A Message from Arlington Community Services

We were blessed to serve 361 folks in August. We thank you for your many donations as are shelves are getting bare. So many people are in need of food right in our neighborhood!

Our current needs: crackers, cereal, canned fruit, tomatoes, dry potatoes, Hamburger Helper, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, canned pasta, Jiffy Corn Bread Mix, soup, laundry detergent, gravy/broth, snacks. t-shirts, socks, and washcloths are always appreciated by our homeless clients.

Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director
Arlington Community Services, Inc.

Jazz for the Sanctuary Concert

Jazz for the Sanctuary Concert will occur on October 13th at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Hope Clayton and Friends will be putting on the concert. This concert will be the kickoff event for the Mission Funding Drive for 2020. This event will be unique because the ticket to attend will be your completed pledge card, and all members of that household can attend.

The idea for the concert and using it as the starting event for this year’s canvass came out of the Jazz Soiree Service Auction Event that Hope and Gary sponsored at their home. Blanche Williams, Stewardship Portfolio Manager, and the UUCJ Board approved the format. The sponsors of the event are the Mission Funding Team via its budget and Carlos Fraticelli, Barbara Robinson, and Meg Rohal. Carlos will be organizing the event for Blanche Williams and Mission Funding Team.

Walk the Labyrinth this Sunday

Walk the Labyrinth this Sunday with Kathleen Renee leading us as we celebrate the Fall Equinox (which is official on the 23rd). We will meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, the 22nd, and hold good intentions for our journey through the last part of 2019. All are welcome.

Caring Candles

Mary Claire Van der Horst celebrated her 89th birthday on Monday, September 16th. Congratulations, Mary Claire! She wants to be remembered by her UUCJ friends and misses being able to see her friends at Sunday services.

Frequent guests, Ken and Nancy Chandler, are neighbors of Lois Hoeft. Ken was admitted to Memorial Hospital on Saturday, September 14th. His condition has improved, but he remains hospitalized. Healing thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

ICARE House Meetings

The Interfaith Coalition for Action, Rehabilitation and Empowerment (ICARE) is a group of congregations in Jacksonville who address problems of injustice in Jacksonville. Their successful actions have resulted in systemic changes, such as the use of restorative justice for youth guilty of misdemeanors.

Every fall we want to hear about injustices that affect you and your extended community. At UUCJ each person on the  ICARE team hosts a house meeting to listen to your stories and answer questions. Plan now to attend one of the following events:

  • Sunday, September 22nd at 12:15 p.m. in the Barton Room with Lois Hoeft (Lbhjax2@comcast.net or 477-8320)
  • Sunday, September 29th at 12:15 p.m. in the Anthony Room with Meg Rohal (rohal@comcast.net or 403-6982)
  • Friday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Brian Lapinski’s farm (blapinsk@gmail.com or 525-3309)

Stitch & Bitch September 25th

Join us for Stitch & Bitch September 25th, 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Social Hall! This group is for knitters, crocheters, embroidered, sewers, and all other stitchy humans. We will meet to work on our projects and chat. This is open to all levels, from curious to experienced.

Playing with Ideas

Upcoming Topics:

  • September 22nd: “The Impact of Tariffs to Americans”–Jeanette Emerson

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

Spiritual Studies

Spiritual Studies meets weekly from 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. in the Channing Room unless noted otherwise.


  • September 22nd: God In All Worlds: Anthology of Contemporary Spiritual Writing by Lucinda Vardey. Current topic: Finding the Soul and the Flowering of the Spirit.

FORMAT: Relevant material to be read out loud by participants is provided by the facilitator or presenter at the beginning of each session, followed by a lively discussion. So, no prep or homework required, no need to purchase books, and ALL ARE WELCOME!

This Sunday’s Special Collection: L’Arche of Jacksonville

Located in our Arlington Neighborhood, L’Arche creates an environment where people with intellectual and physical disabilities can share their gifts.  Paul Poirrier, Director of Development will further explain the mission of L’Arche and how our generous contributions can enhance their programs. Checks can be written to UUCJ with L’Arche in the memo line.

Arlington Community Garden Food Pantry Delivery

UUCJ ACS (Arlington Community Services) Coordinating Group thanks Arlington Community Garden for continuing their efforts to provide fresh produce to the Arlington community. They delivered 41 pounds of Okra and spices to ACS during August 2019!