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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Path to Membership will meet on Sunday, January 12, at 12:15 p.m. in the Anthony Room. All are welcome to come for conversation, information, and an opportunity to sign the Membership Book.
Rev. Roberta will be on site from Wednesday evening (January 8) through Sunday afternoon (January 12). If you would like to make an appointment to talk with her during those days, email her at email@example.com or call (904-725-8133) to set a time.
Donna Janesky is a 48-year member of UUCJ who spent over 50 years working as a nurse in acute care, Hospice, and Long Term Care. After her “official” retirement she was a consultant assisting companies achieve quality assurance awards from the American Health Care Association. She is interested in healthy eating, and teaches the Healthy Eating classes here at UUCJ.
Singer David Roth returns to UUCJ for a concert on Friday January 24 at 7:00 p.m. Advanced ticket sales are $20. $25 at the door. Children are free. Tickets will be sold at church each Sunday in January. David plays both guitar and piano in his concerts. Hear David singing “I Stand for Love” and playing piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDX9TaGzvps
Contact Linda Plummer (904) 223-5505 with questions.
Founded in 1989, Arlington Community Services has been providing emergency support to individuals and families in need. UUCJ supports their work year round through our food collections and fresh produce from the Arlington Community Garden. In addition to food assistance, ACS provides monetary assistance for housing, utilities or medical needs when a crisis occurs. It has been our UUCJ tradition at the holidays to contribute toward these much needed funds. Recognizing our neighbors needs and our own blessings at this time of the year, please give generously. Please make checks out to UUCJ with Arlington Community Services in the memo line.
We will be collecting during service December 22 and Christmas Eve.
The UUCJ office will be closed for holiday week: Monday, December 23 through Thursday, December 26.
Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church invites us to watch:
Suppressed: The Fight to Vote Documentary
January 18, 2020
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
BBUUC, 8447 Manresa Ave.
Will include a panel discussion, Q & A, and actions you can take immediately. Join us and #UUthevote in 2020.
Thanks to you for continuing your Sunday contributions and to the Arlington Community Garden for their donations to Arlington Community Services. UUCJ has matched its previous high of 3,000 pounds achieved in 2017. We have three more opportunities to donate food toward ACS: the next two Sundays and Christmas Eve. Remember, on Christmas Eve we will be taking groceries, but our goal will be to raise $1,000 in cash to support the ACS efforts to help with utility and rent shortfalls.
Merry Christmas from the ACS Support and Transport Group: Linda Leon who volunteers at ACS, Barbara who is my backup, Marianna Van Hyning, our previous coordinator, and Carlos Fraticelli.