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THIS SUNDAY

11:00 a.m. Online Zoom Worship Service


Worship Service
Rev. Paul Johnson, “Easter: A Celebration of Joy”

Each year as I prepare an Easter sermon I have in mind the words of Rev Dr. Frederick May Eliot, president of the American Unitarian Association from 1937 until his death in 1958.  “When I go to church on Easter I expect to be reminded of the elemental truth that in this universe of ours with all its hesitancies and timidities and tragedy, the tides of life are flowing fresh, manifold, and free. I expect to find myself swept into participation in the universal chant of praise for the irresistible shining glory of the great gift of life which for a brief moment and in an infinitesimal degree I have the privilege of sharing.” I look forward to seeing you.  Rev. Paul

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

Worship Service & Coffee Hour: April 4, 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

TURN OUT FOR JUSTICE!
APRIL 19 @6:30 PM VIA ZOOM
 

ICARE (Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment) will host the Annual Nehemiah Assembly via Zoom on April 19 at 6:45 PM.  Improved Crisis Intervention Training for police, Civil Citations for adults and violence in our city will be addressed with the Sheriff and State Attorney.  The Superintendent of Public Schools will present an update on the use of restorative practices in the schools.  

You may attend at home or at one of two Arlington churches.  Contact Lois Hoeft (Lbhjax2@comcast.net), Meg Rohal (rohal@comcast.net), or Brian Lapinski (blapinsh@gmail.com) for more information.
THE SERVICE AUCTION HAS A DATE!
SUNDAY, MAY 9-23
 

We are now in the Donation Phase of the event and are looking for in person events that will be scheduled later in the year or early in 2022. How exciting is this?! These could be dinners, workshops, parties, classes, ceremonies etc. Donation Forms can be filled out and submitted on the website, or sent to you by email or regular mail. More info can be obtained by contacting Darlene:  email at fundraising@uucj.org or phone at 525-1265.
 
DONATE A SERVICE
FIRST MONDAY DAYTIME BOOK CLUB
APRIL 5, 1:00 PM

On Monday, April 5th, we will meet at 1:00, via Zoom, to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. In May, the topic will be Jacksonland, by Steve Inskeep, call # 973.56. It is the narrative history of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross, two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested our fledgling democracy.  For June, it is The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah. If you are interested in joining the group, please email Barbara Robinson, at bjr2447@gmail.com. We have titles scheduled through August, but we will schedule time, probably in June, to discuss and select another dozen or so books to carry us well into 2022, so start getting your suggestions ready. We try to select books that are available through our public library system.


BOOKS AT SEVEN, SECOND THURSDAY
APRIL 8, 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.

Note: The Zoom info has recently changed—make sure to update your link information, meeting ID, passcode.

Zoom linkhttp://bit.ly/booksatseven
Phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 934 8295 4551
Passcode: 302457

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: Current Events

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.

6 Ways to Cut Out Plastic on Our Next Vacation 

As we begin to think about traveling again, let’s consider ways to eliminate plastic on our next vacation. These six tips are from The Discoverer Blog. 

1.  Opt for an eco-friendly resort that already uses less or zero plastic. 
2.  Shop at a local farmer’s market (no pre-packaged produce).
3.  Bring a water purification device or reusable water bottle. 
4.  Bring reusable utensils and food containers. 
5.  Bring eco-friendly travel products (bamboo toothbrushes, silk dental floss, shampoo balls). 
6.  Bring reusable shopping bags.

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.
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

Thank you for your continued generosity during this time. 
 
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Caring Candles

We are sad to report that Greg Hines passed away at his home on March 25, 2021.  He died of heart failure and had been dealing with this condition for some time. Greg had been an active member of UUCJ for many years as a member of the Board, Denominational Affairs, CUUPS, Sunday coffee, the O’Leno Spring Retreat,  the summer regional conference, SUSSI, and  General Assembly.  A memorial service will be planned once the church has reopened. Please send condolences to Marion and keep her in your thoughts at this difficult time. Marion requests no phone calls at this time, but cards to express your condolences.

Kim and Darlene Larsen are the proud great grand parents of baby Juniper born on March 1, 2021 in Tifton, Georgia.  Congratulations to her parents, Marina and Shane Singletary!

Mike Aiken is home and teaching virtually from his home since March 15, 2021. Best wishes for your continuing recovery.


No UU Then & Now on Easter

We will not be holding the class Unitarian Universalism: Then & Now on Easter (April 5). We will resume the following month, on May 2.


Arlington Community Services Update

Thanks for Continue to Assist Our Neighbors in Arlington!

We are on schedule to exceed our goal of 3,500 pounds by almost 3,000 pounds. Please continue your generous ways.  UUCJ/ACS Teamsters delivered 67 pounds of groceries to ACS on Monday.

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!


UUCJ Birthdays

Next week we are celebrating the birthdays of Florie Adiutori, on Thursday, April 8; and of Eli Wolf, Wende Carter’s son, on Friday, April 9. Please give them a call, shoot them an e-message, or send a card to let them know how special they are.



 
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.

Submission Guidelines


Members submitting a general announcement must submit 50 words or less. ALL announcements submitted must include a title which includes the event name and date. Be brief and to the point, specify time and location and leave CONTACT info to get more detailed information. Announcements are reserved for functions directly related to UUCJ. For functions not directly related to the church please consider promoting these on the UUCJ Group Facebook Page. Email submissions to publications@uucj.org by Tuesday evening (to be published in that week's e-blast).
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