First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

September 25–October 4, 2020

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

This Sunday


“Reinventing Ourselves”
The Reverend Annie Foerster, 11am
In November we will once more take up the question of whether or not we want to change our name. Before we do, let’s surely look at the thinking behind the original suggestion. But let’s also consider who it is we want to become. If we rename ourselves, will we also rebrand ourselves, set new challenges and goals, become the people we want to be?

The Questions for Sunday’s Service

At the congregational meeting in May 2018, this church voted to change its name. However, the topic was tabled and a committee appointed for further study because there had been no decision as to what the new name might be and there was a question about cost and being able to afford to mount a change. The topic will come up again at the congregational meeting on November 8, and the service today, titled Reinventing Ourselves, asks two questions: Who are we? and Who might we become? Not surprisingly, the question can be asked both of individuals and religious communities and my responses will reflect both entities.

Adult Religious Education

Beginning Sunday

What sort of “person” is God? What is his “life story”? Is it possible to approach him not as an object of religious reverence, but as the protagonist of the world’s greatest book—as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions, and abiguities of a Hamlet? This is the task that Jack Miles—a former Jesuit trained in religious studies and Near Eastern languages—accomplishes with such brilliance and originality in God: A Biography.

The book will be discussed in depth at the rate of 1 chapter each week over 13 weeks, staring Sunday, September 27th at 7pm.

Click here to read Reviews of the book:

The meeting will be held via Zoom:

Adventures in Religion: May 10, 2020, through June 13, 2021
Adventures in Religion is meeting by phone, 9:30 am We explore world religions. We are currently discussing The Buddhist Tradition in India, China, & Japan, edited by W.M. Theodore de Bary. We read aloud together. No need to read in advance. This book presents a survey of Buddhist thought. Buddhism’s continuity in time and its influence mark it as a major spiritual force in the world [Vintage Books]. To arrange to attend, contact Marian Wendel Phone (817) 274-7211.

This Sunday:
Buddhism in China
 Chapter 6: The Schools of Chinese Buddhism I
   The Flower Garland School
     On the Original Nature of Man

News to Use

Let’s Talk About It

Meets Every Tuesday—
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Since we can’t meet face-to-face after the Sunday service, I miss hearing what you have to say about the topic presented. What if we set up a time to talk about it on Zoom? I like to invite you to do just that. Watch this Sunday’s service and then join the Zoom meeting on the following Tuesday at 7pm.

When I first started in the ministry, talk-backs after the service were all the rage. Long-timers at First Jefferson say they can remember the same, but they were called ‘back talk’ here. It was a time to discuss what the minister or guest speaker presented whether you agreed with them or not. It gives us an opportunity to dig deeper on topics that are meaningful to you.
See you online or join by telephone.
Annie Foerster

To join by computer:
Join Zoom Meeting
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To join by phone:
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Information Connection

First Jefferson Coffee Hour

Bring the breakfast beverage of your choice and join us in our virtual coffee bar for some conversation and fellowship. We will begin the meeting each Sunday at 10:00 and meet for about an hour—sometimes a bit more if the conversation is lively.

To join by computer:
Meeting ID: 950 9633 4223

To join by phone:
+1 346 248 7799
Meeting ID: 950 9633 4223

If you have any questions or need help connecting, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing you there.David Winkowski

Office Hours

Office Hours are currently variable, so please contact us by email first to schedule an appointment. This summer Karl in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays but please call or email for specific appointment times since the building remains closed to the general public at most times. Please email Reverend Annie or Karl to make appointments for Office Hours.

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.

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

Order Of Service for This Sunday,
September 27, 2020

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship May Sarton

Opening hymn #325 Love Makes a Bridge

Chalice Lighting



Story for All Ages Fragments and Front Porches Rev. Elizabeth Buffington Nguyen

First Response

Generosity Report

Reading from The Joint Merger Commission Information Manual, 1958 Dan McKanan

Hymn #323 Break Not the Circle

Communion of Names and Milestones


Musical Interlude

Reading Beginners Denise Leverto

Third Response

Closing Hymn #1051 We Are…

Extinguishing the Chalice

Benediction Theodore Parker


Next Sunday


“Deep Listening”
The Reverend Annie Foerster, 11am
Do we listen or really listen when someone else is speaking? Sometimes our brains produce responses before we really process what we might be hearing. How does that affect our relationship with the world?

Notable Quotable

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

How to Stay in Touch


The Reverend Annie Foerster

Church Office(Karl)

Lifespan Religious Educator(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 information
  • 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