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This Week@First Jefferson

January 17–26, 2020

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

This Sunday

Worship

“It’s About Time”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
Time is a human invention. As one comedian put it, “It’s what we use to keep everything from happening all at once.” But we cling to its dictates and constructs as if it were real. What can we learn from that?


Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

Religious Education News

Religious Education Council Monthly Fundraiser January 19, 2020
Our monthly fundraiser is Chili for Chilly January. For only $5, you can have a bowl of either veggie or turkey chili. We’ll have a selection of go withs—onions, cheese, sour cream, corn chips, cornbread.

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 March 8, 2020

John Adams Room, 9:30am Adventures in Religion explores world religions. We are currently discussing 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. [The University of Chicago Press]
This Sunday:
 Part 2: The “Lost” New Testament
  Chapter 1: The Missing Years of Jesus

  • Legends of the Nativity
  • Stories of the Infant Jesus
  • Gospels of the Jewish Christmas

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Dustin Harp, head of gender studies at UTA, on 2016 election, gender and media.


Caring & Sharing

Caring and Sharing is offering the opportunity for anyone that is interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s to join us in a day trip to James L. West. We will be taking a class and going through the Alzheimer’s stimulation. This event will be taking place in March. There will be a table at the entrance of the church after service to sign up if you are interested. Thanks, Betty Churchman


News to Use

Movie Screening

The Westside Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Council will be screening Suppressed: The Fight to Vote on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, at 1:30pm. The documentary is about 40 minutes long. Discussion following, probably about 1 hour.
They will have a volunteer deputy voter registrars on site. This will take place in plenty of time for people to be registered for the March primaries—last day is Febbruary 3.

Tai Chi at First Jefferson

I plan to start a new Tai Chi class at First Jefferson in late February or early March. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that has been adapted as an exercise to promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. There are many different ways of doing Tai Chi, and each of them can be beneficial to its practitioners. If you are interested in joining the class, contact me at brewer2ck@gmail.com. Class times will be arranged to accommodate the schedules of participants as much as possible. Everyone is welcome. Colleen Brewer

Church office will be closed Monday, January 20


Information Connection

SWUUWCon Registration is Open!

Join Southwest UU Women for our annual conference in the heart of Cajun and Creole country to strengthen our sisterhood. Keynote speaker Colette Pichon Battle will talk about the challenges facing Louisiana as climate change threatens its coastline and its people. We'll will enjoy this unique and special part of the world with Cajun music from the Grammy-nominated Magnolia Sisters. SWUUWCon is from February 28–March 1 in Lafayette, LA. Register now at www.swuuw.org.

We Share the Plate

In August 2019, we accepted Turner Bridgforth as our Intern Minister for the next ten months. This is a requirement for all Unitarian Universalist Ministers before they can be accepted into Fellowship. Most internships carry with them a stipend for the student minister, who is usually going to school full-time and has no other income. First Jefferson’s budget did not allow for such a salary. Turner said he would rather work with us than to go somewhere else where he would have to uproot his family and delay his continuing education. For the past quarter we have paid him only for preaching once a month, as we would any speaker who came to us on a Sunday morning, but the rest of the work he has done has been offered gratis. By sharing the plate with the First Jefferson Internship Program (a newly established foundation) this quarter, we hope to establish a fund for future internships and to provide Turner with a parting gift that makes up for his generosity and hard work.

Thank you to members, friends and visitors to First Jefferson Sunday services for raising $678.70 last quarter for Planned Parenthood of Texas. Your contribution helps insure that Planned Parenthood will continue to deliver vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people.


Reverend Annie Foerster Office Hours
Wednesday 3pm–7pm
Thur 10am–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 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


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


Women’s March on Sunday January 19—Fort Worth

Please join the Women’s March! A group from First Jefferson will meet after church to attend the march downtown scheduled to start at 2:00 pm. We will gather after the service at noon, eat lunch in support of the RE fundraiser, and then organize rides and carpool to the event. Hope to see you there! Please contact Julie Hevelone or Julia Sexton for more information.

This Weeks Events

Saturday, January 18

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Caring & Sharing Committee Meeting 1pm, Library

Chalice Clusters Facillitator Meeting 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Grief Support Group 3pm, Jaggers Parlor

Game Night! 5:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Sunday, January 19

Metaphysical Research Group 12:30pm, Library

Board Meeting 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Tuesday, January 21

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Trans-cendence Meeting 7pm, Coleman Hall

Wednesday, January 22

Worship Arts Meeting 6pm, Library

Saturday, January 25

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Grief Support Group 3pm, Jaggers Parlor

Sunday, January 26

The Kindred 1pm, Jaggers Parlor


Next Sunday

Worship

“Can’t You Call It Something Else?”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
Time is a human invention. As one comedian put it, “It’s what we use to keep everything from happening all at once.” But we cling to its dictates and constructs as if it were real. What can we learn from that?

Adventures in Religion: March 17, 2019, through March 8, 2020

John Adams Room, 9:30am Adventures in Religion explores world religions. We are currently discussing 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. [The University of Chicago Press]

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Dorothy Perry will speak on the health effects of climate change. She is coming from Dallas so let’s have a good turnout.


Notable Quotable

“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.”

Henry David Thoreaun


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, Treasurer
treasurer@firstjefferson.org

Mary Anne Clarke, 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