President’s Letter

President’s Letter

Message From The President

Hello everyone, The bad news is that we did not get to resume in person services in September.  The good news is that Rev. Lee Anne will deliver her first sermon at UUCJ on Srpt 12th.  We look forward to the start of a bright future. New COVID19 cases are half the number of a few weeks ago. We may be at a safer level soon.  In the meantime, members should get the COVID19 vaccine to protect themselves and also…

President’s Message

Two weeks ago, the Board approved the Ministerial Agreement that was sent to all members. We are truly fortunate to be reopening in September with Rev. Lee Ann Washington as our minister. She brings the experience and enthusiasm that we need to reestablish in-person services in the fall. The first service is just 3 months away. There are programs throughout the summer. Small groups are meeting safely in person at the church and in member homes. Sunday services will continue…

President’s Letter

It is always nice to pass along good news. The good news includes the selection of a new minister. The Ministerial Search Committee has recommended to the Board that Rev Lee Anne Washington be our next minister. There will be a presentation and discussion after the Sunday service on 6/13/21. More good news. The service auction was a great success. Thanks to Darlene Larsen and the team that organized such a fun and successful event. And thanks to the many…

President’s Report

Several years ago, the committee structure of the church was changed to coordinate the many activities in the church.  With the decline in membership and limitation in programs over the last several years, several committees are not active.  When issues arise, Board members are assigned to handle the jobs.  The number of things that need to be done often exceeds the amount of time Board members have to do the work.  Should the committee structure be changed, or should the…

Message from The President

April has been a busy month for UUCJ. The ICARE Nehemiah Assembly featured Lois Hoeft, Brian Lapinski and Meg Rohal as moderators and over 100 UUCJ members as attendees. The program was very well organized, speakers were well prepared, videos from persons affected by the system were very moving, there was an emphasis on success (positives are always powerful), and an agreement on common goals with our State Attorney Melissa Nelson was meaningful. The sheriff’s office missed an opportunity to…

Letter from The President

The UUCJ Board has been busy this year. In January, we have met on two occasions to plan for 2021.  The first session was to discuss the UUCJ governance structure and the roles and responsibilities of each board member.  We have organized an excellent group dedicated to working closely with the congregation. The second session was to discuss goals and objectives for 2021.  To get some idea about the previous and current desires of the congregation, we studied the comprehensive strategic plan…

Letter from The President

Dear UUCJ Family, I know that there are those of us who are anxious to be able to gather physically on the UUCJ campus and be in community together. The Board totally understands this desire to be together again. However, we continue to feel strongly that we have an obligation to ensure the well-being and safety of all our members, including those who are at high risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus. The Board is weighing all available recommendations—from the UUA, CDC,…

Letter from the President, June 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, I hope you are all staying well during this time of increasing Covid-19 cases in our region. Trying times for us all! Over 60 people from UUCJ attended yesterday’s General Assembly church service from the UUA – I hope you were as inspired as I was. I cannot believe the amount of time, effort and technical expertise that went into creating this dynamic service. And the music was fabulous! There have been a few things happening “behind the scenes” during the…

Letter from The President, June 8, 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, Several weeks ago, I sent you a letter announcing that Rev. Roberta and Rev. Marti were going to return to UUCJ in September and share a half-time position through December of this year.  Unfortunately, after deep consideration, they have determined that this would not serve the interests or needs of the church, and they will not be with us this fall.  They know they will not be able to travel to Jacksonville during this time and feel that the…

Letter from the President, April 2, 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, I hope you are faring well, or as well as can be expected, during this weird time in all our lives.  While many of us are retired, I also know that there are a number of you who are “essential workers”, and I want to thank you for doing your jobs while you struggle with (probably) home schooling, preventing the coronavirus from entering your home, and all the other issues which consume your days. My heartfelt thanks to…