Thanks to the efforts of Carlos Fratecelli we collect canned goods and other nonperishables for the Food Pantry at Arlington Community Services throughout the year. . It has been our tradition to collect money in December to support the additional work of this outstanding Arlington charity which administers assistance programs for families facing a crisis.
We are in the last two weeks of our UUSC campaign, so fill up those coin boxes and/or write your checks soon for this global quest for human rights. Bring your coin box on Dec. 23rd or Christmas Eve and place it under our holiday tree. If you’re leaving town, you can bring it this week or at the end of the month. Helpful reminders: Place some tape on the bottom of your box to prevent leakage, and write checks to UUCJ, with UUSC on the memo line. Thanks again for your support.
The Special Collections Committee is currently determining the non-profits for the 2019 calendar year. We are seeking input from the congregation of possible agencies that may benefit from our donations. The guidelines for selection include- recipient must qualifies as a legitimate non-profit; reflects diversity; uses most of its income in its mission not administration and has an active board. While the needs are great and the calendar is limited, the committee will carefully consider any suggestions. Please email Meg Rohal (email@example.com).
The response to our UUSC campaign has been great so far. Remember that you can turn in a check anytime, but keep putting coins into your boxes until our Dec. 23rd service. You will be supporting human rights projects around the world, from Burma to Serbia to Haiti.
Our special collection for November 18th will be to support our partner church in Bozud, Romania. With the longtime minister of the church, Levante and his lovely wife, Angela visiting us today, please give generously.
Sales start this week for Equal Exchange chocolates. $2 and $5 bags, with a holiday card bonus accompanying the five dollar bag.
No bulk sales of cards this year. Thanks for your support.
Our annual fundraiser for the UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) starts on November 11th and runs through December. Gather your loose coins for this valuable organization that fights for human rights around the world. Central Americans will be our featured ‘Guests’ this year.
The committee will have a table at the Craft Fair this year featuring small quilted items, bead craft sets suitable for teens or adults, Christmas themed items, wood and bead crafter tools including chainnose, flatnose and roundnose pliers. We also hope to have a small selection of inmate art. Everything is very reasonably priced and a large percentage of the proceeds will go to UUCJ. The Craft Fair is a great place to get a jump on your Christmas shopping, don’t miss it!
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. Lisa Read — special community projects liaison — will further explain the mission of this vital organization.
The goal of the Foundation is to create a longstanding financial source to promote the continued growth of UU philosophies of social justice and equality within our community for future generations. Planned giving is form of stewardship for the future. As we renew our covenant to UUCJ, let us consider the value of contributing to this fund that provides a continued source of funding for our beloved community.