Posts from August 2020

Posts from August 2020

Speaker Bio: Jerome Fosaaen

Charles White McGehee, his wife Jean and their two boys arrived in Jacksonville early in 1960. For sixteen years, he led the church during the period of growth in which the current church building was built. The church history updated in 2016 still refers to the period of his leadership as the Golden Years. From the time he arrived, Charles was active in the NAACP, offering support for civil rights efforts in Jacksonville. He preached sermons against the war in…

Stress Tip of the Week

Sometimes the best thing to stop all of the overwhelming information from running around in our brains—either consciously or subconsciously—is to just block it out. Block it out with some great music. Block it out with music that you can just listen to over and over again all day (or for many days). Just give your brain and your body a rest! This is a great little musical moment. Enjoy. 

Please welcome Krystalle Voecks, Tech Support Consultant

Krystalle comes to UUCJ with a long history of working in the tech industry (started with AOL years ago!)  She has spent her first two weeks with UUCJ learning the Sunday morning worship technical process and has already provided helpful suggestions and technology recommendations.  Krystalle’s major focus will be on providing the tech support for our Sunday services.  She will also be available to help members of the congregation to feel more comfortable with Zoom, both as participant and as…

Keeping the Groceries Coming

Help feed our neighbors. UUCJ/ACS Teamsters delivered 72 pounds of groceries this week and 30 last week. We are currently projecting that we could contribute 1,000 pounds more groceries than 2019.  Some UUCJ members are dropping off their grocery contributions since we no longer collect donations at UUCJ on Sundays, and several have switched to donating cash. I have to borrow the phrase we use in ICARE: “When we work together, great things happen.”                                Message from Mary Louise Weber, Executive…

Arlington Community Garden has New Friday Hours

Starting this Friday, the garden will be open on Fridays 12:00-2:30 instead of Saturdays. This will allow UNF Students to participate in our garden project. Our grower, Nichole King, can always use extra help so stop by when you are able. You can pull up your sleeves or just reacquaint  yourself with this wonderful UUCJ project. You can find out more at the garden website: arlingtoncommunitygarden.weebly.com

Help Get Out the Vote for the National Election!

Here are two great opportunities to help get out the vote for the national election: Voting Help for Refugees Every Wednesday We Are All America and the Florida Immigrant Coalition will be calling and mobilizing former refugees to go out and vote for the 2020 elections. As partners with FLIC, we have been asked to help out with this effort. Training will be provided in a Zoom meeting once we have some people registered to help.  Please let Jennifer Tucker know () if you…

Speaker Bio: Sharon Scholl

Dr. Sharon Scholl is a long time member of our congregation who retired as professor emerita from Jacksonville University, where she taught stuff vaguely referred to as Humanities.  She has served as one of our church musicians and as a member of many committees.  She maintains a website, freeprintmusic.com, which offers a large collection of music for UU services free to download and print copies.  She also convenes “A Gathering of Poets” critique group now meeting via Zoom and serves…

Stress Reduction Tip

Sometimes when we’re going through hard times we feel like we are alone. This is exactly the time to pick up the phone and call someone. Maybe someone from your past you haven’t spoken to in a long while. Or a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a few days or weeks. Talking on the phone helps us to feel connected. So think of two or three “phone-buddies” that you can check in with. And check in with at…

Soul Matters Small Group Training

“The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes so we can more easily share small group material, as well as worship, sermon, music and children’s religious education resources. We are a web of support and connection. Companions traveling a new journey together each month.” UUCJ has been subscribing to the Soul Matters materials for several years.  These carefully curated materials help to inform and inspire UU’s throughout the US.  This time of social distancing…

Thanks for Helping Those Less Fortunate at a Great Time of Need

UUCJ/ACS Teamsters delivered 30 pounds of groceries this week and 40 last week. Some UUCJ members are dropping their grocery contributions since we no longer collect donations at UUCJ on Sundays, and several have switched to donating cash. Message from Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director of Arlington Community Services: It’s back to school time, and we appreciate your donations of school supplies and backpacks. So far, we’ve been blessed to feed 109 folks and help 8 families with rent/JEA in August. Thank you for…