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Minister’s Letter September 2022

Dear Ones, Our Seventh Principle reminds us that we are part of an interdependent and interconnected web of existence – that we belong to each other. We feel each other’s pain and share in each other’s joy.  So, as we begin meteorological autumn and a new liturgical cycle, it is appropriate that our first monthly theme is “belonging.” John O’Donohue asserts that “the word ‘belonging’ holds together the two fundamental aspects of life: Being and Longing, the longing of our…

New Normal Team Update

The 9/9/22 CDC COVID risk level is medium.  Recommendations include: Wear a mask if you are at high risk for getting very sick (age over 65, chronic medical problems, smokers,etc). Vaccines are approved and recommended  for anyone age 6 months and older.  Booster shots are 90% effective at preventing hospitalization. Get tested if you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID.  Stay home if you are sick or have a positive test. Because of the large number…

Water Communion September 11

This Sunday’s water communion will focus on our local communities. Please bring a small container of water from near your home – your tap, a stream, a pond, the ocean – to contribute to our bowl of communal water. During the ceremony, you will be asked to identify your household, including the community of Jacksonville in which you reside. This way, we will learn the far-reaching impact of our congregation and may discover nearby neighbors. Join us in-person or virtually.…

Welcome Garden

On Labor of Love Sunday, several volunteers who worked in the front north garden as you enter the church, were dismayed by all the weeds and how it has not looked very inviting for some time. This area is the first thing visitors see, and several of us have decided to take action so we will be proud of all of our beautiful campus. Hope Clayton, Darlene Larson, Betsy Deuerling, Yanella Parra, and Donna Janesky have come up with the…

Arlington Community Garden Open Hours

Our garden will be open for volunteers and visitors every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9-12. It grows food for the pantry at Arlington Community Services  and  is located at Tree Hill Nature Center’s East (bus) entrance. (Tree Hill is located at 7152 Lone Star Road and has 2 entrances on that road). Come meet our grower, Nichole Sparks, and see what UUCJ’s organic vegetable garden is growing! This is our Green Sanctuary environmental justice project and and we especially…

Coffee Hour Volunteers needed for September

Big thank-you to the volunteers that stepped up to the plate and volunteered for August! We now have that month filled, but there are no volunteers for the month of September, and we need you! You can volunteer by adding your name by your selected date in the coffee volunteer book set out during coffee hour. You do not need to bring snacks; just set up coffee, plates and napkins and do a quick cleanup after. You will need to…

Coffee Lovers Needed!

Our kitchen is cleaned, organized and labeled, now we need volunteers to sign up for coffee hour. The sign up is for one day at a time so the more people that volunteer the easier the job. (No volunteers mean no coffee that day!). Before the service, you will follow the directions to set up coffee, set out plates and napkins, and possibly empty a dishwasher. After the service, there is a quick cleanup of the coffee pot and dishes.…

Small Group Facilitator Training

Interested in a UUCJ Small Group?  UUCJ has three functioning Small Groups meeting once a month in Arlington, the Beaches and Fernandina.  Soul Matters materials are being used to facilitate discussions.  Deepening relationships within small groups strengthens our congregation. One or two more groups could be formed.  Finding a trained facilitator is the first step. In August Soul Matters Training sessions will be offered to new and experienced facilitators.  If you would like to consider this role contact Penny Reid…

Notice from The New Normal Team

The risk of COVID infection has increased. Persons coming to UUCJ activities should wear a mask. Unimmunized members of the congregation should consider attending remotely until the risk level has decreased.

Security Updates from The Board

Security Updates from The Board Dear Ones,  We want to update you on what we have learned about our security concerns. Members of the board and members of the staff met with Det. Matt Bolan, a member of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s Intelligence Division.  He assured us that from all the information that he was able to review, he did not see any indication that we are being targeted by the Gangster Disciples or any other known gang. He also…