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.
Women of All Ages meets Thursday, August 23rd in the Anthony Room at 6pm. Come join us to build friendships and enjoy stimulating conversation. All UUCJ women are invited. Contact Joyce Milford 249-2403. Repeats second and fourth Thursdays of the month until further notice.
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!
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.
Long time member Cathie Rowen died August 3, 2018 at her home
in Atlantic Beach with family members near. Cathie and her husband Phil
joined UUCJ in the 70’s and were active and involved for many years.
Who can forget Cathie as the “Bearded Lady” in the Wallesky Circus at
O’Leno back in the 80’s! Most recently Cathie served as Greeter on Sundays.
There will be no service at this time.
Jon C. Darling, a former member of our church, died May 6th, 2018. Jon’s sister — Kathleen Darling — mailed Jon’s memoriam to the church for those that remember him and would like to reflect on his life. You can find his memoriam here: https://uucj.org/2018/08/01/memoriam-jon-c-darling/
A Memorial Service for Gail Bristol will be held at UUCJ (7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL 32211) on August 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm. There will be a reception afterwards in the Social Hall, provided by UUCJ members and friends. If you are able to help with finger food donations and/or the set-up/clean-up for the reception, please contact Betsy Deuerling at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lois Hoeft at email@example.com.
Please plan to bring food by 12:30 pm.
READ USA sent us a warm thank-you letter following our fundraiser for their book fair:
Thank you to the generous congregation of Unitarian Universalist Church for your tremendous role in delivering over 26,000 new books to 6,697 pre-k to elementary students in 16 Title 1 schools in 5 days with 1,000’s of smiles!
Your generous donation of $5,000 and Meg Rohal’s volunteer leadership and recruitment among your congregation not only helped ensure that every student at Arlington Heights Elementary School participated in a colorful, beautiful book fair…by choosing 3 brand new books to own for free just in time for summer break, but you also encouraged other donors and volunteers to expand the impact! 100% of your donation went toward the purchase of new books the students chose to own because READ USA, Inc. is 100% volunteer run…Thank you for your investment in literacy where it matters most to our future! Readers are Leaders!
~ Ellen A. Will, President, READ USA, Inc.
Green Sanctuary meeting: This Sunday, August 5th, 12:30 in the Fletcher Room
Any member or guest interested in UUCJ’s efforts to “green” the Sanctuary is encouraged to attend. Brief updates will be given and future plans discussed. All are welcomed!