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.
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 email@example.com with campus adaptation questions and concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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!