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This Week@First Jefferson
April 3–12, 2020
Love is the doctrine of this church, the quest of truth is our sacrament and service is our prayer.
News to Use
Eastside Community Assistance News
Eastside will be closed for an Easter holiday Wednesday through Friday of next week (April 8–10). It will be open regular hours April 6–7, and resume regular hours the day after Easter.
Some church members have expressed concern about the operation and the needs of Eastside during the current state of emergency. We are giving out food as usual, but are not allowing shopping in our free clothing area, and all clients remain outside the building as they are served. Food is still coming in from both Tarrant Area Food Bank and a few local grocery stores that donate their excess. Items that we need most are those that are not available from those sources. The current wish list is topped by breakfast cereal of all kinds, hot or cold, for everyone or for babies. We also need baby formula and baby food. If you would like to donate some of these items, please take them to Eastside, 5929 East Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 76112 between 9AM and 12 noon, any weekday that it is open. If you knock on the “Donations” door and no one answers, call 817-446-3278 and let someone know you are there to make a donation.
If you would like to donate money, you can mail a check to the above address, or donate through the website eastsidecommunityassistance.org. Finally, Eastside would benefit greatly from the addition of one healthy, low-risk, able-bodied person to volunteer on the same day or days of the week every week, at least until the end of the emergency. We are lacking some of our usual volunteers right now. Contact me by email if you would like to volunteer to help with the work. Thanks to you all for caring for the people of east Fort Worth.
In Person Service Suspended
On Sunday, March 15, the First Jefferson Board of Trustees voted to suspend all in-person services at the church, through the end of March. What this means is there will be no church on Sunday. But there will be a service, live-streamed on our Facebook page at the regular church hour of 11:00 am. A small volunteer crew will help to make that happen. Other events, like Misha’s concert on Friday and the Chili Cook-Off and Garden Work Party on Saturday will be postponed. I’m postponing yoga and Colleen will keep Tai Chi going until further notice. We left it to renters to make their own decisions about meetings at the church.
Our bookkeepers, however, will not stop paying our bills. Continue to send your pledges to the church office. Payments can also be made via the link under Donate on the front page of the church website. And if you haven’t sent in your pledge card for next year, do it now while you’re thinking about it. Continue to keep in touch by phone and emails.
You Count! 2020 Census Has Started
This year you can choose to respond to the census on secure internet, by telephone, by mail or in person. Whatever you choose, it’s important to respond. An accurate count will affect how representation in the Federal Government is apportioned; how legislative districts will be drawn; how Federal dollars will be distributed; how voting rights will be enforced; and how future government decisions will be made.
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
Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection
How to Create Church and Community at Home
While we are separated from our church home and family, we can build a virtual community by creating a space for church in our own homes. Here are some ideas suggested to us by Soul Matters, the folks that bring us Sunday School lessons and topics for our sermons and Chalice Cluster discussions:
Stay well and I’ll bring you more ideas next week for creating church and community at home. ∼Reverend Annie
This Weeks Events
Saturday, April 4
Tai Chi Class Classes are on hold until meeting restrictions or lifted.
Sunday, April 5
Service will livestream at facebook.com/firstjefferson 11am, Enjoy from home or watch with friends at a safe distance
Please check with leaders of specific groups to find out about arrangements for church group meetings.
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∼Henry David Thoreau
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