First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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Join us this Sunday at 11am.


This Week@First Jefferson

May 10–19, 2019

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

This Sunday


“Color Me Ballou”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
Most people know more about Unitarianism than they do about Universalism. Let’s fix that. I’ll tell the story about Josea Ballou, the most prominent figure in Universalist History.

Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

Religious Education News

Your Youth and Children’s Religious Education Council is proud to announce the Bridging of our highschool seniors from youth to adult member. A ceremony will be part of the worship service on Sunday May 26th.

The last day of the RE year is Sunday, May 19th. This is the last day of regular classes, and RE will not meet May 26th or June 2nd. Summer programing will begin June 9th.

May 19th will also be our RE Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. Please contact with questions.

Children and Youth Religious Education Council is sponsoring a spaghetti lunch prior to the Congregational Meeting on May 19th. $4 gets a plate of spaghetti with a choice of sauce (veggie, turkey, ground beef, sausage) and a slice of garlic bread. An additional $1 gets a yummy salad.

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 Thomas Earthman will speak on how we might make social justice activities more intergenerational. Please come and hear our speaker. He‘ll tell you about some exciting plans for First Jefferson’s Religious Education program.

News to Use

Classical Piano Recital by Misha Berestnev
Fundraiser for First Jefferson

Saturday May 18, 2019 at 7pm Our church pianist has graciously offered to perform a benefit piano recital at First Jefferson. We are so grateful for this opportunity to enjoy an evening with Misha and his performance of works by Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, Shor, Schumann, and Prokofiev. Suggested donation at the door is $10. Proceeds to benefit the mission and programs of our church. A wine and cheese reception will follow in the library afterwards. Please come and invite your friends and family. Let’s have a great turnout for Misha and for First Jefferson!

Information Connection

Spring Congregational Meeting
May 19, 2019

The Spring Congregational meeting of First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1pm in the Sanctuary. Before the Congregational Meeting your Youth and Children’s Religious Education program will be offering spaghetti in Coleman Hall for our monthly fundraising lunch. Childcare will be available.

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

We Share the Plate

Each Sunday at First Jefferson, we take half the morning’s offering (not pledges) and share it with a local organization whose values and goals reflect our own. This quarter we are supporting Eastside Community Assistance (formerly Eastside Ministries) of Fort Worth. This organization offers a food pantry for those in need, as well as clothing, household items, diapers, sanitary supplies and paper products. Their motto is Believing In Our Community, One Person At A Time. Theirs is a message of hope and compassion, certain that a single action makes a difference in community and that collective action impacts the world.

Be generous this Sunday and coming Sundays as we support this vital local community service. And, by the way, we are looking for a First Jefferson member to act as liaison to this group. If you are interested, contact Connie Nolan for more information.

This Weeks Events

Friday, May 17

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, May 18

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

RESULTS Advocacy Training 11am, Jaggers Parlor

Misha Berestnev Piano Recital 7pm, Sanctuary

Sunday, May 19

Spring Congregational Meeting 1pm, Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 21

Courier Deadline 10am, Email to

First Jefferson QUUilters 2pm, Jaggers Parlor

Trans-cendence Meeting 7pm, Coleman Hall

Evensong Women’s Covenant Group 7pm, Contact Mary Alice Williams

Saturday, May 25

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Sunday, May 26

The Kindred 1pm, John Adams Room

Next Sunday


“Community: The Ant and the Grasshopper”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
If you chose a story to exemplify community, the original Ant and Grasshopper one would not be it. But what if they discovered ‘radical hospitality’? That would change the story.

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 Lorraine Levine will facilitate a discussion on current events.

Notable Quotable

“Action is the antidote to despair.”

Joan Baez

How to Stay in Touch


The Reverend Annie Foerster

Church Office(Karl)

Religious Education Coordinator(Thomas)

Board of Trustees

Irene Forrester, President

David Winkowski, Vice 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

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.