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This Week@First Jefferson
June 5–14, 2020
Love is the doctrine of this church, the quest of truth is our sacrament and service is our prayer.
“Farewell to Turner”
Adventures in Religion: May 10, 2020, through June 13, 2021
Joys & Concerns
Karl Thibodeaux celebrated a birthday last Saturday. Since he was there for the hanging of the banners, all 21 people present sang happy birthday to him.
All three new banners are now displayed proudly on our building, showing the world our values and our intent. Over the front door is the multiple-value banner, which includes ’Black Lives Matter’ and others. On the front of the building by the visitor parking lot is the rainbow LGBTQ banner, and, welcoming people who come in from the back parking lot is the ’Side With Love’ banner. Thanks to our anonymous donor and to Karl for setting up all the art work.
We received a letter from a former member who moved away from Fort Worth in 2002. Greg Songer said ‘All the friends I made there remain in my heart.’ His letter to old friends said, I was a member from sometime in the 90s until 2002 when I moved back to Ohio. You might remember me from Building and Grounds, the board, teaching RE, playing trombone in whatever piece Roy needed me to, the Men’s Group, and more. I’ve been married (I know, some thought it would never happen) to Cindy for 14 years now, am retired, and still play the trombone. I would love to hear from anybody who remembers me. Thanks! Gsonger70@yahoo.com
News to Use
Seeking Adult Forum Programming
Is anyone interested in a Zoom adult forum? The church can arrange the Zoom address and we then would need someone willing to serve as host, opening and closing the Zoom meeting. If someone will agree to do this and enough people say they are interested, I will facilitate as I have always done.
A time other than Sunday morning is also possible with Zoom if there is enough agreement on a specific time. Please contact Lorraine Levine if interested.
Notes From The Congregational Meeting
The first virtual Congregational Meeting was held last Sunday and was deemed a success. We had a quorum (38 people when only 27 were required for a vote) and a modicum of discussion over what was presented by the board.
A budget was passed with only one abstention and no nays. Part of the discussion was over whether or not the amount budgeted for rental was realistic. The answer is, we don’t know at this time. We can only wait and see what happens next. If you haven’t seen the budget, it was in the meeting packet and is on the website (firstjefferson.org) under ’About Us/Documents.’
We elected Michael Zepeda, Joan Carey and Della Purdin to the Leadership Development Committee and approved the minutes from the previous meeting. Not a bad accomplishment for our first time for an online meeting. Congratulations to those who attended and participated.
See you this Sunday for Coffee Hour
Grab your morning beverage of choice and join us for our First Jefferson Virtual Coffee Hour! We will be holding the meeting each Sunday using Zoom starting at 10:00 am—the link is below. There are three ways to join us: Computer, smartphone, or regular phone—your choice.
If you have never used Zoom before here are a few pointers:
Office Hours are currently variable, so please contact us by email first to schedule an appointment. This summer Karl in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays but please call or email for specific appointment times since the building remains closed to the general public at most times. Please email Reverend Annie, Turner or Karl to make appointments for Office Hours.
Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection
New Online Religious Exploration Opportunities at First Jefferson
The First Jefferson Adult RE Committee starts up several series of religious education classes this weekend! The classes will be held online by Zoom meeting for the time being. They begin this Sunday, June 7 and will continue each Sunday through the end of summer.
In addition to Adult Forum and Adventures in Religion, this Sunday will begin:
Wicca 101—An introduction to the beliefs and practices of this tradition rooted in northern and western European paganism. This program will continue on the first Sunday each month. Contact Bonnie Mote.
Each session of these programs is intended to be stand-alone, so no one need fret about starting after the first class, or missing from time-to-time.
“Who Am I Really?”
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word”
∼Martin Luther King, Jr.
How to Stay in Touch
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Religious Education Coordinator(Thomas)
Board of Trustees
David Winkowski, President
Dan Sexton, Treasurer
Mary Anne Clarke, Secretary
Other Important Contacts
Jude Olson, Membership Coordinator
Caring & Sharing
North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations
UUA Southern Region
Unitarian Universalist Association
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