Jazz for the Sanctuary: Thanks to the Team!

We want to express our sincere thanks to everyone who made our mission funding kickoff event successful: Thank you to Hope Clayton, whose Jazz Service Auction event inspired the idea and who arrived at the concert using crutches to sing. Thanks to the co-sponsors of the show, which included Tom, Janine, Meg, and Barbara. We raised $1200 to defray the cost to UUCJ and to move the event forward.

Thanks to Barbara who coordinated food.  Thanks to Jeanne, Janine, Penny, and Barbara, who provided the food and drinks.  Thanks to Tammy Smith, Terri Mitchell, and Luis Parra, who help put out food and clean up. Thanks to Rob McKennon from Tech Team for providing soundboard services. Thanks for Jeff Funderburk, who help with setup of Chapel after UUCJ services.

Thanks for Sara May and Marsha Collins for staff Mission Funding Reception Desk. Thanks to Virginia Deroy for providing packet of materials and the control list for checking in members and friends. Thanks to Christina Ramey for posting notices and creating our logo. Thanks for Rev. Roberta for excellent sermon using the baseball metaphor for our support of UUCJ.

And a huge thanks to Carlos Fraticelli, for coordinating a fantastic evening!

Trunk or Treat at Buckman Bridge October 26

Our congregation is invited to join Buckman Bridge for their annual trunk or treat and haunted forest.

Trunk or Treat 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church

Come if you dare!

Join LRE, CUUPS and other zombie friends for BBUUC’s annual Trunk or Treat! 6:30 – 8:00. Costume and pumpkin carving contests, creepy crawly dishes, Beacon’s Haunted Forest, and of course our Best Trunk Competition promise to make the evening absolutely Spooktacular!

Caring Candles

David Keel introduced two L’Arche residents, Dino and Brenda, whose artwork is on display in the Social Hall and for sale. Stop by and look at their beautiful work.

Robert and Constance Miller were on vacation when Robert became ill.  Robert is now under hospice care at the medical center of Fleet Landing.  Cards of support would be very much appreciated, but no visits at this time.


Speaker Bio for Sunday, October 6: Linda Hart Green

Linda was ordained 40 years ago and practiced ministry within the American Baptist Churches USA. She served pastorates in New Jersey and was on the regional ministry team in Massachusetts. She received her theological education from Princeton Seminary, from which she holds the M.Div degree and an advanced certificate in Pastoral Leadership Development. She also was trained in applying family systems theory to congregations. While on the Massachusetts staff, she developed, trained, and supervised teams of laity and clergy who helped her work with churches in conflict. She is married to Rev. Harry Green, who is Penny Reid’s big brother and a retired district executive and pastor for the UUA. They retired to Fernandina Beach. Linda has enjoyed attending the Nassau branch of this congregation with her sister-in-law. The Greens are members of New Vision UCC, a progressive Christian congregation in Yulee. Linda coordinates their community outreach ministry.

Speaker Bio for September 29: Michael Franklin

Michael was born and raised as a Baptist in a small steel mill town in northeast Ohio. At the age of twelve he was ordained as a youth minister at his local church. After graduation from high school Michael served in the U.S. Navy and thus began the journey that brings him here now!

Professionally, Michael is a Certified Surgical Technologist with about 30 years of experience. Michael has worked as a Surgical Technology Instructor and Program Manager at various career colleges around the country.

He often says that his experiences as an independent contractor for hospital based surgical departments is a large factor in his love of diversity in life. Michael currently serves surgical patients as a senior Surgical Technologist on the off-shift specialty team at Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville.

His community building experience includes welcoming diversity and conflict resolution work with the National Coalition Building institute (NCBI) in upstate New York and Toronto and Inward Journey Inc. in Memphis and Chicago.

Michael has been a member of UUCJ for five years and currently serves as Chair of the Adult Religious Education Committee (which he fondly calls the Adult Religious “Experience” Committee).
As part of his diverse spiritual journey Michael consults with local Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors as a physical health practice and works on his spiritual and emotional well-being by participating in sweat lodge rituals in the Lakota Native American/indigenous people’s traditions.

Spiritually speaking, Michael is an admitted Taoist that worships as a Khemitic Spiritual Philosophy Initiate under the teachings of the Ausar Auset Society International. Throughout his journey Michael has learned from, prayed, and meditated with Japanese, Lao, and Thai Buddhist monks, African priests and priestess, and native American shamans.

A Message from Arlington Community Services

We were blessed to serve 361 folks in August. We thank you for your many donations as are shelves are getting bare. So many people are in need of food right in our neighborhood!

Our current needs: crackers, cereal, canned fruit, tomatoes, dry potatoes, Hamburger Helper, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, canned pasta, Jiffy Corn Bread Mix, soup, laundry detergent, gravy/broth, snacks. t-shirts, socks, and washcloths are always appreciated by our homeless clients.

Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director
Arlington Community Services, Inc.

Jazz for the Sanctuary Concert

Jazz for the Sanctuary Concert will occur on October 13th at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Hope Clayton and Friends will be putting on the concert. This concert will be the kickoff event for the Mission Funding Drive for 2020. This event will be unique because the ticket to attend will be your completed pledge card, and all members of that household can attend.

The idea for the concert and using it as the starting event for this year’s canvass came out of the Jazz Soiree Service Auction Event that Hope and Gary sponsored at their home. Blanche Williams, Stewardship Portfolio Manager, and the UUCJ Board approved the format. The sponsors of the event are the Mission Funding Team via its budget and Carlos Fraticelli, Barbara Robinson, and Meg Rohal. Carlos will be organizing the event for Blanche Williams and Mission Funding Team.

Walk the Labyrinth this Sunday

Walk the Labyrinth this Sunday with Kathleen Renee leading us as we celebrate the Fall Equinox (which is official on the 23rd). We will meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, the 22nd, and hold good intentions for our journey through the last part of 2019. All are welcome.