The Food Pantry Needs You!

The Arlington Community Services Food Pantry is experiencing a food shortage at this time, and, unfortunately, there were no food contributions at UUCJ in the last two weeks. UUCJ has supported Arlington Community Services Food Pantry and their other services for many years, and they need our help!
Carlos Fraticelli drops off UUCJ’s donation every Tuesday, and he is looking forward to needing assistance to load his Toyota Prius this week because of all of your donations!  Canned and nonperishable goods are welcomed: Carlos notes that it is very convenient (and cheap) to buy twelve cans of anything at Aldi. Thank you for your continuing generosity!

Call for Volunteers

Would you like to make an impact on the future of our church?

Plant the seeds of faith. Share your time, care, and love with our young UUs.

Join the young students of the Religious Exploration program for fun, worship, and community.

Get philosophical with the teens.

Engage with the elementary school children.

Play with the toddlers and babies.

Come worship with our young UU!

We are in need of your involvement for an hour and a half Commit to help once a month or every other month.

The RE program needs many more adults to connect and nurture our young people.

Please contact the RE Team chair, Helene Kamps-Stewart at 904-571-2716.

READ USA Book Fair

READ USA Book Fair at Arlington Heights Elementary will be on Tuesday May 21.  Anyone who would like to volunteer for the book fair may go to www.readusainc.com to sign up.  Just click on the link for volunteer.  You will find a list of all the schools being served.  Click on Arlington Heights and choose a shift.  You may also volunteer for any of the other schools throughout the week.  Thanks again for your generous support.  If you need further assistance contact Meg Rohal.

Calling All Singers

The UUCJ choir is preparing a program to joyously celebrate Earth Day in April.
If you enjoy singing, please come join us. Rehearsals are on Sundays, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

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

UUCJ Dance: We need volunteers!

By popular demand, the Congregational Life Committee (CLC) would like to host a dance this quarter. To make the party happen, we need your help. We are looking for folks with enthusiasm and creativity to lead the following teams. Please let me know before January 15 if you can do so. Each leader will enlist a few others to serve on their team. We all need to pitch in to create community! We need leaders for: Food team, drinks team, decorations team, set-up team, technical team, straightening up team. Email Mark Stewart at mssjax@hotmail.com if you are interested or have questions. Date is contingent on finding sufficient help. Once we have leaders, we will discuss the theme and date.

Clothes Closet Outreach

Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to carry on this outreach program in 2019 due to health reasons. I have been doing it for the past two years, and it has been very successful, with over a ton of donations in 2017, and close to that this year. So- if you are interested in taking it over or perhaps sharing the duties with others, let me know. Duties consist of picking up the donations from church in the hamper in the social hall, weighing them, and taking them to St. Paul’s Methodist church on Lone Star Road on Monday morning (between 9:00-9:45). On Tuesdays, the Clothes Closet is open for those in need to get clothing/shoes/baby items, etc. at no charge. It is my hope that this program will continue. Contact Donna Janesky if you are interested.

Office Volunteers Needed

Can you come to Church a couple of hours before the morning Sunday service, or can you donate a couple of hours of your time during weekday office hours? Virginia needs help with weekly office tasks (Sunday video surveillance and front desk staffing; weekday clean-up and preparation of various admin documents). Easy, quick, and varied duties, on your own time. Contact Virginia (admin@uucj.org) to sign up and get trained.

Call for Sunday Morning Volunteers

We are looking for 5 generous souls who could volunteer on a rotating basis at the UUCJ front desk from 9am to 10:45am each Sunday morning through the end of the year. Duties involve opening classrooms/helping members with easy office tasks/answering questions. This is an easy, yet critical role to help support our office and minister. With 5 committed volunteers, 1 person comes in every 5th Sunday and we build a fabulous team! Contact Virginia (jennifer@uucj.org) to sign up and get trained. Surprise GIFT CARDS for the 5 lucky ones who get the job done.

UUSC Call to Action!

Despite the president’s order to stop separating families at the border, the crisis is far from over. It’s important to support our UU Service Committee with phone calls to legislators. Remember that the founders of UUSC, Rev. Waitsill and Martha Sharp, gave up their lives in the US in 1939 to help people flee the Nazi terror in Europe. Surely we can take a few minutes to call or write a letter.

The most important item to stress to your legislators is that the children who were taken from their parents need to be re-united as quickly as possible. Grants for asylum should not be reduced; TPS (protective status) for many Central American and Haitian refugees should remain in place. Our country could also increase aid and support to the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala so that people do not have to flee in the first place. Choose any of these points to discuss, but please do something. If we are silent, Congress can only assume we do not care.

  • Sen. Marco Rubio – 904-354-4300 DC – 202-224-3041
  • Sen. Bill Nelson – 904-346-4500 DC – 202-224-5274
  • Dist. 4 – Rep. John Rutherford – 904-831-5205 DC- 202-225-2501
  • Dist. 3 – Rep. Ted Yoho – 904-276-9626 DC – 202-225-5744
  • Dist. 5 – Rep. Al Lawson – 904-354-1652 DC – 202-225-0123
  • Dist. 6 – Rep. Ron DeSantis – DC – 202-225-2706