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This Week@First Jefferson

November 20–29, 2020

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

This Sunday


The Reverend Annie Foerster, 11am
Giving thanks should be a daily practice, but we honor it as a family and a community on this special day each year.

The Questions for Sunday’s Service

Today I simply ask you to compare in your heart last year’s Thanksgiving Day to that which you plan for this year and those which you hope will follow when pandemic restrictions are no longer necessary. How will your store of gratitude compare?

Adult Religious Exploration

Wonderful Wednesdays!

Please see next weeks’s Courier for December’s upcoming Wednesday Wonderfulness

God: A Biography

What sort of “person” is God? What is his “life story”? Is it possible to approach him not as an object of religious reverence, but as the protagonist of the world’s greatest book—as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions, and abiguities of a Hamlet? This is the task that Jack Miles—a former Jesuit trained in religious studies and Near Eastern languages—accomplishes with such brilliance and originality in God: A Biography.

The book will be discussed in depth at the rate of 1 chapter each week over 13 weeks, staring Sunday, September 27th at 7pm.

Click here to read Reviews of the book:

The meeting will be held via Zoom:

Adventures in Religion: May 10, 2020, through June 13, 2021
Adventures in Religion is meeting by phone, 9:30 am We explore world religions. We are currently discussing The Buddhist Tradition in India, China, & Japan, edited by W.M. Theodore de Bary. We read aloud together. No need to read in advance. This book presents a survey of Buddhist thought. Buddhism’s continuity in time and its influence mark it as a major spiritual force in the world [Vintage Books]. To arrange to attend, contact Marian Wendel Phone (817) 274-7211.

This Sunday:
Buddhism in Japan
  Chapter 9: Saicho and the Lotus Teaching
      Vow of the Uninterrupted Study of the Lotus Sutra

Joys & Concerns

Gary Randall, a former member of First Jefferson, died of complications due to Covid-19, on November 2. His wife, Sharon Salih, was also infected by the virus but is recovering at home. Condolences may be sent to Sharon at 5051 Tierney Court, South, Fort Worth 76112, or to by email.

Congratulation to Guy and Virginia Thornton who recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary.

News to Use

Eastside News

Eastside Community Assistance is having a Christmas toy giveaway this year, so we can bless some families who need help this Christmas. Here is a link where you can purchase inexpensive toys from our wish list, and they will be delivered directly to Eastside. If you prefer, you may send a donation to Eastside via our website or by check, and we will purchase toys on your behalf.
Thank you for giving!
Colleen Brewer, Eastside representative

Treasurer’s Note

Beginning in April, the UUA let us pay interest only for 12 months, ending in March. We’ll discuss an extension. We applied for a PPP loan in April and received $18,700 which we’ve been using to pay staff. The PPP loan funds are running out, though. We need to consider what to do next. We want to have a bang-up, fun and exciting Service Auction (send in your auction offerings using the form on church FB or to Tina Harmuth).

I want to ask you to consider increasing your pledge 10%. You have paid your pledges so faithfully through the crisis. It’s a reflection of the love for our community. If we can each come up with a little more we can keep this church moving forward to that day when we can gather again in person. I certainly look forward to that day.
Email me about your pledge,
Dan Sexton

Information Connection

Service Auction Donation Links

Following please find links to a donation form and a request-for-donation letter (the latter is so you’ll have something to use to solicit donations if you have a business in mind). These links will download documents from our website—please agree to the prompt for download when asked.Email completed forms to (if you have my personal email address that’s also fine).Please contact me with any questions!

Donation Form
Donation Request Letter

First Jefferson Coffee Hour

Bring the breakfast beverage of your choice and join us in our virtual coffee bar for some conversation and fellowship. We begin the meeting each Sunday at 10:00 and meet for about an hour—sometimes a bit more if the conversation is lively.

To join by computer:
Meeting ID: 783 805 1279

To join by phone:
+1 346 248 7799
Meeting ID: 783 805 1279

If you have any questions or need help connecting, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing you there.David Winkowski

Let’s Talk About It

Meets Every Tuesday

Let’s Talk About It is a weekly opportunity to meet with others in the congregation to discuss the previous Sunday’s worship topic. Sometimes we veer off into related topics as well.

This is an excellent opportunity during the pandemic lock-down to visit with friends and acquaintances and catch up with what’s happening at church. Please join us this coming Tuesday at seven, using the link below.

To join by computer:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 920 1466 4449
Password: 291296
To join by phone:
+1 346 248 7799
Meeting ID: 920 1466 4449
Password: 291296
As a reminder you can download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system if you like: Weekly Meeting Reminder

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

The Service Auction is almost here!

Bidding will open on November 21, but the catalog is already available for your perusal. Visit to see what's available so far in this year's auction. The website works on your pc, tablet, or phone. If visiting the auction on your phone, you also have the option of downloading the Auctria app for mobile bidding.

Bidding will be open for about two weeks (11/21 to 12/05). You must register on the auction site to bid; click the Registration tab on upper right of the homepage of the website to become a bidder.

Click on the Catalog tab to see the items available, then on a specific item to get more information about it and to bid. If your bid is highest, you will see a message confirming this! You can click on "My Account" to see information on all of your active bids.

If you have any questions regarding site registration, the items, or the bidding process, send your query to or contact Tina Harmuth.

Order Of Service for This Sunday,
November 8, 2020

Welcome &Announcements


Call to Worship

Opening hymn #70 Heap High the Farmer’s Wintry Hoard

Chalice Lighting



Story for All Ages Thanksgiving Soup Communion Tiffany Sapp

First Response

Generosity Report

Meditation of Thanksgiving Richard M. Fewkes

Hymn #290 Bring, O Past, Your Honor

Reading from Wishful Thinking Frederick Buechner, “Love”

Communion of Names and Milestones


Musical Interlude

Second Response

Closing Hymn #18 What Wondrous Love Is This?

Extinguishing the Chalice



Next Sunday


“Choosing or Fate?”
The Reverend Annie Foerster, 11am
Ever wake up in the middle of the night and ask yourself, “Who am I? Why am I here? How did I get to this place, this career, this family (add your own question)?” My guess is you made a series of choices. Perhaps you failed to make a choice, which was a different kind of choosing. Or do you believe in fate?

Notable Quotable

“It’s not the tragedies that kill us, it’s the messes.”

Dorothy Parker

How to Stay in Touch


The Reverend Annie Foerster

Church Office(Karl)

Lifespan Religious Educator(Thomas)

Board of Trustees

David Winkowski, President

Dan Sexton, Treasurer

Mary Anne Clarke, 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

Office Hours

Office Hours are currently variable, so please contact us by email first to schedule an appointment. 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 or Karl to make appointments for Office Hours.

Our Vision
At First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, we offer hope through service and the connections we share, we embrace the transforming power of awe, and we seek joy by living our values.