April 15 Special Collection: Read USA

Read USA was created by Ellen Wiss and teacher Vanessa Tussey at George Washington Carver Elementary School when she realized that the students had never had a book fair. This spring, through the fundraising efforts of READ USA every student in six of the highest poverty elementary schools in Duval County Public Schools will be given a $15 gift certificate to purchase books of their choice before summer vacation. Ellen will share with us the mission of READ USA and ways UUCJ can support this effort.

February Special Collection: Habijax

The February 18 recipient of our Special Collection will be Habijax. In addition to offering them monetary support, we can also help by participating in the “HabiJax 30th Anniversary Interfaith Build.” Diverse people of faith from all across Jacksonville will be coming together in March to help build a home. Led by an experienced Team Leader, volunteers will work on projects such as house wrap, window install, caulking, vinyl siding, painting, landscaping, laying sod, and cleaning for pre-carpet and final punch. A typical day begins with check-in at 7:45am and concludes at 3:00pm. If you are interested, please sign up here: http://cerv.is/m?0247rFaith2018

Spaghetti Dinner

Raise a fork for UUCJ! Join us for a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser after service on Sunday, February 18th in the Social Hall at 12:15 pm. Tickets on sale at the door:

  • Adults: $5
  • Children age 5-12: $3
  • Children under 5: Free
  • Family Group: $15

Bring your favorite dessert to share! Our chefs will be offering vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dinner options. Entertainment on the patio provided by Florida Fiddle Fest Fiddlers!

We will also have UUCJ shirts available for sale. All proceeds go back to UUCJ. For questions contact fundraising@uucj.org.

Special Collection for January: The Women’s Center of Jacksonville

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville provides a multitude of services to our community. Their mission is to improve the lives of women through advocacy, support and education. This month’s collection will be for The Rape Recovery Department of The Women’s Center.

Our speaker is Sarah J. Wiese, the Advocacy Director for the Rape Recovery Team. Sarah will be discussing Human Trafficking. January is Human Trafficking Awareness month.

In addition, we are having an event after church this Sunday: The Red Sand Project, starts at 12:45. Everyone is welcome. This is a free event. We will be doing a circle at the Labyrinth including a brief meditation, sharing some real statements from survivors. Jenn Wolfe from Women Writing will be facilitating this circle.

Special Collections: Arlington Community Services

Our Special Collections today is Arlington Community Services, a non-profit, tax-exempt service.  Founded in 1989, the church and community supported food pantry has been providing help for Arlington families for more than 27 years.  Please welcome Debra Woods,  Executive Director for the Arlington Community Services.  Make checks out to UUCJ with “Arlington Community Services” in the memo line and use the envelope provided for this purpose.

Guest at Your Table

Please keep dropping coins in your UUSC boxes. Bring them back to church on the 24th or 31st. Checks and envelopes can be put into the collection plate the next three weeks.

Greeting card sales will end this week; chocolates will be available until we sell out. Many thanks!

Closing Strong on 3,000 Pounds – Don’t forget special collection for Arlington Community Services!

While we still want to reach 3,000 pounds hopefully this Sunday, the focus of this collection is to raise cash for Arlington Community Services (ACS).  ACS does more than manage a food pantry for its neediest residents .  They have recreational activities as well as academic and social counseling.  While they have limited funding, they also assist their clients with overdue bills when resources are available.  We are trying to fund this basket of services with the Special Collection so we are looking for as much cash as you can part with.  When locals come to UUCJ for help, we refer them to Arlington Community Services.  Before starting special collections program, we use to budget $1,000 in our the UUCJ annual budget.  We now have special collection in lieu of the budget item.  Yes, also bring the food if you can.