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This Week@First Jefferson

September 17–26, 2021

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

This Sunday


“Embracing Possibility”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
11am, Sanctuary
We don’t know the future; can’t know it. But we can influence it by the way we face it. Embracing possibility—believing that we can succeed in our endeavors—seems like a more productive process that succumbing to fear or accepting chance.

The Question for Sunday’s Service

Are you prepared to be astonished by possibility?

Adult Religious Exploration News

Your Lifespan RE Committee needs input! What topics do you want us to cover? Where do you feel pulled to learn more to grow your spirit? Thomas is looking to add a new Adult class and is looking for multigenerational opportunities as well. Let’s talk about it! Write to Thomas at:

We need your help building an inclusive and diverse Religious Exploration program. We need folks to commit to an hour and a half a month for the LRE Committee. We believe that everyone benefits from a robust Religious Exploration program, but Thomas is only half-time, and we need volunteers to fill a lot of the roles, not just teaching but also mentoring, small group facilitation, and even just serving lunch once a month (when we can). But, mostly, right now we need participation at the committee table. We will continue to allow participation by Zoom, so you don’t even have to put on shoes! All meetings are held via Zoom, and our zoom link is always:

Adventures in Religion: May 10, 2020, through November 7, 2021
Adventures in Religion is meeting by phone, 9:30 am We explore world religions. We are discussing the readings listed in our Buddhism, Part 2, program, on the church website at Find Adventures in Religion on the home page and click on Details to see the program. We read out loud together. No need to read in advance. Contact: Marian Wendel.
This Sunday:
  Buddhism, Part 2
    Buddhism Historical Development

Communion of Names and Milestones

Keep their stories in your heart

On August 24, 2021, we lost former member Denise Alexander to cancer. Her soulmate, Donna Tyer could use some healing energy and prayers.

Rev. Annie noted that while listening to NPR’s personal stories about 9/11, she cried most of the day and appreciated hearing about local Muslims who made into instant enemies.

Three recent birthdays to mention: Brittany Garcia turned 27 on the 7th; Mathew turned for on the 10th and Naiomi turned 8 on September 12. Happy, happy, happy birthdays!

Thanks to Julie Thibodeaux for picking up four bags of trash from the creek before and after last Sunday’s service.

News to Use

Save The Date: First Jefferson Service Auction is Saturday, Nov 13th

First Jefferson’s Party of the Year is in 2 months. Last year we did an online auction. This year it’s an in-person party. Mark your calendar now to come to our gathering with dinner, drinks, an auction, fun and fellowship. Think about what you can offer at the auction. An amazing quilt will be raffled off. Tickets for the service auction will be on sale soon. Contact me with questions Dan Sexton, Auction Chair, 817 845 7962.

Plans in the Works for Upcoming March

October 2—11:30 for rally, 12:30 for march, Tarrant County courthouse. We’ll take a poll at some point to see who’s going and arrange to meet up. Please contact Julie Hevelone or Julia Sexton for more information.

Trash Bash!

Join us for the Trinity River Trash Bash on Sunday, September 19th. Please meet Julia Sexton in the church lobby at about 1pm, and we will head out to Quanah Parker Park, or if it is easier, meet us there at 1:15pm. The park is located at 5401 Randol Mill Road, Fort Worth, TX 76112.
Please wear a UU T-shirt if you have one, and sturdy shoes, and bring refillable water bottles, sunscreen, hats, bug spray, garden gloves & grabbers if you’ve got ‘em.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Safety Suggestions for Blessing of the Animals—Sunday, September 26

Bringing our beloved pets to church might be stressful for them. We want them to be safe and happy, so let's do this:

  1. All pets should be contained, e.g., cats in carriers, all dogs on leashes attached to an adult.
  2. Bring a treat to give your pet for the actual blessing.
  3. Water bowls will be put out in the sanctuary for dogs.

What’s a Committee on Ministries?

If you are new to First Jefferson, or even if you are not, you may have been looking for an avenue of communication with our Minister other than a phone call or an email, especially during COVID. If you have, then look no further! The Committee on Ministries exists for that purpose, assisting with communications between members (or visitors) and the Minister. Feel free to contact anyone on that committee about any topic you want brought to the attention of Reverend Annie. Committee members and contact information are: Colleen Brewer, 817-277-2926 (H), 682-208-0010 (C); Jo Burnham, 817-909-5727 (C); David Winkowski, 817-690-7117 (H).

Eastside Community Assistance Fundraiser

Now You Can Buy Quilt Raffle Tickets From Colleen In Person Before Or After Church On Sunday You might win a beautiful hand-pieced quilt. The quilt measures 80" X 97" and features a geometric design with vibrant colors of blue, green, purple, and red-pink. You can buy 1 ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20. Just mail a check to Eastside Community Assistance (or Eastside Ministries), with “quilt raffle” on the memo line. Be sure to include your telephone number, because the winner (to be drawn in early December) will be notified by phone. You can mail your check to Eastside at 5929 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth 76112. Please include your mailing address so that we can send your ticket numbers to you.

Request for Assistance

First Jefferson has a request for assistance from a fellow UU church member in New Jersey who has been hosting a gentleman from Uganda for the past three years. In his own country, this man had been jailed and tortured for being gay. He has since been granted asylum status and is in the process of getting his green card.

The gentleman has relocated to Fort Worth and would like to buy a car so he can get a second job to save enough money to bring his family to the US. He would like to buy an older, reliable used car for #3000-#4000.

If you have a car or know of one that might help this individual, please email the office and we will put you in contact with the appropriate people.

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.

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

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

Reminders for Attending In Person

This will be our second week back in the sanctuary for Sunday services. I’m still celebrating the excitement and satisfaction of last Sunday. We will continue to meet with care for the rest of this month, which means worship and coffee hour afterward are the only two events planned. We also ask that everyone wear masks while inside the building. Next month we’ll look at adding children's programs, possibly Forum or Adult RE at the same time.

For now, then, the doors will open at 10:30AM. Family groups and friends may choose to sit together with no-seating signs on either side of them if they want to keep social distance from others. You will also have the opportunity to choose how close you want to be to other people during personal conversations by putting a colored dot on your name tag—green = hugs welcome; yellow = elbow bumps and normal distancing; red = stand back, I’m not ready yet.

Again, and for every Sunday, we plan to have refreshments and conversation available in the library after the service. This new practice gives us an opportunity to welcome visitors and to catch up with each other after the service. If you want to bring something, let Karl know , so that we don’t have too much one Sunday and nothing the next. I’m bringing a veggie plate and a fruit plate again this week. Take your refreshments back into the sanctuary or out onto the patio, now smoke free.

The last reminder probably isn’t needed, but here it is anyway—have fun. Enjoy being back 'home' again. Rev. Annie Foerster

For those still preferring to view the service from home, it will live streamed on our YouTube page at 11am.

Can You Stay?

If you can stay a few minutes after coffee starts this Sunday, would you be willing to help with clean up? The kitchen crew (Jo, David and Roy), who usually pick up and wash dishes, are all need to be somewhere else this Sunday. Clear the plates, dispose of the trash, wash dishes. Training available. Thank you in advance.

Church Office Will Be Closed Next Week

Office will be closed from September 20-26. There will be no weekly email next week—but that’s okay because this one has enough information to last 2 weeks!

Order Of Service for This Sunday,
September 19, 2021

Introit Meditation on Breathing Congregation

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship Let Astonishment be Possible Rev. Gretchen Haley

Chalice Lighting Building the Possible Rev. Scott Tayler

Opening hymn #295 Sing Out Praises for the Journey


Question Are you prepared to be astonished by possibility?

Light on Music Michael Nguyen

Story for All Ages Caroline Veatch

First Response The Practice of Possibility

Choral Anthem I’ll Make the Difference Moses Hogan
   Soloist, Denis Webb
Reading Space for New Possibility Rev. Gretchen Haley

Second Response The Death of Possibility

Communion of Names and Milestones


Musical Interlude

Third Response The Companionship of Possibility

Closing Hymn #86 Blessed Spirit of My Life

Extinguishing the Chalice

Benediction Mark Neop

Refreshments and greetings in the library, the sanctuary and/or the patio.

Next Sunday


“Blessing of the Animals”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
11am, Sanctuary
We’ve done this before on the first Sunday in October, the closest Sunday to Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. But if we hope to have a potluck luncheon the first Sunday in October, we may not be wanting to have our pets hanging around under the tables. Please remember: dogs on leashes, cats in carriers, turtles in terraria—you get the picture. Keep you pet safe.

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

Music Committee

Membership Committee

Finance Committee

Caring & Sharing

Web Links

Church Website

FJUUC Facebook Page

North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations

UUA Southern Region

Unitarian Universalist Association