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THIS SUNDAY

11:00 a.m. Online Zoom Worship Service


Worship Service
Rev. Paul Johnson, “Triangles are Forever”

I and three members of our Board (Teri, Munsell, and Nancy), are participating in a leadership training course presented by the staff of our Southern Region. The last session was devoted to systems theory. One aspect covered was that of triangular relationships. When there is anxiety within a relationship between two people a third person is often enlisted to handle the anxiety. This may be helpful but it also may be quite harmful. I'll be dealing with both aspects as we look at this very common human propensity. 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: March 7, 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

FROM THE MINISTER
 
We are coming up to the anniversary of the most emotionally challenging year in my life. Perhaps it has been so in your life as well. The challenge of the worst pandemic in a century together with a tragically inept federal response, persistent presidential prevarication across the board until January 20, concern for personal safety and that  of family and friends, police violence against minorities, lack of sufficient response to Russian assaults upon us, continued fraying of relationships with our European allies, unrest in our cities, the unimaginable assault on our national capitol,  the possibility of economic collapse, and  anger at those who do not accept the patriotic duty to wear a mask. I ‘m sure there are more things to put on the list, but these are the ones that come immediately to mind as I type this.

In addition there are persistent questions that keep coming to mind. Why is it that that the conservative, evangelical churches in my community  resumed in-person services and meetings last April and May and many mainline churches followed in the ensuing months while most Unitarian Universalist congregations nationwide still do not have firm plans for reopening?  Why is it that my grandparents and great aunts and great uncles mentioned little or nothing about their experience during the pandemic of 1918-1919?  I spent a good deal of time with my great aunt Hannah while growing up.   She was a nurse during this period but she never, to my recollection,  mentioned the Spanish Flu which took an estimated 50 million lives world-wide and 675,000 American lives at a time when our population was one-third of what it is today. According to the CDC one-quarter of all Americans contracted the disease as against a little over eight  percent who have been infected by Covid thus far. Why does the U.S. have four percent of world’s population but twenty percent of the world’s Covid deaths? Various answers to these questions circle in and out of my consciousness.

Prospective questions come to mind as well. How will we commemorate and celebrate the end of this pandemic?  Will communities erect monuments as was the case in so many European cities after the great medieval plagues?  Will organizations (including congregations) hold celebrative events to mark the end of the pandemic?  Will they regain their former enthusiasm and vigor?  Will Zoom continue to be integrated into congregational life in novel ways?  I’m hoping the answer to each of these questions is “yes.”    Our New Normal Team is helping us to envision our future.

One thing I am certain of is that my spirits are rising. I hope yours are as well. The pace of vaccinations  is increasing. The federal government has the crisis much better in hand and it looks that the $1.9 trillion relief bill is well on its way towards passage. President Biden and Vice President Harris are helping us to grieve. Our future is opening up.  I can’t help but utter that ancient religious acclamation, “Hallelujah.”
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7405 Arlington Expressway
Jacksonville, FL 32211

If you'd like to renew your pledge for 2021, you can submit your pledge online at uucj.org/covenant-renewal-2021, by emailing Virginia at admin@uucj.org, or by calling the church office.

Thank you for your continued generosity during this time. 
 
Give Today
March 8, 2021, 5:30 P.M.

You might like this 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 (thumprm@gmail.com) with the title “UUCJ Women.” We would love to see you at our upcoming meeting on March 8,  2021. 
BOOKS AT SEVEN, SECOND THURSDAY
MARCH 11, 7:00 PM

Zoom Meeting Details:
Zoom linkhttps://bit.ly/booksat7
Phone: (301) 715-859
Meeting ID: 912 1369 8777
Passcode: 179244



FIRST MONDAY DAYTIME BOOK CLUB
APRIL 5, 1:00 PM

The UUCJ First Monday Book Club has been meeting for many years, on the church campus, at a local book store, and—for close to a year now—via Zoom. We welcome new members from our congregation. On April 5, at 1:00 PM, we will discuss the novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. Set on the North Carolina coast, it is the story of the mysterious “Marsh Girl,” Kya Clark, who gets entangled in the death of handsome Chase Andrews. Our book for May will be Jacksonland, by Steve Inskeep, call # 973.56. It is a narrative history of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross and their roles in the constitutional crisis that occurred fifty years after our Revolution. This story is an important study for Jaxons and Floridians. If you would like to join us, please email Barbara Robinson at bjr2447@gmail.com

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.

RECYCLING—PAPER AND CARDBOARD

Here’s two lists of what should and should not be recycled in Jacksonville. 

YES to this: 
Clean and dry paper and cardboard, such as newspaper with inserts, office paper, school paper, mail, plain envelopes (envelopes with cellophane windows are ok) , plain manila envelopes, magazines & catalogs, phone books, paperback books, brown paper bags, plain wrapping paper, cardboard rolls from paper towels, chipboard/fiberboard boxes (cereal, cracker, & tissue boxes), frozen food boxes, rinsed cartons from soup, milk & broth, gravy boxes, juice boxes, corrugated cardboard flattened and cut to 2 ft by 3 ft or smaller. 

NO to this:
Wet or soiled paper or cardboard, greasy pizza boxes, paper contaminated with food waste, shredded paper, padded envelopes, plastic-coated paper or cardboard, foil wrapping paper, glittery wrapping paper or greeting cards, tissue paper, paper towels & napkins, wax paper, cellophane, diapers. 

Remember, don’t recycle questionable items (don’t “wish- cycle”) which contributes to contamination of recycling streams. When in doubt, throw it out.
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.
Invitations from CVUU

Buddhist Affinity Group
The Buddhist Affinity Group of CVUU (Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists) invites us to their monthly meetings. They typically meet 2nd Mondays from 7-8:30 PM. For March that will be this Monday, March 8th.

As is their practice, they will have guided sitting meditation, walking/motion meditation, and share some dharma (Buddhist teachings) followed by discussion.

Here is the Zoom info:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88437372730?pwd=K0RDaVBxL1NwWXJFUWxQQ0FBalpwQT09
Meeting ID: 884 3737 2730
Password: CVUU

All are welcome regardless of CVUU affiliation, religious affiliation, or any other affiliation. If you are interested or curious, you are welcome.


Sunday Morning Meditation at CVUU
UUs at Coastal Virginia UU (CVUU) Virginia Beach has extended an invitation to their morning meditation every Sunday at 8:30am.


Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84844153622
Meeting ID: 848 4415 3622

Note: The Zoom link is the same every week. You are welcome to attend any Sunday!

ICARE Nehemiah Assembly

The ICARE (Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment) Justice Ministry Network (JMN) at UUCJ will be commissioned by Rev. Paul during the March 7 service.  One of the JMNs will be inviting you soon to the Nehemiah Action Assembly on April 19.  Plan now to say “yes”!


UUCJ Birthdays

This week we will celebrate the birthday of Herb Conradi on Tues., March 9. Please send him an email greeting because Herb and Regine are currently in Germany.


Caring Candles

Fred Kerber’s mother, Dorothy Kerber, 96, of Atlantic Beach, passed away on February 17, 2021.  She was a past member of Neptune Baptist Church, Beaches Hospital Auxiliary and had a passion for community service.  Condolences go out to Fred and his family.


Arlington Community Services Update

JUST WOW!  Besides the cash donations I do not track, Arlington Community Garden and UUCJ donated 141 lbs. of groceries and other gifts a week.  At this pace, you will exceed our shared goal by 3,744 pounds by the end of the year. 

When those stimulus checks come, if you can share some of that cash with ACS and the other charities you support, you could continue to help those less fortunate during this crisis.

Note from Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director of ACS:

Your gifts of food, monetary donations, masks, scarves and hats, clean white T-shirts, and socks continue to be amazing. We helped 18 families with rent/JEA in February and fed 176 clients and 32 homeless. We have received a bounty of green beans, corn, mixed beans, and mac & cheese. 

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!



 

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