Virtual SUUSI 2020

SUUSI is the Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute, an intentional community of UUs and kindred spirits. For over 65 years they have come together for a week in July to explore our interconnectedness, delight in the outdoors, enjoy music and learn new ways of seeing the world and each other.

This year they will be convening virtually, July 18-25. They are still building a scaled-down schedule, but you can expect worship, concert hour, age group programming, workshops, sports and games activities, small group discussions, nature experiences, cabaret, and even a dance option. They’ll have virtual versions of our sacred SUUSI traditions, including ingathering, the Transitions worship service, Teen Way Off Broadway, and closing circle.

There will be no charge for SUUSI this year, but there will be opportunities to donate to cover expenses.

Registration details are upcoming, so stay updated by visiting their website: https://www.suusi.org/

Flower Communion

On Sunday May 31 we will celebrate Flower Communion. Virtually. We won’t be able to exchange flowers in person, but we will honor the history and intent of this beloved ritual. We invite each family/individual to take a picture of yourself holding a flower and send it to us. We will create a slide show that we will display during the service. It can be a real flower, a picture of a flower, or be creative. Send your pictures to tina@uucj.org.

Caring Candles

Carol is now at Brookdale Atrium, 9960 Atrium Way, Jacksonville, FL. 32225 for rehabilitation treatment. No visitors are allowed.

Caring Candles

Carol Vogel remains at Memorial Hospital and is undergoing testing to determine her condition and best course of treatment. She is in Room 4093 on the South wing and may appreciate cards.

Proud grandparents, Betsy and Tim Deuerling, welcomed their first grandchild, Theodore Richard Deuerling (Teddy) on May 5, 2020 at 9 lb 3 oz and 22.5 inches. Parents, Zach and Brianna Deuerling and baby Teddy are all doing fine. Congratulations Zach and Brianna!

HELP WANTED: Online Ushers

The current team of Zoom ushers for Sunday services needs additional members.  Ushers admit attendees to the service, monitor for inappropriate activity (of which there has been none so far!), and have the authority to remove a perpetrator if there is any.  You will serve about once a month from 10:45 a.m. until the close of the worship service; no responsibility for coffee hour.  Easy to learn, and training will be provided. Contact Blanche Williams (see Breeze for email or phone).

Arlington Community Services Update

Because of the Coronavirus crisis, we are having more difficulty collecting and delivering contributions. Thanks to UUCJ Members and Friends that are dropping off donations. Carlos Fraticelli delivered food contributions last Thursday and this Tuesday for a total of 52 pounds. Our 2020 YTD total is 1553 lbs. Thanks again for your generosity and keep up the good work.

ACS’s needs are: canned Peas, corn, soup, canned meats, canned tomatoes, canned potatoes, gravy, dry milk, mac & cheese, Hamburger Helper, pasta and pice sides, Jiffy Cornbread Mix, peanut butter, jelly, laundry detergent, and toilet paper.

Special Collection READ USA

Thank You, from READ USA

Once  again because of the generosity of our amazing congregation, UUCJ will be sponsoring a READ USA Book Fair for the children of Arlington Heights Elementary. Despite the difficulties presented by the pandemic, we raised $1500 which was matched by an anonymous donor. This will allow every Arlington Heights student to choose 3 new books which will be mailed to them. Imagine the delight of these children when they get this package! Thank you for supporting this effort this year!

Keep Up Good Work Feeding Arlington Families in Need

Mary Louise Weber, Director of ACS, indicates that ACS has been richly blessed by donations of food, masks, gift cards, and monetary donations this last month. ACS is currently open Tuesday – Friday, 9-12. In April, ACS fed 114 families and 20 homeless.

UUCJ donated 192 lbs. of groceries in April and 77 lbs. for the first week of May (this includes 59 lbs. from harvested from Arlington Community Garden by Nichole King during April). This total may not be complete because it may not include some UUCJ members and friends who are dropping off their food donations. With UUCJ’s continued support, ACS will be able to continue to serve Arlington Community in May.

ACS’s needs are: canned peas, corn, soup, canned meats, canned tomatoes, canned potatoes, gravy, dry milk, mac & cheese, Hamburger Helper, pasta and rice sides, Jiffy Cornbread Mix, peanut butter, jelly, laundry detergent, and toilet paper.

Caring Candles

Sallie Pickard and Buck Plaster’s daughter Ehren is now recovering at Regents Park nursing home after her 3rd surgery for a brain tumor which first showed up in 2006. Her surgery was in December so recovery has been much slower than before.  However, she is in god spirits and continues to make progress.

Ann Guest had outpatient surgery on her vocal cords on April 17, 2020.  She is not supposed to talk for at least two weeks.  She would welcome cards and letters.

Darlene and Kim Larsen celebrated their 45th anniversary on May 3, 2020. Tina and Paul Ramey also celebrated an anniversary on  that date,  number 11. Congratulations to everyone!

Donna Janesky’s 80th birthday was celebrated on April 29, 2020 with a drive by Birthday Parade organized by her daughter, Lisa! Many UUCJ members and friends joined in the festivities.

Daria Brown is under hospice care at her home, 2022 Marye Brant Loop South, Neptune Beach, FL 32266.  Cards of support would be very much appreciated.