First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

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This Week@First Jefferson

March 17–26, 2017

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Prophetic Sisterhood”
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
Sanctuary, 11am
In the spirit of making stories more visible, there was this amazing group of women who took to the road and were ministers in this country’s frontiers of 1880-1930. What do we need to remember? What do we need to hear today?

Child & Youth Religious Education

Classes start at 9:45am, Religious Education Wing

Upcoming in RE

Taco Tuesday Sunday
Taco Tuesday falls on Sunday this week! Join the Religious Education Council for a Taco Bar Lunch following Worship on Sunday, March 19th. 2 tacos for $5. Beef, turkey and vegan options available. Hasta entonces!

Time for Annual Canned Foods Hunt
Did you know that our church has a Canned Foods Hunt on Easter morning? The congregation donates goods that are needed by Eastside Ministries, the older youth hide the goods, and the younger ones get to hunt for it, and help see that it gets to its destination. This is our appeal for non-perishable goods, and personal care items to be donated to Eastside Ministries. We will have a grocery cart in the R.E hallway, where you can place your contributions.
We are also seeking candy for the Easter Party following the service on April 16.

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

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)
We begin "Part Two: Jesus Through Pagan Eyes: A Selection of Stories and Essays by Respected Pagan Elders." This Week:Introduction; Chapter 8, Jesus: A View from the Earth; and Chapter 9: A Witch’s Tale of Christmas, pp. 97–110.

 

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Yolanda Bluehorse will talk about “the Society of Native Nations: Building a Future through Knowledge and Unity.”

New Member Classes Begin Sunday

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, March 19, 26 & April 2 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m., Religious Education Office. See Rev. Jennifer for more information.

March 19: 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.”

March 26: 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.

April 2: 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.


Caring & Sharing

With a heavy heart we let you know about the death of Ed Lee on March 16 after a recent diagnosis of lung cancer. His family was with him in his last moments. We offer condolences to his wife Muriel Lee, his daughter Patricia Heidel, and the whole family. Services will be arranged at a later date.

Caring and Sharing at First Jefferson is our network of cards and other support by members and friends. Please contact Rev. Jennifer if you need the prayers and care of the congregation, if you know of a need, or if you would like to help.


News to Use

Eastside Ministries

Eastside Ministries current needs include: bedding and towels, children’s underwear, men’s pants (all sizes) and shirts, peanut butter, canned food, large paper bags, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and powdered laundry soap. Please see Connie Nolen or Bill Maginnis for more information.

RESULTS Training—How to Advocate More Effectively

The mission of RESULTS (www.results.org) is to eliminate global poverty. RESULTS groups do this by making a compelling case for programs they think will help achieve this in face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and in letters to the editor and op-eds. This is the most effective way to change government laws, policies, and practices.
The local RESULTS group, founded by Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, is offering Advocacy Training. The training is designed to equip participants with the tools, strategies, and techniques they need to make a difference. Its purpose is to help you advocate more effectively for issues you care about.
If you are tired of being merely indignant and are ready to learn how to be effective, this workshop is for you. The workshop is offered at no charge and is open to everyone.
What: Advocacy Training
Where: First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
When: Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 am.

Earth Is Our Mother

Special Choral Presentation Sunday, April 29 11am Dave Brubeck was one of our foremost jazz musicians. He also produced works based on words meaningful to him, but in other styles. His setting of the Chief Seattle speech is an example. We have presented it here in the past and are planning to do so again. On April 29. Andrew Pierce will sing the part of Chief Seattle. We believe you will find it meaningful and enjoyable. Rehearsals are Sundays at 10:00. Come join us!


Information Connection

Member and Friend Directory Update

Proofing sheets are in the Foyer and will be out for the next few Sundays. Please stop by at your convenience to check you information. If everything is correct, please place a checkmark next to your name. If changes are needed, please make them by drawing a line through the incorrect information and writing the correct information directly above it. If you have any questions, please contact Karl in the church office: administrator@firstjefferson.org/817-451-1505. These sheets will be out through the end of March (3/26) so please have your changes in by then. The new directories will be out next month.


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.

CUUPs Equinox—March 18

Join the Sacred Hearth CUUPs group Saturday, March 18th, as we celebrate the vernal equinox with ritual and potluck. We will be holding a ritual for the local trees as they awaken out of their winter slumber. This will be a Druidic styled ritual that honors the specific Cross Timbers ecoregion of Texas by focusing on the indigenous flora native to the region. The ritual will be a transformative journey of growth and regeneration by which we will delve into the soil of our souls and pierce through the veil of our local eco-intelligence.
Doors open for ingathering at 7 pm. Ritual will begin promptly at 7:30, with feast to follow. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share in communal feasting with the group or donate a small amount of money to help offset the costs.

Newcomer Classes Begin this Sunday


This Weeks Events

Friday, March 17

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, March 18

All-Church Clean Up 9am

CUUPs Spring Equinox 7pm, Coleman Hall

Sunday, March 19

Metaphysical Research Group 12:30pm, Library

Newcomers Class 12:30pm, Religious Education Office

OWL Class 1pm, High School Room

Board Meeting 1:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Tuesday, March 21

First Jefferson Quilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Transcendence Meeting 7pm, Coleman Hall

Wednesday, March 22

Courier Deadline 1pm, Email items to administrator@firstjefferson.org

Sunday, March 26

HUUmanist Steering Committee Meeting 12:30pm, Library

Newcomers Class 12:30pm, Religious Education Office

OWL Class 1pm, High School Room


Next Sunday

Worship

“We Come to be Sent Forth”
Member Led Service
Sanctuary, 11am
We continue our ongoing series on Living Our UU Values and Practicing Our Faith.?

Adventures in Religion

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)
Next Week: Chapter 10: A Confession and Chapter 11: The Gift of Jesus to Pagans and Christians, pp. 111-121.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Kelly O’Conan will talk about human trafficking.


Notable Quotable

“Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.