First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Join us this Sunday at 11am.

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This Week@First Jefferson

May 26–June 4, 2017

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Remembering Those Who Served”
Sacred Hearth Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans
Sanctuary, 11am
Join us for a Pagan Memorial Day service led by Sacred Hearth CUUPS. We will honor not only those Beloved Dead who served in wartime, but also those who have served humanity and the Earth. After the service ends, join us in Coleman Hall for coffee, refreshments, and memories.

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

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 25: Raven Digitalis and Chapter 26: Sorita D’Este, pp. 241–256.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Lorraine Levine will lead a facilitated discussion of current affairs.


News to Use

Congregational Meeting Notice

The Spring Congregational meeting of First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 1pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to enjoy potluck in Coleman Hall prior to the meeting, and childcare will be available.

Spring Congregational Meeting
Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Certification of Quorum
  3. Opening Words
  4. Chalice Lighting
  5. Review of Relational Covenant
  6. Approval of Previous Minutes
  7. President’s Report to the Congregation
  8. Minister’s Report to the Congregation
  9. Finance Report
  10. Congregation Ratify Board Appointee
  11. Congregation Ratify Renewal of Welcoming Congregation Status
  12. Congregational Approval of 2017–2018 Budget
  13. Closing Words
  14. Extinguish the Chalice
  15. Adjournment

Our congregational meetings are open to the public, and anyone who wishes to do so may attend. People who have been members of the congregation for at least 30 days prior to the meeting are entitled to a vote. The Board Secretary will have the sign-in sheet for the meeting in the church lobby just prior to the meeting to ensure that we meet quorum requirements.

Social Justice Discussion

The next discussion of social justice issues will be held on Sunday, June 11, 12:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend. The group will continue to discuss current issues at the local, state and national level and how we might take action on protecting our rights and opposing injustice. We may even write a few postcards to our representatives to communicate our thoughts and concerns. If interested, contact Pam Cox.

Join Thousands of UUs in New Orleans!

The annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association is going to New Orleans, LA for June 21-25. This 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. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.

The General Assembly 2017 will be at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa, it is one of America’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations. It is a city known for its music, food, architecture, and festivals. The average high temperature in June is 89 degrees and the average low is 71.

New Orleans is also known as a place of re-birth following the devastation of Katrina in 2005. Many Unitarian Universalists have contributed time and funds in the effort to rebuild both the city and the congregations in the area. By going to New Orleans, we can both celebrate our successes and recommit to the relationships that have been forged with this community.

This year is particularly important as the delegates will elect the next president of the UUA. For more about the candidates, see http://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/elections/
president
. For more about General Assembly, see http://www.uua.org/ga.


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.

Building Work Days, May 26–28

Memorial Day weekend is a work weekend for refreshing the church interior and courtyard. Helpers are invited to clear the floors in Coleman Hall and Jaggers Parlor as well as assist Rev. Jennifer with staining and tidying up the courtyard. Food and drinks are welcome along with willing hands. See Mathieu Thiem or Rev. Jennifer for information. Thank you!


This Weeks Events

Friday, May 26

Floor Refinishing Coleman Hall, Jaggers Parlor

Saturday, May 27

Floor Refinishing Coleman Hall, Jaggers Parlor

Sunday, May 28

HUUmanist Steering Committee Meeting 12:30pm, Library

Tuesday, May 30

Church Office Closed

First Jefferson Quilters 9am, Coleman Hall

Wednesday, May 31

Church Office Closed

Thursday, June 1

PFLAG 7pm, Coleman Hall

PFLAG Youth Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor

Sunday, June 4

Potluck Sunday 12:15pm, Coleman Hall

Religious Education Council 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Congregational Meeting 1pm, Sanctuary


Next Sunday

Worship

June 4—Global Flower Communion

The Reverend Jennifer Innis & Congregation
In honor of the 95th anniversary of Flower Communion, the Unitarians in Prague invite all Unitarian Universalist congregations to celebrate the inclusive ritual created by the Rev. Norbert Capek. Rev. Capek offered a worship that would speak to the people who came from many faiths before finding the Unitarian church in Prague. Please bring flowers to share with the congregation as part of the worship. https://www.uua.org/international/
blog/international-flower-communion

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 27: Caitlin Matthews and Chapter 28: Janet Farrar, pp. 257–274.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Bobbie Russell will speak on psychedelics assisted therapy.


Notable Quotable

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou


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.