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11:00 a.m. Online Zoom Worship Service

Worship Service
Penny Reid & Others, Mission Funding

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

Worship Service & Coffee Hour: October 4, 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 will happen virtually, starting this Sunday, October 4.  Now is the time to be considering your pledge for 2021.  When you consider the UUCJ mission—“By serving compassionately and connecting authentically, we change the world”—what do you envision for this beloved community? Your generous pledge will provide the underpinning of our effectiveness as a congregation, with one another and with the larger Jacksonville community and beyond!

Covid 19 has disrupted our lives during a time of great social unrest. Are you sitting at home, watching the news—the calls for social justice and need for change—but unsure of what you can do? Here is one answer! Join one of our ICARE house meetings and learn what the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE) is presently achieving in Jacksonville and give voice to your concerns about social justice and inequity in our community. ICARE will be taking on a new problem this year. We need you to give  your input as to the issue that will be researched and moved forward in the coming year. UUCJ has been an active supporter of ICARE with one of the largest and most active justice ministry networks.  Please join us in our efforts to make real change for social justice in Jacksonville! 

Our online meeting has passed, but you can still join us this Saturday on campus:

October 3 @10:00am on UUCJ's outdoor patio
This meeting will be conducted following the Covid 19  guidelines established by the board.  

Mark your calendars! “When we all work together—Great things happen!”
Contact a member of the ICARE team: Lois Hoeft; Brian Lapinski or Meg Rohal with any questions.  

We will meet Monday, Oct. 5th, at 1:00 p.m., via Zoom. The book to be discussed is The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick. To get your Zoom invitation, please contact Barbara Robinson by email, We welcome any UUCJ member or friend who would like to join us. The book for November is The Library Book, by Susan Orleans, non-fiction, call # 027.479494.

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

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

Try planting a small home garden. If this is new to you, begin by getting two large pots, some planting soil, and two packets of seeds. Parsley and basil are popular, but you can choose other herbs. Plant the seeds, be sure to water, place in a sunny spot. You will enjoy seeing them come up, and definitely like going to your pots at dinnertime for very fresh herbs. You can also freeze or dry for later use. Have fun!
“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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New on the UUCJ Campus: Climate Change Staff Gauge

The Adaptation Task Force commissioned and recently installed a Climate Change Staff Gauge near the boardwalk at the edge of the pond. A staff gauge is a ruler used to measure the level of a body of water, and ours is marked to show the expected water level rise in the pond over coming decades. It also includes reference levels corresponding to affected parts of the campus. This staff gauge will be a tangible reminder of the steady water level increase occurring due to the warming of our planet driven by human activity. It will encourage us to keep pressing for reduced greenhouse gas emissions according to our principle of respect for the interdependent web of existence, and to plan and invest in the protection of our place of worship from the rising ocean.

Recalling the Vulnerability Study completed in February, the lower level of the UUCJ campus is vulnerable to sea level rise. A link to the complete Vulnerability Report is on the Member Resources web page, The Adaptation Task Force is a team tasked with recommending steps the church can take to mitigate climate change impact so we can keep our campus strong and vibrant.

UUCJ Birthdays

We have 2 UUCJ birthdays to celebrate next week: Henry Rogers on 10/6 and Eleanor Duncan on 10/9. Please give them a call or send a card to let them know we care.

If you have a birthday next week and your name is not listed, we apologize that our information is incomplete. To get your birthdate recorded in our data base, please contact Barbara Robinson via email ( or phone (904-874-2603). Our spoken affirmation starts: “Love is the doctrine of this church.” One of our principles is that we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Let’s live our values and strengthen our community.

Caring Candles

Florie Aduitori’s sister, Sheila Barth, passed away during the night of September 28, 2020 in New York.The pandemic is requiring a 2 week quarantine on travel to New York.  They may not be able to travel for a service. Our deepest condolences go out to Florie and Joe and their family.

Byron Berg continues to work on his physical therapy program and getting stronger.
Carol Vogel was hospitalized Friday, September 25, 2020. We are glad to hear that she was discharged to her home on Monday evening, September 28, 2020.

How to Contact Rev. Paul

Rev. Paul is officially our minister October 1! If you’d like to contact him, you can email him at You can look forward to meeting him during this Sunday’s service.

Arlington Community Service Update

Thanks again—we exceeded our contributions for 2019 with donations of 3037. Now let’s make 4,000 plus pounds!

UUCJ/ACS Teamsters delivered 45 pounds of groceries Monday.  Thanks also to members who are making direct cash donations to ACS.

Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director of ACS, reported that they fed 112 folks and helped 19 with rent/JEA as of the middle of the month.    

Current needs are: canned peas, mixed beans, pork & beans, mixed veggies, tomatoes, potatoes, Hamburger Helper, instant potatoes, Jiffy Cornbread Mix, pasta, sweet potatoes, canned meats, soup.

Arlington Community Services
1450 Rogero Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32211

UUCJ Reopening Preparations

The last in-person service at UUCJ was in March.  So, when will the next one be?   The New Normal Team, meeting every 2 weeks since June, has been planning for that safe reopening.  There are a wide range of guidelines.  We have recommended a phased reopening for indoor gathering, starting when the COVID-19 test positivity rate in our area is less than 5% for a two-week period.  The Duval rate has been below 5% since 9/6 and the Clay rate has been below 5% since 9/13 and the St. Johns rate has been below 5% since 9/13, but the rate in Nassau is still above 5%.  

The first phase involves small groups of 10 with social distancing, the use of masks, and use of hand sanitizers or hand washing.  Using the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool from the Georgia Institute of Technology, there is currently only a 9% chance that one person in that size group is positive for COVID-19.  

As we open, the number of attendees will be limited.  In addition, some people will be reluctant initially to come back to the church campus.  We need to continue to broadcast our services for those who cannot physically attend.

There are many tasks to complete to prepare the facility.    The heat, ventilation and air conditioning systems in the sanctuary and social hall are being adapted to allow for better filtration and improved air flow.  Individual air filters are needed for classrooms and meeting rooms.  The seating layout for meetings and services needs to be adapted.  Special cleaning procedures need to be used after meetings and services.  Training for group leaders, staff, ushers, and volunteers needs to be done.  At this point help is needed.  Please contact one of the New Normal Team to volunteer.

            Vince Ober
            Cheryl Anthony           
            Donna Janesky
            Sharon Scholl
            Martha Aiken
            Michael Franklin
            Teri Mitchell


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