First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

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This Week@First Jefferson

August 18–27, 2017

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Ingathering Water Communion”
The Reverend Jennifer Innis & Congregation
Sanctuary, 11am
All are invited to celebrate the start of the new church year with this service of return and reconnection. All ages are welcome to bring a small amount of water that represents our summer experiences to be shared during worship.

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: 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. Next Week: Discussion continues.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Dana Acetta from the Fort Worth Zoo will talk about bonobos, “the peaceful ape,” and her job as their zookeeper.

Coming later this month in Adult Forum

August 27th and September 3rd: We will show a DVD, Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later. This is about the changes in 50 years of integration there.We will have some time especially on September 3rd to discuss the DVD and any other subjects that might come up.


Caring & Sharing

With a heavy heart I want to let you know that Glen Ball died last Friday, August 11. He died from excessive bleeding while undergoing throat surgery. Please extend condolences to his wife Vicki. They had not been to First Jefferson for over a hear due to Glen's health concerns. Glen did not want a memorial. Instead, Vicki asks for members and friends to donate blood in his name at the blood drive this Sunday or at another time.
Thank you,
Rev. Jennifer

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

2nd Annual MUUse Art Show & Sale

September 9(Gallery Night), 5—9pm and September 10, 10—2pm, Coleman Hall Art show open to the public. First time presenters are encouraged to show. Parties interested in being in the show, or for more information, or to book space contact Karl at:administrator@firstjefferson.org or (817) 451-1505 or Irene at sereneseri@yahoo.com Nominal fee: $15 admin fee (holds your space), and only 15% of sales. Artists 15 years and younger: no fees charged, with a signed letter of consent from parent or legal guardian.

Last years’s MUUse Art Show was a success and we hope to make this one even better, so please help us out by inviting all your creative and art collecting friends to either join us by sharing their work or stopping by to view the works on display (and of course, there will be snacks!).

Eastside Ministries

Items Needed—August 2017

  • Linens: Sheets, Blankets, Towels
  • School Uniforms: All sizes, particularly white and navy Polo shirts
  • General Clothing: Men’s and Children’s, All Sizes (HIGH NEED)
  • Family Food: Rice 1 or 2 lb. Bags
  • Baby Items: Diapers/Pull-Ups All sizes but 3
  • Household Cleansers: Laundry, Dish, All Purpose
  • Hygiene: Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Etc.

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.

We Share the Plate

This quarter’s Share the Plate is in response to an arson attack at Abounding Prosperity in Dallas. Abounding Prosperity’s mission is to provide services to address health, social and economic disparities among Black men with a particular emphasis on gay, bisexual and male to female Transgender individuals. Their vision is to empower our clients to achieve self-sufficiency through skills development, increased knowledge, and access to community services. On July 7, much of the building was burned and otherwise damaged from fire. They are in a temporary building and are continuing to provide services such as anonymous HIV testing, but their ability to sustain the quality and quantity of their programs is limited until they can repair their building.

At First Jefferson, half of the undesignated funds in the Sunday offering are designated for outreach in our community. Please be generous in contributing to our support of Abounding Prosperity. Go to http://www.aboundingprosperity.org to learn more about the organization. See this report for the latest news. Thank you!

Leading Edge Leadership Training

August 19 First Unitarian Church of Dallas. Doors open at 8:30am for check in and coffee. Join leaders from North Texas congregations as we learn how to strengthen our free faith and build communities of care. The event is free. Childcare is available if requested by August 9. Deadline for registration is August 9. For those who are familiar with area volunteer trainings, this program is expanded from the annual children and youth teacher training. First Church is adding tracks that support faith and community development for all ages.

Three tracks are available:

  • Facilitation 101: How to Lead a Class for Adults
  • Small Group Ministry Facilitator Training
  • Successful Sundays: Training for Sunday School Teachers

The program runs from 9am to 1:30pm. Lunch is included and accommodates omnivores and vegans. Register at https://www.ntuuc.org/events/current-events/the-leading-edge-training-2017 See Rev. Jennifer for any questions.


Information Connection

Want to help First Jefferson?
Not sure how?

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

♥Blood Drive Donor registration, August 13, before service or 15 minutes following. Contact Karl.

♥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 l 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 Rev. Innis.

♥♥♥♥The Service Auction is coming up on October 14, 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


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.

Playground Clean Up Day

EC Stanton Community School will co-host a workday on August 19th , 2017. Staff, students, families, and friends from our new tenant‘s school community will be there working on the space and getting ready for the school year. We will be doing maintenance specifically on the playground and in some of the classrooms. Our new tenants would love to get to know their First Jefferson hosts and be able to work together for the good of both groups. Feel free to e-mail Cammie Justus at information@ecstanton.org to ask any specific questions about the intentions for the day.


This Weeks Events

Friday, August 18

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

Saturday, August 19

Playground Clean Up 9am

The Galdr Kindred 12pm, Library

Sunday, August 20

Blood Drive 9am, Coleman Hall

Metaphysical Research Group 12:30pm, Library

HUUDLE/Voices in Action 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Monday, August 14

Finance Committee Meeting 6:30pm, Church Office

Tuesday, August 22

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Book Discussion Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor
This month's book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann [nonfiction]

Sunday, August 27

Feast For All Good Children 10am, Coleman Hall

Cross Timbers Magical Studies Group 1pm, John Adams Room

Teacher Training 1pm, Library


Next Sunday

Worship

“Love is a Many Gendered Thing”
Julie Cecil
Sanctuary, 11am
Gender has been discussed in our news and culture so much lately. From “bathroom bills”, to Target’s clothing lines, to gender reveal extravaganzas, there is no shortage of stories about gender expression and gender perception. Come explore the topic on gender as we delve deep into our own experiences and culture, finding ways to love and respect all, regardless of gender variance.
Julie Cecil is a member of First Jefferson. She is also a candidate in the Ministerial Fellowship Process to be endorsed as a community minister in our faith as a chaplain. She serves as a spiritual and emotional care provider at two local hospitals (officially); she unofficially offers this at an assisted living community where she is an activity director.

Adventures in Religion: August 6, 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. 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)
Part Three: Thirteen Interviews with Respected Pagan Elders. Next Week: Discussion continues.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am We will show a DVD, Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later. This is about the changes in 50 years of integration there.We will have some time especially on September 3rd to discuss the DVD and any other subjects that might come up.


Notable Quotable

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

Mother Teresa


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.