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11:00 a.m. Online Zoom Worship Service

Worship Service
Carlos Fraticelli, “Special Collection: Partner Church”

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

Worship Service & Coffee Hour: February 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Meeting url
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:

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, by emailing Virginia at, or by calling the church office.

Thank you for your continued generosity during this time. 
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I was pleased with the good-sized group which joined me for “Unitarian Universalism—Then and Now” on Sunday afternoon, February 7. The intent of the presentation was to show how our seven core principles have drawn on mystical traditions, humanist teachings, Judaism, Christianity, prophetic traditions, world religions, and nature-based religions to create current Unitarian Universalism. The genius of our faith has been its enrichment by several traditions in support of the common values to which we are committed.  I would like to offer this presentation and discussion again on Sunday afternoon, March 7, 2:30. If you would like to take part, you can register by clicking here.

On another note, Carol and I have just scheduled our first Covid vaccination after many hours over many days of trying. What a relief it is. We have wondered why Carol’s sister in Minnesota got her vaccinations some time ago and then we looked up the relevant statistic and learned that there are five times as many people aged 65-plus in Florida than there are in Minnesota. What a blessing it is to see our future open up to the delights of normalcy—something I fervently wish for everyone.
The UUCJ Board has been busy this year. In January, we have met on two occasions to plan for 2021. 

The first session was to discuss the UUCJ governance structure and the roles and responsibilities of each board member.  We have organized an excellent group dedicated to working closely with the congregation.

The second session was to discuss goals and objectives for 2021.  To get some idea about the previous and current desires of the congregation, we studied the comprehensive strategic plan published in 2020 and comments from the visioning workshop done one year ago.  

The Strategic Plan did an in-depth survey of the congregation and summarized their feelings that the church should:
  1. Emphasize social justice. 
  2. Strengthen UUCJ community.
  3. Ground our theology and spirituality.
  4. Expand UUCJ presence in Jacksonville.
  5. Stay in our current location.
  6. Strengthen finances.
The members at the visioning workshop thought the most important included: having a full-time minister, improving our buildings, building a strong shared ministry, stewardship, and addressing the needs of members of all ages.
The Board developed goals for 2021 include:
  1. Reestablish in-person UUCJ services while preserving remote access for all members.
  2. Recruit a full-time minister.
  3. Work to improve church facilities.
  4. Reestablish RE programs for adults and children.
  5. Recruit new members and improve the new member orientation.
In February, the Board met several times to explore options for a full-time minister.  We plan to soon form a search committee.  We have learned that there are many excellent candidates this year.
We look forward to a return to in-person church activities and developing new and exciting programs for UUCJ.  

Vince Ober, UUCJ Board President
FEBRUARY 22, 5:30 P.M.

Here is an opportunity to safely meet, talk, and have fun with other UUCJ women and friends. Our Women of All Ages discussion group meets via Zoom on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30.  Our discussion topics are diverse, and we occasionally have a speaker or activity.   All UUCJ women and friends are invited to attend. 

To receive an invitation, email your name, email address, and phone number to Joyce Milford ( with the title “UUCJ Women.” We would love to see you at our upcoming meeting on February 22, 2021. 
MARCH 1, 1:00 PM

This group has been meeting for a number of years and is always open to prospective new members who are affiliated with UUCJ. Just email Barbara Robinson at if you want to be added to our rolls. We will meet via Zoom on Monday, March 1, to discuss How Not to Die Alone, by Richard Roper. In April, our book will be Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens—an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. 

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

Zoom Link
Phone: (929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 838 8586 2853
Password: 681932

This Sunday's Topic:
Dalya Dajani-Eason presents Surviving Saddam's 1990 Occupation of Kuwait

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 and he will send you a Zoom invite and add you to the weekly email list.

Why take a chance?

Much has been written about the potential toxicity of the weed-killer “Roundup,” which contains glyphosate. Why not make your own, which works pretty well.

Here is the formula:
2 cups vinegar
1 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. Dawn dish detergent
Make a ½ gallon at a time, and pour into a spray bottle and use as needed.
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

Minister Search Committee

The Board would like to organize a search committee for a minister and include a variety of members of the congregation.  If you are interested, please contact Virginia Deroy, UUCJ administrator, or any member of the Board.    

Arlington Community Services Update

UUCJ/ACS delivered 62 lbs. ACS on February 16, 2021.  Keep up the generous donations.

Mary Louise Weber, ACS Executive Director, indicates that current needs are saltines, pasta meals, Jell-O & Pudding Snack Packs, canned fruit, meat, broth & gravy, pasta & rice sides.  We are also in need of small toiletries for the homeless bags. Be blessed!

UUCJ Birthdays

Belated birthday greetings to Robert Prager, whose birthday was Tues,. Feb. 16, which didn’t make it into last week’s announcement. Next week we celebrate the birthdays of Candy Rue on Thurs., Feb. 25, and Barbara Robinson on Fri., Feb. 26. As always, please let these folks know you care by acknowledging their special day.

Caring Candles

Mike Aiken came home from his rehabilitation care center on February 15, 2021.  Congratulations on your continuing recovery.

Tammy Tibbles’ mother, Carol Jean Mobley Tibbles, passed away in the morning of February 11, 2021 in Jacksonville.  A party celebrating Carol’s life will be planned at a later date due to the pandemic.  Condolences go out to Tammy and Aaron and their family.

Special Collection: Partner Church

How does an accidental UU, who was an accidental Catholic, end up going on pilgrimage to Transylvania  to visit our partner church in Bozod?  Carlos Fratecelli  will answer this question on Sunday.  He will go on to discuss how this pilgrimage was part of his UU journey.  However, the trip will not be the main story.  The story will be about how adopting a Partner Church became a small group ministry for some UUCJ members.  As with all small group ministries, they want to share their mission and  come to their congregations for financial support. 

One of our Partner Church effort’s high points was having Rev. Levente Fazakas and his wife Angela visit UUCJ in November 2018.  The fundraising efforts in the past included the Hungarian Dinners sponsored by Donna Janesky and Marta Zsemberovszky.  Marta moved to Bozod and facilitated our partner church efforts. Because we cannot do fundraisers at UUCJ or pull off a Hungarian Dinner, we are making a direct fundraising appeal.  We want to raise $2,000 for Bozod Unitarian Church to support their efforts to repair their Church.  We have a head start on that goal.  One donor will be making a challenge gift of $500.  We urge everyone who went on a pilgrimage to Bozod to remember and honor that congregation with a special gift.  We have responded to past appeals to foster the relationship with Bozod Unitarian Church by supporting their ministry. Let us continue our generosity.  To make a contribution please go to the giving page at www.uucj/give.  There will be a drop down menu for special collections.  Donations by check can be mailed to the church.  Please make the check out to UUCJ with Partner Church on the memo line.    


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