UUCJ Last Chance Auction – One Week Only, Ends Sunday June 6, 10pm

Many, many thanks to the Donors, Bidders and Volunteers who wholeheartedly supported our UUCJ Spirit of Life Service Auction; because of you this totally online event was a smashing success!  The Fundraising Team has felt great joy in working with you, the members, on this Service Auction Journey and look forward to future, and even better collaborations. Here’s some good news for those of you who didn’t get a chance to support our only fundraiser…the UUCJ Last Chance Auction…now open…

Special Collection: READ USA

Our speaker this Sunday will be Terrence Freeman, newly appointed CEO of READ USA. UUCJ has done a special collection to sponsor a  READ USA book fair for the students of Arlington Heights Elementary School for the past 5 years.  The book fairs allow each student to choose three new books for summer reading.  The book fairs will be conducted  in person or virtually this year depending on how the students are attending school.  UUCJ is the only faith-based organization…

Capital Campaign Update

The capital campaign, Renewing Our Community, is moving ahead with many gifts coming in from the congregation. We are about half-way toward our goal to be able to complete the project of improving and enlarging the social hall, redesigning the kitchen, adding ADA bathrooms, and a new elevator—as well as creating a deck and gazebo. We’ve sent a capital campaign packet to everyone on UUCJ’s mailing list. If you did not receive the packet, please contact Kathleen McKenzie. She can…

Special Collection: Family Promise

Family Promise of Jacksonville is a nonprofit organization with the goal of helping homeless families return to self-sufficiency by obtaining employment and permanent housing.  Our speaker will be Beth Mixson, development director for Family Promise.  She will give us some valuable insights into the problem of homelessness in Duval County especially as it has been impacted by the pandemic.  She will give us further information explaining  the  many ways that Family Promise assists homeless families.  

Special Collections

Despite the pandemic,  the response of our wonderful congregation to our special collections has been amazing.  In 2020 UUCJ donated over $10,000 to non-profits that benefit our Jacksonville community.  Considering we did not conduct collections for several months, this is a testament to the generosity of this community.  This includes:  Minister’s Discretionary Fund- $2804; Foster Closet- $616; READ USA- $3100 ( which was matched so we provided a virtual book fair to every student at Arlington Heights Elementary;) Don’t Miss…

Special Collection: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition

The Healthy Start Coalition leads a cooperative community effort to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of children, childbearing women and their families in Northeast Florida. Our speaker will be Lisa Read- Community Projects Liaison.  Lisa will inform us of the work of this life saving organization as well as the many positive changes that have occurred in the past year that allows outreach to more families so that every baby can begin life with a healthy start.   Donations…

Your Opinion Needed

We usually start ordering materials for our ‘Guest At Your Table’ campaign in September. We know there will be no coin boxes, pamphlets, and cards, but do we want to keep the chocolate sales? The Fair Exchange chocolates serve two purposes- money raised for the UUSC and money for small farmers. Cyd Reider is willing to deliver bags of chocolates if you order $10 (50 pieces of 55% dark chocolate).  Or we can just wait until next year and send donation…

Thank You from READ USA

READ USA sent the congregation a thank-you letter for UUCJ’s contribution and sponsorship of their 2020 Book Fair at Arlington Heights. You can read the letter by clicking on the link below.

Special Collection READ USA

Once  again because of the generosity of our amazing congregation, UUCJ will be sponsoring a READ USA Book Fair for the children of Arlington Heights Elementary. Despite the difficulties presented by the pandemic, we raised $1500 which was matched by an anonymous donor. This will allow every Arlington Heights student to choose 3 new books which will be mailed to them. Imagine the delight of these children when they get this package! Thank you for supporting this effort this year!

“When Life Gives You a Pandemic, Bring on the Resilience!” a Webinar by Blanche Williams

Learn about stress, scientific reasons that pandemic stress is worse than everyday stress, and methods for coping that will help you maintain and improve your sense of well-being.  Takes place  Monday May 4th 8 -9pm.  Tickets on sale at the UUCJ After Auction Clearance Sale: Need more info or help to defray the cost? Contact Blanche: