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This Week@First Jefferson

February 7–16, 2020

Love is the doctrine of this church, the quest of truth is our sacrament and service is our prayer.

This Sunday


“King, Thurman, & Gandhi: A Trinity”
Turner Bridgforth
Sanctuary, 11am
These three people contributed immensely to the civil rights and Indian independence movements, and while their names are often mentioned together, each of these men had different approaches and understandings of their shared movement that fueled each other in ways that none of them could have imagined on their own.

Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

Religious Education News

Your Children and Youth Religious Education Council is offering a Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser on Sunday, February 16th after service in the fellowship hall. There will be a vegetarian sauce and one made with turkey. We are asking $5 per plate for Spaghetti, Salad, and garlic bread.

The Mission of Child and Youth Religious Education

Our church community is called to support each other as we raise and develop children of character. The Religious Education program of First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church will:

  • teach the Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism as well as knowledge and respect for the religious beliefs of others
  • support the children in their quest for understanding
  • promote respect for and knowledge of Nature
  • embrace one another as members of our church family

If you are new to our Religious Education program, be sure to chat with your child’s teacher, or our RE Coordinator, Thomas Earthman, about what’s happening in church.

Adult Spiritual Exploration

Adventures in Religion: March 17, 2019, through March 8, 2020

John Adams Room, 9:30am Adventures in Religion explores world religions. We are currently discussing J.R. Porter’s The Lost Bible: Forgotten Scriptures Revealed. We read aloud together. No need to read in advance. This book provides an introduction to sacred writings of great profundity and aesthetic merit that did not become part of the cannons of Jewish and Christian Bibles. [The University of Chicago Press]
This Sunday:
 Part 2: The “Lost” New Testament
  Chapter 3: Gnostic Mysteries

  • The Gospel of Truth
  • The Gospel of Philip
  • The Coptic Gospel of Thomas
  • Dialogues with Christ

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Bill Maginnis will show YouTube videos on an interesting topic.

Caring & Sharing

Andy Sambell sends a message to the members and friends of First Jefferson that his mom,Penny Sambell (wife of late member Ken Sambell), has passed away February 5 after being in hospice following a recent stroke. Penny had a number of friends and acquaintances among the First Jefferson congregation and her family wanted to make sure that everyone got the news of her passing.

Our Church Administrator Karl and his wife Julie will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their marriage (married here at First Jefferson) on February 9.

Grief Support Groups at First Jefferson
The Grief Support Group that started January 4 continues, with the last session scheduled for February 1. Another 5-week series, led by Betty Churchman, like the first, is being planned and will run from March 7 through April 4. People who have lost pets are invited, as well as those who have lost people. Your loss does not have to be very recent; the class can help as long as you still have grieving to do. Additional information will be available before March.

News to Use

Census Day Is Coming

The 2020 census begins April 1. First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church has partnered with the Census Bureau to help get out the word about the census. Look for literature on the brochure table outside the office. Look for articles in the weekly Memo.
The census is used to distribute billions of dollars in Federal funds. The results are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. After the census, state officials redraw the boundaries of legislative districts to account for population shifts.
Everyone knows about the census. Why do we need more information? Every year, certain groups are undercounted, resulting in unfair distribution of funds. If everyone doesn’t get counted, money for schools, hospitals, roads, and public works go somewhere else; people don’t get fair representation in government.
Talk about it to friends and neighbors. Make sure everybody takes it seriously.
Rev. Annie

Girl Scout cookies for Eastside Ministries

We have Girl Scouts in our congregation who will be selling cookies this Sunday. When you’re buying cookies for your home, work and school, consider buying another box to donate to East Side Ministries. How great would it be if we could fill the entire ESM grocery cart in the lobby with Girl Scout cookies? You can support three great causes with each box of cookies—the young women of First Jefferson, the Girl Scouts and Eastside Ministries! Cookies are $5 a box and will be available at church on Sunday.

Tai Chi at First Jefferson

A new tai chi class will be offered at First Jefferson, beginning in late February or early March. The class will meet once a week for an hour at the church. Each session will begin with gentle warmup exercises, followed by Chi Kung exercises to promote deep, relaxed breathing and to produce energy. A traditional Yang style form will be taught, as well as specific exercises for balance, strength, and flexibility as needed. The class will be taught by Colleen Brewer, who has been practicing tai chi for ten years and teaching classes for more than one year. If you are interested in attending, email Colleen. Be sure to include which days of the week and times you could or could not attend, as this information will be taken into account when class times are decided on.

Information Connection

SWUUWCon Registration is Open!

Join Southwest UU Women for our annual conference in the heart of Cajun and Creole country to strengthen our sisterhood. Keynote speaker Colette Pichon Battle will talk about the challenges facing Louisiana as climate change threatens its coastline and its people. We'll will enjoy this unique and special part of the world with Cajun music from the Grammy-nominated Magnolia Sisters. SWUUWCon is from February 28–March 1 in Lafayette, LA. Register now at

We Share the Plate

In August 2019, we accepted Turner Bridgforth as our Intern Minister for the next ten months. This is a requirement for all Unitarian Universalist Ministers before they can be accepted into Fellowship. Most internships carry with them a stipend for the student minister, who is usually going to school full-time and has no other income. First Jefferson’s budget did not allow for such a salary. Turner said he would rather work with us than to go somewhere else where he would have to uproot his family and delay his continuing education. For the past quarter we have paid him only for preaching once a month, as we would any speaker who came to us on a Sunday morning, but the rest of the work he has done has been offered gratis. By sharing the plate with the First Jefferson Internship Program (a newly established foundation) this quarter, we hope to establish a fund for future internships and to provide Turner with a parting gift that makes up for his generosity and hard work.

Thank you to members, friends and visitors to First Jefferson Sunday services for raising $678.70 last quarter for Planned Parenthood of Texas. Your contribution helps insure that Planned Parenthood will continue to deliver vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people.

Reverend Annie Foerster Office Hours
Wednesday 3pm–7pm
Thur 10am–2pm
or by appointment

Intern Minister Turner Bridgforth Office Hours
Thursdays 2pm–6pm

You can reach Karl in the church office at 817.451.1505 during these hours:
Monday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Our Vision
At First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, we offer hope through service and the connection s we share, we embrace the transforming power of awe, and we seek joy by living our values.

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

Spectrum Concert Series—Monday, February 10

Spectrum East Concert at First Jefferson
Monday February 10, 2020 at 7:30pm, Sanctuary. Free Admission (Freewill donations accepted). Free post-concert reception with the musicians. The Spectrum East winter concert begins with the sixth of Bach’s extremely challenging solo cello suites—it’s so big, it gets its own half of the program! We will also feature a pair of hauntingly beautiful rhapsodies for oboe, viola and piano based on two poems by French composer Maurice Rollinat. And we will conclude with fiery music by the master of the tango, Astor Piazzolla. You will definitely feel the passion!


J.S. Bach | Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major
Una Gong, cello

Charles Martin Loeffler | Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola, and Piano
Stewart Williams, oboe
Dan Sigale, viola
Shields-Collins Bray, piano

Astor Piazzolla (arr. Miloni) | Suite for Four Violins and Bass
Swang Lin, Ke Mai, Molly Baer, and Amy Faires, violins
William Clay, bass

A Great Time to Join the Choir!

Our First Jefferson choir is planning to present the Brahms Requiem on May 10. The Brahms is one of the most beloved pieces of choral music, but also unique in many ways. Brahms called it A German Requiem and instead of using the normal text from the Catholic Mass for the Dead, he used various selections from the German bible that emphasized peace and comfort for the living. The work has become one of the most performed concert pieces for choir and orchestra and has been associated with huge choruses and orchestras. John Rutter and Laura Hoggard, two of our outstanding contemporary composers and musicians, have made an edition with English words which is much more accessible for smaller groups such as ours. Here is your invitation to sing and hear this wonderful masterpiece. Rehearsals are Sundays at 9:30am.

This Weeks Events

Saturday, February 8

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Drum Circle 7pm, Sanctuary

Sunday, February 9

Religious Education Council 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Intern Minister Committee 12:30pm, Beatrix Potter Room

Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPs) Meeting 1pm, John Adams Room

Monday, February 10

Finance Committee Meeting 6:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Spectrum Chamber Music 7:30pm, Sanctuary

Tuesday, February 11

Women’s Alliance 12pm, Coleman Hall

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Wednesday, February 12

Church Council 6:30pm, Coleman Hall

Thursday, February 13

LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. 7pm, Jaggers Parlor

Saturday, February 15

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Game Night! 3pm, Jaggers Parlor

Sunday, February 16

Metaphysical Research Group 12:30pm, Library

Board Meeting 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Next Sunday


“John Murray: An Accident of Faith”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
You’ve heard the saying, “We stand on the shoulders of giants.” John Murray was one of those giants. It’s time to look down to see those broad shoulders and know who they belong to. And what better voice to tell us than the one who knew him best?

Adventures in Religion: March 17, 2019, through March 8, 2020

John Adams Room, 9:30am Adventures in Religion explores world religions. We are currently discussing J.R. Porter’s The Lost Bible: Forgotten Scriptures Revealed. We read aloud together. No need to read in advance. This book provides an introduction to sacred writings of great profundity and aesthetic merit that did not become part of the cannons of Jewish and Christian Bibles. [The University of Chicago Press]

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Guy Thornton and Virginia Thornton will talk about their experiences immigrating—her to Great Britain and then him to the United States.

Notable Quotable

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. ”

Martin Buber

How to Stay in Touch


The Reverend Annie Foerster

Church Office(Karl)

Religious Education Coordinator(Thomas)

Board of Trustees

David Winkowski, President

Dan Sexton, Treasurer

Mary Anne Clarke, Secretary

Other Important Contacts

Jude Olson, Membership Coordinator

Finance Committee

Caring & Sharing

Web Links

Church Website

FJUUC Facebook Page

North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations

UUA Southern Region

Unitarian Universalist Association

Submission Information

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  • Order of Service announcements insert
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Please note our submission deadlines:
Weekly Email: Wednesday 5:00pm
Order of Service: Wednesday 5:00pm
Announcements: Thursday 2:00pm