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11:00 a.m. Online Zoom Worship Service

Worship Service Speaker
Rev. Paul Johnson

Chaim Potok begins his insightful novel In the Beginning with the words “All beginnings are Hard.” Indeed, they are.My sermon will deal with some of these hardships but will also point out the keen anticipation, even exhilaration, of the beginnings in our lives. Please join me as we begin a new congregation/minister relationship. I look forward to seeing you on Zoom.  Paul

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

Worship Service & Coffee Hour: Oct 11, 2020 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:

2021 Annual Pledge/Mission Funding Drive

In this time of social distancing, the annual pledge drive is happening virtually. If you attended our virtual service on Sunday, October 4, you had the opportunity to hear four of your fellow church members speak eloquently about their relationship to UUCJ and their reasons for supporting this beloved church with their annual pledges. If you weren’t at church and  have access to Facebook, you can find these wonderful testimonials by opening the UUCJ page and clicking on the sermon post.  (The ‘sermon’ starts at about 37 minutes into the service.) 
You have hopefully received your pledge packets in the mail by now. Please complete your pledge as soon as possible and return it to the church office. You can also pledge online on our website:  
Remember—your pledge funds the reasons for UUCJ’s existence in Jacksonville, and allows us to be a force for change in this community and the world!

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 we're reading now:  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki; the End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack; Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough;  Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown.  What are you reading?  Share your favorite, discover a new one!  Join us via the Zoom link below:

When:  October 8, 2020 @ 7pm
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 912 1369 8777
Passcode: 179244
By phone:  (301) 715-8592

The book club will next meet on Monday, November 2, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will be discussing The Library Book, by Susan Orlean, non-fiction, call # 027.479494. Orlean chronicles the 1986 L.A. Public Library fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives. If you want to participate, please contact Barbara Robinson by email at for the Zoom link. 

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.

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 week's topic: Mike Aiken presents “The Presidential Election of 1876”

Do you ever run the tap water to get it hot and let all that good water run down the drain? Or maybe you run the cold tap a few seconds to get it fresh. How about keeping a large pitcher or pretty bucket handy to catch this water.  I use it for potted plants or other plants that need to be watered.  There’s lots of ways to use water that would otherwise go down the drain.
“The eyes experience less stress when they can look up on a wider horizon.” R.D. Chin, The Book of Awakening

Bring into view a situation that is causing you stress. While keeping that situation in view, inhale and open yourself to the things around you that are not stressful. While keeping both the stressful and the non-stressful in view, breathe slowly and realize that to narrow and to widen is part of being human.
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
To make a donation, do so online by clicking on the button below, call Virginia 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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Arlington Community Services Update

Three UUCJ Donors Gave 101 Pounds as of Tuesday Morning.  Great!  Arlington Community Services’ current needs are listed below.

Note from Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director of ACS :

Your monetary support, food, and mask donations have been wonderful!  We are blessed by your radical hospitality to serve our Arlington neighbors in need. We fed 243 folks and helped 14 families with rent/JEA in September. Your generosity has been overflowing during these uncertain times! Thank you so much, and keep us in your prayers.

We are open Monday-Friday, 9-12, at 1450 Rogero Rd, to serve the community. Continue to be safe.

Current needs are:  canned peas, corn, soup, meats, tomatoes, gravy, instant potatoes, Hamburger Helper, pasta and rice sides, Jiffy Cornbread Mix, peanut butter, jelly, laundry detergent, toilet paper, small toiletries, and socks for our homeless.

UUCJ Birthdays

We are celebrating 3 birthdays next week: Joe Adiutori on 10/12, Martha Aiken on 10/15, and Linda Plummer on 10/15. Please give them a call or send a card to let them know that we care. If you have a birthday next week and your name is not listed, we apologize that our records are incomplete. Please contact Barbara Robinson at or 904-874-2603 and she will see that your birthdate is added to our data base.

Caring Candles

Kathleen Renee’s father, David Barth, died from heart failure on September 23, 2020 in Graham, NC.  He was 84. He left behind his wife and sister, seven children, twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He will be sorely missed.  Condolences go out to Kathleen and her family.

Carole Sandman’s mother, Lucille Tanner, passed away on September 27, 2020 in New Port Richey, Florida.  She was 97.  She was living in a care center near Carole’s younger brother.  With deepest sympathy to Carole and her family.


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