In these challenging times UUCJ has done a great job keeping our church community connected. However, we are facing a serious budget challenge because our pledges are $20,000 less than the budget approved by the Congregation in December. The Board recognized this problem and held a virtual Budget Summit on Saturday, April 4. Many of you participated and heard the budget options presented by the Finance Committee. A poll taken during the meeting asked whether members would be willing to increase their pledge; many said they would. You may increase your pledge by calling the church office at (904) 725-8133 and leaving a message for Virginia or emailing her at email@example.com.
During the meeting, a member suggested that all of us consider donating part or all of up to $1200 in government rescue funds that we may receive. For a one-time gift:
- send a check to UUCJ (7405 Arlington Expressway 32211),
- donate online (via PayPal) by visiting https://uucj.org/give/ (designation “Sunday Collection”),
- or call Virginia to make a credit card payment over the phone.
Thursday evening from 7-9pm, Rev. Marti will be hosting our weekly open zoom chat for those wanting an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings about where we are at this uncertain time. If you wish to participate, please let her know no later than 6 p.m. and she will send you a meeting invitation: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s phone appointment office hours scheduled for Wednesdays from 7-9 pm. has been cancelled. Rev.Marti and her family will be observing Passover.
We have assembled a Covid19 caring calls team who will be calling all of our members in the next two weeks to check in to see how you are doing in this uncertain and distressing time in the life of this church and our wider community. We hope that you will feel the sense of connection and mutual support we are hoping to convey. They will be offering resources both within and outside UUCJ. We may be physically isolated but we are not emotionally separated.
UUCJ has donated 520 lbs. of groceries during March per Nichole Butterman, ACS Staff. The ACS Teamsters UUCJ database only had 293 lbs. delivered, and the difference of 227 will be added to bring donations to the correct total for March. The importance of the 520 lbs. is that UUCJ members have stepped up their contributions during the COVID 19 crisis. Thanks again for continuing to support those less fortunate in the Arlington area. UUCJ ACS Teamster Team (Linda, Barbara, and Carlos) will continue to true up numbers at the end of the month to measure progress. By the way, we do not have any horses, we use small economical automobiles.
This is what the Arlington Community Garden grew for the month of March 2020:
7 oz. KALE
2.Lbs 8 oz MUSTARD GREENS
6 lbs Collard greens
10 LBS carrots
3 lbs radish
4 LBS Swiss Chard
TOTAL 26 LBS 15 oz.
Totaling: 25 LBS and 15 oz. of produce delivered to the food pantry Arlington Community Services.
Currently growing are peas, potatoes, blueberries, mustard greens, cucumbers, onions, herbs, like beans and just planted okra!
And since UUCJ started the garden, we have donated 5,401.48 pounds of fresh, organic produce to Arlington Community Services and continue to be their only source of fresh produce.
Nichole King is our current grower and is continuing to grow food for those in need during this crises.