Announcements

Announcements

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…

New Normal Team Update

New Normal Team Update COVID 19 cases continue to decline in the Jacksonville metropolitan area. On 10/23/21 the reported number of new cases dropped below 10/100,000 per day and the positive test percentage below 5%.  If the numbers remain low until November 6, the New Normal Team has recommended in-person services are safe to resume with the following precautions: All members should be vaccinated.  Vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of infection. Vaccinated individuals can safely attend small groups. …

Qualified Charitable Deductions

Are you at least 70 ½? Did you know that you might be eligible to make your charitable contribution to UUCJ tax free, even if you don’t itemize deductions? IRS has a program called “Qualified Charitable Deductions” (QCD) that does just that. The QCD is an option that allows you, starting at age 70½, to instruct your IRAadministrator to direct IRA distributions to a qualified charity. Because your IRA distribution goes directly to UUCJ, you do not report it as…

Zazen Meditation and Discussion Group

For all interested in Zazen Meditation and discussion, come sit with us in the Anthony Room on Saturdays 1:30pm-3:00pm (12:30pm for any newcomers) and Monday evenings 7:00pm-8:30pm, (6:00 for newcomer orientation.) Reach out to group director Bill Mayhew at  or communications director Bret Crews at . Meetings available over Zoom as well and Bill or Brent will provide link.

Notice of UUCJ-Related Email Scam

Rev. Lee Anne’s email address has been spoofed, and there has been an email scam circulating among the congregation. If you receive an email from Rev. Lee Anne that requests a favor from you (with no other details), DO NOT RESPOND to the email. It is a scam, and they will try to persuade you to buy them gift cards. This is a common scam in which people will pretend to be pastors or bosses and exploit people’s trust and…

Rev. Pat Ray

Rev. Pat Ray, who has been a member of our sister congregation BBUUC passed away on Saturday, September 25th in Deland, Florida where she had moved to be closer to her father. From the BBUUC website: Reverend Patricia (Pat) Ray is a Registered Nurse with a Masters’ degree in Public Administration, and a graduate certificate in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary. Rev. Pat is an Interfaith minister, Reiki Master, and member of the Christian Universalist Association. As a chaplain for Buckman…