First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

November 19–28, 2021

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

This Sunday


“Life Has Loveliness to Sell”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
11am, Sanctuary
That’s the title of the anthem the choir is singing for the Thanksgiving service, from a poem by Sara Teasdale. It’s an apt message for Thanksgiving week; another way of telling your gratitude. Spend all you have for happiness. Buy it. Never count the cost, advises the poet. I’ll have more advice along those same lines.

The Question for Sunday’s Service

What if the best way we can show gratitude is to live what Mary Oliver called “Our one wild and precious life” to the fullest we can imagine?

Adult Religious Exploration News

RE Hour will be returning in January, and we are looking for people to help lead Adult Forum and teach our children and youth classes. If you have any questions or comments, please email Thomas:

Adventures in Religion: October 17, 2021, through September 11, 2022
On Facebook Messenger and by phone or, when classes resume, John Adams Room, 9:30 am. We explore world religions. We are discussing Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan. Random House, New York, 2013. ISBN-978-1-4000-6922-4 (hardback). ISBN-978-0-679-60353-5 (eBook). We read out loud together. No need to read in advance.
Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. (Amazon)
Contact: Marian Wendel.
This Sunday:
  Part I
    Chapter 6: Year One
  Part II
    Prologue: Zeal for Your House

News to Use

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Saturday, November 20, 6pm Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside to remember victims of transphobic violence. Join hosts LGBTQ SAVES as they say their names and light a candle in their honor.

Christmas Will Be At First Jefferson

Christmas is a family event for most people, but what do you do if your family lives in a different state or have someplace else they have to go? You come to First Jefferson for a Christmas lunch and communion with other people who do not have family in the area.

Yes! Christmas Day! Come at 11:30, bring a dish to pass and chow down on turkey fresh from the oven. The last time we did this (Christmas 2019) we had two tables—16 people—so bring enough of your dish for that number. Plan to stay after dinner to help clean up, to talk with old friends and new and possibly sing Christmas carols—or whatever you want to do.

Big Thank You…

To Everyone Who Made The Service Auction A Success!!

We raised close to $6,000. Had a marvelous dinner. The tunes were fun and a great time was had by all.

I want to recognize our grand auctioneer, David Binde; our splendid cooking crew, Roy, Christina and Joy, their helpers, Ariel and Nicholas; Registrars and Auction assistants, Mary Ann and Paul; David W and Tina H, the data gurus; Laurie Mikitka, cashier; our decorating crew, Della and the Purdins with Jules B. And our hopping and bopping DJ and sound man, Patrick G, the doctor of soul.

Thanks to everyone who came and helped make it a great evening!
Dan Sexton

Speaking Of Leadership

from Paul R. Schattman, Ph.D. and VP First Jefferson

Pursuant to my remarks a couple of Sundays ago, here are two quick and easy ways to be a leader at First Jefferson. Friends, you can lead by upgrading to member.
Members, you can lead by showing up to the Congregational Meeting on November 21st.

Service Auction Quilt Raffle

You’ll have another chance to bid on the raffle quilt that was donated for the Service Auction. David Winkowski was the winner in the drawing and has generously offered the quilt back to be auctioned to the highest bidder. This will take place this Sunday at our Congregational Meeting. It’s another good reason to come to the meeting!

You’re Invited
To Christmas By Candlelight

Eastside Community Assistance will celebrate Christmas by Candlelight on December 7 at 6:30 pm, at St. Rita’s Church. Dinner is free, although a good-will offering will be optional, and the quilt for which you’ve undoubtedly bought tickets will be given away. Let’s show the East Side that we support what’s going on around here. Let’s show up in large numbers to let them know they are appreciated. See you there.

First Jefferson Book Discussion Group

The First Jefferson book discussion group is currently meeting via Zoom on the following dates. We read and discuss a variety of books: fiction, nonfiction, classics, mysteries, historical, etc. Suggestions for books are encouraged. For information, contact Joan Carey 817-217-5905.
Upcoming Titles (corrected from last week’s email):
Thursday, December 30 at 7 pm CST via ZOOMBecoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Karl Safina [nonfiction]
Late January: Date, Time, and Place to be decidedHow Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang [fiction]
Late February: Date, Time, and Place to be decidedThe Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel by Kati Marton [nonfiction]

December Courier Deadline

Please note the deadline for the December Courier has been moved to November 30. Next month’s issue will go out on Thursday December 2.

Information Connection

Choir to Sing a Winter Concert

From Michael Nguyen, Acting Choir Director

Hello! The choir of First Jefferson would like to personally invite everyone to come hear our Winter Concert on December 12! The theme will revolve around the Earth, Nature and the Stars in the sky. We have some wonderful pieces to be performed by the choir, as well a guest instrumentalists! We will also have soloists, including your very own Della Purdin, David Binde!

It’s not too late to join the choir to learn the pieces for the concert. Everyone is welcome!

Keep Up With Regional NeUUs

Please consider signing up for the Southern Region Newsletter to get a wider view of Unitarian Universalism and what is happening, what is being offered, and how we fit into the bigger UU movement. Follow this link to see the newsletter and sign up:

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

Fall Congregational Meeting will be November 21 after Sunday Service

The Fall Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021. The meeting will be held in person in the church sanctuary, or may also be attended electronically, using Zoom. The meeting will begin at 1pm. All are welcome to attend the meeting either in person or online. Members are eligible to vote if they joined at least 30 days before the date of the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 783 805 1279
Password: 763386


  1. Call to Order
  2. Certification of quorum
  3. Opening words
  4. Chalice Lighting
  5. Review of Relational Covenant
  6. Approval of previous minutes
  7. President’s Report to the Congregation
  8. Minister’s Report to the Congregation
  9. Finance Report
  10. Church Council Report
  11. New Officer Election
  12. Appointment of new members of the Nominating Committee
  13. Congregational vote on name change
  14. Closing words
  15. Extinguish the chalice
  16. Adjournment

Order Of Service for This Sunday,
November 14, 2021

Introit Meditation on Breathing Congregation

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship For What Shall We Give Thanks? Laura Horton-Ludwig

Opening hymn #404 What Gift Can We Bring?

Chalice Lighting To Tell Stories and Break Bread Nick Wilbourn



Story for All Ages What Do You Do With a Chance? Kobi Yamada

Singing the Children On

Light on Music Michael Nguyen, Mikhail Berestnev, Daniel Polk

First Response What Have You Done With a Chance?


Communion of Names and Milestones


Musical Interlude

Reading All too often John Gibb Millspaugh

Choral Anthem Life Has Loveliness to Sell Sara Teasdale/James McCray

Second Response The Cost of Loveliness

Closing Hymn #1060 As We Sing of Hope and Joy

Extinguishing the Chalice

Benediction May we go forth from this place Charles A Howe

Invitation to join coffee and conversation

Next Sunday


“Rumpelstiltskin: The Advent Story”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
11am, Sanctuary
Yes, it’s already the first week of Advent and I’m bringing back a story I’ve told you before. I figure if Christmas has become a secular holiday as well as a religious one for some, then Advent can serve a secular purpose as well.

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

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

How to Stay in Touch


The Reverend Annie Foerster

Church Office(Karl)

Lifespan Religious Educator(Thomas)

Board of Trustees

Brian Skinner, President

Roy Brake, Treasurer

Mary Anne Clark, Secretary

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