First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
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This Week@First Jefferson

May 7–16, 2021

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

This Sunday


The Worship Arts committee presents a special virtual Sunday Service, newly developed and produced by the UU Ministry for Earth:
“Pathways to Healing & Regeneration”
The ReverendYadenee Hailu, Services available anytime Sunday and beyond

When you imagine pathways to personal, social and ecological healing and regeneration, what do you see? Who is with you on your journey? What transforms and gives way to new beginnings? Who and/or what are you accountable to along the way? Join UU Ministry for Earth and The Reverend Yadenee Hailu for a special Earth Sunday worship service exploring these questions in a collective journey on the pathways to healing and regeneration. This program will include a special collection for the UU Ministry for Earth—donations are encouraged and received with deep gratitude.

Sermon Reflection by Rev. Yadenee Hailu
Rev. Yadenee Hailu (she/her) is an Ethiopian American, black woman based in Tulsa, OK, USA. She is a writer, speaker, facilitator and project manager. Her community ministry, blk earth, is a love letter to the earth and black people inviting all carbon life to return to rest and right-relationship as its baseline. She believes life’s first mandate is to flourish and it’s second is to heal. This is the mission blk earth supports for persons who desire to curate a lifestyle of healing and to shape their relationships/community towards wholeness.

Adult Religious Exploration

Terrific Tuesdays

Your Adult Religious Exploration Committee invites you to join us and learn from the many great people who have delivered a Ware Lecture to the UUA General Assembly throughout the years.
On Tuesday, May 11th, Thomas will be leading a discussion about the 2016 Ware Lecture delivered by Krista Tippett who talked about community and love and our use of language, and urged ‘listening as a civic tool.’ The lecture can be watched here:
In our efforts as a congregation to be more inclusive, especially in regards to race and culture, we are participating in Widening the Circle of Concern from the UUA. Our Widening the Circle discussions are held at 7pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Because there is a need to build trust and relationships, we are asking people to register for the Widening the Circle program and to commit to being at as many sessions as possible. Click her for registration form.

All meetings are held via Zoom, and our zoom link is always:
Any concerns, comments, or questions can be directed to

Adventures in Religion: May 10, 2020, through June 13, 2021
Adventures in Religion is meeting by phone, 9:30 am We explore world religions. We are discussing the readings listed in our Buddhism, Part 2, program, on the church website at Find Adventures in Religion on the home page and click on Details to see the program. We read out loud together. No need to read in advance. Contact: Marian Wendel.
This Sunday:
Buddhism, Part 2
John Bowker. World Religions: The great faiths explored and explained. New York: DK Publishing, Inc. 1997, 2003, 2006. ISBN 13:978-0-7566-1772-1, ISBN 10:0-7566-1772-3 (excerpts about Buddhist art, pp. 60 - 81).

News to Use

Eastside Community Assistance has Emergency Need of Food & Vounteers!

Please contact Colleen Brewer at if you can help.

Information Connection

Calling All First Jefferson Amateur Photographers

We Are Going Where First Jeff Has Not Gone Before! (i.e. multiple venues on social media) If you have snaps of the church, its people, activities, events, and its grounds on your phone, or digital camera, or photos you can scan and send, we want to build an archive to enhance our outreach efforts on ALL the social media platforms we will be using in future. Send your selections to

First Jefferson Coffee Hour

Bring the breakfast beverage of your choice and join us in our virtual coffee bar for some conversation and fellowship. We begin the meeting each Sunday at 10:00 and meet for about an hour—sometimes a bit more if the conversation is lively.

To join by computer:
Meeting ID: 783 805 1279

To join by phone:
+1 346 248 7799
Meeting ID: 783 805 1279

Local Vaccination Link

As of March 29 all adults are be eligible to receive Covid vaccinations and are encouraged to sign up here as soon as possible. This is an important step toward stopping the spread of COVID-19 and returning to in person services safely next fall.

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

(Eastside Community Assistance)

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The shelves in the pantry are almost as empty as the fork in the picture. Eastside has committed to a mobile pantry event for ZIP code 76119 on May 15 (coming soon!) As this date approaches, our food supplies are dwindling badly, due to continuing high demand by clients in our other four ZIP codes, as well as shrinking availability of food from Tarrant Area Food Bank and our grocery store partners.

Please buy whatever food you can and take it to Eastside, or drop it off at the church in the grocery cart. Canned vegetables and other canned goods are especially needed.

We are also in need of volunteers for the May 15 event and for the days of preparation preceding it. Some of our volunteers have backed out, due to unforeseen circumstances. If you can help in any way, please let me know. Your generosity is needed now more than ever.

Colleen Brewer

Next Sunday


“Let Me Tell You a Story”
The Reverend Annie Foerster, Services available anytime Sunday and beyond
There is always a place in our service titled A Story For All Ages. It’s not by accident. Stories are a special kind of communicating. If I tell you what I think, you know my opinion. If I tell you the story of how I came to think it, then you know me. What’s your story?

Notable Quotable

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”

Edward Abbey

How to Stay in Touch


The Reverend Annie Foerster

Church Office(Karl)

Lifespan Religious Educator(Thomas)

Board of Trustees

Brian Skinner, President

Roy Brake, Treasurer

Mary Anne Clark, Secretary

Other Important Contacts

Music Committee

Mary Alice Williams, 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