Generosity in Action: Donna Janesky

Donna JaneskyFor November’s Generosity in Action we are recognizing Donna Janesky. Donna contributes her time and talent to the church in so many ways: She chairs the Special Collection Committee, helps head up the Arlington Community Garden, and volunteers regularly at our partner school, Arlington Heights Elementary School. She runs the Ethical Eating Class, is head of the Partner Church Committee for our sister church in Bozod, and she leads the “unoffical” feral/stray cat feeding efforts out of her love of animals. Whew! If that wasn’t enough, we regularly see her at other volunteer efforts whenever help is needed at the church. We truly appreciate all of the effort that Donna makes puts into the betterment of our church community!

Christmas Choir

It’s here!  Our first rehearsal will be November 6 at 12:30 after our church service in the chapel.  We’ll be presenting A Wooly Tale, intergenerational program with a Celtic hymn, traditional carols, and new music you’ll enjoy learning.  Everyone is invited to join – music readers and non-readers alike.  We’ll have practice CD’s or MP3’s so you can learn at home also.  Six rehearsals and our program is the church service on December 18.  For information and encouragement, contact Sharon Scholl at 904-853-6158.

Clothes for the Needy

Over 330 pounds! That’s how many clothes we have delivered to St. Paul’s Clothes Closet so far. Keep ’em coming…clean out those closets! Shoes, baby items, personal care items also welcome.

Clean out those closets, and deposit in the hamper just inside the social hall.  

Garden Work Day

Saturday, Nov 5th (10am – 1pm)

Meet at UUCJ’s garden (growing food for pantries) located at Tree Hill Nature Center (7152 Lone Star Road 32211-East Entrance) to help us prep the beds for the winter growing season. We will be weeding and adding soil. Contact Leslie Gould, our church ground keeper,  with any questions. Tools provided. Bathrooms on site. Wear work clothes and bring gloves if you have them. The more help we have, the more food we can grow!

Little Free Library Book Donations

Books for young readers and other donations are needed for UUCJ’s Little Free Library. It is on the UUCJ driveway and also on the walk short-cut to the Avalon Hill Apartments just east of the UUCJ Campus. 

Books for young readers, paperback dictionaries, beginner’s cookbooks, books about sports, science, nature and others are all needed. Appropriate DVD’s would also be welcome. These materials may be bought to the social hall on Sundays or left in the church office during the week. 

Our Gang Outings: 2016/17

Oct. 11, 2016
Start Time: 4:00 PM
Cummer Art Museum for Free Tuesday Night – Dinner at their restaurant and tour the museum, which is free.
Gerrie Cunningham 904-353-7831

Nov. 20, 2016
Start Time: 12:00 Noon Leave UUCJ
Tour and Music at Stetson Kennedy’s Literary Landmark Home & Beluthahatchee Park – Reservations required – Limit 40 individuals – $10 Donation is Recommended.
Call Carlos Fraticelli, ASAP to make your reservations 904-894-4660

Dec. 2, 2016
Start Time: 11:00 AM
Friday Musicale Concert
Nancy Ratnour 904-200-1329

Jan.  , 2017–
First Friday Time:
American Beach Museum, Amelia Island – Remember the Ferry Times if coming from Beach
Ann Winfree 904-246-8858

Feb. 8, 2017
Ravines State Park to view the Azaleas – Palatka
Barbara Robinson 904-874-2603

Mar. 12, 2017
Main Library Concert – Sunday Afternoon at 3:00 PM
Lois Hoeft 904-725-1946

Apr. 5, 2017
Agricultural Museum in St. Johns County
Alice Ricker 904-372-7914

May , 2017
Underground Downtown Jax Tour – Date will be provided at later time after research.
Yanella Parra 904-477-7728

Jun. 16, 2017
Lunch at St. John’s Cathedral and Karpeles Museum
Leisla Samson 904-745-7803

Clothes for the Needy

UUCJ will begin collecting clothes and shoes for the needy by joining forces with St. Paul’s Methodist church at 8264 Lone Star Road, where their volunteers staff a separate building on their premises (The Clothing Closet), and those in need can shop for items. People can come every Tuesday from 1-4 pm and make selections, which are free of charge. We will participate by placing a clothes hamper in the social hall, where you can place used items you wish to give away. Donna Janesky will periodically empty the hamper and take the items to St. Paul’s for distribution. So – clean out those closets! And thank you for your participation.