First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

April 3–12, 2020

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

This Sunday

Worship

“April Foolery”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
facebook.com/firstjefferson, 11am
What’s the history behind April Fools Day? Why is it so popular and so annoying at the same time?


News to Use

Eastside Community Assistance News

Eastside will be closed for an Easter holiday Wednesday through Friday of next week (April 8–10). It will be open regular hours April 6–7, and resume regular hours the day after Easter.

Some church members have expressed concern about the operation and the needs of Eastside during the current state of emergency. We are giving out food as usual, but are not allowing shopping in our free clothing area, and all clients remain outside the building as they are served. Food is still coming in from both Tarrant Area Food Bank and a few local grocery stores that donate their excess. Items that we need most are those that are not available from those sources. The current wish list is topped by breakfast cereal of all kinds, hot or cold, for everyone or for babies. We also need baby formula and baby food. If you would like to donate some of these items, please take them to Eastside, 5929 East Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 76112 between 9AM and 12 noon, any weekday that it is open. If you knock on the “Donations” door and no one answers, call 817-446-3278 and let someone know you are there to make a donation.

If you would like to donate money, you can mail a check to the above address, or donate through the website eastsidecommunityassistance.org. Finally, Eastside would benefit greatly from the addition of one healthy, low-risk, able-bodied person to volunteer on the same day or days of the week every week, at least until the end of the emergency. We are lacking some of our usual volunteers right now. Contact me by email if you would like to volunteer to help with the work. Thanks to you all for caring for the people of east Fort Worth.
Colleen Brewer


Information Connection

In Person Service Suspended

On Sunday, March 15, the First Jefferson Board of Trustees voted to suspend all in-person services at the church, through the end of March. What this means is there will be no church on Sunday. But there will be a service, live-streamed on our Facebook page at the regular church hour of 11:00 am. A small volunteer crew will help to make that happen. Other events, like Misha’s concert on Friday and the Chili Cook-Off and Garden Work Party on Saturday will be postponed. I’m postponing yoga and Colleen will keep Tai Chi going until further notice. We left it to renters to make their own decisions about meetings at the church.

Our bookkeepers, however, will not stop paying our bills. Continue to send your pledges to the church office. Payments can also be made via the link under Donate on the front page of the church website. And if you haven’t sent in your pledge card for next year, do it now while you’re thinking about it. Continue to keep in touch by phone and emails.

You Count! 2020 Census Has Started

This year you can choose to respond to the census on secure internet, by telephone, by mail or in person. Whatever you choose, it’s important to respond. An accurate count will affect how representation in the Federal Government is apportioned; how legislative districts will be drawn; how Federal dollars will be distributed; how voting rights will be enforced; and how future government decisions will be made.


Office Hours are currently variable, so please contact us by email first to schedule an appointment. Please email Reverend Annie, Turner or Karl to make appointments for Office Hours.


How to Stay in Touch

Staff

The Reverend Annie Foerster
minister@firstjefferson.org

Church Office(Karl)
administrator@firstjefferson.org

Religious Education Coordinator(Thomas)
re@firstjefferson.org

Board of Trustees

David Winkowski, President
president@firstjefferson.org

Dan Sexton, Treasurer
treasurer@firstjefferson.org

Mary Anne Clarke, Secretary
secretary@firstjefferson.org

Other Important Contacts

Jude Olson, Membership Coordinator
membership@firstjefferson.org

Finance Committee
financecommittee @firstjefferson.org

Caring & Sharing
caringsharing@firstjefferson.org

Web Links

Church Website
firstjefferson.org

FJUUC Facebook Page

North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations
http://ntuuc.org/

UUA Southern Region
http://www.uuasouthernregion.org/

Unitarian Universalist Association
http://www.uua.org/


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


How to Create Church and Community at Home

While we are separated from our church home and family, we can build a virtual community by creating a space for church in our own homes. Here are some ideas suggested to us by Soul Matters, the folks that bring us Sunday School lessons and topics for our sermons and Chalice Cluster discussions:

  1. Create a space in your home for an altar or shrine—a place that will remind you every day of the values and commitments we make when we worship together in church.
    • This can be a table or shelf that you can leave in place and add to.
    • Make your own chalice—a place to hold a candle, or even a paper flame.
    • Add a bell or a chime whose voice will call you to worship.
    • Each family member might add a small item of great importance to them, like a stone from a favorite beach or a picture of someone you love.
  2. Use this space to initiate daily or Sabbath worship.
    • Once a day (or more), light the chalice and ring the bell to focus your attention.
    • Read a poem or tell a story that you find inspirational or makes you laugh.
    • Remind yourself of at least one thing you are grateful for.
    • Make a weekly promise to yourself of how you want to act or to treat others. For example, I will be kind. Or, I will be cheerful.
    • If it is Sunday (also called the Sabbath), sit back and watch the worship service streaming from church. That way we’ll all be together.
  3. Take a picture of your altar or shrine and post it on the First Jefferson UU page of Facebook. Be sure to include yourself in the picture.

Stay well and I’ll bring you more ideas next week for creating church and community at home. Reverend Annie


This Weeks Events

Saturday, April 4

Tai Chi Class Classes are on hold until meeting restrictions or lifted.

Sunday, April 5

Service will livestream at facebook.com/firstjefferson 11am, Enjoy from home or watch with friends at a safe distance

Please check with leaders of specific groups to find out about arrangements for church group meetings.


Next Sunday

Worship

“Discover the Rise of Yeshua”
Turner Bridgforth
facebook.com/firstjefferson, 11am
There are many different ways people interpret the Biblical Easter story. These interpretations are often cornerstones of faith. I will share with the congregation some of the ways that scientific interpretations from scientists (historians, anthropologists, sociologists, physicians, and archeologists) have become cornerstones of my interpretation of the rise of the person commonly referred to as Jesus Christ.


Notable Quotable

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”

Henry David Thoreau


Submission Information

Please send the following items for inclusion in Church Publications to administrator@firstjefferson.org

  • Calendar and space requests
  • Courier newsletter items
  • Order of Service information
  • Order of Service announcements insert
  • Foyer notices information

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