In Need of Technical Assistance

Long time member, Mary Claire Van Der Horst, has been unable to receive Sunday services or chat on Facebook with us because of an ancient, non-working computer.  I have a new Dell laptop for her and hope someone with good technical skills will volunteer to install it and get her hooked up to her AT&T account.  She lives on the northside on Trout River Drive.  Please call me (Sharon Scholl) at 904-853-6158 or email me at if you can assist.

English Innovations Class Volunteer Coaches Needed!

The English Innovations Class will be teaching English acquisition, technology skills and civics to refugees and immigrants.

We are going to attempt to address the individual needs of each student, so we will be breaking into a lot of small group activity. We have 30 students and would ideally like to have one volunteer per five students. if you would like to help us educate, inform, and prepare our immigrant neighbors to reach their full potential, then please join us!

Contact Jennifer Tucker to volunteer or for more information.

Location: UUCJ Social Hall
Dates: February 10th through April 17th
Class times: Monday and Thursday nights 6-9 pm

2020 Service Auction News

The Service Auction will take place March 29th this year. If you feel like it’s coming around quickly this year — it is! It usually happens in May. Two reasons for the date change:  less competition from other events in March than May and more time in the year to schedule our service donations.

The Fundraising Team is feeling very encouraged about the new year 2020 and are so appreciative of our interim ministers to help us along the way. The theme is “Spring Fever” and with a renewed spirit we are asking for your donation of services. How to donate?  Fill out a form on our website: Hard copies are on the door of the Sanctuary and the bulletin board in the Social Hall — lots of good ideas on these.  Forms can be dropped off at the office or any member of the Fundraising Team:  Cyd Reider, Alex Oleszak, Arlene Anderson or Darlene Larsen. Questions? Email:

Need Help with Cookie Social

The Christmas Eve service typically concludes with our cookie social in the Social Hall.  If that is to happen this year we must find people who know the kitchen routine to prepare the tables, make coffee, tea, etc. and clear the space afterward.  If you are able to do this most welcome and important service, please contact Sharon Scholl via or call her at 904-853-6158.  We do need to offer cheese, crackers, and fruit for our members who must not indulge in sugar, so non-bakers are welcome to bring these alternates.

Cat Colony

We have a small cat colony that lives on the grounds at UUCJ (three cats). A group of UU’s feeds them twice a day on a regular schedule, and we are looking for an additional person to join our group. If you like cats and live fairly close by — even if you can only do this once a week — please let Donna Janesky know.

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 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.