Clothes Closet Outreach

Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to carry on this outreach program in 2019 due to health reasons. I have been doing it for the past two years, and it has been very successful, with over a ton of donations in 2017, and close to that this year. So- if you are interested in taking it over or perhaps sharing the duties with others, let me know. Duties consist of picking up the donations from church in the hamper in the social hall, weighing them, and taking them to St. Paul’s Methodist church on Lone Star Road on Monday morning (between 9:00-9:45). On Tuesdays, the Clothes Closet is open for those in need to get clothing/shoes/baby items, etc. at no charge. It is my hope that this program will continue. Contact Donna Janesky if you are interested.

Caring Candles

Barbara Parkinson is now home after being released from Mayo about a week and a half ago. She is very glad to be home with her family after being discharged over a month earlier than originally planned.

Guest at Your Table

We are in the last two weeks of our UUSC campaign, so fill up those coin boxes and/or write your checks soon for this global quest for human rights. Bring your coin box on Dec. 23rd or Christmas Eve and place it under our holiday tree. If you’re leaving town, you can bring it this week or at the end of the month. Helpful reminders: Place some tape on the bottom of your box to prevent leakage, and write checks to UUCJ, with UUSC on the memo line. Thanks again for your support.

Playing with Ideas

Upcoming Topics:

  • December 16th: UU’s Spoken Affirmation – Bud Emerson 
  • December 23rd: Current US Voting – Consider Rank Choice Voting – Jeanette Emerson

Playing with Ideas meets every Sunday morning, from 9:30-10:30 in the Anthony Room.

Spiritual Studies

Spiritual Studies meets weekly in the Channing Room from 9:30 – 10:30.


  • December 16th: Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
  • December 23rd: Anthony Robbines, Awaken the Giant Within

All are welcome. No prep or homework needed! Leisla Sansom

Special Collections Committee: 2019 Non-Profits

The Special Collections Committee is currently determining the non-profits for the 2019 calendar year.  We are seeking input from the congregation of possible agencies that may benefit from our donations.  The guidelines for selection include-  recipient must qualifies as a legitimate non-profit; reflects diversity; uses most of its income in its mission not administration and has an active board.  While the needs are great and the calendar is limited, the committee will carefully consider any suggestions.  Please email Meg Rohal (

Greening of The Sanctuary

Join us for the Annual Greening of the Sanctuary on Saturday, December 1st at 1:00pm, as we ring in the season. We’ll make wreathes and other decorations, as we eat sweets and listen to festive music. Bring clippings: pine, magnolia, holly, or evergreen bushes.

Weekday Book Club Upcoming Selections

Monday, December 3rd: Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours (fiction) — Rill Foss fights to keep her younger siblings together after being placed in a Tennessee orphanage.
Monday, January 7th: Jhumpa Lahi, The Namesake (fiction) — A story of family members who exchange their tradition-bound life in Calcutta for America – explores themes of the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and the tangled ties between generations.