Special Collections: Arlington Community Services

Our Special Collections today is Arlington Community Services, a non-profit, tax-exempt service.  Founded in 1989, the church and community supported food pantry has been providing help for Arlington families for more than 27 years.  Please welcome Debra Woods,  Executive Director for the Arlington Community Services.  Make checks out to UUCJ with “Arlington Community Services” in the memo line and use the envelope provided for this purpose.

Guest at Your Table

Please keep dropping coins in your UUSC boxes. Bring them back to church on the 24th or 31st. Checks and envelopes can be put into the collection plate the next three weeks.

Greeting card sales will end this week; chocolates will be available until we sell out. Many thanks!

Closing Strong on 3,000 Pounds – Don’t forget special collection for Arlington Community Services!

While we still want to reach 3,000 pounds hopefully this Sunday, the focus of this collection is to raise cash for Arlington Community Services (ACS).  ACS does more than manage a food pantry for its neediest residents .  They have recreational activities as well as academic and social counseling.  While they have limited funding, they also assist their clients with overdue bills when resources are available.  We are trying to fund this basket of services with the Special Collection so we are looking for as much cash as you can part with.  When locals come to UUCJ for help, we refer them to Arlington Community Services.  Before starting special collections program, we use to budget $1,000 in our the UUCJ annual budget.  We now have special collection in lieu of the budget item.  Yes, also bring the food if you can.

Three Weeks Left for Fundraising

Remember to review your “Stories of Hope” brochure for this year’s ‘Guests at Your Table.’

Our UUSC is doing important work in the South Pacific with islanders affected by climate change.  In Texas, we are helping refugees and immigrants navigate the system.  The crisis in Myanmar is now getting global attention, but the UUSC has been working to develop leaders among the Rakhine youth.  Lastly, LGBTQI global detainees are given assistance for asylum. Please give as generously as you can.

Why chocolates?

We sell Equal Exchange products in order to support the small farmers around the world.  It’s hard to compete with Nestle and Hershey, so put your dollars to good use during our Guest at Your Table campaign.  The Unitarian Universalist Social Committee thanks you!

Special Collection for November: Lutheran Social Services of NE Florida

For 35 years, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida has helped hundreds of thousands of very different people through a broad range of services. Initially, it may seem that their programs are disconnected lines of support. Yet if you take a broader look, you’ll notice how the outstanding teams supporting all of these programs are simply filling in the gaps for neighbors in need and creating one big beautiful picture of improved lives in the process. Please make your check payable to UUCJ with Lutheran Services on the memo line.

Guest at Your Table

As we begin our six-week campaign for Guest At Your Table, please help Jennifer with our bookkeeping and make all checks to UUCJ. Add UUSC to the memo line. Do this for any donations to the envelopes, chocolates, or greeting cards. Thanks!

Mission Funding Update

The Mission & Funding Team reports that 151 Financial Commitments have been completed bringing our 2018 total to $238,501.20.

We are optimistic that the 20 or so outstanding Financial Commitments will be made very soon and this can be done by filling out a Financial Commitment Form or contacting Jennifer Riley at the church (904-725-8133).

We are grateful for our church community and the pledges we have received that further the success of the many missions of our church.