First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

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This Week@First Jefferson

April 28–May 7, 2017

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

This Sunday

Worship

“Earth Is Our Mother”
Roy Redman & The First Jefferson Choir
Sanctuary, 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.

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

Special Program this Sunday
Adventures in Religion: Jesus and the Shaman, Library, 9:30 am Ms. Bobbie Russell will discuss connections between Jesus and shamans presented at Psychedelic Science 2017, a conference in Oakland, California, from April 19–April 24, 2017. The conference is hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

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)
This Week:Chapter 19: I Have No Temple: A Consideration of Jesus as Pagan Teacher of Gnosis and Chapter 20: The Fertile Christ, pp. 173–185.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Bill Maginnis will present more of his interesting and discussible Ted Talks or other YouTube programming.

Help! Speakers needed for adult forum. Got something interesting to say? Let Lorraine Levine know. We have lots of openings this month and in the months to come.


Caring & Sharing

The family of Ed Lee invites you to celebrate his life on May 1 at 1pm at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211. There will be a celebration of life service May 2 at 1pm at First Jefferson with a reception to follow. There will also be a gathering at one of Ed's favorite restaurant, Campo Verde, 2918 W. Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington later that day. The family invites you to join them at any or all of these events to share your stories and remembrances. For more information, call Patricia Heidel at 214-490-4010.


News to Use

Men’s Covenant Group

Wednesday, May 4 7pm, Jaggers Parlor Randy Brooks will lead a discussion on the effectiveness or non effectiveness of protest groups. Does money talk louder than peoples needs? Please bring your favorite pie or dessert instead of beer.

Spectrum Concert Series

Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:30pm, Sanctuary The stunning and powerful dramatic soprano Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet is our special guest for the final concert of the season A freewill donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors is suggested for this performance. Ms. Charbonnet will be featured in the beautiful Zwei Gesange for Voice, Viola and Piano by Johannes Brahms, which will also feature Daniel Sigale, viola, and Shields-Collins Bray, piano. She will then be featured in the dramatic tone poem, Il Tramonto (The Sunset) for Mezzo Soprano and String Quartet by late-Romantic Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, along with Jennifer Betz and Molly Baer, violins, Daniel Sigale, viola, and Allan Steele, cello. The second half of the concert is devoted to the grand Octet in F Major, D.803 by Franz Schubert, featuring Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians Ivan Petruzziello, clarinet, Kevin Hall, bassoon, Molly Norcross, horn, Jennifer Betz and Molly Baer, violins, Daniel Sigale, viola, Allan Steele, cello, and William Clay, bass.

Middle Eastern Fusion Gourmet Dinner

Saturday, May 6 at 7pm–9:30pm Come indulge in an exotic and extravagant Middle Eastern Fusion Dinner. This is a 7 course dinner: appetizer, soup, pasta, salad, meat course, dessert, and fruit plate. The meal will include dishes from different regions, but will not be served in the traditional manner,(thus we can have the different courses). Reservations required, Limited Seating $25 minimum donation. All proceeds will be donated to First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church and the meal will be prepared by the Chalice Chefs!

Women’s Alliance

The Women’s Alliance will meet on May 9 at First Jefferson. After a delightful pot luck lunch at noon we will welcome Michelle Youngblood who will give her annual Historical Mystery Woman presentation. So, ladies, get your thinking caps on and be the first to resolve this puzzle. Visitors to our Alliance meeting are welcome and encouraged. So come join us!


Information Connection

North Texas UU Leadership Conference

Saturday, June 10, 2017—8:30am-4:30pm, First Jefferson
Keynote: Bishop Carlton Pearson, Adjunct Minister, All Souls Church, Tulsa
Broadening the source of Leadership from Bylaws to LOVE and the definition of Leadership from “those elected” to “those who lead”
Bishop Pearson’s keynote address is open to the public, at no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken for Black Lives of UU.

Workshops:

  • Tracy McShan
    Growth Starts on the Ground Floor—How’s your elevator ride?
    How We Grow—For those seeking to grow their church mindfully
  • David Norton and James Snell
    Stewardship: Making it Work—Creating A Successful Congregation
  • Connie Goodbread
    Extended Leadership—The final session for participants in the UUA Southern Region’s Extended Leadership Experience
  • Carrie Stewart
    The Racial Justice Movement of Our Time
    A Historical Moment/Grounding in UUism
    Defining Race and Racism/History of White Supremacy
    What We Can Do/Education—Reflection—Action
Register at NTUUC.org/LetLoveLead. Registration is $25, or $30 after May 21, and includes lunch. Registration closes June 5. See NTUUC.org/LetLoveLead for complete program information.

 


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.

Sacred Hearth CUUPs Beltane

Saturday, April 29, 7pm–10pm, Coleman Hall Join us as we celebrate Beltane by honoring the Goddess Danu and the Fae Folk. Weather permitting, we’ll have ritual outdoors, including the traditional Maypole dance and balefire. Potluck feasting will follow, so bring a favorite seasonal dish to share. Doors open at 7 pm for ingathering, and circle begins at 7:30. As always, our circles are free and open to the public, and one need not be Pagan or Unitarian Universalist to attend.

Choir Reminder

Please note that the choir will gather for rehearsal at 9:30am on April 16, 23 and 30, and will meet Saturday, April 29 in the Sanctuary for rehearsal from 10am–Noon.


This Weeks Events

Saturday, April 29

Choir Rehearsal 10am, Sanctuary

CUUPs Beltane 7pm, Coleman Hall

Sunday, April 30

OWL Class 1pm, High School Room

Tuesday, May 2

Ed Lee Memorial Service 1pm, Sanctuary

Trans-cendence Meeting 7pm, Coleman Hall

Wednesday, May 3

Men's Covenant Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor

Thursday, May 4

PFLAG 7pm, Coleman Hall

PFLAG Youth Group 7pm, Jaggers Parlor

Saturday, April 29

Election Polling 7am, Library

Gourmet Dinner 7pm, Coleman Hall

Sunday, April 30

OWL Class 1pm, High School Room


Next Sunday

Worship

Sanctuary, 11am

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 21: Jesus and the “Devil’s Picture Book,” pp. 187–203.

Adult Forum

Jaggers Parlor, 9:45 am Brock Rozich, a UTA graduate student in Psychology, will speak on the "Role of Intragroup Dynamics and Intergroup Contact on Attitudes towards Atheists."



Notable Quotable

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.”

Hal Borland

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

John Muir


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.