First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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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.

This Sunday


“Farewell to Turner”
Turner Bridgforth, 11am
As I bid farewell to my time as an Intern here at First Jefferson, I want to reflect on What-once-was and to think about and image what-is-yet-to-come for this congregation that I have learned so much from, and been so proud to be a part of.

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:
Chapter 1: Early Buddhism
  The Social and Political Order
    Class and Caste in Buddhism
    Ashoka: The Buddhist Emperor
Chapter 2: The Life of Buddha as a Way of Salvation
  The Life of the Buddha
  His Birth and the Sages’ Prophecies

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!

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 ( 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.

Information Connection

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 by computer, go to, click the “Join a Meeting” link and enter 913 793 35317 as the meeting number.
  • If you are joining using a smartphone, open your Zoom app. Click on “Join a Meeting”. For the Meeting ID, enter 913 793 35317. You may want to change the personal link name to your name for this call. Then click “Join Meeting”
  • If you are joining by other phone, Call (346)248-7799. When prompted for a meeting id enter: 913 793 35317 #

If you have never used Zoom before here are a few pointers:

  • You do not need to download a Zoom app on your computer. You can connect without one. If you intend to use a smartphone, I do suggest that you download the app on your smart phone. It will make it easier to use.
  • We will open the link at 9:30 to give everyone a chance to test their connections before the coffee hour starts at 10:00.
  • Make sure you have your cameras and microphones enabled on your laptops or computers. If you don’t have them, then you can join over the phone (see above).
Thank you all! I look forward to seeing you there! David

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.

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

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.

If you are interested in participating in the class, please email Julia Sexton or Thomas Earthman. Looking forward to seeing you “there”!

Next Sunday


“Who Am I Really?”
The Reverend Annie Foerster, 11am
The topic is Integrity—not just being honest, but being honest about who you are as compared to who you present. When we don’t feel safe, we tend to armor ourselves. When we don’t feel adequate, we don our masks. What’s real?

Notable Quotable

“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

Church Office(Karl)

Religious Education Coordinator(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