First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

January 12–21, 2017

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Hopes and Dreams for the Future of First Jefferson”
Members Decades Service
Sanctuary, 11am
Join us for our annual Decades service, in which members of our congregation will each share their own “Hopes and Dreams for the Future of First Jefferson.” As our congregation begins to look forward to what our church will look like in the coming years, we invite you to hear what some of us would like to see. Please come, bringing your thoughts about our collective future and see what others are thinking. You don’t want to miss this!


Hero’s Journey Series Coming
—Annie Foerster

The Hero’s Journey is one of those myths that Joseph Campell discovered existed in almost every culture and religion around the world. He collected these stories for his landmark book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. These myths, he claimed, are important teaching stories about both the culture and its expectations for the individual.

The Adventures in Religion Class has been studying the book and the cultures in which they are found. On January 14 I began a series of worship services to help explore the individual’s role as “hero“ with the sermon, The Hero’s Journey: Why Go? On February 4, after The Hero’s Journey: Starting Out, we’ll offer an opportunity to discuss your own experiences, discoveries, fears and hopes. Just grab a cup of coffee and come back to the sanctuary ten minutes after the service ends.

And remember this: If you can’t tell your life story with you as the hero, no one else will.


Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

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: October 1, 2017, through December 30, 2018

Library, 9:30 am, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Adventures in Religion is a round-table discussion group about world religions. We begin discussing Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Princeton University Press; 2nd edition; (March 1, 1972). ISBN-10: 0691017840. ISBN-13: 978-0691017846. Paperback.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am David Hopman from the UTA College of Architecture will talk about landscape architecture. He is a Professor in that field and has worked on many interesting service projects with his students./p>


Caring & Sharing

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


News to Use

Listen To This!

Misha Berestnev has donated some CDs to the church. These are recordings of classical piano music performed by Misha and he asks that you please take one for your listening enjoyment. They are available on the table in the lobby.

Let’s Clean the Kitchen!

Join me for a kitchen purge and cleanup on Saturday, January 27, from 9:00am until done. I plan to pull everything from the kitchen shelves, sort it as keep, donate, or trash and put what‘s left neatly back into the kitchen. Join me if you’d like to help. Many hands make light work. ~Laurie Mikitka

Imbolc Bardic Circle and Feast

Saturday, February 3 at 7pm Join us for our annual Imbolc Bardic Circle and Feast! Come with a song on your lips, a story in your heart, a poem in your soul*, and join us as we honor the Goddess of Inspiration. This is a very child-friendly ritual. Please have your child bring a song, a story, or a poem to share so they can participate, as well. Sacred Hearth’s circles are free and open to the public. No need to be either Pagan or Unitarian Universalist to attend—all are welcome. Mark your calendars and join us for a night of feasting and merriment. Doors open at 7pm for ingathering and social hour. Bardic Circle and Feast begins at 7:30. Feast is potluck, so bring a favorite dish to share. *Stories, poems, and songs don’t have to have been written/composed by you, but we do ask that you read, recite, or sing them yourself, to get into the spirit of the event. No recordings, please.


Information Connection

Knitting Group

A Knitting Group has formed and meets in Jaggers Parlor on Saturdays from 12:30–2:30pm. Whether you are an experienced knitter or want to learn how to knit, you are welcome! Bring your needles and yarn and join us. For more information, contact Charlotte Bailey at charlibailey@gmail.com.

Join the Choir!

Our choir rehearses every Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:00. All voices are needed and welcomed. It is a good way to help our church have and rich musical experience for our services. If you are unsure if you want to join, come and visit a rehearsal any Sunday with no obligation. We would be very glad to have you.

Church Website

We have had two addresses for the church website, firstjefferson.org and fjuuc.org. Both of those do the same thing, so we don’t need both. We now plan to phase out and eliminate fjuuc.org, to save cost and administrative effort. Please use firstjefferson.org


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


Weekend Warm Up Won’t Make it Too Hot for a Bowl of Chili

This Sunday, January 21 is the Third Sunday Fundraiser for Religious Education. Back by popular demand: Chili for lunch! $4 for a bowl of turkey or veggie chili with all the fixins, with a max of $12 per family. We’re looking forward to seeing you then!

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.


This Weeks Events

Friday,January 19

Friends Covenant Group, A Women’s Group 4pm, Jaggers Parlor

Interweave Get Together 6:30pm, No Frills Grill, 1550 Eastchase Pkwy., Suite 1200, Arlington 76017

Saturday, January 20

All Church Clean Up 9am

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

The Galdr Kindred 12pm, John Adams Room

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Sunday, January 21

Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPs) Meeting 12:15pm, John Adams Room

Religious Education Council 12:30pm, Religious Education Office

Astrological Society of North Texas 1:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Tuesday,January 23

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

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Book Discussion Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor

Saturday, January 27

Kitchen Clean Up! 9am, Kitchen

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Sunday, January 28

Cross Timbers Magical Studies Group 1pm, John Adams Room


Next Sunday

Worship

“UU Values-Covenant: More Than Just Words”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
Join us for our annual Decades service, in which members of our congregation will each share their own “Hopes and Dreams for the Future of First Jefferson.” As our congregation begins to look forward to what our church will look like in the coming years, we invite you to hear what some of us would like to see. Please come, bringing your thoughts about our collective future and see what others are thinking. You donít want to miss this!

Adventures in Religion: October 1, 2017, through December 30, 2018

Library, 9:30 am, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Adventures in Religion is a round-table discussion group about world religions. We begin discussing Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Princeton University Press; 2nd edition; (March 1, 1972). ISBN-10: 0691017840. ISBN-13: 978-0691017846. Paperback.
This book uncovers truths disguised under figures of religion and mythology. Campbell explores Apollo, the Frog King of the fairy tale, Wotan, the Buddha, and others, and the relationship of their timeless symbols to those rediscovered in dream by depth psychology. He compares the psychological view with the words of such spiritual leaders as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Lao-tse, and the “Old Men” of the Australian tribes. From behind a thousand faces, the single hero emerges, archetype of all myth, and, through him, a statement of the basic truths by which man has lived throughout the millennia. (Joseph Campbell and Princeton University Press)

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Melissa Griffin from the Alzheimer's Association will speak about the various types of dementia.


Notable Quotable

“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”

Joseph Campbell


How to Stay in Touch

Staff

Church Office(Karl)
administrator@firstjefferson.org

Board of Trustees

Irene Forrester, 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

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.–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.