First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

November 23–December 2, 2018

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Thanksgiving”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Sanctuary, 11am
‘Tis the season to count our blessings and give thanks for our lives. Is there anything we’re forgetting to include?


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

If you are new to our Religious Education program, be sure to chat with your child’s teacher, or our RE Coordinator, Thomas Earthman, about what’s happening in church.

Adult Spiritual Exploration

Adventures in Religion—July 8, 2018, through January 20, 2019

Hindu Upanishads

Adventures in Religion, John Adams Room, 9:30 am. The Thirteen Principal Upanishads, Translation by F. Max-Müller, revised by Suren Navlakha, with an introduction and notes by Suren Navlakha. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Limited; 2000. ISBN-10: 1-84022102X. ISBN-13: 978-1840221022. Paperback. (Please be sure to get either of the ISBNs cited here, so that we will all have the same edition.)

Hindu scripture. Composed in Sanskrit between 900 and 600 BC, the Upanishads presented here are by far the oldest and most important of those that exist.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Lorraine Levine will facilitate a discussion on current affairs.


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 have a Caring and Sharing ministry among the congregation. Some of the activities include sending cards (get well, sympathy, thank you, congratulations, etc.), making telephone calls and visiting folks who are in the hospital or homebound, and making casseroles that can be frozen and used when needed. If you are interested in doing some or all of this or have questions, you can contact Betty Churchman at caringsharing@firstjefferson.org.


News to Use

LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. Youth Pride Event

Rescheduled for December 5, 2-5pm Vendors: Doors open at noon to set up! Bring own table and chairs and door prize for a teen! Entire event will be indoors. More details at contactus@lgbtqsaves.org.

Christmas Choral Presentation

Stella Natalis, (birth star) by Karl Jenkins will be presented by our choir on December 9. The piece uses texts from many sources and music ins[pired from many different sources to celebrate the moods of Christmas. Karl Jenkins, a contemporary British composer of great acclaim. having received 17 gold and platinum disc honors.
This piece communicates the moods of Christmas in many new ways and is great fun to sing and hear. We hope you will join us as rehearsals begin at 10:00 on October 7.


Information Connection

Child Dedications

In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, childrenóboth babies and older childrenóare welcomed and dedicated to their church community and family. As part of the ceremony, the parents, grandparents, siblings and godparents are charged with their care and upbringing and the children themselves blessed by the congregation and family.
If your children have not yet been dedicated, Reverend Annie is planning to offer such a ceremony during the upcoming holidays, either as part of the Thanksgiving service (November 25) or the Christmas serive (December 23).
If you are interested, or have questions, contact Annie at redseamripper@gmail.com. If neither of these dates is good for you, she will offer others.

Help Us Make the Connection—Greeters 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 membership@firstjefferson.org—or see us on Sunday morning! We will provide you with an orientation and information.

Caring Conversations

During the upcoming Holidays, we may begin to face some unbearable situations in our life. If you feel the need to talk to someone, Betty Churchman will be available to provide caring support on Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. If you are unable to make this time but need support Betty will be glad to mak e an appointment with you. Remember you are not alone in your walk. If you need to talk please call 817- 451-1505. All sessions are confidential.


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

Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection


Misha Berestnev Recital

Friday, Novemember 30 7:30pm, Sanctuary Our Sunday pianist Mikhail Berestnev will present a solo recital at the First Jefferson on November 30th. The first half of this concert will include sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven - op. 27 #2 in C sharp Minor known as “Moonlight” and Sonata in E Major op. 109. G Minor Rhapsody from op. 79 #2 by Johannes Brahms and “Carnaval Scenes from Vienna” by Robert Schumann will be performed in the second half.


Happy Thanksgiving!


This Weeks Events

Saturday, November 24

Knitting Group 12:30pm, Jaggers Parlor

Tuesday, November 27

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

First Jefferson QUUilters 1pm, Jaggers Parlor

Book Discussion Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor
This month’s book is The Storied City: The Quest for Timbuktu and the Fantastic Mission to Save Its Past by Charlie English [nonfiction].

Friday, November 30

Misha Berestnev 7:30pm, Sanctuary

Saturday, December 1

Gentle Yoga 10:30am, Sanctuary

Youth Pride Event 12:30pm, Sanctuary

Sunday, December 2

Tree Trimming Party 12pm, Sanctuary/Library

Potluck Sunday 12:15pm, Coleman Hall

The Kindred 12:30pm, John Adams Room


Next Sunday

Worship

“Christmas Pageant”
Children & Youth Religious Education
Sanctuary, 11am
Please join us for the annual pageant followed by our one of a kind tree trimming after the service.

Adventures in Religion—July 8, 2018, through January 20, 2019

Hindu Upanishads

Adventures in Religion, John Adams Room, 9:30 am. The Thirteen Principal Upanishads, Translation by F. Max-Müller, revised by Suren Navlakha, with an introduction and notes by Suren Navlakha. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Limited; 2000. ISBN-10: 1-84022102X. ISBN-13: 978-1840221022. Paperback. (Please be sure to get either of the ISBNs cited here, so that we will all have the same edition.)

Hindu scripture. Composed in Sanskrit between 900 and 600 BC, the Upanishads presented here are by far the oldest and most important of those that exist.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Topic to be announced.


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

Staff

Church Office(Karl)
administrator@firstjefferson.org

Religious Education Coordinator(Thomas)
re@firstjefferson.org

Board of Trustees

Irene Forrester, President
president@firstjefferson.org

Jean Bruttell, Vice President
vicepresident@firstjefferson.org

Mary West, Secretary
secretary@firstjefferson.org

Other Important Contacts

Jude Olson, Membership Coordinator
membership@firstjefferson.org

Finance Committee
financecommittee @firstjefferson.org

Caring & Sharing
caringsharing@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 for inclusion in Church Publications to publicize@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 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.