First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

February 19–28, 2021

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

This Sunday


“Still Evolving; Still Growing”
The Reverend Annie Foerster, 11am
One of our principles speaks of supporting the search for truth and meaning in our lives. How do you honor that? I read something this week related to that topic that horrified me so much, I changed the topic of my service from the one I’d previously announced. I’ve worked with medical students for many years now and one of the things I tell them is this: Death is not the enemy. Not living is.

The Question for Sunday’s Service

Will you know when there are no new truths to be discovered and you have milked your life of all the meaning your can?

Adult Religious Exploration

Discussion Begun

The opening discussions to Adult Religious Exploration Committee’s Widening the Circle of Concern began on Tuesday, last week. About a dozen people met on Zoom to discuss the 1966 General Assembly Ware Lecture by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King had long been a friend of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and several UUs had marched with him from Selma to Montgomery the year before, two having lost their lives on Bloody Sunday. King spoke of the differences made by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the work that still needed to be done.

As it was pointed out in the discussion, many of the same problems he mentioned remain today. We talked about what needs to be done and how churches such as ours might become part of the solution. We need to move beyond talking and that is the very purpose of the upcoming class Widening the Circle.

It was good to see so many people gathered together, making a start on this difficult work. It’s not too late to become involved. On February 23 there will be a discussion about the possibility of adopting the Eighth Principles having to do with the oppression of White Supremacy. On March 9 we will listen to a more modern Ware Lecture from 2018 by Brittany Packnett and discuss her message on the topic. Then on March 23, the class will begin.

We go into the new year hoping this will be a church-wide effort. Mark your calendars now and watch for future articles and links to the meetings.

Your Adult Religious Exploration Committee invites everyone to join us on Tuesday evening, Feb. 23rd at 7 pm to discuss a proposed change to the Principles of the UUA. The 7 Principles are actually part of the UUA bylaws, and changing them requires the approval of the member congregations, including First Jefferson. This proposal is to add a new, 8th Principle around Anti-Oppression and inclusivity. Join us on Zoom to discuss the proposal, the wording, and its possible impact!

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 13: Zen
    Zen Pioneers in Japan
      The Dynamic Practice of Zen
  Zen and the Arts

News to Use

Ad Hoc Name Change Committee

The ad hoc name change committee will do a mailing to query each member about their opinion of the proposal to change the name of the church. Here are some links for further reading.
Deciding A Congregation’s Name for the Bylaws

Delegates vote overwhelmingly to become Southeast District.

Wha’s In a Name Change?

Things to Consider When Naming a Congregation

Was Thomas Jefferson really one of us?

Information Connection

Online Directory Updated

Our Member and Friend Directory on the Church website has been updated. If you need information on how to access this list, please contact the church office.

Calling All First Jefferson Amateur Photographers

We Are Going Where First Jeff Has Not Gone Before! (i.e. multiple venues on social media) If you have snaps of the church, its people, activities, events, and its grounds on your phone, or digital camera, or photos you can scan and send, we want to build an archive to enhance our outreach efforts on ALL the social media platforms we will be using in future. Send your selections to

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

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.

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

Notice regarding recent congregation-wide check-in mailing

Please note that the zip code on the return mail card was printed incorrectly. If you haven’t sent your response in yet, please be sure to change the zip code on the return address to 76112.

Order Of Service for This Sunday,
February 21, 2021

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship Nathan Walker

Opening hymn #304 A Fierce Unrest

Chalice Lighting Sophia Lyon Fahs

Chalica Fourth Principle ∼Mary Anne Clark



Story for All Ages

First Response

Generosity Report

Reading When Does the End of Life Begin? Lola Butch

Hymn #86 Blessed Spirit of My Life

Second Response

Communion of Names and Milestones


Musical Interlude


Closing Hymn #343 A Firemist and a Planet

Extinguishing the Chalice

Benediction Dawna Markova


Service will stream at 11am, Enjoy from home or watch with friends at a safe distance

Next Sunday


“Beloved Community”
The Reverend Annie Foerster, 11am
We tend to use the words ‘beloved community” to embrace the people who attend the same church as we do. If that”s our sole definitions, then we are thinking too small. What if it means embracing all Unitarian Universalists? Think bigger? What if it means embracing all marginalized people and thinking of them, working to help them become equal in consideration and justice? Bigger yet? What if it means embracing all of humanity or all of creation? What does it mean to you to be a member of the Beloved Community? Chalica will be celebrated using our fifth principle.

Notable Quotable

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

How to Stay in Touch


The Reverend Annie Foerster

Church Office(Karl)

Lifespan Religious Educator(Thomas)

Board of Trustees

Brian Skinner, President

Roy Brake, Treasurer

Mary Anne Clark, 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

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Please note our submission deadlines:
Weekly Email: Wednesday 5:00pm
Order of Service: Wednesday 5:00pm
Announcements: Thursday 2:00pm