President’s Letter

President’s Letter

Message from The President

April has been a busy month for UUCJ. The ICARE Nehemiah Assembly featured Lois Hoeft, Brian Lapinski and Meg Rohal as moderators and over 100 UUCJ members as attendees. The program was very well organized, speakers were well prepared, videos from persons affected by the system were very moving, there was an emphasis on success (positives are always powerful), and an agreement on common goals with our State Attorney Melissa Nelson was meaningful. The sheriff’s office missed an opportunity to…

Letter from The President

The UUCJ Board has been busy this year. In January, we have met on two occasions to plan for 2021.  The first session was to discuss the UUCJ governance structure and the roles and responsibilities of each board member.  We have organized an excellent group dedicated to working closely with the congregation. The second session was to discuss goals and objectives for 2021.  To get some idea about the previous and current desires of the congregation, we studied the comprehensive strategic plan…

Letter from The President

Dear UUCJ Family, I know that there are those of us who are anxious to be able to gather physically on the UUCJ campus and be in community together. The Board totally understands this desire to be together again. However, we continue to feel strongly that we have an obligation to ensure the well-being and safety of all our members, including those who are at high risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus. The Board is weighing all available recommendations—from the UUA, CDC,…

Letter from the President, June 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, I hope you are all staying well during this time of increasing Covid-19 cases in our region. Trying times for us all! Over 60 people from UUCJ attended yesterday’s General Assembly church service from the UUA – I hope you were as inspired as I was. I cannot believe the amount of time, effort and technical expertise that went into creating this dynamic service. And the music was fabulous! There have been a few things happening “behind the scenes” during the…

Letter from The President, June 8, 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, Several weeks ago, I sent you a letter announcing that Rev. Roberta and Rev. Marti were going to return to UUCJ in September and share a half-time position through December of this year.  Unfortunately, after deep consideration, they have determined that this would not serve the interests or needs of the church, and they will not be with us this fall.  They know they will not be able to travel to Jacksonville during this time and feel that the…

Letter from the President, April 2, 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, I hope you are faring well, or as well as can be expected, during this weird time in all our lives.  While many of us are retired, I also know that there are a number of you who are “essential workers”, and I want to thank you for doing your jobs while you struggle with (probably) home schooling, preventing the coronavirus from entering your home, and all the other issues which consume your days. My heartfelt thanks to…

Letter from the President, April 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, I’m hoping this letter finds you doing OK during this weird time for all of us. I particularly am thinking about the members of our community who are first responders and healthcare workers and want to thank you for putting yourself out there for the rest of the Jacksonville community. And to the moms and dads doing home schooling – I am so impressed! What a different world this is! I think, for me, the hardest part is not knowing…

Letter from the President, February 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, Out of their concern for the financial well-being of UUCJ, Rev. Roberta and Rev. Marti have requested that their contracts be converted from 12-month contracts (through July 31, 2020) to 11-month contracts (through June 30, 2020).  After much thoughtful conversation, weighing the pros and cons of this decision, the UUCJ Board has approved their request, which will save the church approximately $7000 in salary and expenses. Rev. Roberta will be taking her accrued vacation in May.  Rev.…

Letter from the President, December 2019

Dear UUCJ Family, Thank you to all who attended the Congregational Meeting on December 16.  We had over 65 people in attendance! Thank you to Rev. Marti for her wonderful message about telling our story “forward”, and to Jeff Funderburk for moderating the meeting.  All of the motions presented were approved:  minutes for the January 13, 2019 and April 14, 2019 Special Congregational Meetings;  2020 UUCJ Budget; and the slate of board nominees.  (Note:  the Board of Directors selects the…

Letter from the President, October 2019

Dear UUCJ Family, I didn’t send a message from the President last month because I was in Serbia visiting friends for three weeks. In 2016, I had a young Serbian couple live with me for almost 4 months while they were working at a restaurant here on Amelia Island. I became their “American Mom”, and last year I went to their wedding.  This year, I went to visit and see their adorable daughter, born in February. It was a warm…