First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

November 24–December 3, 2017

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

This Sunday


“Living the Question”
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
Sanctuary, 11am
Most people live within the easy boundaries of the familiar. The poet Rilke suggests that to be truly alive, we must trust in the difficult. This is especially true for those of us (both individuals and congregations) facing an uncertain future.

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: October 1, 2017, through December 30, 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.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Lorraine Levine will facilitate a discussion of current events.

Caring & Sharing

Thank you for this month’s All Church Cleanup. Building chair, Lewis Morris, got us prompted with a message post and a list of tasks. The cobwebs were removed, all the upholstered furniture was vacuumed and lint-rolled. Hallways were tidied, windows cleaned, lightbulbs and air filters changed. The grounds were swept and blown and raked and trimmed. Thank you, members and friends, for helping on the third Saturday cleanup: Lewis Morris, Richard Marshall, Joel Bailey, Charlotte Bailey, Christian Kreiger Torres, Bill Maginnis, Connie Nolen, Michael Zepeda, Jean Bruttell & Emma Cox. The membership appreciates you.

If you would like a pastoral note to be shared with the congregation, please write it in the notebook on the lectern near the sanctuary entrance.

News to Use

Black Friday Parents Day Out

Hosted by EC Stanton Community School at First Jefferson

Friday, November 24 8am–12pm Any child is welcome to attend. $10 per child (capped at $30/family). To RSVP email or call 817.403.9743.

Gentle Yoga

Saturdays, 10:30am—11:30am, Sanctuarys Gentle Yoga is a form of physical and spiritual practice designed for beginning students and anyone who continues to get older every year. It focuses on three aspects of the body-flexibility (reaching and bending), core strength (spine and tummy) and balance (to prevent falls). It also emphasizes relaxation and proper breathing. All this in just one hour a week (what you do the rest of the week is up to you).

Gentle Yoga will begin soon on Saturday mornings at First Jefferson. It will be led by Annie Foerster. Annie has been a yoga student for forty-two years and an instructor for thirty-seven years. She specializes in helping older students, young people and just about everyone in between.

You’ll need a yoga mat, clothes that will bend with you and a willingness to try. If you have trouble getting down on the floor (or up, once you’re down), you can do many of the postures from a chair. Here’s the thing about yoga—the benefits accrue in the trying, not in the achieving. Once you can do a posture, a good yoga teacher will make it harder for you by adding a new twist. So if you aren’t trim and buff like the pictures in the yoga magazines, Gentle Yoga is for you. If you can’t stand on one foot without toppling, Gentle Yoga is for you. If you can’t bend and touch the floor, Gentle Yoga is definitely for you. If you have any questions, ask Annie (

Church Website

We have had two addresses for the church website, and Both of those do the same thing, so we don’t need both. We now plan to phase out and eliminate, to save cost and administrative effort. Please use

Information Connection

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.

Our Vision
At First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, we offer hope through service and the connections we share, we embrace the transforming power of awe, and we seek joy by living our values.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

This Weeks Events

Saturday, November 25

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Sunday, November 26

Cross Timbers Magical Studies Group 1pm, John Adams Room

Tuesday, November 28

Courier Deadline 10am, Email:

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Book Discussion Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor
This month’s book is Tenth of December by George Saunders [a collection of short stories].

Thursday, November 30

Worship Arts Committee 6pm, Jaggers Parlor

Saturday, December 2

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Get Your Glow On: Conversations by Chalice Light 6pm, Coleman Hall

Sunday, December 3

Tree Trimming Party 12pm, Sanctuary

Potluck Sunday 12:15pm, Coleman Hall

HUUDLE/Voices in Action 12:30pm, Library

The Galdr Kindred 12:30pm, John Adams Room

Next Sunday


“A Flow-Through Faith”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, let's take the time to consider what it means to each of us to be a Unitarian Universalist. Is it about personal satisfaction, values clarification, motivation or, possibly, all of the above? At the same time, we’ll glance at what it means to be human. I promise a giggle or two with any deep thinking that might be required.

Adventures in Religion: October 1, 2017, through December 30, 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 Carmyn Thom will speak on what she learned about race relations at the TribFest (Texas Tribune).

Notable Quotable

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”

Meister Eckhart

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

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.–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.