First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

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This Week@First Jefferson

September 22–October 1, 2017

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

This Sunday


“Into Each Life, Some Rain”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
Recent hurricanes are now a memory—a bad memory for some; a close escape for others. Longfellow knew that rain was a great metaphor for life, as in Rain Happens. What we do after the flood goes down is very important.

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: July 9, 2017 through October 1, 2017

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)
Part Three: Thirteen Interviews with Respected Pagan Elders. This Week: Discussion concludes.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Bill Maginnis will show one of his interesting selections from the internet.

Caring & Sharing

Please send thoughts and prayers to Jo Burnham’s brother Andy Johnson. He was recently hospitalized for observation and to adjust his medication.

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.

Welcome, Visitors!

Our Membership Committee invites you to attend the workshops outlined below in order to learn more about First Jefferson Church and Unitarian Universalism. Lunch provided. Childcare provided with registration. Sundays, October 1, 8 & 15 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m., Religious Education Office. See Tina Harmuth and Jean Bruttell for information.

October 1: First Jefferson 202—Doing Theology, Sharing Meaning We “do” theology by sharing our faith journeys and responses to life’s questions. We explore worship as opportunity to celebrate our highest values and align our lives with our aspirations, and examine our theological house.

October 8: First Jefferson 203—Of Heretics and Promises We learn of courageous people and revolutionary ideas that created a religion based on human goodness. We learn how our community of people with diverse religious beliefs can nurture one another by making and keeping promises to each other, and seeking and giving forgiveness for broken promises.

October 15: First Jefferson 204—Building on Faith, Making a Difference + Membership, Privileges and Expectations The search for truth and meaning goes on throughout our lives, equipping us to respond to all life presents. We learn how our lifespan religious education employs a relational, developmental approach. Because we focus on this life, and embrace justice and compassion, we feel compelled to live out our values by working for social justice to make a positive difference in this world.

New Member Ceremony and Reception, Sunday TBD, 11:00 a.m. Ceremony, 12:00 pm Reception During the service, our brief ceremony welcomes and introduces our newest members noting that we gather in church seeking a higher purpose and deeper life than we could find alone Directly after the service the congregation enjoys food, fellowship and a chance to meet one another.

News to Use

It’s that time of year again!

36th Annual Tarrant County Gay Pride Parade is October 7th, 2017 at Noon. Come one, come all! The 2017 Theme is LIVE LIFE BOLD Come march with your fellow UUs Contact Roy Brake or Jo Burnham for more information.

There’s Tie-Dye Coming Your Way!
Sunday, September 24 11:30am–1:00pm Let’s get ready for this year’s Pride Parade, in colorful UU swirls, splashes, and stripes! What will your shirt look like? White shirts are $10 each, and you can dye your own, or select your color and watch someone else do the work. Marker art is also an option. Yes, we can take cards as well as cash. Contact Roy Brake if you won’t be around that day and need to place an order. We’ll have a few shirts already dyed and available for immediate sale.

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle—and Create!
The R-Bazaar is coming!

November 11, 2017 Inviting venders for the first R-Bazaar. If you are a creator or vender of items which are Up-cycled, repurposed, refinished etc. of if you make an item to help eliminate carbon footprints such as reusable lunch bags etc. we invite to show your wares. There is a $15 admin fee. The fee holds your space, and a packet which includes 2 letter sized flyers, 4 half sheet handbills, 16 quarter sheet handbills and a link so you may print more.

Coming November 4

2017: A Service Auction Odyssey

• • • Sending Out a Signal Beacon for Service Auction Donations • • •
Donation forms will be available beginning Sunday, September 24. All completed donation forms will be due by Sunday October 22. We need them this early so there is time to enter them into the data base and print the booklet.
Need an idea? Here are a few suggestions:


  • Airport Taxi
  • Pet Sitting/Walking
  • House Sitting
  • Party Assistant
  • House Cleaning
  • House Decorating
  • Xmas Tree Trimming
  • Xmas Tree Pack Up
  • Baby Sitting
  • Cake Decorating
  • Family Tree Research
  • Meal Prep Other

  • Dinners/Themed Parties
  • Game Night
  • Cook Out/Picnics
  • Road Rally
  • Murder Mystery Dinner
  • Cookie Exchange
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Mini Vacation (B&B)
  • Artwork
  • Gift Baskets
  • Jewelry
  • Fine Gifts
  • Collectibles
  • Baked Goods
  • Home Made Items
  • Items related to our theme
  • Or any other creative thing you can come up with

Information Connection

Notice of Special Congregational Meetinge

A Special Congregational meeting of First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 12pm in the Sanctuary.

The only item on the agenda is a congregational vote to approve the new 3-member Leadership Development Committee. It is crucial to do this at this time because this is the committee that will propose candidates to fill board vacancies for the 2018 year.

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.

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.

Want to help First Jefferson?
Not sure how?

Here are some of the many ways you can have your talents shine.

♥♥♥♥The Service Auction is coming up on November 4, 2017. We need you to make it a fun and grand event! We need data entry help, cooks, decorators, bartenders, merchandisers, and so much more. If you want in on the biggest even of the year, contact: Sue Lowry

♥Love kids? How about Religious Education Teacher? Contact Mary West or Julia Sexton.

♥Like meeting people, being the host or hostess? Try being the hospitality Coordinator, help coordinator monthly volunteers, setting up and clearing coffee hour and pot lucks.

♥Like the outdoors? Show of your landscaping skills. Contact Richard Marshall.

♥Paint, paint, paint, help spruce up Coleman hall or our beautiful building.

♥Like working on home improvement projects? Contact Mathieu Thiem to help strip and stain the floors in the RE wing.

♥Like meeting and greeting people? Membership Committee can use you! Contact Tina Harmuth, Julia Sexton, or Jude Olsen.

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.

Autumn Equinox 2017
Hosted by Sacred Hearth CUUPs

Saturday, September 23 at 7pm–10pm Join Sacred Hearth CUUPs as we celebrate the Autumn Equinox. Potluck feasting will follow, so bring a favorite seasonal dish to share. While we never charge anyone to attend our rituals, we do accept love offerings, and this time any donations we receive will go to support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Doors open at 7pm for ingathering, and circle begins at 7:30. As always, our circles are free and open to the public, and one need not be Pagan or Unitarian Universalist to attend.

This Weeks Events

Saturday, September 23

CUUPs Autumn Equinox 7pm, Coleman Hall

Sunday, September 24

Cross Timbers Magical Studies Group 1pm, John Adams Roomr

Tuesday, September 26

Courier Deadline 10am, Email:

First Jefferson Quilters 2pm, Jaggers Parlor

Book Discussion Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor
This month's book is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles [Fiction]

Sunday, October 1

Congregational Meeting 12pm, Sanctuary

Potluck Sunday 12:15pm, Coleman Hall

HUUDLE/Voices in Action 12:30pm, Library

The Galdr Kindred 12:30pm, John Adams Roomr

Next Sunday


“False Fronts and Disguises”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
What does it mean to take someone at face value? Is the face we present to the world our true face or are we all mask-makers of the first degree? What's behind your false front?

Adventures in Religion: October 1, 2017, through December 31, 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 Carmen Thom will have us do some quick handwriting analysis tests that she has used at school.

Notable Quotable

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

Nikola Tesla

How to Stay in Touch


Church Office(Karl)

Board of Trustees

Michael Zepeda, President

Irene Forrester, Vice President

Mary West, Secretary

Other Important Contacts

Membership Coordinator

Finance Committee

Caring & Sharing
817-451-1505 or or

Web Links

Church Website

FJUUC Facebook Page

North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations

UUA Southern Region

Unitarian Universalist Association

Submission Information

Please send the following items to Karl at the church office

  • 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.