Simon and Garfunkel Story Raffle

The Simon and Garfunkel Story is coming to the Times Union Center October 25th, 7:30pm.  UUCJ is in possession of two pairs of tickets for the event and is looking for a couple of lucky winners.  How do you participate?  Look for Darlene Larsen in the Social Hall the next two Sundays…September 16th and the 23rd,  she would be happy to sell you a raffle ticket:  $1 each or 6 for $5.  Drawing will be held in the Social Hall, Sunday September 23rd. You need not be present to win.

Attention Crafters!

The UUCJ Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 10:AM – 2:PM.

There will be 12 inside spaces and 6 outside spaces available. Tables and chairs will be furnished for inside spaces and on an “as available” basis for outside spaces

Rates are:

  • Inside table:
    • Church members – $25
    • Non Members – $45
  • Outside space:
    • Church members – $20
    • Non Members – $40

Vendor setup 9:00 AM

Vendors selling plants or produce are asked to reserve an outside space.

Vendor applications are available at the church office or by emailing margepowel@aol.com. Applications will be confirmed by email. After receipt of the application and payment vendors will have their choice of location. This is on a first come, first served basis. Location assignments are only available through the craft fair chair.

We are looking forward to a fun event and hope to see you there.

~ Marge Powell, Craft Fair Chair

L’Arche Dance: September 13th

Thursday, September 13th, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, UUCJ will host the annual L’Arche Dance for adults with disabilities. UUCJ will supply light “healthy” snacks and desserts, such as 1/2 banana, grapes, sliced apples, popcorn, cheese, crackers, pretzels, crystal light, etc. All the participants will have eaten supper before they arrive. Come have fun with the dancers and with the live DJ. If you are able to being snacks and help out with the dance, please contact Janine Leland at j9leland@bellsouth.net or call at 904-992-8198.

Sign-Up Sunday Raffle

Are you lucky? There is one way to find out! Come to Church on Ingathering Sunday, September 9, 2018, and sign up to serve on one — or more if you like — of UUCJ’s committees that help carry out the Church’s mission.

When you sign up for a committee, you will receive a raffle ticket for a gift card for two to the Alhambra Theater to attend a dinner and show of your choice (Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, 1776, or Elf). All you need is your signature and be present to win!

Estate Sale

Gail Bristol’s Home
1924 Leonid Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32218

Friday August 31, Saturday September 1, and Sunday September 2
7:30-1:00 all days
Cash or check only (Cash preferred!)

Thank you to Scotty Thornton!

Scotty Thornton has recently given $25,000 to UUCJ. Part of this donation went to the Capital Campaign and part to the UUCJ Foundation. We are deeply grateful to Scotty for her generous contribution to our beloved community!

August 19th Speaker Bio: Chandler Coggins

Chandler is from Jacksonville and works as a recovery specialist with Mental Health America of Northeast Florida. In this role, he provides services that support the recovery of people with mental illness experiencing homelessness. In addition, he is a facilitator of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connection Recovery Support Group in Jacksonville, which meets every other week at the Riverside YMCA and brings together people living with mental illness in our community. He also served on the board of directors of NAMI Jacksonville for two years, and he recently returned to Jacksonville from the DC area, where he completed an internship in the Homeless Programs Branch of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In his professional and volunteer activities, he is motivated by his own experience living in recovery from mental illness.

Generosity in Action for August

Our Generosity in Action honorees this month are Jake Mehrman and Bowen Barrs! Bowen is the Hospitality co-chair. He and Jake do the shopping every Sunday morning and then come in and help the coffee host — and they have happily filled in when we had no host! Jake and Bowen installed our lovely new coffee brewing and water filtration systems, and Jake got the power back to the kitchen the morning of the Spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

They routinely (and without fanfare or recognition) come and do landscaping upkeep on the property — most notably the ongoing upkeep of the asiatic jasmine bed between the sanctuary and the parking lot and keeping the upper parking lot free of leaves and debris.

Bowen was one of the speakers for Mark Stewart’s Christmas play, and Jake is the leader of our safety team that helps us stay safe by keeping a vigilant eye out Sunday mornings.

Next time you see them, make sure to give them a BIG thanks for all that they do…and wish them a happy 30th anniversary as well!

August 12th Speaker Bio: Taryn Wharwood

Taryn “LoveReigns” Wharwood is a native of Miami, Florida and began her public speaking at the Ebony Village school in Dania, Florida at the tender of age of 5! It was there that Taryn developed a love and deep passion for poetry, and public speaking. All credit to the owners/directors of the school whose vision, and daily mantra that students recited each morning: “I am Taryn Wharwood, and I have a GREAT mind!”


Since then, Taryn has been performing on and off stages across the US & Canada from Open-Mics to Universities and more. She is the Co-host and Founder of Artis(Tree) Live, and the Cypher Open Mic Poetry & Soul. Taryn is also an avid mentor, community advocate, public speaker and soon to be published author. Taryn is also the New Hire Development Coordinator & Sales Trainer for Web.com, a position that garners two of her greatest life passions: poetry & helping others.