Annual Congregational Meeting

The UUCJ annual Congregation Meeting is scheduled for December 15, following the church service. Our bylaws do not allow for agenda items to be added at the actual meeting. If you would like a specific item included for consideration on the agenda, please contact Penny Reid at president@uucj.org or (509) 294-3708, no later than November 14.

Update from Arlington Community Services

Calling on All UUCJ Members with food in their cupboard to continue your efforts to help those in need in the Arlington area by continuing to donate to Arlington Community Services (ACS).  UUCJ members and friends gave 56 pounds this week and 54 last week.   ACS needs the following items:  Hamburger Helper, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin, canned meats, canned pasta, pasta sauce, Jiffy cornbread mix, snacks, mixed vegetables, and canned potatoes.  We, all ACS donors, including UUCJ, helped feed 361 folks this month, according Mary Weber, ACS executive director.

Women of All Ages

UUCJ Women Of All Ages meet Tuesday, November 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the conference room of the Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd.  Please note our meeting are changed from Thursdays to Tuesdays. Join us!

National Registry of Historic Places

Kudos to Kathleen McKenzie and David Laffitte!!

Because of their tireless work in support of our application, UUCJ has been officially listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, effective October 15, 2019.

Kathleen started the process several years ago, researching UUCJ’s history and writing letters. She eventually worked with Andrew Waber, historic preservationist with the Florida Division of Historical Resources, who helped to move our application through the process.

David and Kathleen even travelled to Tallahassee to participate in a review of our application.  David presented on some of the unique architectural features of the building and Kathleen discussed UUCJ’s social justice ministry history and present-day mission as well as our decision to stay in the Arlington neighborhood to help fulfill our missions with other neighborhood agencies and residents, and to promote the renaissance of the neighborhood.

Being named to the National Registry will not limit us in any way and may open up the possibility for us to receive grant funding in the future.  But the truly important thing is that this recognition is a wonderful way to honor our building and history and our church community. We are so grateful for Kathleen’s and David’s gifts of time and talent to make it happen. Thank you!!

Florida Immigration Coalition

FLIC LogoThe Florida Immigrant Coalition is a statewide alliance of more than 62 member organizations, including farm workers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations, and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants. They accomplish their mission through coordination of immigrant organizations and community education, organizing, and advocacy.  (You may have seen Basma Alawee, Florida refugee organizer with FLIC, in our pulpit.)  UUCJ has been approved to be a member organization with FLIC, joining such organizations as the UU Congregation of Miami, UU Church of Fort Myers, Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigration Justice, and many others. Huge thanks to Jennifer Tucker for building our relationship with Basma and her work with Jacksonville immigrants.  We are proud to be a supporter of this important organization!

Update on Rev. Marti

Rev. Marti’s foot injury is slowly but steadily healing, and X-rays show good knitting of the bone in her smashed toe.  She is now allowed to walk up to 20 minutes at a time and is driving a bit.  Marti has been “keeping tabs” on UUCJ and is in frequent communication with Rev. Roberta, and she’s excited to be returning to her work with UUCJ in December.  Her dates here in December will be the 7th through the 16th. We’re looking forward to having her with us and welcoming her back into our beloved community at that time!

Baked Goods Needed for Craft Fair

UUCJ will be holding a Bake Sale at the Craft Fair this Sunday November 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and is in need of your baking skills:  cookies, muffins, breads, rolls, cakes, brownies, bars, pies (whatever is your specialty) are greatly appreciated!  Maybe baking is not your forte or time is short, purchased items will fill the bill.  Bakers, this is a good opportunity to brush up on your skills for the upcoming holidays while helping your church community  All proceeds raised by the Fund Raising Team including the Bake Sale, Spaghetti Dinner, Service Auction, etc. directly support you and the groups you belong to within UUCJ.   We continue to be impressed by your generosity and talents; thank you so much for your consideration!

Guest at Your Table

Guest at Your Table begins this Sunday. Information about our annual campaign to raise money for our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee will be given out, along with coin boxes and envelopes. Chocolate sales will start on November 17. Start looking for that loose change; it all helps!