First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

July 12–21, 2019

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

This Sunday


“Fighting Hate”
Turner Bridgforth
Sanctuary, 11am
Organizations geared toward hate exist all over the world. We see them daily in the media, and sometimes daily in our lives. How are we, a community that values the inherent worth and dignity of every person, able to combat these forces of hate?

Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

Religious Education News

Our summer program: Maker Space.

The goals for this summer include exploring our creative sides, inventive reuse of materials, and the joy of making things. We are also accepting volunteers to come help lead the youth and maybe share new techniques with them. Adults are encouraged to come and get creative with us!

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 Discoveries of scriptures (Nag Hammadi Codices and Dead Sea Scrolls), criteria for including scriptures in the Bible, the Bible’s many official versions, and the scriptures excluded. See complete program at
This Sunday: The Bible and its Many Official Versions.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Rev. Craig Roshaven will discuss RESULTS, which he describes as a movement of everyday people using their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.

News to Use

NTUUC Training

August 10 is the date, at First Church in Dallas; no charge, because we really want you to be there! Light breakfast items, with lunch after the program so you have time to connect with friends in other congregations, discussing what you learned and how you’ll use it.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Love Beyond Belief—How Thandeka’s teachings can be used in small groups and other facets of our work.
  • Widening the Welcome—There has been an active LGBT presence at First Church for nearly forty years—what difference has it made, and how could it transform your congregation?
  • Training for Teachers and Advisors—What’s the latest in RE at First Church, and how could it help your program grow?
  • CPR/AED Training—Practice using hands-only CPR, and an automatic defibrillator.
  • Small Group Ministry—Learn how it works and strengthens your congregation; there will be a sample session. There are elements similar to the Wellspring program that you can incorporate without a major commitment.
Please register at

Information Connection

Share the Plate Recipient for New 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. This quarter we are supporting RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services). You can find more information about them on their website

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.

Notable Quotable

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”

John Lubbock

Submission Information

Please send the following items for inclusion in Church Publications to

  • 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

You can reach Karl in the church office at 817.451.1505 during these hours:
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

Stay Cool This Weekend at Our Family & Community Drum Circle

Saturday July 13, 7pm, Sanctuary Welcoming all drummers, dancers, spinners, music lovers—all people! Don’t have a drum? No worries, we have something you can use to join in! We have plenty of room, with comfortable chairs and a great floor for dancing. Beverages provided. Come get into the groove!

This Weeks Events

Saturday, July 13

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Drum Circle 7pm, Sanctuary

Sunday, July 14

Religious Education Council 12:30pm, Religious Education Office

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

Astrological Society of North Texas 1:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Monday, July 15

Financial Committee Meeting 6:30pm, Church Office

Tuesday, July 16

First Jefferson QUUilters 2pm, Jaggers Parlor

Trans-cendence Meeting 7pm, Coleman Hall

Wednesday, July 17

Worship Arts Committee 7pm, Jaggers Parlor

Thursday, July 18

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

Friday, July 19

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

Interweave Get Together 6:30pm, No Frills Grill, 1550 Eastchase Pkwy., Suite 1200, Fort Worth 76120

Saturday, July 20

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Sunday, July 21

Metaphysical Research Group 12:30pm, Library

Board Meeting 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Next Sunday


“The Joke’s on Us”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
Summer seems to be a good time for light-heartedness, less somber topic of theology and faith. Someone once opined that the things we laugh at are usually the things most important to us. I’ll explore that theory and it will become clear to you why I never sought a career as a stand-up comic.

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

John Adams Room, 9:30 am, Adventures in Religion is a discussion group exploring world religions. The Bible: Discoveries of scriptures (the Nag Hammadi Codices and the Dead Sea Scrolls), the criteria for including and excluding scriptures from the Bible, the Bible’s many official versions, and the scriptures excluded. See complete program at

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Bill Maginnis will show some videos which make probably valid conservative points.

How to Stay in Touch


The Reverend Annie Foerster

Church Office(Karl)

Religious Education Coordinator(Thomas)

Board of Trustees

David Winkowski, President

Dan Sexton, Treasure

Mary West, 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