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Make sure to set your clock forward one hour this weekend!
THIS SUNDAY

11:00 a.m. Online Zoom Worship Service


Worship Service
Rev. Paul Johnson, “Louisa May Alcott

In honor of Women's History Month, I'll be telling the remarkable story of one of our nineteenth century Unitarian stars, Louisa May Alcott.  - Rev. Paul

This Sunday we will be hosting our worship service and coffee hour on Zoom. Here are the details:

Worship Service & Coffee Hour: March 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Meeting urlhttps://bit.ly/uucj-virtual-service
Meeting ID: 946 0535 3073
Password: 030776
Phone: (646) 558-8656 and enter meeting ID and password when prompted

We will also be streaming live on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/uujax.org/live

To make a donation, do so online by clicking on the button below. You can also contact Virginia, our church administrator, at the church office at (904) 725-8133 to make a credit card payment over the phone. Or, send a check to UUCJ at the address below:

7405 Arlington Expressway
Jacksonville, FL 32211

If you'd like to renew your pledge for 2021, you can submit your pledge online at uucj.org/covenant-renewal-2021, by emailing Virginia at admin@uucj.org, or by calling the church office.

Thank you for your continued generosity during this time. 
 
Give Today
BOOKS AT SEVEN, SECOND THURSDAY
MARCH 11, 7:00 PM

Join this casual book club to talk about what you're reading and share conversations with other avid readers!  Allen Tilley facilitates the group and participants discuss the books that interest them.  What are you reading?  Fiction, history, politics, poetry, humor? Share your current favorite and discover a new one!  A current favorite is The Girl with the Louding Voice by Nigerian author Abi Dare. Join us via the Zoom link below:

Zoom linkhttps://bit.ly/booksat7
Phone: (301) 715-859
Meeting ID: 912 1369 8777
Passcode: 179244



FIRST MONDAY DAYTIME BOOK CLUB
APRIL 5, 1:00 PM

On April 5, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom, we will discuss the novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. Set on the North Carolina coast, it is the story of the mysterious “Marsh Girl,” Kya Clark, who gets entangled in the death of handsome Chase Andrews. Our book for May will be Jacksonland, by Steve Inskeep, call # 973.56. It is a narrative history of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross and their roles in the constitutional crisis that occurred fifty years after our Revolution. If you would like to join us, please email Barbara Robinson at bjr2447@gmail.com

Join the Playing with Ideas group via Zoom every Sunday 9:30-10:45 a.m. 

Zoom Linkhttp://bit.ly/playingwithideas2
Phone: (929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 838 8586 2853
Password: 681932

This Sunday's Topic:
Allen Tilley presents Dream Theory; Precognition Dreams

Spiritual Studies meets every Sunday morning by Zoom from 9:30 am to 10:45 am. We have a fun time discussing various perspectives on Spiritual and Personal Growth. We also share what is going on in our lives along with our personal strategies and Spiritual practices for surviving and thriving in this world. This is a drop in discussion group. No commitment or prep required. All voices are equal.

To participate just contact David at altauniverse@gmail.com and he will send you a Zoom invite and add you to the weekly email list.


Your computer may go to sleep, but it’s still sucking up energy. Turn your computer and monitor off at the end of the day.
Looking for the member directory? Event Zoom information? Your contribution data? Or do you need to update your contact info?

You can do all that and more in our Breeze church management system. You can access Breeze using the links below, or by finding the link on our website under “Members.” Take a look at your profile and see if your info is accurate. You can update your email address, phone number, address, and add your birthday. Let us know if your profile is missing any family members or children. 

If you're a member and don't have a login for Breeze, contact the Church Administrator at admin@uucj.org.

Ministerial Search Committee

The Board has formed a search committee for a contract minister for UUCJ:

  • Jeff Funderburk has been a UUCJ member for many years, has been Board president twice, has made multiple repairs of our venerable buildings over the years, and has been very active recently as chair of the Worship Committee.
  • Nancy Murrey Settle has been a UUCJ member for several years, has held a variety of leadership positions including her current Board position as Secretary and served on the previous search committee.
  • Penny Reid has been a UUCJ member for several years, has held many leadership positions, has served on previous search committees and currently is supervising our UUCJ staff.
  • Robert Prager has been a UUCJ member for many years, has held many leadership positions including Board president and has served on previous search committees.
  • Tom Larson has been a UUCJ member for many years, has held many leadership positions including Board president, has served on previous search committees and is the current chair of the Finance Committee.

We all appreciates their willingness to volunteer their time for such an important job.


Adaptation Task Team News March 2021

Climate change effects are increasingly stressing our planet.  A UUCJ Adaptation Task Team meets periodically to assess climate threats and advise UUCJ regarding its effects on our campus. Among these are: 1) occasional loss of use of the lower parking lot near the pond, 2) storm damage to the social hall, and 3) water overflow into our lift station.  Vulnerabilities in the social hall will be addressed in upcoming renovations, and parking lot work has received some thought conceptually.  Please contact Steve Settle at sssettle@yahoo.com with campus adaptation questions and concerns.


UUCJ Birthdays

Next week we celebrate the birthdays of Fred Kerber on Thursday, March 18; and of Bob Harmon on Saturday, March 20. Please give them a call or send them a card to brighten their special day. Also express your condolences to Fred for his mother’s death, which was noted in last week’s eblast. Dorothy Kerber died at age 96 on Feb. 17, 2021. She was a well-known gadfly at the beach and will be missed.


Caring Candles

Long time UUCJ member, Gene DeLoach, age 104, passed away on December 28, 2020.  After her daughter went to college, Gene started college, completed a masters degree and worked as a speech therapist.  Prior to college, she used her sewing skills to start DeLoach House of Fabrics. Gene’s sister, Esther, died 6 weeks later at 106. A celebration of their lives is planned  for March 27, 2021 at Gene’s home in Atlantic Beach.

Early last week, Marsha Collins fell in her garage and hit her head on the cement floor.  The CT scan did not show any injury, but she is having headaches. Cards and healing thoughts are welcome.


Special Collections

Despite the pandemic,  the response of our wonderful congregation to our special collections has been amazing.  In 2020 UUCJ donated over $10,000 to non-profits that benefit our Jacksonville community.  Considering we did not conduct collections for several months, this is a testament to the generosity of this community. 

This includes:  Minister’s Discretionary Fund- $2804; Foster Closet- $616; READ USA- $3100 ( which was matched so we provided a virtual book fair to every student at Arlington Heights Elementary;) Don’t Miss a Beat- $ 870 and Arlington Community Services- $2010.    We are continuing our Zoom special collection  throughout 2021.  This has given us an opportunity for greater understanding of the wonderful work being done throughout Jacksonville.  Our January collection for Healthy Start collected  $700.  


Arlington Community Services Update

Keep on Trucking – 5, 10, or 20 lbs. at a time

While we are below our weekly average, we will not know the actual status until the end of the month.

When those stimulus checks come, if you can share some of that cash with ACS and the other charities you support, you could continue to help those less fortunate during this crisis.

Current needs are: saltines, pasta meals, pop-top soup, tomatoes, fruit juice, sardines, tuna in pouches, gravy, Hamburger Helper.  We are also in need of small toiletries for the homeless bags.

Continue to be safe and blessed!



 

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