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Spectrum Concert Series
February 19, 2018

Spectrum Chamber Music Society, Fort Worth’s oldest professional chamber music group, continues our 2017-18 season with a pair of concerts on Monday, February 12, 2018 and Monday February 19, 2018. Featured are musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and friends performing popular music and hidden gems from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods.

Our eastside winter concert will take place on Monday February 19 at 7:30pm at First Jefferson . We will begin with a repeat performance of Ysaÿe’s virtuosic Sonata for Two Violins, featuring Swang Lin and Andrew Schast. The first half ends with Baroque Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s elegant Concerto for Four Violins and Keyboard, arranged for four violas. The all-FWSO group includes violists Aleksandra Holowka, Sorin Guttman, Donna Hall, and Daniel Sigale, along with Principal Keyboard Shields-Collins Bray. The program ends with the dramatic String Trio in C Minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by new FWSO violinist Ke Mai and new FWSO Associate Principal Viola Sarah Kienle, along with Dallas Symphony Orchestra cellist Una Gong.

Now in our 32nd season, the Spectrum Chamber Music Society is devoted to sharing diverse and exciting chamber music performances with the local community of Fort Worth, as well as neighboring communities. Our annual series of six unique concert programs take place at two local churches, First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth (downtown) and First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church (eastside). The group features musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, joined by musicians from all over North Texas and beyond.

For questions concerning Spectrum concerts, please contact Dan Sigale by phone at (817) 938-5492 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit our website at

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle—and Create!
The R-Bazaar is coming!
November 11, 2017

R-Bazaar Recycled Art Show and Sale
Please join us as we strive to create and live our values and goals of a cleaner planet
and a brighter future! Contact Karl Thibodeaux at administrator@fi or

Recycling artists & vendors
Children’s recycled creation make space
Recycled fashion show
Computer recycling demo
ArtCycle videos
Electronics recycling drop off provided by Commodity Recycling Solutions

Spaces Still Available for Artists & Vendors for Recycled Show
We still have room for artists and vendors for a recycled goods show/
sale that we are holding on November 11. In addition to vendors and
artists selling items, there are several hands-on activities planned
including a make space for kids, papermaking, a computer recycling
demo, artcycle videos and a recycled fashion show. There will also be an
electronics recycling drop off provided by Commodity Recycling Solutions.
Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested in either showing/
selling their work or attending. It’s a family friendly activity and vendor
spots are only $15. This is our inaugural event but we want to make it an
annual one with a goal of making this a very alternative shopping and
educational experience as the holiday season gets underway.

Spectrum Concert Series
November 6, 2017

The first eastside Fort Worth concert of the season will take place on Monday November 6 at 7:30pm at First Jefferson and will feature a pair of very different, yet related pieces composed for the warm combination of clarinet, viola, and piano, as well as one of noted 20th Century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s most famous compositions. FWSO musicians Ivan Petruzziello, clarinet, and Daniel Sigale, viola, reunite with pianist Richard Shuster to perform two contrasting pieces for their instrument combination. First they will perform Hommage à R. Sch. (Homage to Robert Schumann), a tense and dramatic series of short fragments by 20th-Century Hungarian composer György Kurtág, followed by the cheery and lighthearted Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tale Pictures), written by Romantic German composer Robert Schumann, who inspired Kurtág to write his composition. The second half of the program will be devoted to the haunting and emotionally charged Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor by Dmitri Shostakovich, performed by FWSO musicians Swang Lin, violin, Allan Steele, cello, and Shields-Collins Bray, piano.

2017: A Service Auction Odyssey
November 4, 2017

• • • Sending Out a Signal Beacon for Service Auction Donations • • •
Donation forms will be available beginning Sunday, September 24. All completed donation forms will be due by Sunday October 22. We need them this early so there is time to enter them into the data base and print the booklet.

Tickets are on sale now. See Sue Lowry for information.

Halloween Party
3–5pm October 29, 2017

Come one, come all
to the All Ages Halloween Party! One of the
most anticipated parties of the year will
happen Sunday, October 30th from 3–5 in
Coleman Hall. Come in costume, jeans and
a t-shirt, or your Sunday best. We will have
games (including the cake walk), food and
lots of activities—Hallway of Doom, face
painting, crafts. Please see Mary West or
Julia Sexton if you’d like to contribute baked
items, prizes, candy, food or your time.

2nd Annual MUUse Art Show & Sale
September 9 5—9pm (Gallery Night)
and September 10 10—2pm
In Coleman Hall at the church.
Art show open to the public.

First time presenters are encouraged to show. Parties interested in being in the show, or for more information, or to book space contact Karl at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (817) 451-1505 or Irene at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Nominal fee: $15 admin fee (holds your space), and only 15% of sales. Artists 15 years and younger: no fees charged, with a signed letter of consent from parent or legal guardian.

Last years’s MUUse Art Show was a success and we hope to make this one even better, so please help us out by inviting all your creative and art collecting friends to either join us by sharing their work or stopping by to view the works on display (and of course, there will be snacks!).

Annual Blood Drive

August 20, 2017
At the church.
Donate a little life!

Playground Clean Up Day

EC Stanton Community School, which is renting space in our church, would like to co-host a workday on August 19th , 2017. Staff, students, families, and friends from our new tenant‘s school community will be there working on the space and getting ready for the school year. We will be doing maintenance specifically on the playground and in some of the classrooms. They would love to get to know their First Jefferson hosts and be able to work together for the good of both groups.

A Midsummer of Water and Shade Hosted by Sacred Hearth CUUPs
Saturday, June 17, 7pm

We invite you to join us as we hold in reverence the things that help us live and thrive through the Texas summer. Potluck feasting will follow, so bring a favorite seasonal dish to share. You are invited to bring your drums if you like. 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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017, First Jefferson
Featuring Carlton Pearson

Protégé of Oral Roberts from 1977, Carlton Pearson grew to be a Spiritual Activist of the “Gospel of Inclusion”. He is now Adjunct Minister at All Souls Church in Tulsa. “Carlton Pearson’s church, Higher Dimensions, was once one of the biggest in the city (Tulsa), drawing crowds of 5,000 people every Sunday. But several years ago, scandal engulfed the reverend. He didn’t have an affair. He didn’t embezzle lots of money. His sin was something that to a lot of people is far worse: He stopped believing in Hell.”
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Carlton places high priority on personal integrity, meaning the integration of all aspects of human beings being human, and how that plays out through what he calls “Self Actualization” and that all in the global human family should acknowledge its common relevance and its collective relativity. He believes the opposite of that is dis-integration (disintegration) of the human spirit, race and civil society. You can read his biography in an article in UU World:

Congregational Meeting
June 4, 2017
All members are encouraged to attend. It's democracy in action - your vote counts!

Spectrum Concert Series

Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:30pm

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.

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.
Meal will be prepared by the Chalice Chefs.

RESULTS Training — How to Advocate More Effectively
Saturday, April 1st, 2017 10:00 am.

The mission of RESULTS ( 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 UU Church When: Saturday, April 1st, 10:00 am.


Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 7:00pm- 9:00pm This is
a Service Auction event that is open to those
who would like to make a $30 donation to
First Jefferson. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and
non-alcoholic cocktails will be served. If you
are interested in attending please contact
Sue Lowry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


On Feb. 15, 2017 NTUUC (North Texas UU
Congregations) will sponsoring a bus for
the UU’s in our area to go and speak to
our senators and representatives in Austin.
There will be some training on the bus ride
to Austin. You will be paired with others in
your zip code so won’t have to do it alone!
Please don’t make me be the only one from
our church like I was last time! There are
enough people signed up that there will be
a Fort Worth bus and a Dallas bus-exact
address to be decided.

Spectrum Chamber Music Society Concert

Spectrum Chamber Music Society, Fort Worth’s oldest professional chamber music group, continues their 2016-17 concert season with a concert on Monday, February 20, 2017. Featured are musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and friends performing popular music and hidden gems from the Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods.

The concert will take place at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary of the First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Worth at 1959 Sandy Lane. A freewill donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors is suggested for this performance. This concert features pianist Richard Shuster, who is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Piano Studies at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. The program begins with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s joyous Trio in E-Flat for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (“Kegelstatt”), in which Mr. Shuster will be joined by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians Ivan Petruzzielo, clarinet and Daniel Sigale, viola. Next will be a repeat performance of the String Quartet No. 2 in a Minor by Johannes Brahms. Mr. Shuster will return to the piano for Brahms’ celebrated Piano Quintet in f Minor, accompanied by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians Jennifer Betz and Molly Baer, violins, Daniel Sigale, viola and Allan Steele, cello.

Cited multiple years by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as one of the Ten Best of the Year in Classical Music, Spectrum has also been featured in concerts for the Abilene Chamber Players, Main St. Arts Festival, Twilight Musicale of the Fort Worth Euterpean Club and The Women’s Club, the music series of Texas Wesleyan University and The University of Texas at Arlington, The Basically Beethoven Festival of the Dallas Fine Arts Chamber Players, and Tarrant County College recital series, among others.

Church Chats Begin with Values
January 22, 2017

Join us in the sanctuary at 12:30pm for our initial conversation about what matters most in our lives as Unitarian Universalists. For this first meeting all are invited to share a few topics that you would like to talk about with members and friends at First Jefferson. Examples are worship, religious education, pastoral care, what does it mean to be welcoming in Unitarian Universalism. Childcare is available. See Rev. Jennifer for information.

March with Westside UU in MLK Parade,
January 16, 2017

Westside UU Church is inviting us to
march with them during Fort Worth’s
Martin Luther King Day Parade on
January 16. We will gather at 10am at
the registration area on the corner of
Commerce and 12th Streets across from the
Convention Center. Please wear Standing on
the Side of Love shirts if you have them. All
ages are welcome.
Contact: Michael Zepeda, 817-706-3614

Saturday, February 11, 2017 7pm

Indulge in an extravagant Continental gourmet dinner. This is a 7 course dinner featuring hot and cold appetizers, soup, fish course, salad, meat course, and dessert. Reservations are required, There will be private tables as well as group seating We ask a $25 minimum donation per person for group seating $30 for seating at private tables. Enjoy a great meal at a great price, and help support First Jefferson. Meal will be cooked by the Chalice Chefs (Mathieu Thiem and Irene Forrester) Reservations may be made by emailing sereneseri@yahoo. com or Facebook - c/?FirstJeffersonUnitar/86b6b3fb38/ TEST/095dc52c5e , or the signup sheet in the church foyer. We will take into account dietary restrictions if we are given advance notice, but do not guarantee they will all be met.

Class meets in the Library, 4th Thursday of the month, 6:30pm.

What if you could change your daily life by listening or playing along with some powerful motivation spirit drumming? Well now you can, as part of a series of workshops on holistic practices towards better spiritual, emotional and physical health. We are offering workshops on Sacred Rhythms. A workshop on sacred drumming, and the power of positive thoughts and meditation.

If you missed any of the previous workshops, no worries, each class stands on its own. There is no enrollment, just came as you are. Bring a drum, if you have one, if you don’t no worries, we have something for you to use! Potluck will start at 6:30 p.m. Followed by reflections and meditations, and drumming. Please indicate what you will bring, so we don’t get stuck with all desserts.

Trans-Cendance begins meeting at First Jefferson in January 2017
First & Third Tuesdays, 7pm

Trans-Cendance works to support transgender and gender diverse people of all ages and sexual orientations. They also support the spouses, partners, parents, friends and allies of gender diverse people and are a resource for those who work closely with transgender people like counselors, educators, law enforcement, etc.

Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. with a whole group meeting. This usually has about 50 people at it. At meetings there is a discussion topic or a special speaker. Then at about 8pm they split into groups. One group remains in the larger group area. This group is usually the gender diverse people. Another group splits off comprised of youth and young adults. The last group is the SOFFA (significant others, family, friends, and allies) and this group talks about issues related to transition for the SOFFAs themselves.

In addition to support meetings, Trans-Cendance educates by representing the community on panels and at conferences. It is a resource for people who call seeking information about transgender people or trans related issues and works to empower trans people for their rights.

Piano Recital
Monday November 7, 2016

Mikhail "Misha" Berestnev, outstanding concert pianist and our Sunday Pianist, will play a recital on Monday November 7 at 7:30pm at First Jefferson. Misha is from Russia, having made his debut with Rostov on Don Philharmonic Orchestra at age 11. He has studied with several outstanding Russian teachers and won many national and international contests. From 2011 to 2015 he studied with Dr. Thomas Ungar in the Artist Diploma Program at TCU. He is now studying with Professor Joaquin Achucarro in the Performance Diploma Program at SMU. His program will include works by Schumann, Haydn, Medtner, and Scriabin.

Halloween Party
Sunday October 30, 2016 4-6pm

Come one, come all to the All Ages Halloween Party! One of the most anticipated parties of the year will happen in Coleman Hall. Come in costume, jeans and a t-shirt, or your Sunday best. We will have games (including the cake walk), food and lots of activities - Hallway of Doom, face painting, crafts. Please see Mary West, Rachel Hawkins or Reverend Jennifer Innis if you’d like to contribute baked items, prizes, candy, food or your time.

Spectrum Concert Series
October 17, 2016
7:30pm, Sanctuary

This concert will include a beloved but not often performed String Quintet by Brahms, a String Trio by Schubert, and a virtuosic piece for violin and double bass by Handel-Halvorsen.

A message from the new directors of Spectrum Concert Series: Beginning this season, Dan Sigale and Kathryn Perry are the new Co-Directors of Spectrum Chamber Music Society, and feel honored that Dave Hermann chose them to take over this labor of love. At the last Spectrum concert at First Jefferson in May, the City of Fort Worth declared May 16, 2016 to be “Spectrum Chamber Music Day” in honor of Spectrum being the longest continuously-running chamber music series in Fort Worth, and in honor of Dave's 30 years of service.

Service Auction
Saturday October 15, 2016, 5:30-9:00

Enter into the Enchanted Forest! Discover one-of-a-kind gifts and
personalized services. Dine on foods fit for Oberon himself. Vegan
Option available. Gather in merriment while supporting FJUUC.
Tickets discounted if purchased before 10/09/16: $20 Adults, $10
Children under 12. From 10/09/16 on: $25 Adults, $15 Children
under 12. Tickets on Sale in the foyer before and after services.

Donations still being accepted for the Service Auction
We are still accepting donations for our 2016 service auction. Need some ideas
for donations?
Items : Artwork, Gift Baskets, Jewelry .Fine Gifts, Collectibles Baked Good,
Homemade Candies, Candles, Bath sets,
Services : Pet sitting, Pet walking, House sitting, Garden helper, house cleaning, house, Tarot readings, decorating, tree trimming, tree pack up, Babysitting, Cake decorating, family tree research.
Events : Dinners, Themed Parties, Game day, Cook-out, Picnics, Murder Mystery Dinners Road Rally, Cookie exchange, Gift Wrapping Party Mini Vacation (B&B)

This is our largest fundraiser of the year, it is
also our largest social gathering. This is an ideal
opportunity to come together in community
to share a delicious meal and reconnect
with one another.

Please share your talents with FJUUC.
Signup sheets are available in the foyer.
For more information please contact
Irene Forrester or Reverend Innis.

First Jefferson Will Host a Blue Zones Fair
September 24, 2016
Blue Zones Project® Fort Worth is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative designed to make sustainable improvements to the environments where we live, work, learn, and play. Blue Zones Project encourages changes to our community that lead to healthier options in key areas, including worksites, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, community policy, faith-based communities, and neighborhoods. The expected results of Blue Zones Project is lower healthcare costs, increased performance, and higher quality of life for people who live or work in Fort Worth. The Blue Zones Fair is open to the public. There will be free healthy cooking demonstrations, tai chi and yoga classes, drum circles and community garden tours.

Sock Hop/Raise the Rent Party
September 17, 2016
6pm, Coleman Hall
Get ready for a blast from the past—or just a fun blast! Join us for fun and excitement with our very own sock hop! Great sounds from the past! Malts, shakes, great burgers and dogs, with amazing toppings await you! What would a sock hop be without some fun contests? Enter the blue ribbon contest, with your best homemade dessert! Stay tuned to see what other contests will be going down! May we suggest brushing up on the twist, hula-hooping or the hand jive? Put on your best threads, hop in your hot rod and come bop the night away! Donations will be accepted to help fund all the great things FJUUC offers. For more information or if you would like to help with this shin-dig, contact Irene Forrester or Mathieu Thiem.

Art Sale & Show
September 10, 2016.

Artists of all levels wanted for art sale show at First Jefferson Unitarian. Art Show will be 2–8 pm, and continue on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Show is open to the public. Parties interested in being in the show or for more information or to book space contact: Karl at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Delicious Meal, Movie and More!

Come hang out at First Jefferson and eat a gourmet vegan meal and watch a movie. We are having Caribbean Fusion, the menu will be determined the day before depending on what is seasonal and available. Watermelon salad is promised to be on the menu.

Introducing a New Program—Cooking Classes! If you want to learn how to cook delicious vegan food, swing by early at 4pm and Mathieu will teach you a dish! There will only be 3 spots for the cooking class so rsvp asap! Cost: Help me prepare some delicious food for the gourmet dinner that night!

We will be watching Princess Mononoke, an animated movie about the severed relationship between humans and nature. It is a classic for all ages with a deep message on the inherent problems of greed and the commoditization of nature.

Please please please, if you are coming to eat or to participate in the cooking class, send Mathieu a message so he can get a head count on or before August 4th: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The suggested donation is $10 for the meal. Any extra money after cost goes to First Jefferson.

Check the church calendar for dates and times.

May 2016

Volunteers are needed for
painting the back part of the church. Work
days are scheduled for May 21, May 27,
May 28 and May 29. Many hands make
light work, and there are tasks available
for a variety of skill and ability levels. Food
will be provided. Please sign up at the table
in the front lobby.

UU Metaphysical Research Group

Third Sundays, 12:30pm, Library

An open forum created to reflect, discuss,
investigate and research. Topics will vary
from mysteries of our existence, paradoxes
in reality, puzzling questions of origins
and first principles to studying individual
philosophers and famous Unitarian
Universalists For more information contact
Joel Bailey, facilitator

April 2016

Our covenant speaks of service as our prayer and serving others in our community. Here is a great opportunity to put actions to our words. In cooperation with Refugee Services of Texas, we will be helping a refugee family relocate to our neighborhood, by setting up their first apartment.

Refugees are forced out of their homes often with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Many items will be needed to create a safe and comfortable home for them.

If you have any questions, please see Shelia Hudnall, Sheryl Abrahams or Rachel Hawkins.

Men's Covenant Group

Upcoming meeting.

Craig Roshaven's Videos with the My Fellow American's Campaign and his video with Results Fort Worth. Craig will be speaking to our Men's Group on Wednesday April 6th, 2016, 7pm. Mark your calendars.

Please Also Mark your calendars for Wednesday March 2nd when Randy Brooks will speak on Aviation. From Airplanes to the Moon: Tracing the rapid developments of technology and science from breaking the sound barrier to landing men on the moon, and the personalities who helped it happen.

See you at these meetings, Bob Portman


Meets monthly on the third Saturday 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. Help us continue to start a great tradition of drumming, community and great rhythm making. Welcoming all drummers, dancers, spinners (no fire as we’re inside), music lovers, all people! Our first circle was a big success with bother members and community members in attendance. Let’s start a great tradition of drumming, community and great rhythm making. Contact Irene Forrester.

Our next drum circle is July 16, 2016.

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