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11:00 a.m. Online Zoom Worship Service

Worship Service
Linda Hart Green, “Uncharted Territory”

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

Worship Service & Coffee Hour: August 9, 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:

Plan to join this casual book club to talk about what you're reading and share conversations with other readers!  Join the Second Thursday book group at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 13 via Zoom. Allen Tilley leads  this group and participants discuss the books that interest them. If other people get interested in reading one of the books too, they will be able to plan to read it and discuss it at the next meeting in a breakout group. Several people are reading The Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Melzer, and we will be discussing at the August gathering. This group continues to be small, but the conversation is delightful! Here is the Zoom info:

Zoom link
Phone: (301) 715-859
Meeting ID: 912 1369 8777

The book club will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 8 (due to the Labor Day holiday), at 1:00 PM. We will discuss So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ojeoma Oluo. The discussion will be led by Linda Plummer, who has been facilitating discussions of this book with other groups. Please email Barbara Robinson at for your Zoom invitation link.
UUCJ Women of All Ages meet via Zoom on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30 pm. We may have an interesting presentation, a lively discussion, or a fun activity. All UUCJ women are invited. To receive an invitation, email your name, email address, and phone number to Joyce Milford ( with the title “UUCJ Women.” Our next meeting is Monday August 24th at 5:30. Hope to hear from you. 
Spiritual Studies meets every Sunday morning by Zoom from 9:30 am to 10:45 am. This is a drop in discussion group facilitated by David Seiken, MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology.  No commitment required. No homework. We discuss various perspectives on Spiritual and Personal Growth. We also share what is going on in our lives and our personal strategies and Spiritual practices for surviving and thriving in this world. All voices are equal.

To participate just contact David at and he will send you a Zoom invite.

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

Zoom Link:
Phone: (301) 715-8592
Meeting ID: 826 5797 4162
Password: 427026 

This week's topic: Rose Ann Beason presenting Children STILL Say the Darndest Things

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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
Please consider increasing your 2020 pledge to make up for our current budget shortfall. You may increase your pledge by calling the church office at (904) 725-8133 and leaving a message for Virginia or emailing her at  

For a one-time gift click on the button below to donate on our website, 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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Help Needed from the Caring Committee

Alice Shinkos sustained serious injuries in a car accident June 8, 2020.  She is recovering at home and feeling better every day.  She has requested temporary help  with her yard work.  Alice lives in Oceanway, zip code 32218. You may reach Alice at (904) 718-6970.

Stress Reduction Tips: Breathing Techniques

Breathing techniques are probably as old as stress itself. Breathing Square is a powerful technique. Breathe in to the count of four, hold the breath for the count of four, breathe out for the count four and hold it for the count of four. Then begin again, and continue for several rounds. Now add an affirmation to the “hold” space, such as “everything is OK right here right now.” So — breathe in to the count of four, hold, “everything is OK right here right now”,  breathe out to the count of four,  hold “everything is OK right here right now.”  Breathe in, everything is OK right here right now, breathe out, everything is OK right here right now. 

We have just added an auditory layer. Now let’s add a physical layer by using some type of physical queue such as: putting your hands on your knees, or rubbing your fingers together, or making an OK sign with both hands. Now also add a visual layer by visualizing the breath moving in and out in a color. By adding all these details, it activates different parts of your brain and has a more powerful effect. Soon after this has become habit you can just do one of these layers and your brain will start to act as if you’re beginning the whole practice. So you can just put your hands on your knees or think of your breath as a collar moving in and out or just count to four. Cheryl Anthony has been doing this for years and she can now lower her blood pressure in the doctor’s office by just taking two breaths.

The Eagle & The Condor Showing

A Zoom showing of the UUA environmental film The Eagle and the Condor is scheduled for August 20 at 8:30 p.m. You must register to receive the Zoom code. It is a benefit for the UUA efforts toward justice for Native peoples, so you will be asked to donate. To receive the film, go to the UUA Ministry for Earth website. Click on Resources, and at the far upper right of that screen type in the film title (above).  From there on, everything is self-explanatory. 

Arlington Community Services Appeal

Keep on Trucking – A message from UUCJ/ACS Teamsters

We may exceed previous year contributions from UUCJ members by 1,000 pounds.  We know that some members and friends have made cash contributions directly to Arlington Community Services and given Carlos, the shop steward for the UUCJ/ACS Teamsters, funds to purchase food. We delivered 40 pounds today and 76 pounds last week.  At the end of July we found out members had donated 75 pounds directly to ACS.  Arlington Community Garden harvested 36 pounds in July for ACS and has grown over 5,000 pounds of fresh food for ACS over the lifetime of this partnership.

Message from Mary Weber, ACS Executive Director

Don’t let the situation get the best of you…Let it bring out the best in you!  —Jon Gordon

Thank you for your abundant support and prayers during these uncertain times. We fed 212 folks and helped 21 families with rent/JEA in July. We continue to be blessed to serve our neighbors!  

Current needs are canned peas, corn, gravy, instant potatoes, Hamburger Helper, Jiffy Cornbread Mix, pop-top pasta dinners, sweet potatoes, tea bags, laundry detergent, bottled water, and small toiletries for the homeless.

Be Safe. Do Good.

Speaker Bio: Rev. Linda Hart Green

The Reverend Linda Hart Green and her husband, Harry Green, retired and moved from New Jersey to Fernandina Beach in 2012 to be near the ocean and in a community with like-minded folks and a lot of interesting history.  Linda is a retired American Baptist minister (and Harry is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister). Linda says she taught him that there is such a thing as “progressive Christianity”.  Since retiring, Linda has pursued her love of art, and is an accomplished pastel artist, with a studio in Fernandina Beach.  She is also involved in a number of volunteer and activist organizations in her home community.


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