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This Week@First Jefferson

November 1–10, 2019

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

This Sunday


“Mythologies of Death”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
Daylight Saving Time ends today. The days continue to get shorter and darker; the weather colder. I meant to explore this topic in sunnier times, but maybe this is more natural. Death is one of those inevitable topics in all our lives and yet one we seldom talk about it. Other religions put it front and center, why donít we?

Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

Religious Education News

Our Current Curriculum
This year, our Religious Education program will be utilizing the Soul Matters theme words for each month. The theme for this month is Attention.
What is worthy of your time and energy? How do you choose where to put your Attention? This month, and we will be helping our kids explore these questions. We will talk about forms of prayer and meditation as ways of paying attention to your conscience, attention to the needs of the community and how to be good helpers, and attention to the beauty and the love all around us and being thankful for the good in our lives.
We look forward to hearing what the kids bring to these conversations; we learn a lot by sharing. We hope you all will have conversations with the family to help them continue to explore the topics.

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 3: Lost Writings of the Prophets

  • The Apocalypse of Zephaniah
  • The Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah
  • The Second Book of Baruch

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am George Siemans of UTA will talk about Artificial Intelligence.

News to Use

Congregational Meeting

Fall Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday November 3, 2019 at 1pm. All are welcome to attend. Members are eligible to vote if they joined at least 30 days before the date of the meeting. Childcare provided. Potluck lunch will be immediately after worship.

The Service Auction is coming!

Mark your calendars: Saturday, November 9th at 5:30pm. Our theme is Around the World in 80 Days—Steampunk Style!

We’re getting our donations in, but we need more! The sooner you get your donations to us with the accompanying forms, the easier it is for us to ensure that we have our database correct and the bidder booklets ready on time.
Tickets are on sale now—they’re $20 each if you buy in advance, $25 at the door. Come see whoever is working the Service Auction table in the foyer after the worship service to purchase your tickets.
Sign-up sheets for the volunteer positions we need filled may also be found on the Service Auction table in the foyer on Sundays, along with the save-the-date postcards and donation forms. We also have a few packets for taking to business to make donation requests. Grab a few to take to local businesses that you frequent, see if they might be interested in making an in-kind donation of a fee waiver or a gift card.
See Tina Harmuth or Mary West if you have any questions regarding the Service Auction, or email us at

The Stone Soup Grounds Communion

Saturday, November 23 Anyone and everyone is invited to spend the day communing with the Earth as we clean up the grounds in a number of ways. We will be serving Stone Soup at the end of the day, so that we may also commune with one another. Any gardening tools you can plan on bringing will be much appreciated, as we are sure we are likely to have more hands than tools. If you would prefer to volunteer for a specific job, (kitchen duty, child care, building, gardening…) or if you have any questions, concerns, or comments on the project, please do not hesitate to contact Intern Minister Turner Bridgforth via e-mail Thank you, again, in advance, for being there.

Holiday Art Show & Sale

Saturday November 30, 10am–2pm & Sunday December 1 12pm–2pm Please mark your calendars now for the return of First Jefferson’s Art and Craft Show and Sale. Artists and crafters of all ages, skill levels and those working in all media are encouraged to join us for fun, fellowship and all the financial rewards available for those who create things. We especially encourage anyone who works with recycled or repurposed materials. EC Stanton School will be participating along with our friends from LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. Participation is open to members of the community so please help us spread the word to all your creative friends, neighbors and relatives. There will be a $15 participation fee to help cover costs of space use, etc. Anyone 16 and under can participate for free. We want to encourage those just starting out and anyone who may have been creating things for a while but has never taken the plunge to show or sell their work. Contact Karl in the church office for more information:

Calling All Christmas Singers

We are planning to present the Christmas pagent called Strange Places by Eleanor Daley on December 15. The piece is scored for adult choir and all the children and is meaningful and a lot of fun to sing. Rehearsals are held Sundays at 9:30am in the choir room. Come join us!!

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 Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. 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.

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

Reminder: Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Please remember to set your clocks back one hour between Saturday night and Sunday this weekend.

Eastside Community Assistance

Thanksgiving Food Bags for Eastside Community Assistance
Each Sunday through November 17, there will be grocery bags in the Eastside Community Assistance cart for us to take and fill with groceries to be distributed to clients for Thanksgiving dinner. A list of items to put into the bag will be stapled to the front of the bag. Please do not deviate from the list in any way when buying items for the bag. Uniformity of the groceries helps to keep peace among the clients. Turkeys are not to be included in the bags; they will be obtained from another source. The total cost for one bag of the specified items will be around $25. Please return your filled bag to the Eastside cart and I will take them to Eastside. our generous donation will mean a lot to someone. Thank you, on their behalf.
~First Jefferson Eastside Board Representative Colleen Brewer

This Weeks Events

Saturday, November 2

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Jaggers Parlor

CUUPs Samhain 7pm, Coleman Hall

Sunday, November 3

Potluck Lunch 12:15pm, Coleman Hall

Congregational Meeting 1pm, Sanctuary

Tuesday, November 5

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Trans-cendence Meeting 7pm, Coleman Hall

Wednesday, November 6

Men’s Covenant Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor

Thursday, November 7

PFLAG 7pm, Coleman Hall

LGBTQ SAVES Meeeting 7pm, Jaggers Parlor

LGBTQ SAVES Board Meeeting 7pm, Librart

Saturday, November 9

Service Auction 5:30pm

Sunday, November 10

Religious Education Council 12:30pm, Library

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

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

Next Sunday


“Two Kinds of People”
Turner Bridgforth
Sanctuary, 11am
This is a common way that people try to explain people to people. We just pick which one of those people is us, right? Sounds so easy…

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 Paul Schattman will talk about the “Origins of American Political Culture.”

Notable Quotable

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”

George Santayana

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

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

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.