First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

September 14–23, 2017

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Threads of Unitarian Universalism: Ideas from the East”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
Last month we looked at Buddhism. I thought we might continue in this vein and discover philosophies and theologies of other Eastern religions. Many of them were translated into English in the early part of the 19th century and came to the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. They immediately saw ideas in them that strengthened their own Unitarian faith.


Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

It‘s Taco Sunday!

The RE Committee will be serving up Tacos after the service on Sunday for our monthly fund raiser. Both meat and vegetarian (bean) filling will be available. We are asking $5 a plate with a $12 maximum for families.

Our Current Curriculum

  • As always, our Nursery will be staffed by highly qualified professional caregivers for children up to age four. The nursery is in the RE hallway, next to Jaggers Parlor, across from the door to the kitchen.
  • Children aged four through six will attend the Spirit Play, Montessori-style class, where the focus will be on our UU history and values. This class will meet in the room next to the Nursery.
  • Second through fourth graders will open our Tool Box of Faith to explore UU values and how we can help fix our own worlds when we employ compassion, justice and respect in our everyday lives. This group meets in the Sophia Lyon Fahs classroom.
  • Fifth through seventh grade youth are going to explore UU values with the help of the Harry Potter series. This class will meet in the Beatrix Potter room.
  • Eighth grade through high school will view and discuss episodes from the television sit-com My Name is Earl, which features a character who seeks redemption by attempting to make amends to people he wronged in the past. This group meets in the PT Barnum classroom.
If you are new to our Religious Education program, be sure to chat with your child’s teacher, or our RE Coordinator, Thomas Earthman, about what’s happening in church.
We can’t wait to see everyone on Sunday!

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—July 8, 2018, through January 20, 2019

Hindu Upanishads

Adventures in Religion, John Adams Room, 9:30 am. The Thirteen Principal Upanishads, Translation by F. Max-Müller, revised by Suren Navlakha, with an introduction and notes by Suren Navlakha. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Limited; 2000. ISBN-10: 1-84022102X. ISBN-13: 978-1840221022. Paperback. (Please be sure to get either of the ISBNs cited here, so that we will all have the same edition.)

Hindu scripture. Composed in Sanskrit between 900 and 600 BC, the Upanishads presented here are by far the oldest and most important of those that exist.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Lisa Scruggs will speak about Adult Protective Services for that state agency.


Caring & Sharing

Mary West’s former father-in-law, Larry Costello, has been recently diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Tim Miller’s father, Dexter Miller, passed away peacefully last Saturday at age 92.

Ben and Paulette Holland’'s cousin William Smith passed away last week.

First Jefferson is a community of folks who gather for worship and/or other activities within the congregation. One of the functions of a healthy community is to care for one another during good times and bad. Therefore, we have a Caring and Sharing ministry among the congregation. Some of the activities include sending cards (get well, sympathy, thank you, congratulations, etc.), making telephone calls and visiting folks who are in the hospital or homebound, and making casseroles that can be frozen and used when needed. If you are interested in doing some or all of this or have questions, you can contact Betty Churchman at bettychurchman@swingingbridgesministries.org or Sue Lowry at sue.lowry56@gmail.com.


News to Use

4th Annual Fort Worth Youth Pride Presented by LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S

September 22, 2018,1pm to 4pm, Sanctuary We will have food, music, door prizes and fun! We invite all that responded to previous invite to set up a table at the event and share your organization with our youth and families. Cost to be a vendor: provide a door prize for youth giveaways. For more info contactus@lgbtqsaves.org.

CUUPs Autumn Equinox

Saturday, September 22 at 7pm, Coleman Hall Doors open at 7 pm for ingathering, and circle begins at 7:30. Potluck feasting will follow ritual. As always, our circles are free and open to the public, and one need not be Pagan or Unitarian Universalist to attend. Hope to see you there!

Gentle Yoga Class Notice

There will be no yoga class on September 15 or September 29. The 15th is the day of the Trinity Trash Bash and Annie Foerster will be busy bashing trash. On September 29 there will be a rental event at First Jefferson. Gentle Yoga will be held in Coleman Hall on September 22.


Information Connection

Share the Plate—Innocence Texas

Wrongful convictions are more common than you think

Wrongful convictions devastate lives and families all over Texas—and fighting a wrongful conviction can be nearly impossible. Innocence Texas provides free, first-class investigative and legal services to indigent prisoners serving time for crimes they did not commit.
Every quarter, our church shares the plate with a local non profit organization sharing our values. This quarter is Innocence Texas. For more information, please see information on the table in the foyer or look at their web page https://innocencetexas.org/.

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.

Help Us Make the Connection—Greeters Needed

We are all connectors. But we need super-connectors to welcome visitors to our church home. Like meeting new folks? Be a greeter at the front door on Sunday morning. Like greeting others? Help in “hosting” these visitors over coffee in the Library—before or after service. Like networking with others? Help newcomers find a “match” with individuals and small groups, to make a personal connection. Please contact Jude Olson, Mary Alice Williams or Peggy Portman, Membership Committee co-leads, at membership@firstjefferson.org—or see us on Sunday morning! We will provide you with an orientation and information.


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


Faith Forward Begins September 23

Faith Forward Inquirers Series: Eight Drop-In Sessions Exploring Unitarian Universalism and First Jefferson UU Church

Perfect for visitors, church members both new and long-standing, and inquirers of all kinds, this 8 week series will be offered at least twice yearly at our church.

The Inquirers series is designed for you to drop in at any time and pick up any classes you miss, or repeat any that you found particularly informative and engaging, in future presentations of the series.

We will meet on Sundays after service for about an hour—see the marquees in the foyer and just outside the parlor for location! Lunch will be provided. Childcare is available upon request. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or accommodation that is needed.

Contact Tina Harmuth with questions or to RSVP (you may certainly attend even if you haven’t had a chance to RSVP). Join us!

Schedule of Sessions, Fall 2018

  • Sept 23—Unitarian Universalist History, Principles and Sources

  • Sept30—Campus Tour & Orientation

  • Oct 07—Faith Development for Children and Adults

  • Oct 14—Worship & Liturgical Year

  • Oct 21—Q& A with UU Minister

  • Oct 28—No faith forward—halloween party!

  • Nov 04—Social Action & Community Service

  • Nov 11—Pastoral Care and Small Groups

  • Nov 18—Membership 101 & Congregational Life

This Weeks Events

Saturday, September 15

The Galdr Kindred 12pm, John Adams Room

Sunday, September 16

Metaphysical Research Group 12:30pm, Library

Board Meeting 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Tuesday, September 18

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Trans-cendence Meeting 7pm, Coleman Hall

Wednesday, September 19

PFLAG Board Meeting 7pm, Library

Thursday, September 20

Worship Arts Committee 6pm, Jaggers Parlor

LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. 7pm, Library

Friday, September 21

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, September 22

Teen Pride 1pm, Sanctuary

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

CUUPs Autumn Equinox 7pm, Coleman Hall

Sunday, September 23

Faith Forward Inquirers Series 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor


Next Sunday

Worship

“Living our Values: Exploring Hope”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
Emily Dickinson said, “Hope is a thing with feathers…” and Francis Bacon wrote, “Hope is a bad supper.” Both sound as if they thought hope were, well, hopeless. But if we dig a little deeper, we will find that hope has strong support among both writers and most Unitarian Universalists. In fact, it’s one of the essential values of First Jefferson UU Church.

Adventures in Religion—July 8, 2018, through January 20, 2019

Hindu Upanishads

Adventures in Religion, John Adams Room, 9:30 am. The Thirteen Principal Upanishads, Translation by F. Max-Müller, revised by Suren Navlakha, with an introduction and notes by Suren Navlakha. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Limited; 2000. ISBN-10: 1-84022102X. ISBN-13: 978-1840221022. Paperback. (Please be sure to get either of the ISBNs cited here, so that we will all have the same edition.)

Hindu scripture. Composed in Sanskrit between 900 and 600 BC, the Upanishads presented here are by far the oldest and most important of those that exist.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Finnigan Jones, the founder of Trans-cendence, which meets at our church, will talk about the group and why it is important.


Notable Quotable

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

Andre Gide


How to Stay in Touch

Staff

Church Office(Karl)
administrator@firstjefferson.org

Religious Education Coordinator(Thomas)
re@firstjefferson.org

Board of Trustees

Irene Forrester, President
president@firstjefferson.org

Jean Bruttell, Vice President
vicepresident@firstjefferson.org

Mary West, Secretary
secretary@firstjefferson.org

Other Important Contacts

Jude Olson, Membership Coordinator
membership@firstjefferson.org

Finance Committee
financecommittee @firstjefferson.org

Caring & Sharing
caringsharing@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 for inclusion in Church Publications to publicize@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 5:00pm
Order of Service: Wednesday 5:00pm
Announcements: Thursday 2:00pm

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.