Weekday Book Club Selections

  • August 5th: The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen (947.086)
  • September 3rd: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
  • October 7th: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (004.092 PAUSCH)

We meet at Books-a-Million on Atlantic Boulevard from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Caring Candles

Longtime UUCJ member, Ann Winfree, passed away on July 19, 2019.  Ann had been active in several groups and committees including Our Gang (outing group), Weekday Book Club, Membership Committee/Sunday Usher and Caring Network/Co-chair and Atlantic/Neptune Beaches Neighborhood Coordinator. She retired from the Beaches Branch Library as the Senior Children’s Librarian in 1999. Ann also volunteered for BEAM for many years.  A Memorial Service is planned for 4:00 PM,  Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Adele Grage Cultural Center, Atlantic Beach. Cards may be sent to Ann’s daughter, Woody Winfree, 335 3rd Street, Atlantic Beach 32233.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to Ann’s children and their families.

Wende Carter had a wonderful time at SUUSI at Western Carolina State University, Cullowhee, N.C. This is a very popular conference with Jacksonville UUs. Wende enthusiastically recommends this annual  intergenerational conference to everyone.

New Stove!

The church kitchen has a new stove, courtesy of the Capital Campaign! Click on the post title to see the photos.


Speaker Bio for July 21: Bowen Barrs

Bowen Barrs is a native of Jacksonville, but left at age ten to live in Colorado, Arizona, and Clearwater before returning in 2008. He and his husband, Jake, celebrated 31 years together this month. They are the proud parents of two dogs, two cats, a canary, and assorted fish.

Bowen is a hair stylist and massage therapist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and worked as a flight attendant back when the Wright brother’s flew. In the past he’s been known to tread the boards in community theater performing comedy, drama, and musicals. When time permits, he volunteers at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Special Collection: Arlington Community Garden

The Arlington Community Garden provides fresh produce to our needy neighbors. Lynne Paradise of our Green Sanctuary Committee will tell us about the unique needs of the garden. Our monetary contribution will enable the garden to flourish as a much needed outreach of our congregation.

Women of All Ages July 25

UUCJ Women of All Ages invites all UUCJ women to our meeting on Thursday, July 25, at 6:00 pm. Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Community Room A.

UUCJ Library

Nichole Butterman and her daughter organized and added to the collection of books at the church library. They are organized in sections: “children”, “teen”, “educational”, “spiritual”, and “world.” Nichole will be adding reference labels as she has time. They could use a magazine rack (or a kid’s book rack) for the larger children books, if anyone has one they could donate!
Thank you, Nichole, for all your hard work! And everyone should check out the library, located next to the restrooms near Fletcher!


Caring Candles

Gene Duncan’s brother, James Duncan, passed away on June 27, 2019 in Deltona, Florida. Condolences go out to Gene and Eleanor and their family.

Jay and Jeanne Huebner traveled to Dallas, Texas to celebrate the 80th birthday of Jay and his twin brother, Ray. Their birthday party was held on July 9, 2019. Jay, Ray and all their children were able to celebrate together.

Nan Rudolph announced that her husband, Allen, celebrated his 93rd birthday on July 3, 2019. Congratulations Allen!

Plastic-Free July Display, July 21

The Green Sanctuary Committee will have a display downstairs in the Social Hall after the service.  We will focus on re-usable shopping bags and produce bags, with a demonstration on making bags from old T-shirts.  If you have any bags you would like to show, please bring them in.  And if you have any extra re-usable bags you no longer need, consider bringing them to church to give away to others.
Could you do without plastic for a month, or a week, or a day?  Help to address the plastic waste issue and learn more about the Plastic-Free July challenge at  plasticfreejuly.org.