Help Needed

Are you looking for a way to help your fellow UUCJ members while maintaining proper physical distance? We are looking for folks who can get on the phone and provide coaching in the following areas:

  • Help somebody sign into Breeze, update their own contact information, and access the online directory. This will allow more of our members to stay in touch by phone
  • Help somebody download and use Zoom for the first time. This will allow more of our members to attend worship, small groups, and pastoral conversations.
  • Help somebody learn more about their home computers so they can use them successfully with Zoom and other platforms.

If you can help, please email Rev. Roberta (transitionminister@uucj.org) and she will put you in touch with somebody who will appreciate your help!

More Sermons from Rev. Marti

Rev. Marti is sharing sermons in both text and audio form as an  additional online UU resource. This week’s is a look at an American  Unitarian Prophetess– Margaret Fuller–thought by many to be the most  brilliant conversationalist and lecturer and original feminist of the  19th century. This in celebration of the end of Women’s History Month 2020. You can find the sermon here: https://revmartikeller.com/sermons/american-prophetess-2020/

UUCJ Admin Staff is Still Here for You

The UUCJ campus and office are now closed to the public, as you all know, but Virginia (our Church Administrator) and Judy (our bookkeeper) are both working hard to make sure that our bills get paid on time, that your pledges and donations (thank youuuuu!) are processed as swiftly as possible, and that continued administrative duties are taken care of. Virginia continues to monitor and respond to all church emails and voicemails, either remotely from home or during occasional visits to our campus (when she picks up the physical mail.) Please know that your staff is ever present and devoted as always to doing its job.

UUCJ Plaque

When you next visit UUCJ, please look for the newly installed plaque celebrating our historic church.  It is on the wall adjacent to the Admin Office door.

What Can You Do to Stay Healthy?

You may be tempted to polish off that container of ice cream as you sit home isolated and bored. But don’t do it! Maintaining a healthy microbiome impacts the immune system by 75%. Eating the wrong foods (sugar, processed food, junk)  can shift a healthy immune system within three days. Eat fermented foods to increase the number of good bacteria in your gut. This will increase your serum IGA levels which fight infection. Optimize your Vitamin D- take 2,000-3,000IU daily if needed. And if you are vegan, take B12 sublingual 500-1,000mcg 2-3x/week. Here is a web site from Forks over Knives with a list of foods you should have when quarantined:


https://www.forksoverknives.com/emergency-covid-19-grocery-list-plant-based/


Eat well, exercise, sleep, engage your brain, and stay connected. Hope to see you soon.

UUCJ Directory Photos

Please visit the UUCJ Breeze directory at uucj.breezechms.com. You will be surprised that many profiles now have a picture associated with them!  UUCJ Staff allowed Carlos to update these profile pictures from the many photos he has taken over the years.

Carlos attempted to use the most current photos he had of you.  Sometimes he had good closeups to work with, and other times he took the picture from the third row at service auction.  While he tried to be careful, he may have made you look a few years younger and you may have a different haircut or hair color.  Please review the pictures to ensure that you are presented as you would like to be on UUCJ Directory.

If you do not like the photo, please upload a better image of yourself. You can do this by clicking in the profile picture and hit the upload button. You can also update your profile information as well (such as your address, email, and phone number). If you don’t have a login for the Breeze directory, or need help editing your information, email tina@uucj.org.

Pastoral Conversations Thursdays at 7 p.m.

These are stressful times! Though we cannot meet in person, we can be together and be present for each other. To make it easier for us to stay connected while we maintain social distance, Rev. Marti and Rev. Roberta will be hosting drop-in pastoral conversations on Thursday evenings at 7 pm during the current public health crisis. The first one will be 3/19 @ 7 pm. You can join the conversation at this link: https://zoom.us/j/550218412. If you are new to Zoom just email either minister and we’ll talk you through it. Rev. Marti: bridgeminister@uucj.org  Rev. Roberta: transitionminister@uucj.org

Campus Closure

In order to comply with the Florida State and CDC recommendations regarding social distancing and safety precautions related to the coronavirus pandemic, our ministers and board have made the decision to close the UUCJ campus, effective immediately,  except for essential staff activities (checking the mail, writing checks, etc.).  Staff will be working from home as much as possible, and have been hard at work developing alternative ways of doing their regular work activities. We will be informing ​the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office of this decision, so they are aware that there will be limited personnel on campus.

In addition, please know that O’Leno is cancelled, as the Florida State Parks is closing to all overnight activities for at least the next two months.

If you have food items for the Arlington Pantry, we ask that you take your items directly to the pantry, which we assume is better able to handle donations at this time (and no doubt needs them).  This eliminates the need for people to come to the campus to collect and deliver your donations.

We are committed to the health and well-being of everyone in the congregation, and hope that you are managing well in this uncertain time.  Please reach out to your ministers (Marti Keller, bridgeminister@uucj.org, and Roberta Finkelstein, transitionminister@uucj.org) if you need assistance, or want to participate in their virtual “office hours.”

Small Groups Meetings on Campus

From the UUCJ Board President and Ministers:

Because of concerns about having large group gatherings, and out of an abundance of caution, UUCJ has made the decision to cancel live Sunday services at least until April 5. However, we are not closing the campus. You are welcome to continue to meet in your small groups and to continue your regular community programming. The decision about whether or not to cancel is yours to make at this point. We hope that you will take into account the importance of voluntary social distancing as a way to combat the spread of COVIC19.  This article explains how social distancing can help ‘flatten the curve’ of contagion: https://www.vox.com/2020/3/10/21171481/coronavirus-us-cases-quarantine-cancellation