Volunteers Needed for February 16th

On February 16th we will be having an event for the Children & Youth of UUCJ. We need at least four volunteers from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Duties will include chaperoning children in K-12th grade, playing games, making milkshakes and potentially some light lifting. If you want to put a smile on a child’s face please email our DRE, Tyler Burley, at [email protected] for more information.

Special Collection for January: The Women’s Center of Jacksonville

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville provides a multitude of services to our community. Their mission is to improve the lives of women through advocacy, support and education. This month’s collection will be for The Rape Recovery Department of The Women’s Center.

Our speaker is Sarah J. Wiese, the Advocacy Director for the Rape Recovery Team. Sarah will be discussing Human Trafficking. January is Human Trafficking Awareness month.

In addition, we are having an event after church this Sunday: The Red Sand Project, starts at 12:45. Everyone is welcome. This is a free event. We will be doing a circle at the Labyrinth including a brief meditation, sharing some real statements from survivors. Jenn Wolfe from Women Writing will be facilitating this circle.

Nancy Ratnour

Nancy RatnourOur beloved Nancy Ratnour passed away in her home today. As many of you know, she had been battling cancer along with many other physical ailments this past year. We are still learning the details surrounding her untimely passing and we will provide relevant information as we receive it. Our community has lost a truly beautiful soul. She will be sorely missed.

Volunteering is so easy!

You enjoy Sunday social hour? – help keep it going. It takes little time, and “newbies” have someone there to help. Sign up in social hall with Karen Scott or Bowen Barrs. If most members signed up, you’d only have to do it once a year!

Our Gang Outing

Wednesday, Feb 7th @ 10:45
Meet in lobby of the Haskell Building,111 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32202

11:00 artworks tour; 12:00 lunch in the cafe. If you plan to attend, advise coordinator Leisla Sansom by JANUARY 22. Email is [email protected], home phone is 904-745-7803.

Women of All Ages

Women of all Ages will meet January 25, at the Regency Square Library at 5:30 P.M.  Lynn Shad will share her financial expertise with us.  If you have a question you would specifically like answered please Email it to Joyce Milford at [email protected]. and she will pass it on to Lynn.  Please come join us.

Action with Sheriff Williams to Recoup $600,000 in Funding for JREC

ICARE was instrumental in recently compelling Sheriff Williams to secure increased funding to the Jacksonville Re-Entry Center (JREC), a program with a proven track record of successfully assisting ex-offenders in returning to their communities. Although we succeeded in increasing funding to JREC to $1.5 million, JSO lost $600,000 of that annual funding. We will be asking Sheriff Williams to commit to recoup the full $1.5 million JREC budget by 2019. We will ask for this commitment on Tuesday, January 23rd, 12:30 pm to 3 pm at Greater Grant Memorial AME (5533 Gilchrist Road). We need as many people as possible to show up to demonstrate to Sheriff Williams that JREC is a priority to this city and it must receive additional funding.

Justice Sunday

Jan. 14 is Justice Sunday!  On that day ICARE Justice Ministry Network members from UUCJ will be commissioned.  This is the group who will keep you informed of ICARE progress and promote attendance at the Annual Nehemiah Assembly on April 23.  Let’s support their efforts.