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This Week@First Jefferson
July 23–August 1, 2021
Love is the doctrine of this church, the quest of truth is our sacrament and service is our prayer.
“Hot as Hell”
The Questions for Sunday’s Service
Why was Hell considered necessary in the first place by so many religious leaders in so many faiths?
Adventures in Religion: May 10, 2020, through November 7, 2021
News to Use
A big, big thank you to all who came out last Saturday to work on preparing the church for reopening. The team got a lot of things completed inside and outside, setting the stage for our remaining work days. Things are beginning to shape up! Thank you for all the work you do to support First Jefferson and its future. Thanks to Brian Skinner, Mary Anne Clark, Roy Brake, Paul Schattman, Christine Schattman, Karl Thibodeaux, Laurie Mikitka, Cassie Purdin, Lily Purdin, Joel Bailey, Charlotte Bailey, Colleen Brewer, David Binde and anyone else who pitched in any way!
We have two more dates scheduled—August 7 and 21. Let’s have an even better turnout on those days and get the church looking it’s best for our reopening day.
Stop by for a visit
The church office is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm and on Wednesdays 1pm-7pm. For those of you (which is most of you) who haven’t been here in a while, the next two months will be a great time to stop by a nd visit. Work has begun on Parlor and hallway repairs—and volunteer opportunities abound. There are three work days planned on Saturdays over the next two months, but if Saturdays don’t fit your schedule due to work, family or other commitments, we can find a time to accomodate your schedule needs. It needs to be all hands on deck to have the church looking it’s best by September 12 — a mere 52 days away!
If you'd like to stop by and find some ways to help us get ready for reopening by spending a few minutes or a few hours volunteering, or even if you are just in the neighborhood and would like to say “hello”, please feel free to pay us a visit. Rev. Annie will be here most Wednesdays (please call or email ahead if you need a specific appointment time with her) and Karl will be here Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
See you soon (and finally, that even means everyone, together)!
Changes Coming Soon to Weekly Email!
Later this month will we will be switching to a two email format. There will be a News/Special Event email that will go out on Wednesday and there will be Worship email that will go out at the end of the week. More details coming next week.
First Jefferson Coffee Hour
Hope • Joy • Awe • Connection
52 Days Until in Person Services Begin!
We’ll be together in person on September 12, 2021.
Message and Appeal
From Paul Schattman, Vice-President, First Jefferson Board of Trustees
In 18 months Covid has killed more than 600,000 Americans. It took 4 years of Civil War to approximate that number. World Wars I and II did not even come close. That total is rising daily. The Delta variant shows increasing capacity to cause “break through” infection of vaccinated individuals—mostly mild cases—and is causing an often fatal “pandemic of the unvaccinated”. We have clocked a 70% rise in infections among the unvaccinated in just the past three weeks and no sign of its slowing down. It's more likely the rate of infections and deaths among the vax refusers will be increasing in the foreseeable future.
All church members eligible for shots should be encouraged, urged, hectored and lectured to get vaccinated. Before we re-open on 12 September, get your Covid vaccine. MRNA vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna are the best (95%). The Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson are not quite as good (75%). All these are easily available and free at almost any pharmacy. Follow the Science; Listen to the Medical experts. Ignore the talking heads spouting unverified nonsense and unsupported speculations on social media sites, the internet, podcasts, and on phony news sites.
This is Science not Fiction. Vaccines are proven safe and effective. Unless you have a valid medical reason not to, you should get vaccinated ASAP. Fewer than 0.01% of persons receiving the vaccines have had adverse reactions.
Order Of Service for This Sunday,