First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

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This Week@First Jefferson

July 21–30, 2017

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Resistance is the Secret of Joy”
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
Sanctuary, 11am
Deep in one of Alice Walker’s novels is her abiding message: “Resistance is the secret of joy!” How does joy appear when the heart is weary?

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 Bill Maginnis will show more of his entertaining videos.


Caring & Sharing

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

Refugee Family Donations

Due to several circumstances, some beyond our control, we are looking for options and possibilities about reallocating the donations intended for homing a refugee family in need. We will not do this without input and agreement from those who made donations because we realize that your generous giving was done with a specific purpose in mind. Unfortunately, following through with the refugee donation is not feasible for the foreseeable future and we are wondering about everyone’s thoughts on using the items to help a homeless family. We respect the original intentions of your giving and do not want to act without your approval so please contact Irene Forrester or another board member with your thoughts or wishes.

Kitchen Coordinator

First Jefferson is currently in need of someone to fill the role of Kitchen Coordinator. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

New Group Forming: The Galdr Kindred (Heathenism)

The Galdr Kindred is a group in the DFW area that practices Bioregional Heathenism. If the Galdr Kindred has a central principle that defines this group, it would be that we seek to understand and apply our shamanic heathenry to commune with the World Tree, Yggdrasil, in order to root ourselves into the dreaming intelligence of the Earth.
We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. We operate within the guidelines of the 7 Unitarian Universalist principles. We will not tolerate hate or abuse of any kind. We openly refute and will not congregate with groups that use hate in the name of the Gods. We support declaration 127.
The group will meet for classes from 1–3pm in the Johne Adams Room on the first Sunday of the month and for a business meeting third Saturdays from 12–2pm in the Library. Co-Organizers are Mathieu Thiem and Christian Torres.


Information Connection

We Share the Plate

First Jefferson joyfully and gratefully gives half of the undesignated funds donated during the Sunday morning offering to other organizations. Recipients of the Share the Plate offering are selected by the Board of Trustees, and are selected in order to further community efforts that align with the mission and vision of the congregation and are in line with our Principles.

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.

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle–And Create!

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. Please contact the churh office if you are interested.


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.

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, July 30, August 6, or 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 gardening 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 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


This Weeks Events

Friday, July 21

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

Sunday, July 23

Cross Timbers Magical Studies Group 1pm, John Adams Room

Tuesday, July 25

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

First Jefferson Quilters 1pm, Jaggers Palor

Book Discussion Group 7pm, Jaggers Palor
This month’s selection is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion [fiction]


Next Sunday

Worship

Sanctuary, 11am

“Caregiving as Sacred Work”
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
Sanctuary, 11am
So many of us are increasingly responsible for another person’s life. Sometimes it feels like the hours named in the book, The 36 Hour Day, do not begin to cover the experience of caring for another person. What is the “good news” for the caregivers among us?

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. 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 Bill Maginnis will show more of his entertaining videos.


Notable Quotable

“to make a haiku
you have to plan carefully
or you’ll run out of ”

Henri, La Chat Noir


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.