the goal for 2020 at 3,200 pounds and hopefully we will be able to exceed it! Thank you to those who bring something regularly. We hope this continues. However, if everyone who attended services brought one or two items each Sunday, we could easily exceed our goal.

We very much appreciate the $732 in donations raised for Arlington Community Services the Sunday before Christmas and Christmas Eve. We were hoping to exceed $1,000 to facilitate rent and utility subsidy that ACS helps out when individuals are having a crisis. If you did not get a chance to donate, you can go to the giving page on our website and make an online donation. Please annotate the gift as going to the Special Collection for ACS.

Current grocery needs are: dry potatoes, Hamburger Helper, pasta sides, rice sides, rice, jelly, pasta sauce, laundry detergent, snacks, and gently used children’s books. We are so grateful for all you do!

Guest Speaker Bio for January 5: Donna Janesky

Donna Janesky is a 48-year member of UUCJ who spent over 50 years working as a nurse in acute care, Hospice, and Long Term Care. After her “official” retirement she was a consultant assisting companies achieve quality assurance awards from the American Health Care Association. She is interested in healthy eating, and teaches the Healthy Eating classes here at UUCJ.

Caring Candles

Henson Markham, UUCJ member and former music director, passed away on December 24, 2020 in Columbus, Georgia surrounded by his family. He was a past President of the Friday Musicale and the founder and director of the Chamber Music Society of the Church of the Good Shepherd. He had a career in the music publishing industry in New York City. Henson also served in the Army as a chaplain’s assistant. A memorial service celebrating Henson’s life is planned for Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm at UUCJ, followed by a reception in the social hall.  UCJ members and friends are invited to assist in the set-up and clean-up for the reception. Our sincere condolences go out to Henson’s son, Brian Markham, and his family.

Sallie Pickard and Buck Plaster are happy to report that their daughter, Ehren Black, successfully underwent surgery for a recurring brain tumor. She is now at Brooks Rehabilitation on University and Beach for an unspecified time. Please keep sending her your happy thoughts. Cards and notes of support may be sent to Ehren at Sallie’s address: 12862 Chets Creek Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224.

Candy Rue’s former husband, Neal Rue, passed away on December 25, 2019.  They have two children, Danny and Emily. Neal was a very talented photographer. A family gathering is planned for Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 3:00PM.  Our sincere sympathy goes out to Candy and her family.

Concert with David Roth January 24

Singer David Roth returns to UUCJ for a concert on Friday January 24 at 7:00 p.m. Advanced ticket sales are $20. $25 at the door. Children are free. Tickets will be sold at church each Sunday in January. David plays both guitar and piano in his concerts. Hear David singing “I Stand for Love” and playing piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDX9TaGzvps

Contact Linda Plummer (904) 223-5505 with questions.

Weekday Book Club Selections

We meet Monday, January 6, 1:00-2:00 pm. at Books-a-Million on Atlantic Boulevard

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown – (158.2 BROWN 2017). A book that uses new research to challenge old beliefs about belonging. We will also finalize our reading list for 2020.

Healthy Eating Class January 5th

Did you make any resolutions involving eating healthier? Start the New Year right by attending a class by Chef Lisa on “Kitchen Reset.” It’s hard to make healthy meals without the right equipment and frequently used ingredients, so get a head start on a healthier you in 2020. Fletcher Room, January 5 at 12:30.

Women of All Ages January 14

UUCJ Women of all Ages meets at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, at the Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd. If you’re a new member/friend of UUCJ or just want to get to know some fabulous other women in a social setting, please join us.

Guest at Your Table

The  UUSC campaign for this year has come to a close. Our “guests” are on their way to keep fighting for social justice. If you want to help them, please bring your coin boxes back or write a check to UUCJ with UUSC on the memo line. We will have extra envelopes at the back of the church.

One last note about this organization: In addition to the 80 partners they support around the world, they are also exposing thousands of young adults with immersion trips and training. ThIs UU College of Social Justice is creating a new generation of faith-based justice activists.

Thank you for your loyal support.

Special Collection: Arlington Community Services

Founded in 1989, Arlington Community Services has been providing emergency support to individuals and families in need.  UUCJ supports their work year round through our food collections and fresh produce from the Arlington Community Garden. In addition to food assistance, ACS provides monetary assistance for housing, utilities or medical needs when a crisis occurs. It has been our UUCJ tradition at the holidays to contribute toward these much needed funds. Recognizing our neighbors needs and our own blessings at this time of the year, please give generously. Please make checks out to UUCJ with Arlington Community Services in the memo line.

We will be collecting during service December 22 and Christmas Eve.