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PIANISTS, SOLOISTS, SINGING GROUPS–YOUR TALENTS ARE DESIRED

Our music team at UUCJ is one fantastic group of musicians, however it is a small one and getting smaller.  Jeanne Huebner who so beautifully filled many vital roles within the music group, including pianist, has temporarily had to step down. Sharon Scholl has been doing an amazing job as our primary accompanist, however a backup pianist or more are sorely needed to put some flexibility and peace of mind into the program.     What a blessing it is…

New Normal Team Update

Until further notice, Sunday Service will be broadcast from the chapel. Members should watch the service from home and not come to the church. The number of daily new COVID 19 cases in the Jacksonville area has increased by 400% over 2 weeks to over 25 / 100,000. These numbers create a very high risk of infection. The new Omicron variant is much more contagious than previous strains. The best protection against COVID-19 infection is still vaccination, but even vaccinated…

Church in the Time of Covid

It will be great to be back in-person in our own chapel for a service that feels familiar. Because of lingering precautions from the Covid epidemic, we will have some small adjustments to get used to for awhile. In order to be able to trace any infection that might occur, we’ll have to know who attends our services in person, so be prepared to have some kind of check-in. We are cautioned about shared materials, which would include offering plates,…

New Normal Team Update

At the first in-person UUCJ service since March 2020, the New Normal Team recommends the following precautions: All members and guests should be vaccinated. Because of the higher riske of infection with COVID-19 variants, all members and guests must still wear masks when indoors at UUCJ services. Unvaccinated persons should attend meetings, services, and other activities virtually until the incidence of COVID 19 infections are minimal (less than 1/100,000 new cases per day) in our area. Before removing their masks…

New Normal Team Update

As we look forward to safe in-person services, the New Normal Team supports the following plans to be implemented over the next several months: In-person services starting 11/28/21 (a priority for the entire congregation). Streaming services (a priority for those who cannot attend in-person services). Installation of AV equipment in the chapel to allow recorded and live remote presentations at in-person services. Installation of AV equipment in meeting rooms to allow hybrid meetings for covenant groups, committees and others who…

Opportunities from Our Outreach Committees

Opportunities from Our Outreach Committees It’s an exciting time at UUCJ as we get ready to return to in-person services. Happily, our outreach has not slowed during “the Zoom months”. If you are looking for ways to be involved, here are just a few of the UUCJ opportunities that you can consider: ICARE We had a great turnout at the Community Problems Assembly this month – 24 of us!  But we are reminded that there is still much work to…

Progress in the UUCJ Garden: Help Needed Nov 21, 2:40-4:00pm

Both the arbor over the bench and the tree in the corner have been trimmed in the garden to the right of the walkway to our church, along with much raking, cleaning up and weeding. A new bulb garden is in the process of being created using existing bulbs, this is a big job…sure could use a few more hands to lighten the load. We will be meeting again this Sunday, November 21st 2:30 – 4pm. Hope to see you…

In-Person Services begin November 28

After a long time away, we will come back to in-person services beginning November 28. Please review the information below from the New Normal Team on how we will conduct services to protect our beloved community, and look forward to more info in the coming days. We can’t wait to see you! New Normal Team Recommendations All members and guests should be vaccinated. Persons who are vaccinated can safely resume normal activities. Unvaccinated persons should attend meetings, services, and other…

UUCJ 2022 Mission Budget Workshop Scheduled for November 13

Every year, a Workshop is held to present the preliminary mission budget and get feedback on priorities. The Finance Committee will update the budget based on results of the Workshop and recommend a budget to the Board. The Board will adopt a budget to be recommended to the Congregation and send it out before the Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, December 12, 2021. The Congregation approves a budget at that meeting. The Board has scheduled the Workshop for Saturday, November…

Garden Beautification at UUCJ: Help Needed Nov 14, 2:40-4:00pm

Progress was made last Sunday in our attempt  to clean up the garden adjacent to the walkway of our church:  most dead plants were removed, many were pruned, weeding and raking took place thanks to the efforts of Hope, Betsy, Lois, Teri, Carlos, Kim and Darlene.   It was fun working together and the results were a thing to behold.   We did not however finish the cleanup phase, much weeding and raking needs to be done –  SURE COULD USE A…