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May 8, 2022 Service

After acknowledging Mother’s Day, we will hear a message from Rev. Kathy Schmitz that is appropriate to our current circumstances. Then, we will engage in a spiritual practice that will encourage us to name what pains us and then what comforts us or gives us hope. We look forward to seeing you at Church tomorrow! Speaker Bio: Rev. Kathy Schmitz Rev. Kathy Schmitz is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She has a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Andover Newton Theological…

Service Auction 2022

Here ye! Here ye! The donation phase of the 2022 Service Auction has begun. First, a heads up to those of you who have purchased events at our 2021 auction that have not taken place, these events are in the works as we speak and will take place as soon as possible. This year’s Service Auction will take place Sun May 15th through Sun May 29th.  Our auction will be online again due to the success we had last year:…

New Normal Team Update

The numbers of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have decreased in Northeast Florida and across the nation.  The CDC risk level is now low.  The New Normal Team has reviewed current CDC recommendations and suggests:    1. Vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of infection, hospitalization, and death.      2. Masking is no longer required for those who are fully immunized.  Those who have high risk medical conditions should follow the recommendations of their health…

Special Collection: L’Arche

Our special collection will be for L’Arche Jacksonville a community with four family-style homes, the Blanchart Community Center and an off-site day program called the Rainbow Workshop located in Arlington. L’Arche believesthat by creating an environment where people with intellectual and physical disabilities can share their gifts, they are affecting a positive change in the world. Our speaker will be Paul Poirrier, Director of Development. Donations can be made through our website at uucj.org/give, text “$amount special” to 904-593-4220, or…

Renovation and Additions Update

Good news to report on the UUCJ Renovation & Addition project.  Architect Rob Zinn is taking over construction drawings for Phase I of our project. This will include an elevator, new toilet rooms for the Social Hall, a table/chair storage room plus washer/dryer.  Also included are new doors and glass at the west end of the Social Hall, new patio, new sidewalk at main entrance from upper parking lot. On Tuesday Feb 1, the entire design team met on campus…

Membership Team Forming

The Membership Team provides information on how to become a member of UUCJ, as well as an opportunity to become a member and officially sign the membership book. For all members, it encourages connections with other UUCJ members and teams and facilitates belonging and engagement within the UUCJ Beloved Community. If you would like to be a part of this important work, meet other members, and have a little fun contact the membership team coordinator (Nancy Murrey-Settle) at

New Normal Team Update

No In-Person Service This Sunday Sunday Service will be broadcast from the chapel.  Members should watch the service from home and not come to the church. The number of daily new COVID 19 cases in the Jacksonville Metropolitan area on 1/27/22 was 216.4 per 100,000.  The number of daily cases has peaked and is decreasing. The positive test rate is still high (34.7%), indicating that there are many unrecognized infections in the community. The risk level for infections in unvaccinated…

PIANISTS, SOLOISTS, SINGING GROUPS–YOUR TALENTS ARE DESIRED

Our music team at UUCJ is one fantastic group of musicians, however it is a small one and getting smaller.  Jeanne Huebner who so beautifully filled many vital roles within the music group, including pianist, has temporarily had to step down. Sharon Scholl has been doing an amazing job as our primary accompanist, however a backup pianist or more are sorely needed to put some flexibility and peace of mind into the program.     What a blessing it is…

New Normal Team Update

Until further notice, Sunday Service will be broadcast from the chapel. Members should watch the service from home and not come to the church. The number of daily new COVID 19 cases in the Jacksonville area has increased by 400% over 2 weeks to over 25 / 100,000. These numbers create a very high risk of infection. The new Omicron variant is much more contagious than previous strains. The best protection against COVID-19 infection is still vaccination, but even vaccinated…

Church in the Time of Covid

It will be great to be back in-person in our own chapel for a service that feels familiar. Because of lingering precautions from the Covid epidemic, we will have some small adjustments to get used to for awhile. In order to be able to trace any infection that might occur, we’ll have to know who attends our services in person, so be prepared to have some kind of check-in. We are cautioned about shared materials, which would include offering plates,…