Special Collection March 24: Tree Hill Nature Center

Promoting environmental stewardship in our own backyard of Arlington and for all of the Jacksonville community, Tree Hill provides hands-on educational programs and low-cost access to natural spaces. We welcome a representative of Tree Hill to explain the vital mission of this organization and some of their exciting future events!

Spaghetti Dinner, This Sunday, February 24th

Please join us for a church family spaghetti dinner that promises to be tasty, social and comforting, this Sunday, February 24th, after service. Regular, vegan and gluten free options will be available at very affordable prices… Adult $5, Children $3, Under 5 free, family group $15. Price includes Spaghetti (with your choice of sauce meat or vegan) Olive Garden Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and Beverage, wine and beer available for a donation ($3). This event is hosted by UUCJ’s Fund Raising Team, to make the event a little more lucrative we have added a 50/50 raffle, if you are able, please buy a ticket or two, it would be most appreciated! Hope to see you there.

Special Collection February 17th: HerSong

The mission of  Her Song is to interrupt the cycle of human trafficking and lead women to freedom. They do this in three ways: survivor care, victim outreach, and community awareness.   HerSong has established the first residential program in our area that provides a healing home and holistic services for survivors of human trafficking to help them on their journey to recovery.  Please welcome Rachel White, founder and executive director of HerSong Jacksonville.

Spaghetti Dinner Sunday, February 24th

Raise a fork for UUCJ!

Our annual Spaghetti Dinner is coming up, Sunday Feb 24th, after service.


  • Italian Meat or Garden Vegetable Marinara Sauce
  • Regular or Gluten-Free Spaghetti
  • Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Beverage
  • Dessert (donated by our members, please consider donating one)

Adults $5, Children $3, Under Five free, Family Group $15.
Wine and Beer: suggested donation $3

Opportunities Await on The Fundraising Team

We are a very small group this year and are in need of a few more members. Our meetings are held the first Sunday of the month, after service. Maybe your time is limited: consider becoming a “Friend of the Fund Raising Team” and help out at your convenience. The objective of our team is to: “Raise funds for the general use of UUCJ in a way that is fun and engaging for the entire congregation.” Fund Raising is fulfilling and creative… computer, cooking, crafting, and marketing are just a few of the skills needed for our team members. This is a great opportunity to use the talents you have gathered along life’s path to enrich our community and also, yourselves. If you are interested please contact Darlene Larsen: darleneandkim@att.net

Guest at Your Table Broke Records!

A big thank you to everyone who donated to our UUSC campaign. $2,360 was collected through coin boxes, checks, chocolate and card sales. A few members donated over $150 which will be matched by a NY congregation, bringing in even more help to the UUSC. You can stay informed with their projects at UUSC.org.

Many, many thanks to you all.

~ Cyd Reider

January Special Collection: JASMYN

JASMYN is a non-profit youth services organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-23. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of this wonderful organization. Liz Nolan and Loretta Prescott join us this morning to further our knowledge of the work of JASYMN and ways we can help celebrate this milestone. UUCJ has been a proud and willing donor to this organization. Please give generously so they can continue this much needed work well into the future.

Special Collection: Arlington Community Services

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.

Guest at Your Table

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.

Special Collections Committee: 2019 Non-Profits

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 (rohal@comcast.net).