Donation Time for Service Auction

The Service Auction (Sunday, May 19th) will come faster than you may  think, so now is a great time to submit your donations, at the moment the Fund Raising Team and I aren’t too overworked… but we will get  busier. Avoid the rush, donate now! Service Auction donation forms are available on the website, E-Blast and Facebook, you can get a hard copy  on the church door and Social Hall bulletin board or contact us at: fundraising@uucj.org. We need all donations to be in by Thursday, May  9th (so we can get them printed in the catalog) We are excited to  receive and make available all of your interesting, unique  services…what a source of enrichment for the members of our UUCJ  community!

Great News from The Special Collection Committee

Thanks to your generous support UUCJ has contributed $3000 to READ USA! As a result of your efforts, a READ USA book fair which allows every student to choose three new books will once again happen at Arlington Heights Elementary on May 21. Delores Barr Weaver will be matching our funds and every contribution to READ USA! With her generous matching grant 35 Title One Schools and over 16,000 children will be participating in book fairs this year. Every dollar donated will not only be matched but every dollar goes to books for kids as this is a 100% volunteer organization. If you have not had an opportunity to contribute, you can donate on line at www.readusainc.com or contact Meg Rohal.

Service Auction

Our service auction this year is Sunday, May 19th, we will feature both a  Live and Silent Auction in the Social Hall.  A preview of the Silent Auction will be on line a few weeks before the event, more on this later.  Our Fund Raising Team will be busy soliciting donations by email, phone or person to person during the months of April and May. Hope that many of you will consider donating to this unique and creative auction…what a  way to showcase your treasures and talents while raising funds for our UUCJ Community!  Themed Dinners and Get Togethers, Classes, Workshops, Tickets, Unusual Items and more… all make great donations.  Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved (whether big or small) in this truly special happening!  Contact Info:  Darlene Larsen, email: fundraising@uucj.org

Special Collection: READ USA

Last year through the generosity of UUCJ, a READ USA book fair took place at Arlington Heights Elementary School. Every student at AHE took home three brand new books that they chose themselves just before summer vacation. Since 2011, READ USA has provided more than 30,000 books to over 10,000 students in Duval County Title One Schools. 100% of your donation will go to new books for students at AHE as READ USA is entirely a volunteer organization. Please contact Meg Rohal if you have additional questions.

Special Collection March 24: Tree Hill Nature Center

Promoting environmental stewardship in our own backyard of Arlington and for all of the Jacksonville community, Tree Hill provides hands-on educational programs and low-cost access to natural spaces. We welcome a representative of Tree Hill to explain the vital mission of this organization and some of their exciting future events!

Spaghetti Dinner, This Sunday, February 24th

Please join us for a church family spaghetti dinner that promises to be tasty, social and comforting, this Sunday, February 24th, after service. Regular, vegan and gluten free options will be available at very affordable prices… Adult $5, Children $3, Under 5 free, family group $15. Price includes Spaghetti (with your choice of sauce meat or vegan) Olive Garden Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and Beverage, wine and beer available for a donation ($3). This event is hosted by UUCJ’s Fund Raising Team, to make the event a little more lucrative we have added a 50/50 raffle, if you are able, please buy a ticket or two, it would be most appreciated! Hope to see you there.

Special Collection February 17th: HerSong

The mission of  Her Song is to interrupt the cycle of human trafficking and lead women to freedom. They do this in three ways: survivor care, victim outreach, and community awareness.   HerSong has established the first residential program in our area that provides a healing home and holistic services for survivors of human trafficking to help them on their journey to recovery.  Please welcome Rachel White, founder and executive director of HerSong Jacksonville.

Spaghetti Dinner Sunday, February 24th

Raise a fork for UUCJ!

Our annual Spaghetti Dinner is coming up, Sunday Feb 24th, after service.

Menu:

  • Italian Meat or Garden Vegetable Marinara Sauce
  • Regular or Gluten-Free Spaghetti
  • Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Beverage
  • Dessert (donated by our members, please consider donating one)

Adults $5, Children $3, Under Five free, Family Group $15.
Wine and Beer: suggested donation $3

Opportunities Await on The Fundraising Team

We are a very small group this year and are in need of a few more members. Our meetings are held the first Sunday of the month, after service. Maybe your time is limited: consider becoming a “Friend of the Fund Raising Team” and help out at your convenience. The objective of our team is to: “Raise funds for the general use of UUCJ in a way that is fun and engaging for the entire congregation.” Fund Raising is fulfilling and creative… computer, cooking, crafting, and marketing are just a few of the skills needed for our team members. This is a great opportunity to use the talents you have gathered along life’s path to enrich our community and also, yourselves. If you are interested please contact Darlene Larsen: darleneandkim@att.net

Guest at Your Table Broke Records!

A big thank you to everyone who donated to our UUSC campaign. $2,360 was collected through coin boxes, checks, chocolate and card sales. A few members donated over $150 which will be matched by a NY congregation, bringing in even more help to the UUSC. You can stay informed with their projects at UUSC.org.

Many, many thanks to you all.

~ Cyd Reider