Weekday Book Club News

Beginning with our next session February 3, we will be meeting in the church social hall from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Selections:

  • February 3: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • March 2: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

All are welcome.

Special Collection for January 19: UUCJ Ministers Discretionary Fund

The special collection on Sunday, January 19, will be for the newly formed Ministers Discretionary Fund. Many churches have such a fund, but UUCJ has never formalized one. The UUCJ board and ministers recognized that there are situations in life that are often unexpected and may cause great financial hardship. The fund will be  administered by our ministers and is intended  to provide confidential assistance to those facing emergency financial needs. This Sunday Penny Reid and Reverend Marti will further explain the processes established by the board and the pressing need for such a fund at UUCJ. Let us generously provide funding to establish this fund for the future through this month’s special collection.

Campus Driveway Narrowing

The Florida Department of Transportation will be closing off HALF of our entrance driveway starting Monday, January 20, through Thursday, January 23, (4 full days) in order to pour the new sidewalk. After that, they will re-open that side for us to use and close the other side for another 4 days, starting Monday January 27. Please exercise CAUTION entering and exiting our church parking lot during those time periods.

Leadership Summit Goals

Last August your co- transition ministers hosted an information gathering Leadership Summit attended by board members and committee chairs, helping them to find out about congregational roles, responsibilities, and hopes for what a successful year together might look like.

Last Saturday, January 11, as promised, they held a mid-year meeting, once again checking in with the 23 leaders who were present, and then brainstorming a list of possible achievable objectives by summer and the end of the ministers’ contract with UUCJ.  After a voting process, the following goals/objectives were selected:

  1. To create a process and hold conversations to discuss what draws people to or discourages people from being part of our congregation. The questions are why are we not more diverse, why do we have so few youth and younger adult members, and why do people leave?  Responsibility: Minster Rev. Roberta and the Transition Team.
  2. To fill the current vacancies on our committees. Would changing the name of these from “committees” to “teams” with what this might mean for how they function, enhance participation, and communication?  Responsibility: Rev Marti and members interested in leadership development.
  3. Explore ways to increase income the rest of this fiscal year. Responsibility: everyone on board and committees in stewardship portfolio OR a small task force.

Look for more information and  updates in future e-blasts, ministers’ reports, and Sunday bulletins.

Arlington Community Services Update

We exceeded our goal of 3,000 pounds of food contributions from Sunday collections and the Arlington Community Garden! Thanks to all of you who made that happen.

We have raised our goal for 2,020 to 3,200 to continue our practice of service to the Arlington Community via our food contributions. You have donated 117 pounds so far this year, including 8 lbs. from Arlington Community Garden. Donations of 62 pounds per week will put us at 3,200 at the end of 2020.  It makes Carlos’ day when he delivers your contributions to ACS on Mondays and they weigh the groceries in. Thanks to Linda Leon, who volunteers at ACS and backs Carlos up when he cannot make deliveries.

We previously reported that the Special Collections for ACS raised over $700. Our bookkeeper Judy Anderson informed us few days back that additional contributions came in, bringing the total to $1,072!

Playing with Ideas

Upcoming Topics:

  • January 19: “Warren Court Decisions’ Influence on America” Joe Baun
  • January 26: “CBD  Is it the answer?” Jerry McDaniel, Chuck Castonguay

Playing with Ideas meets 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays in the Anthony Room.

Spiritual Studies

Spiritual Studies meets 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays in the Channing Room unless noted otherwise.

January 19: God In All Worlds: Anthology of Contemporary Spiritual Writing by Lucinda Vardey. Current topic: Revelation: Strengthening the Soul

Format: Relevant material to be read out loud by participants is provided by the facilitator or presenter at the beginning of each session, followed by a lively discussion. So, no prep or homework required, no need to purchase books, and ALL ARE WELCOME!

Women of All Ages January 14

UUCJ Women of all Ages meet at 6:00 pm 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.

You Can Still Donate to the UUSC!

Did you find a stray envelope or coin box for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee? Our campaign is over, but if you place your donation in the offering plate, Judy, our bookkeeper, will get it added to our total. Thanks for your wonderful support!