First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

May 18–27, 2017

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

This Sunday


“The Challenge & Joy of Welcome: An Unusual Outsider’s Perspective”
Claire Sexton
Sanctuary, 11am
In the UU denomination, the vast majority of current members have come from other faiths. In her reflection, Claire will explore the concept of radical hospitality as it relates to congregations welcoming those who grew up UU and other folks who aren’t well-represented in many UU spaces.
Claire Sexton lives in Waco, Texas where she is Program Coordinator for The Art Center of Waco. She is a member of both the UU Fellowship of Waco and the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
A lifelong UU, Claire is currently the board president of the UU Women’s Federation and previously held leadership positions in regional and continental Young Adult committees, including the Southwest District Young Adult Network before she moved to New York to attend graduate school for arts administration. While in NY, Claire served as Metro New York District’s Young Adult and Campus Ministry consultant for several years while also working full time at a nonprofit art gallery. Claire returned to Texas in 2015 with her family, husband Jonah and son Charlie (4 y/o), to be closer to family.

Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

Creative Fun in the Summertime!

The final Religious Education classes of the 2017-18 year will be on May 20th. The teachers and RE families will then take a break for a few weeks. On June 17, we begin our summer program: Maker Space. The goals include exploring our creative sides, inventive reuse of materials, and the joy of making things. We could use any old craft supplies you have been meaning to re-home as well as cardboard, plastic, or fabrics. We are also accepting volunteers to come help lead the youth and maybe share new techniques with them. Adults are encouraged to come and get creative with us!

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

John Adams Room, 9:30 am, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Adventures in Religion is a round-table discussion group about world religions. We continue 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 Tina Harmuth will give us a short history of Unitarian Universalism.

Caring & Sharing

First Jefferson is a community of folks who gather for worship and/or other activities within the congregation. One of the functions of a healthy community is to care for one another during good times and bad. Therefore, we will be developing a Caring and Sharing ministry among the congregation. Some of the activities will include sending cards (get well, sympathy, thank you, congratulations, etc.), making telephone calls and visiting folks who are in the hospital or home- bound, and making casseroles that can be frozen and used when needed. If you are interested in doing some or all of this, please join us for a get together on April 8 after the service at 12:30 to learn more. If you have questions, you can contact Betty Churchman at or Sue Lowry at

News to Use

Have You Heard About the Point?

The Point is a customizable Unitarian Universalist retreat for all ages. Imagine five days of UU covenant and community in a resort-like setting on the shores of Lake Murray in Oklahoma. The Point offers personal growth, faith renewal, learning opportunities, spiritual practices, community worship, music, excellent cuisine, sustainable practices, social gatherings (trivia, bingo, talent show, game night, star-gazing, s’mores and singalongs), outdoor activities, programming for all ages and interests, and an engaging theme speaker. Each day begins with worship and ends with a sunset talk, but how you spend your day is completely up to you! We hope you can join us at Lake Murray, July 22–27, 2018! For more information and registration visit

UUA General Assembly

General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. 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 2018 General Assembly will be June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Kansas City Convention Center.

Registration and Housing Open March 1
GA Registration and the GA Housing Reservation System open at 9 a.m. CST. at www.

GA Theme: “All Are Called”
Grounded in a deep belief that we are all prophets, Unitarian Universalists ask, “How can we faithfully meet the demands of our time?” The call to witness and act for justice in our society and in the world is clear. So, too, is the call to examine our structures and practices, dismantling and transforming those which fail to recognize the full humanity of all people and to honor the interdependent web of life. Join us in Kansas City as we dive deeply into questions of mission for our Unitarian Universalist Association, for our congregations and communities, and for each of us as individuals.

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.

Help Us Make the Connection—Greetings Needed

We are all connectors. But we need super-connectors to welcome visitors to our church home. Like meeting new folks? Be a greeter at the front door on Sunday morning. Like greeting others? Help in “hosting” these visitors over coffee in the Library—before or after service. Like networking with others? Help newcomers find a “match” with individuals and small groups, to make a personal connection. Please contact Jude Olson, Mary Alice Williams or Peggy Portman, Membership Committee co-leads, at—or see us on Sunday morning! We will provide you with an orientation and information.

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.

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection

Spring Congregational Meeting This Sunday!

The Spring Congregational meeting of First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2017, at 1pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to enjoy an RE Fundraiser Spaghettie Dinner (not Potluck) in Coleman Hall prior to the meeting, and childcare will be available.

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.

This Weeks Events

Friday, May 18

Friends Covenant Group, A Women’s Group 4pm, Jaggers Parlor

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

Saturday, May 19

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

The Galdr Kindred 12pm, John Adams Room

Sunday, May 20

Metaphysical Research Group 12:30pm, Library

Congregational Meeting 1pm, Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 22

Election Polling 7am, Coleman Hall

Courier Deadline 10am, Email items to

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Book Discussion Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor This month’s book is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson [nonfiction]

Saturday, May 26

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Next Sunday


“The Hero’s Journey: Returning”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
When you return from the hero’s journey, there will be changes. The most significant will be you.

Adventures in Religion: October 1, 2017, through December 30, 2018

John Adams Room, 9:30 am, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Adventures in Religion is a round-table discussion group about world religions. We continue 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 Bill Maginnis will show some of his varied and interesting videos for discussion.

Notable Quotable

“Choices are the hinges of destiny.”

Edwin Markham

How to Stay in Touch


Church Office(Karl)

Board of Trustees

Irene Forrester, President

Jean Bruttell, Vice President

Mary West, Secretary

Other Important Contacts

Jude Olson, Membership Coordinator

Finance Committee

Caring & Sharing

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 for inclusion in Church Publications to

  • 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 5:00pm
Order of Service: Wednesday 5:00pm
Announcements: Thursday 2:00pm

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.