First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

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This Week@First Jefferson

June 23–July 2, 2017

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Down in My Soul”
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
Sanctuary, 11am
The wisdom of all ages speaks about the road to our depth. Yet most of us live on the surface. We accept ourselves as we appear to ourselves. But when the picture we have of ourselves breaks down, we are plunged into the depths, beyond the surface of self to the soul, where we might discover deep things.

Child & Youth Religious Education

Have a Great Summer!

The children and youth do not have regular classes or programs during June, July, and early August. The nursery is open from 9am–1pm every Sunday. The Religious Education Council is preparing a great year focused on world religions. The children and youth program begins on August 20.

The Mission of Child and Youth Religious Education

Our church community is called to support each other as we raise and develop children of character. The Religious Education program of First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church will:

  • teach the Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism as well as knowledge and respect for the religious beliefs of others
  • support the children in their quest for understanding
  • promote respect for and knowledge of Nature
  • embrace one another as members of our church family

Adult Spiritual Exploration

Adventures in Religion

Library, 9:30 am,Jesus through Pagan Eyes Adventures in Religion is a round-table discussion group about world religions. We are currently discussing Reverend Mark Townsend, Jesus through Pagan Eyes: Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ, Llewellyn Publications, ©2012. ISBN-10: 0738721913. ISBN-13: 978-0738721910. Paperback.
A thoughtful and deeply moving collection of stories, essays, and interviews about Jesus from today’s most respected Pagan, Wiccan, and Druidic leaders. These explore the historical figure of Jesus in relation to Witchcraft, the tarot, goddess worship, and shamanism, while illustrating how this god of the Christian church blesses and inspires those who embrace non-traditional spiritual paths. (Amazon review)
This Week:Chapter 33: Scott Blunt and Chapter 34: Kerr Cuhulain, pp. 303– 317.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Bill Maginnis will show two short talks: One is by Pope Francis and one is about non-violence.


Caring & Sharing

If you would like a pastoral note to be shared with the congregation, please write it in the notebook at the podium near the sanctuary entrance.


News to Use

New Group Forming: The Galdr Kindred (Heathenism)

The Galdr Kindred is a group in the DFW area that practices Bioregional Heathenism. If the Galdr Kindred has a central principle that defines this group, it would be that we seek to understand and apply our shamanic heathenry to commune with the World Tree, Yggdrasil, in order to root ourselves into the dreaming intelligence of the Earth.
We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. We operate within the guidelines of the 7 Unitarian Universalist principles. We will not tolerate hate or abuse of any kind. We openly refute and will not congregate with groups that use hate in the name of the Gods. We support declaration 127.
The group will meet for classes from 1–3pm in the Johne Adams Room on the first Sunday of the month and for a business meeting third Saturdays from 12–2pm in the Library. Co-Organizers are Mathieu Thiem and Christian Torres.

New Community School

EC Stanton Community School, a new non-profit democratic school, is in the process of enrolling its first class of students. We will be renting space for our school right here at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church. A democratic school is a student-run, student-focused school concept, that puts the business of learning back into the hands of students. We will serve students age 5-18, starting with a part-time model for this school year (M/W/F from 8:00-4:00) with the goal of moving to a full-time model for next year. We are having an informational meeting at First Jefferson on June 17 at 11 for anyone that is interested for their own children or to learn about generalities about the model. If you are interested in attending, fill out the following form so we know what questions to answer and how much coffee to bring https://goo.gl/forms/7CRBb3bR4V7u72UN2! We have additional information on our website at ecstanton.org or you can e-mail us at information@ecstanton.org.


Information Connection

Please Note Changed in Church Office Hours

Tuesday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Eastside Ministries Needs You!

Eastside Ministries is in need of regular volunteers in their clothing room to help receive, sort, tag, and display donations that come in each day. If you are able to help, come by any day during business hours and they will get you started. Also, if you could share this request with neighborhood group, book club, etc. it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Eastside Ministries is located at 5929 E Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76112 and the phone number is (817) 446-3278.


We are a liberal religious community of diverse individuals. We nurture spiritual growth, encourage lifelong education, work for social justice, serve the larger community, and celebrate life’s gifts together through meaningful worship. We welcome and support others in their expression of religious freedom.

Watch UUA General Assembly online!

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process.General Assembly 2017 (June 21-25) is taking place in New Orleans, LA, and online.

GA Live Video

Events in the General Session Hall are streamed live, and most are posted for viewing afterwards. The following events should be available via live-streaming All times are local, Central Daylight Time.

Thursday, June 22

Service of the Living Tradition, sermon by the Rev. Cheryl M. Walker
8:00–9:30 p.m.

Friday, June 23

Morning Worship
8:00–8:30 a.m.
General Session III
8:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Public Witness: #LoveResists Rejoicing for Sanctuary & Solidarity
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Presidential Candidates Forum
8:00–9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24

Morning Worship
8:00–8:30 a.m.
General Session IV
8:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Synergy Bridging Worship
5:00–6:15 p.m.
Ware Lecture by Bryan Stevenson
8:30–9:30 p.m.
Available via live streaming video only; will not be recorded or available for on-demand viewing later.

Sunday, June 25

Sunday Morning Worship, led by the Rev. Mara Dowdall
9:00–10:30 a.m.
General Session V and Closing Celebration
12:30–3:30 p.m.

A public chat box will be available during live-streaming events, allowing off-site participants to connect with each other while watching worship and business sessions online. Explore other Online Discussions During General Assembly.


This Weeks Events

Sunday, June 25

HUUmanist Steering Committee Meeting 12:30pm, Library

Tuesday, June 27

Courier Deadline 10am, Email items to administrator@firstjefferson.org

First Jefferson Quilters 1pm, Jaggers Palor

Book Discussion Group 7pm, Jaggers Palor

Sunday, July 2

Potluck Sunday 12:15pm, Coleman Hall

Social Justice Discussion/Voices in Action 12:30pm, Library

The Galdr Kindred 12:30pm, John Adams Room

Religious Education Council 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor


Next Sunday

Worship

Sanctuary, 11am

Adventures in Religion

Library, 9:30 am, Jesus through Pagan Eyes Adventures in Religion is a round-table discussion group about world religions. Currentyly we are discussing Reverend Mark Townsend, Jesus through Pagan Eyes: Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ, Llewellyn Publications, ©2012. ISBN-10: 0738721913. ISBN-13: 978-0738721910. Paperback.
A thoughtful and deeply moving collection of stories, essays, and interviews about Jesus from today’s most respected Pagan, Wiccan, and Druidic leaders. These explore the historical figure of Jesus in relation to Witchcraft, the tarot, goddess worship, and shamanism, while illustrating how this god of the Christian church blesses and inspires those who embrace non-traditional spiritual paths. (Amazon review)
Next Week: Chapter 35: Gill Edwards; Conclusion; and Epilogue: A Druid Magician and the Son of God, pp. 319–335.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Lorraine Levine will facilitate a discussion on current events.


Notable Quotable

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Winston Churchil


How to Stay in Touch

Staff

The Reverend Jennifer Innis
minister@firstjefferson.org

Church Office(Karl)
administrator@firstjefferson.org

Board of Trustees

Michael Zepeda, President
president@firstjefferson.org

Irene Forrester, Vice President
vicepresident@firstjefferson.org

Mary West, Secretary
secretary@firstjefferson.org

Other Important Contacts

Membership Coordinator
membership@firstjefferson.org

Finance Committee
financecommittee @firstjefferson.org

Caring & Sharing
817-451-1505 or
administrator@firstjefferson.org or
minister@firstjefferson.org

Web Links

Church Website
firstjefferson.org

FJUUC Facebook Page

North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations
http://ntuuc.org/

UUA Southern Region
http://www.uuasouthernregion.org/

Unitarian Universalist Association
http://www.uua.org/


Submission Information

Please send the following items to Karl at the church office administrator@firstjefferson.org

  • 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 2:00pm
Order of Service: Thursday 12:00 noon
Announcements: Thursday 12:00 noon

You can reach Karl in the church office at 817.451.1505 during these hours:
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.