Announcements

Announcements

May 8, 2022 Service

After acknowledging Mother’s Day, we will hear a message from Rev. Kathy Schmitz that is appropriate to our current circumstances. Then, we will engage in a spiritual practice that will encourage us to name what pains us and then what comforts us or gives us hope. We look forward to seeing you at Church tomorrow! Speaker Bio: Rev. Kathy Schmitz Rev. Kathy Schmitz is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She has a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Andover Newton Theological…

New Normal Team Update

The numbers of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have decreased in Northeast Florida and across the nation.  The CDC risk level is now low.  The New Normal Team has reviewed current CDC recommendations and suggests:    1. Vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of infection, hospitalization, and death.      2. Masking is no longer required for those who are fully immunized.  Those who have high risk medical conditions should follow the recommendations of their health…

Special Collection: L’Arche

Our special collection will be for L’Arche Jacksonville a community with four family-style homes, the Blanchart Community Center and an off-site day program called the Rainbow Workshop located in Arlington. L’Arche believesthat by creating an environment where people with intellectual and physical disabilities can share their gifts, they are affecting a positive change in the world. Our speaker will be Paul Poirrier, Director of Development. Donations can be made through our website at uucj.org/give, text “$amount special” to 904-593-4220, or…

Renovation and Additions Update

Good news to report on the UUCJ Renovation & Addition project.  Architect Rob Zinn is taking over construction drawings for Phase I of our project. This will include an elevator, new toilet rooms for the Social Hall, a table/chair storage room plus washer/dryer.  Also included are new doors and glass at the west end of the Social Hall, new patio, new sidewalk at main entrance from upper parking lot. On Tuesday Feb 1, the entire design team met on campus…

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…

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…