While we still want to reach 3,000 pounds hopefully this Sunday, the focus of this collection is to raise cash for Arlington Community Services (ACS). ACS does more than manage a food pantry for its neediest residents . They have recreational activities as well as academic and social counseling. While they have limited funding, they also assist their clients with overdue bills when resources are available. We are trying to fund this basket of services with the Special Collection so we are looking for as much cash as you can part with. When locals come to UUCJ for help, we refer them to Arlington Community Services. Before starting special collections program, we use to budget $1,000 in our the UUCJ annual budget. We now have special collection in lieu of the budget item. Yes, also bring the food if you can.
Want to help plan some fun events that raise money for UUCJ? Come join the Fundraising Committee! We are planning the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner and Spring Service Auction.
We meet this Sunday 12/17 from 12:15-1:30 pm in the Darwin Room. Email [email protected] for more info.
Our Generosity in Action honoree this month is Karen Smith-Scott. Karen is a caring and vital part of our church community: She organizes our Social Hour, recruiting and training volunteers as well as providing food for the snack table. She is on the Keepers of the Church Committee, the Green Sanctuary Committee (ensuring that our kitchen is “green”), and is a worship associate. She offers wonderful auction items, including a tea party that members laud as being truly special. Finally, Karen stepped up to spearhead the Pride Parade this year, making sure our float sailed without a hitch! Thank you Karen, for all the fantastic work you do!
Remember to review your “Stories of Hope” brochure for this year’s ‘Guests at Your Table.’
Our UUSC is doing important work in the South Pacific with islanders affected by climate change. In Texas, we are helping refugees and immigrants navigate the system. The crisis in Myanmar is now getting global attention, but the UUSC has been working to develop leaders among the Rakhine youth. Lastly, LGBTQI global detainees are given assistance for asylum. Please give as generously as you can.
If you brought pictures in for our All Souls Service back on Oct 29th and would like them back, they are in the front office waiting to be picked up. You may pick them up on Sunday after service, or anytime during office hours, Mon – Thurs 9a-3p (please call first to make sure someone is here).
We are currently at 2,766 pounds. We need only 234 more pounds of food to reach the goal of UUCJ donating 1,000 pounds more food than in 2016. Yes, this is a 50% increase in contributions. It is a privilege to be person that delivers your generosity to the Food Bank.
Healthy Eating Class will be held Dec. 17th at 12:30 in the Fletcher room.
Worried about over-indulging? Not to worry- check out our healthy holiday appetizers!
The book club will meet on Tues., Jan. 2, at 1:00 pm, at Books-a-Million, to discuss Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. All are welcome to attend.
So an old-fashioned nativity set isn’t relevant to a UU church? You haven’t seen Crệche, a multi-generational pageant that presents the Christmas story in a new light.
Come to the December 17th service to see the traditional figurines become renewed symbols of the wisdom and wonder of the season.
Our upcoming board meeting will be held Monday, December 4th at 6:00pm in the Fletcher Room. You can find the agenda on the governance page (http://uucj.org/who-we-are/governance/).
All UUCJ members are welcome to attend.