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This Week@First Jefferson

September 20–29, 2019

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Letting Go”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
In my journal-writing class we explored the problems we call letting go. It’s a human condition to hang on to things. The list is long—here’s a partial compendium of mine—Anger, Conviction, Disappointment, Ego, Envy, Expectations, Fear, Hate, Memories, Opinions, The Right way, Stuff, What others think, Winning. If we make it a spiritual discipline, would it be any easier?


Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

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 December 22, 2019

John Adams Room, 9:30am J.R. Porter’s The Lost Bible: Forgotten Scriptures Revealed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press; 1st edition, 2001. Hardback (ISBN-10: 0226675793 or ISBN-13: 978-0226675794). 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. It also examines the reasons—both religious and political—for these decisions. [The University of Chicago Press]

This Sunday:
Part 1: The “Lost” Hebrew Scriptures
   Chapter 2: Words of the Patriarchs

  • The Testament of Levi
  • The Testament of Judah
  • The Testament of Issachar

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Cammie Justus will talk about the Sudbury Schools: Democracy and Self-Determination for Children. E.C. Stanton is one of these schools.


News to Use

Presenting The Spectrum Chamber Music Society Fall 2019 Concerts!

We are excited to announce the programming for the first pair of concerts of Spectrum Chamber Music Society’s 34th season! From Mozart to Meyn, these programs represent a span over 325 years. The music has changed, but the passion behind the music is still the same, and we look forward to sharing our passion for chamber music with you.
Sincerely,
Dan Sigale
Director, Spectrum Chamber Music Society P.S. You can find out more about Spectrum at our new and improved website.

An Important Note To Folks Who Attend Both Concert Series: If you are a regular attendee at both the Downtown and East Side concert series, please note that, for this season, the first of each pair of concerts will take place on the east side at First Jefferson Universalist Unitarian Church (Spectrum East) and the second concert will be downtown at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth (Spectrum Downtown). This is the opposite of the usual concert location order.

Spectrum East
Tuesday October 1, 2019 at 7:30pm, First Jefferson Sanctuary
Free Admission (Freewill donations accepted)
Free Post-Concert Reception With The Musicians
Clara Schumann (arr. Martin Blessinger)—Nocturne from Soirées Musicales, Op. 6
Robert Schumann—Adagio and Allegro
Dan Sigale, viola and Shields-Collins Bray, piano
World Premiere! Till MacIvor Meyn—Flights of Fancy
Michael Shih and Molly Baer, violins
Dan Sigale, viola and Keira Fullerton, cello
W.A. Mozart—String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590
Shu Lee and Ke Mai, violins
John Geisel, viola and Una Gong, cello
Our Spectrum East season begins with a pair of short transcriptions for viola and piano by husband and wife composers, Clara and Robert Schumann, in honor of the bicentennial of Clara’s birth in 1819. Then, we will present the world premiere of Flights of Fancy, an exciting new string quartet by local composer Till MacIvor Meyn. (There will be a pre-concert discussion with the composer at 7:00pm.) The concert ends with Mozart’s final string quartet, written one year before his death in 1791.

Spectrum Downtown
Monday October 7, 2019 at 7:00pm
Leonard Memorial Chapel
First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth
800 W. 5th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Free Admission (sponsored by FUMCFW)
Free Post-Concert Reception With The Musicians
Paul Hindemith—Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 11, No. 4
Dmitry Kustanovich, viola and Clark Vann Griffith, piano
Till MacIvor Meyn—Flights of Fancy
Michael Shih and Molly Baer, violins
Dan Sigale, viola and Keira Fullerton, cello
W.A. Mozart—Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
Ivan Petruzziello, clarinet
Ke Mai and Jen Betz, violins
Dan Sigale, viola and Laura Ospina, cello
We kick off the Spectrum Downtown season with Paul Hindemith’s powerful and beautiful (yes, “Hindemith” and “beautiful” in the same sentence) Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 11, No. 4. The first half ends with an encore performance of Flights of Fancy by Till MacIvor Meyn. This is a great opportunity for those who can not make the October 1st premiere to get to hear the piece, but even better, it is a chance for fans of both Spectrum series to get to hear the quartet performed a second time, and perhaps discover new things in the process.The concert concludes with a performance of Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet in A Major.

Teen Pride Event

Calling all vendors, community organizations, and LGBTQ resources—we want YOU to set up at Youth Pride October 12!
This family friendly event is aimed at providing LGBTQ youth with a fun space that celebrates them. We’re looking for food vendors, fun activities, pride gear, and of course, friends in the community! This event will be held in the Sanctuary on October 12 from 1-4pm, with setup happening at noon. It’s easy to sign up—just email contactus@lgbtqsaves.org. To set up, you must provide a door prize for our youth and your own table.

Pride Parade

Tarrant County’s Annual Gay Pride Parade is October 5th at 11am This year’s theme is: “Remembering Stonewall 1969” It has been requested that participants wear yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” T-shirts for the parade, the more the merrier. Everyone’s participation is encouraged, let us show Tarrant County how welcoming Unitarian Universalists are. Inquiries can seek any member of the Rainbow Committee: Andrew Fields, Chistrina LuQuis, Jo Burham, or Roy Brake for more information.


Information Connection

Share the Plate Recipient for This Quarter

Each Sunday at First Jefferson, we take half the morning’s offering (not pledges) and share it with an organization whose values and goals reflect our own. Our Share the Plate partner this quarter is Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RIACES) which is the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. RAICES offers help to separated families, detained families, unaccompanied minors, and those seeking asy lum in the United States. You can find more information about them on their website www.raicestexas.org.

Way to go First Jefferson Members and other attendees of Sunday Services for raising $885.76 for Eastside Community Assistance during the second quarter of this year. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our neighbors who need it most!


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


The Wheels are Turning for this Year’s Service Auction

We’re gearing up for this year’s Service Auction! The date for the festivities is November 9th, and the theme is Around the World in 80 Days, Steampunk Style. If you’re considering coming in costume, think 1800s period dress, or look up steampunk ideas—the internet is full of great suggestions for steampunk costuming!
Donation forms are now available in the foyer and on the First Jefferson Facebook Group. Please think about what you might be able to contribute to the Service Auction, our largest yearly fundraiser, and SAVE THE DATE! Contact Tina Harmuth and Mary West for more information.


This Weeks Events

Friday, September 20

Friends Covenant Group, A Women’s Group 4pm, Jaggers Parlor

Game Night! 5:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Saturday, September 21

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

CUUPs Fall Equinox 7pm, Coleman Hall

Sunday, September 22

The Kindred 2pm, Jaggers Parlor

Tuesday, September 24

Courier Deadline 10am, Email to administrator@firstjefferson.org

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Book Discussion Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor
This month’s book is The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal [nonfiction]

Saturday, September 28

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor


Next Sunday

Worship

“And We Will Go On”
Daniel Polk
Sanctuary, 11am
Daniel serves as the Executive Director of North Texas UU Congregations (NTUUC). In this role he consults regularly with church leadership on congregational life and development. Daniel will share wisdom gleaned from the highs and lows that churches experience on the journey.

Adventures in Religion: March 17, 2019, through December 22, 2019

John Adams Room, 9:30am J.R. Porter’s The Lost Bible: Forgotten Scriptures Revealed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press; 1st edition, 2001. Hardback (ISBN-10: 0226675793 or ISBN-13: 978-0226675794). 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. It also examines the reasons—both religious and political—for these decisions. [The University of Chicago Press]

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Brian Skinner will discuss the 7 principles of UUism. He promises to come up with a presentation aimed at getting everyone engaged.


Notable Quotable

“You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.”

Marvin Minsky


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, Treasure
treasurer@firstjefferson.org

Mary West, 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/


Submission Information

Please send the following items for inclusion in Church Publications to publicize@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

Reverend Annie Foerster Office Hours
Wednesday 4pm–7pm
Thur 9am–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 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.