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the_week@horizonuu a publication of horizon unitarian universalist church * September 20, 2015


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VOLUME 15, ISSUE V.9.20.15.

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Sunday Service: September 20, 2015 What Unitarian Universalists Value Least Rev. Dr. William Schulz

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Horizon News Participate in the Dallas Pride Parade, September 20. Look for more information this Sunday at Horizon. Or in the Social Responsibility section of this newsletter

Adult Religious Exploration Sunday Morning Forum – On Sunday, September 20th, John Myers will facilitate the fifth in a series of sessions on “Sustainable Happiness” in the library from 9:00 am to 10:10 am.

PASTA Silent Auction plus Fall Festival Save the date, October 24th, for PASTA Silent Auction and (pasta) dinner preceded by a Fall Festival of activities for children.

Sign Up this Sunday for the Denton Alzheimer’s Walk! It will be held on September 26.

The Wayside Pulpit Committee is searching for another member. We work mainly as an online group, with infrequent meetings at church. The Men's Group assists us by changing out the sign each week. On average, members are responsible for the postings of two months per year. Please email Tinker if you are interested: tinkergoggans@gmail.com


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FROM THE MINISTER

mUUsings Greetings from your interim minister. The summer vacation season is behind us and we’re settling in. If you are here because you are looking for religious education for your children, if you are here because you want to hear a good choir or because you’re hoping to socialize with friends, you are welcome. Yet know that there is more – much more – that is growing in this congregation. This is a space where your thinking is challenged, where what has always been is rigorously reviewed and where bias is peeled away, one prejudice at a time. This is a space where hearts are strengthened in a community that cares, a place where the still small voice of the spirit can be heard and shared - where Mystery, with a capital M is important in understanding who and whose we are. To be a religious community relevant in the 21st century, there must be committed members. As you move through the Fall with its round of programs and activities and with the many opportunities to do – and do – and do, take some time to consider what authentic membership means. Michael Durall, author of The Almost Church Revitalized, identified five criteria for membership. Can you make these commitments? Attend Sunday services regularly Participate in one program that deepens your faith Participate in one outreach project Reach the 5 to 10% charitable giving level as soon as possible Tell others about the church


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After all, the church doesn’t exist to serve us. We are here to serve. We work on ourselves, in order to help others. And we help others as a way to work on ourselves. It’s going to be a dynamic year, with much to do and much to ponder. It’s going to be an ordinary year, filled with the mundane and the miraculous. And like all years there will be ups and downs, successes and failures. I know that you’ll wrestle with challenges known and unknown, that you’ll struggle to balance a budget and make hard choices about what to do and what to leave undone. That’s the way life unfolds in this congregation. Welcome to the journey.

Faithfully, Rev. Helen 972-492-4940 ext. 106

Note: My regular office hours are 10 – 1, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Other times are available by appointment. My day off is Monday.


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Ministerial Search Committee

BEYOND CATEGORICAL THINKING WORKSHOP SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH On October 17th Rev. Keith Kron, Director of the Transitions Office at the Unitarian Universalist Association, will be at Horizon to lead a workshop on “Beyond Categorical Thinking� (BCT). BCT training helps congregations broaden their outlook and strengthens diversity in the search for a minister. Congregations can potentially overlook the person who is the best match for their next minister if they assume that the ideal minister looks a certain way. The workshop will be both engaging and fun, with small group discussions and challenging hypothetical case studies. It will be an opportunity to think, to learn, and to work together as a congregation to open ourselves to new possibilities. The selection of a minister is the most important decision a UU congregation will make. The Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop is another opportunity for everyone in our congregation to be a part of that selection process. This experience and your responses during the workshop will provide guidance for the search committee in our work. As Director of Transitions, Rev. Kron communicates with every minister in search in the UUA. Although there are many BCT trainers, we are fortunate to have Rev. Kron as ours, and this is another great chance for us to showcase what a vital and welcoming congregation we are.

Please note this change! The workshop will begin at 10:00 AM on October 17 th and a lunch will be served around noon, after which the workshop will continue until around 2:00. Childcare will be provided. We hope you will join other Horizon members and friends for this important and enlightening part of our ministerial search! Your Ministerial Search Committee


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Congregational You are an important part of our ministerial search process. It is crucial that the many voices of Horizon are heard. Our AllCongregation Survey will be open from Friday, September 18 and will close on Sunday, October 11. Please spend some time reflecting on your aspirations for Horizon. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes and must be completed in one sitting. Make sure you complete the survey and click DONE, or your results will not be recorded. If needed, you may restart the survey. The online survey link is listed in the September 18 all-church email, is in a letter mailed to your address on record with the church, and is available after service in the fellowship hall. The survey will also be available on laptops after the Sunday service on September 20 and 27, and October 4 and 11. The results of our All-Congregation Survey and our Small Group Conversations (on September 13 and October 11) will be included in the Search Packet that will be provided to potential ministerial candidates. We need to accurately reflect the character of our congregation and the attributes we want in a new minister. Participation by a high percentage of Horizon's members is important to our success in the survey and in the search. If you have any questions, concerns or difficulties, please email msc@horizonuu.org or talk to a Ministerial Search Committee member in the fellowship hall after Sunday service. Horizon’s Ministerial Search Committee: John Myers, Chair Beth Bargar Deb Freeman Peggy Gill Elizabeth Gustwick Judith (JuLane) Lane M.C. Meador


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Ministerial Search Committee

Ministerial Search Conversations The Ministerial Search Committee invites you to join us for small group conversations about your vision for Horizon’s future. Who: All members and friends of Horizon When: October 11, Noon-1pm Where: At Horizon on a potluck Sunday How: Visit Horizon on potluck Sunday and look for an MSC member giving directions to conversation rooms at the potluck dessert table. Childcare will be provided for participants. Bring a dish to share for the potluck. Why: The MSC wants to reflect your vision of Horizon in our description of Horizon for potential ministers and in our ministerial profile. Please plan to attend. Members of the Horizon Ministerial Search Committee include John Myers (Chair), Beth Bargar, Deb Freeman, Peggy Gill, Elizabeth Gustwick, JuLane, and M.C. Meador


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Please join us this Friday night, September 18th in Fellowship Hall at Horizon at 7:00 pm for Games Night.

Bring your favorite games to play and a snack or drink to share

We look forward to seeing you there ď Š Childcare will provided upon request from 7:00 to 10:00pm * Please send reservations and cancellations to childcare@horizonuu.org

Please let me know if there is anyone you can suggest we add to the email notification list

* with 48 hour notice and 24 hour notice of cancellation


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COMMUNITY NEWS Community Cares Ramona Ramazani

Director of Membership and Pastoral Care dmpc@horizonuu.org

Our Church Directory A few weeks ago I asked members to check ACS and verify their information such as address, phone numbers and emails. I have had several people ask me what ACS was or how to access ACS. This brought me to an idea of having some on site basic training for people that may need some assistance with using the system. I will work on recruiting some volunteers to help with this project. In the meantime, if you want to set up a login, follow the prompts on the website. Keeping our ACS updated is important to stay connected! Think of it as your “digital” Church Directory.

“Exploring Horizon” Class Sunday, October 11th 12:00-2:00 Library Visitors, friends and new members of Horizon: Do you want to know more about Horizon? UU? Membership? Or just have a chance to ask some questions about the church? If so, please join the membership committee and Rev Carroll for an informal conversation. A light lunch will be served. Please let us know you will be joining us by emailing Ramona at dmpc@horizonuu.org or calling 972-492-4940. Childcare available with advance notice.


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COMMUNITY NEWS Candle Lighters stuff envelopes to help MSC send out info about all church survey


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Potluck’s Back Everyone’s Welcome! We are happy to announce the resumption of our Sunday Potlucks! The Neighborhood Group Leaders have volunteered to host (set up, receive food and clean up) the potlucks on a quarterly basis. Our next Potluck is October 11th. Peggy Gill and JuLane have graciously volunteered to coordinate the remaining seven pot lucks. You can contact Peggy at Peggyprof@gmail.com or by calling 903-312-3901 if you would like to volunteer or have any questions.


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COMMUNITY NEWS AFTER CHURCH LUNCH BUNCH One way to get to know people from Horizon better is to join us after church for lunch. Everyone is welcome (even friends and family joining you after church). The restaurant will change each week. Check the welcome desk each week for the location. We meet most Sundays. Ask for the “Horizon” tables. It may take a few minutes following the service for lunch attendees to arrive but we’re coming!

Second Sunday Potluck: Everyone welcome! Horizon’s potlucks provide an opportunity to get to know others and be with our church community. We appreciate your bringing a bit more than needed for our families, allowing us to offer this hospitality to all members, visitors, and friends.


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Open to the public! Bring friends or family members to…

Authoring Life’s Final Chapter: Preparing for End of Life Transitions Saturday, October 10, 2015 10am-3:30pm

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church *******

See Paris. Swim with a dolphin. Skydive. They’re on almost every list of things you should do before you die. But what about those things you really should do? Get peace of mind and provide guidance to the friends and family members you leave behind by attending this free workshop. Lunch provided if preregistered.

Register by Wednesday, October 8th by clicking on this link or copying it into your browser: http://goo.gl/ forms/MXEoOJunCn


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GROWTH AND LEARNING NEWS by Lauren Daniell dlre@horizonuu.org blog: www.horizonuu.org/dre/ Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/horizonuu/

Adult Growth and Learning

Great Decisions For Unitarian Universalists First Wednesdays of the month Beginning October 7th 7:30-9:00pm Horizon Fellowship Hall

PREPARE TO DISCUSS THE WORLD! October 7th: Human Trafficking

Rev. Lyssa Jenkens

November 4th: India Emerges Dr. Bhaskar Padakandla December 2nd: The Crisis in Syria Ghada Muikdad of the Syrian Civil Coalition and Building Peace Committee- Dallas The Briefing (class) book is available for $20 See Peggy Gill or Lauren Daniell to purchase


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Bending the Arc Towards Justice: Unitarians and Universalists Who Made a Difference with Mary Morris Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm October 13-November 10 Fellowship Hall To register, sign up in the Horizon lobby or email dlre@horizonuu.org

This program presents the ongoing struggle of our tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation. Themes include abolition, peace-making, civil rights, free speech, utopianism, counter-culture, the women’s movements of both 19th and 20th centuries, sexuality education, and LGBT equality.


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New classes begin September 20th

Classes for Children Fall 2015 From a Montessori-based program, to learning from sacred texts from the world’s major religions, our children and youth will have a fall full of learning and fun at Horizon Preschool Celebrating Me and My World 10:30-11:30am (doors open at 10:20) Room S3 (Green classroom)

Our Little UUs will learn about the wonderful and wide world around them through the class, Celebrating Me and My World. They will listen to stories about our faith that teach our history and principles, and participate in activities and hands-on experiences to not only learn about the world and people around them, but also about themselves as unique and spiritual beings. Preschoolers will also enjoy visits from their “Big BUUddies” from the middle school class. The 6-8th graders will visit twice a semester to play with, read to and do activities with their “Little BUUddies” in October and December.


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Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Spirit Play - I Am UU 10:15-11:30am (families begin together in the service) Room S5 (Purple classroom)

Spirit Play is a Montessori-inspired class during which the children will listen to stories about our Unitarian Universalist Faith and then be free to choose the way they would like to explore themes from the story. This semester's focus is I Am UU and lessons will center around the Seven UU Principles and Six Sources. Children can choose activity stations focusing on art, science, meditation and self-expression.

2nd and 3rd Grade: Sacred Stories from Around the World 10:45-11:30 (families begin in the service) Room S7 (Khaki and pink classroom)

The second and third graders will take an imaginary trip around the world and learn more about their UU faith by hearing sacred stories from other cultures. At the beginning of each unit they will be introduced to an eight year old from the focus culture and not only hear stories from that culture, but also learn how it has influenced Unitarian Universalism. Students will apply what they have learned through games, songs and other creative activities.

Children in this class will also have opportunities to participate in service projects, and can look forward to holiday celebrations and perform in a holiday play December 13.


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GROWTH AND LEARNING NEWS 4th and 5th Grade: Sacred Stories from Around the World 10:45-11:30 (families begin in the service) Room S6

Sacred Stories introduces children to religious literature, which is central to our culture and our heritage as Unitarian Universalists. The program will examine stories from major world religions. The twin goals of this class are to become familiar with stories that are often told or referred to in our culture from a UU perspective, and also to learn a little about some of the customs and spiritual practices of the cultures in question. Fourth and Fifth graders can also look forward to gatherings with other Horizon students, a social action project and two holiday events in December.

Middle School: (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

Compass Points 10:45-11:30 (families begin in the service) Room 8 (“Big Room” of the Portable Bldg.)

Preteens will be exploring the people they are and the people they want to become through the Compass Points program this year. Compass Points takes youth ages 11 to 13 on a journey through Unitarian Universalism by exploring our diverse and rich history, the Seven Principles, and our Six Sources. Not only will the children gain an understanding of where we come from as a faith, but also where we hope to be going. In addition to classes on Sunday morning, Middle School participants also have opportunities for fellowship, worship, and service outside of class times. A North Texas Middle School lock in will take place in early November. Horizon middle school students will also visit their “Little BUUddies” in the preschool class several times each semester.


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GROWTH AND LEARNING NEWS Grade 8 Our Whole Lives (OWL) 10:45-12:00 (families begin together in the service) Room E2 (next to the library)

Eighth Graders learn to clarify personal values as they explore spiritual, emotional, physical, and social aspects of sexuality. The class is approached with frankness about sex and sexuality while maintaining a level of respect and appropriateness.

Classes for Youth Fall 2015 Grade 9 Coming of Age (COA) 10:45-12:00 (families begin together in the service) Room E4 (Yellow classroom)

During this important year, youth examine their maturing religious identity and diverse UU heritage. They spend the year in three main areas of study: Unitarian Universalism (traditions, ceremonies, historical figures, and the Seven Principles) the Six Sources (their major traditions and faith practices, and other world faith traditions,) and The Great Religious Questions, such as “Is there a God?” or “Why are we here?”

Grades 10-12: YRUU Living as a UU: Faith In Action 10:45-11:45 (families begin in the service) Room P9 (Portable Bldg.)

This semester the teens will choose areas of interest they'd like to explore. Ethics? UU Theology? Yoga? a short Our Whole Lives refresher? a service project? The advisors and youth will brainstorm topics together to design the semester to meet the students' needs and interests. Youth will also have opportunities to participate in the Dallas Pride Parade, several lock-ins, weekend conferences, and leadership development opportunities throughout the year.


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Calendar of Events Children and Youth September 20th: Fall classes begin PreK-Middle School /YRUU 20th: COA Parent meeting room S4 after the service 20th: Dallas Pride Parade (ages 16+) 27th: COA car wash

October 3rd: COA Lock in #1 24th: (Sat) All-ages Halloween festival and church fundraiser

November: 22nd: All ages worship service and lunch presented by Heifer Ranch participants

December: 6: Tree Trimming Party 13: All ages holiday play, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”


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The Horizon Book Group choice for the month of September Join us at 12:00 in the Horizon library. Bring your lunch (if you wish)

and contribute to the discussion. . . (or just listen!) The 4th Tuesday, September 22


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Horizon Book Group Current Selection From Amazon.com: Three planes crash in a small town in New Jersey over the course of just two short months. Sounds like the backdrop of a horror movie, or in this post 9/11 world, something more sinister. But this actually happened in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the early 1950s, when beloved children’s author Judy Blume (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.) was a young girl, experiencing the horror firsthand. Who, or what, was responsible—Communists? Martians? With no obvious explanation to cling to for comfort, this terrified community could only wait for something much bigger than the next shoe to drop. This is all big, mind-blowing stuff. But in her novel In the Unlikely Event, which like Summer Sisters is written for an adult audience, Blume travels back to that time and tells the more intimate stories within the larger one, to help us better comprehend the incomprehensible, and learn the lessons that are the only bright side of catastrophe. And the overarching moral, here, is to not let fear limit your possibilities. Through the various characters that inhabit this multigenerational tale, Blume beseeches us to not be afraid to get on a plane, take career risks, pursue your dreams, fall in love…After all, life is made up of unlikely events, and they “aren’t all bad. There are good ones, too.” --–Erin Kodicek


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Horizon Book Group Current Selection

Horizon Book Group Selections September through December September 22: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume October 27: The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro November-December meeting held on December 1: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough


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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY NEWS Leader: Nancy Foreman SocialResponsibility@HorizonUU.org


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Metrocrest CROP Hunger Walk S aturday, S eptember 19, 2015 • C arrollton, TX

Sign up for the Unitarian Universalists Team!

www.crophungerwalk.org


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2015 DALLAS PRIDE PARADE Air Conditioned Shuttles & Bus will transport you to the parade site from: First Unitarian Church of Dallas 4015 Normandy Ave, Dallas, TX 75205 (public parking close by) Starting at noon, Sunday, September 20 Parade begins at 2:00 p.m. We will be joining the North Texas UU Congregations #29 in the parade For more information see: ntuuc.org Or email: SocialResponsibility@HorizonUU.org


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The September 20, 2015 Share the Plate recipient will be the UUSC, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (http://www.uusc.org). The UUSC mission is to advance human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. Their goal is to have a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights. With your support, UUSC aims to ensure that fundamental human rights are realities for everyone, no matter race, gender or class. UUSC works specifically with people and communities who are denied their rights because of who they are - women, people of color, religious minorities, refugees, and others - and who are not served by mainstream human rights organizations. Every day, UUSC is taking action to advance a full array of human rights at risk, including the following: Workers Rights, The human right to water, Safety and relief in the wake of disasters and freedom from torture, genocide and conflict.


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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY NEWS

Thanks to all Horizon UU Members who participated in our social issues survey conducted on August 30 during services in which we discussed our renewed efforts to "bend Texas toward justice." Survey results:

Eighty five folks responded, and half gave their email addresses and/or phone numbers to receive updates and information!!! What a wonderful response! Here is the tally for issues at Horizon: Women's Reproductive Rights 59 Environment 48 Income Inequality 47 Criminal Justice 32 Immigration

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Voting Rights 30 There were also write in comments and votes for the following issues: Access to mental health, Access to health care, Gun control, LGBT rights Funding for disabilities, Racial Justice, and Public Education. Our top three issues have gone forward to help direct the focus of state wide efforts. PLEASE BE AWARE that we are not in any way limited by the survey or by the TXUUJM regarding the social justice projects in which Horizon can participate. One of the advantages with TXUUJM, however, is that we will know and be able to collaborate with other congregations in addressing specific issues. Again, thank you for your interest and for your participation in the survey. Jan McDowell & Bunny Summerlin


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What is Metrocrest Services? An organization that serves Horizon’s neighbors in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Addison, Coppell and the city of Dallas in Denton County. Their mission is to assist families, individuals and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives, or who require support to live independently. How do we help Metrocrest each Sunday? You are invited to bring pantry items to Sunday Service for donation. Items must be new, not expired and no glass containers. Suggested items include: Canned vegetables, fruits and meat items Helper-type mixes

Dried beans & rice Seasonal fresh produce Breads and pastries Baking supplies Toiletries & hygiene items Household cleaning supplies Are there other opportunities for us to help Metrocrest? Every other month, on a Saturday, Horizon members work in the food pantry at Metrocrest Services, helping customers shop for groceries, re-stocking shelves, organizing etc. There are two shifts available 911am and 11am-1pm. Upcoming Dates in 2015: September 12, & November 14. Folks from Horizon also help with projects during the holiday season and in the summer. Who do I contact at Horizon about Metrocrest? To learn more about or sign up for volunteer opportunities working with Metrocrest Services, please contact Victoria Simmons (victoria.simmons@bvk.co) with your name and e‑mail address. We’re cleaning up our old email lists, so even if you’ve been volunteering for years, please quickly confirm your contact information.


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STEWARDSHIP NEWS T E N D I N G

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YEAR-ROUND STEWARDSHIP IS WELL UNDER WAY In case you haven’t heard, Horizon is shifting to a year-round Stewardship Program, where each HORIZON UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH month about 20 families and individuals are asked to renew their pledges. These families are also given an opportunity to engage in a fun event with others pledging that month. We began the program in March 2015, and so far, about half of Horizon's pledging families have been contacted about pledge renewal and attending one of the monthly events. The rest of you will be contacted over the remainder of 2015 or in early 2016. Please watch for your pledge commitment letter and we hope you will attend and enjoy the activity that the leaders of your month choose. During your month we ask that you let our accountant, Menaca Padakandla, know your plans to support Horizon during the following year. You can return the commitment letter or use any means of communication with her, including email, accounting@horizonuu.org, and phone, 972-492-4940, ext. 105.


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It is a great time to celebrate our commitment to Horizon as we get ready to take a significant step towards hiring our second senior minister. We hope you will heartily celebrate when your month arrives!

HORIZON UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

If you have any questions about this program, you can talk to any members of the Stewardship Circle or our accountant, Menaca. The Stewardship Circle includes Peter Hendee, Jan McDowell, Cindy Treece, Sandy Steele and Peter Campagna. Thank you for “Tending Our Garden” and committing to Horizon! First, thanks much to our wonderful hosts:

March 2015 – Judy Meador and Jan McDowell April 2015 – Jon Kiser and Sarah Roye May 2015 – Ellen Bratton and Liz Bibeau June 2015 – Eric Freeman and Beth Ginez June 2015 – Judith Lane and Jon Kiser

And a hearty thank you to the families that have been invited and responded with a renewed pledge:

March Nancy & John Bryant Sarah & Brian Chadderdon Jan McDowell Judy & MC Meador

Patti and Jerry Burns Nina Holdridge Madira & Michael McKee Thea Morton

Camilla Norder Lindsey Townsend Betsy & John Webb

Menaca & Bhaskar Padakandla David Turner & Lindy Tinnin Candace & Thomas Williams


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April Mary Bittle Andrea Dodds Neera & Stephen Jackson Carolyn Moore Cat & Morteza Sabih Mackedie & Warren Spiker

Merri & David Blow Peter Hendee Dianne & Jon Kiser Sarah & Dave Roye Victoria & Doc Simmons

May Beth Bargar & Randy Lisbona Ellen Bratton & Floyd McGlothlin Elaine Commins Mary Kay Howard Alita Lichtenwalter Walter Riley Peter Turla

Liz & Mark Bibeau Roxanne & David Cassard Marga Gordon David Laubach Sue Rodnour Pam Schuman

June Judy Aplin Charles Boyd Zeynep Celik-Butler & Donald Butler Peggy and John Gill David Martin Sandy & Mark Morris Jane Roehl Bunny & Bob Summerlin Adam Stolfi & Rosa Huynh-Stolfi Eileen Terrell Ruth & Steve Trudeau

Kim Bolin Liz & Ashim Bose Debra and Eric Freeman Beth & David Ginez Lynn McCoy Ann Pettit Jim Sturdivant Alexis & Saj Surve Lindsay Szczesny Cindy & Alan Treece

August Susan & Peter Campagna Gay & Ronn Cox Judith Lane Dale Moon & Ellen Bell Marcia Raines Shanna Sims-Bradish Jana & Marty Wertheim

PJ Blanco & Courtney Harris Sonnie & Leonard Greer Eddie Meadors Kapi Nance Maria Rojas Sandy Steele Nancy & Jim Yank

Your pledges are making a difference to the life of this church – THANK YOU


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ART ON THE HORIZON Current Artist

Jeni Tomlinson www.Jeni Tomlinson Studios.com 469-569-1994 Jeni.studios@gmail.com My work has been compared to Edward Hopper for my visual expression of realism and light. That is a high compliment! I feel blessed to have the opportunity to paint and work in the arts for a living. I was born and raised in McKinney, Texas, I have been immersed in the artist’s community there and have both taught and shown in my hometown. Educated at the University of North Texas for a BFA in Fine Arts, I have worked in the Dallas area for twenty years creating murals and paintings for clients and commercial interests. I have out of state and local patrons for my mural painting and count many people as collectors of my canvas work. I have been thrilled to have won numerous prizes and juried competitions and have been accepted into prestigious National Art Shows. I am excited by the play of light and shadow, and my work is a play in pattern and studied composition. My recent work in 2014 has emphasized the play of emotions as portrayed by musicians in the act of performance. The paintings show energy working with vibration of color to emphasize emotion and the vibrancy of the musician’s pouring out of their soul in their performance. I have always loved to paint the figure and finding the people in thoughtfulness or great emotion is so beautiful to paint.


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STEWARDSHIP NEWS In 2015, I have been focused on the movement and musculature of horses in work. I have been exploring the animal in motion in watercolor and oil and have been developing a themed show with these magnificent animals in mind. I want to continue to push my technique, color process and stretch my understanding of light and texture and how they can play off each other to create new powerful and emotional images.

Cowgirl Up This show at Horizon is an eclectic mix of my work mostly from the last two years. I snuck in one painting I did do in College as I had recently drug it out and it has never been shown. Grandmother is a painting that I believe led me down an interesting path of figure painting and deeper emotional work. The last works I did were the horse paintings, Water horse and Cowgirl Up. I have enjoyed seeing the progression of skill and work that still retains the hidden story. I am currently published this year as an illustrator, and so many of my paintings could be seen as having a story all their own. I love that.


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After the Rain

Blue Glass Blues

Jeni Tomlinson, Children’s Illustrator Ms. Jeni Tomlinson counts Steinbert’s Method, by Leah Baugh, as her first book illustration. She loves hiding animals and insects throughout the pages to interest and captivate the children who read. Steinbert is a dogscientist who is searching for the best way to discover everything. Jeni is searching for the best way to show all the readers what Steinbert is up to! Bright colors, fun shapes and even funnier faces hopefully make Steinbert’s Method a fun and educational read. The book can be found at Amazon.com under the author Leah Baugh. Her work can be found on the internet at www.jenitomlinsonstudios.com


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Journeying Together: You are invited to add your words to the mural at Horizon On Sunday, September 13th, Horizon celebrated the beginning of the new church year, and those who attended the water service wrote about the water they brought from their summer activities and why it was special. Their words were added to a mural to show how we at Horizon are all on the journey together. The work will be on display for a few more weeks - the next time you are at church please use the paper water drops and pens provided to add your own words to the mural.


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Sunday Services September 27, 2015

Why a Booth J.P. DeMeritt October 4, 2015

Over the Cuesta Grade Rev. Helen Carroll October 11, 2015

How Can I Help? Rev. Helen Carroll October 18, 2015

Beyond Categorical Thinking: The Van Gogh Cafe Rev. Keith Kron

October 25, 2015

Lay led


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HORIZON UU CALENDAR OF EVENTS Saturday, September 19 8:00 am - 10:00 am Men's Support Group - E3 - Library 8:00 am - 10:30 am Metrocrest CROP Hunger Walk 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Hearts and Hammers Session 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Horizon Dinners - Other - Offsite 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm UDV - Church Rental - E3 - Library, FH - Fellowship Hall, KI Kitch, RL - Lobby / Narthex, S5 - Class, S6 – Class Sunday, September 20 9:00 am - 10:15 am Adult Religious Explorations - E3 - Library 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CAYRE - Child Care - S1 - Nursery Sign up for Denton Alzheimer's Walk! - TOH - Table 2 10:15 am - 12:00 pm Library Ministry - Open for Browsing - E3 - Library 10:30 am - 11:30 am Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) table - TOH - Table 3 10:30 am - 11:45 am Share the Plate Sunday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Main Worship - SH - Sanc. 11:45 am - 2:00 pm No After Church Lunch Bunch This Week 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Dallas Pride Parade 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm N. TX School of Irish Music - AD - Admin. Office, E3 - Library, FH - Fellowship Hall, KI - Kitch, S3 - Class, S4 - Class, S5 - Class, P1, P2 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm MABON RITUAL - Denton Pagan Meet Up Group - Other - Playground, Outside, P1 - Lg, P2 - Couch 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm GALA Youth - S6 - Class Monday, September 21 9:30 am - 11:30 am Wings Parenting - E3 - Library, KI - Kitch 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Hatha Yoga - P1 - Lg 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SMART Recovery - FH - Fellowship Hall 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm Wisdom Circle - E3 - Library


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HORIZON UU CALENDAR OF EVENTS Tuesday, September 22 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Horizon Book Club - E3 - Library 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Buddhist Sangha - P1 - Lg, P2 - Couch 7:00 pm – Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) - E3 - Library Wednesday, September 23 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Library Ministry - E3 - Library 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm Yoga Nidra and Restorative Practice - P1 - Lg 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm WFIG (Women's Friendship in Growth) Group--Welcome! E3 - Library Thursday, September 24 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Choir Practice - FH - Fellowship Hall Friday, September 25

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Candlelighters - FH - Fellowship Hall Saturday, September 26 8:00 am - 10:00 am Men's Support Group - E3 - Library 9:30 am - 11:30 am DENTON COUNTY ALZHEIMER'S WALK

Visit: calendar.horizonuu.org for updates and events information


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SPECIAL GROUPS If you are considering attending one of these groups for the first time, it is a good idea to contact them via email for more information and to get an orientation of what to expect in your first visit! You can check the calendar at http://calendar.horizonuu.org/ Horizon Book Group: 4th Tuesdays 12p. (bookclub@horizonuu.org) The Horizon Book Group meets at 12 Noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the church Library. Every June and November the group decides on the books for the following six months. Bring a brown bag lunch and join in this fun group that is open to women and men. You’ll be able to share in an invigorating conversation on the session’s book. Current selections are found in the Library information niche in the lobby/narthex. For more info, you may contact bookclub@horizonuu.org. Buddhist Sangha: Tuesdays 7 PM - 9:00 PM. (buddhists@horizonuu.org ) Buddhist Sangha ("Sangha" is equivalent to a covenant group) is a weekly gathering that studies the Dharma (the teachings of Buddhism.) This is an ongoing exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path, the essential teachings of Buddhism. It is participatory and although consistency is encouraged, sessions can be attended on a drop in basis. We welcome anyone interested in a meditation practice. If you wish to come for an orientation, please arrive by 6:30. If you wish to view materials, e-mail the group at buddhists@horizonuu.org. CineMat CineMat meets on the 4th Saturday of the month. Time depends on movie selected. Open to everyone. This fun group meets to see a movie chosen by the group and then goes to a cof-


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SPECIAL GROUPS fee shop or restaurant to discuss the movie and socialize. cinemat@horizonuu.org. GAMERS: 3rd FRIDAY FUN AT HORIZON! (3rdfridaygames@horizonuu.org ) Come join us for adult level games on the 3rd Friday of every month. We meet in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m. Bring a snack or drink to share! Free childcare will provided upon request from 7:00 to 10:00pm (with 48 hour notice and 24 hour notice of cancellation). Please send reservations and cancellations to childcare@horizonuu.org. If you wish to get an email reminder of Games Night, please contact Beth Sproat at eblakehedges@earthlink.net Healthy Women 1st Thursdays, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Women age 21 and over. This group provides support and encouragement for women in helping them achieve their personal goals of improving their fitness level, eating more nutritionally, losing weight and learning to reduce daily stress. This group also participates in an annual service project, in local walk events and raises money healthywomen@horizonuu.org Men’s Support Group Saturdays, 8:00 am - 10:00 am. Men age 18 and over. The Men’s Support Group provides men a supportive, safe environment for sharing personal challenges and concerns in a confidential setting. Many men were socialized to share only things external to them. The Men’s Support Group offers a sanctuary to share more about matters of the heart. Try us out and see if we fit your needs. mensgroup@horizonuu.org Second Tuesday Potluck 2nd Tuesday (most months) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm in the Library. Everyone is welcome! This group meets for food, fellowship, deepening friendships and occasional field trips. Topics of interest are presented to the group after eating. There is also a subgroup that views a movie and has dinner together on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. secondtuesday@horizonuu.org Wisdom Circle Mondays 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm. Adults age 18 and over. Group meetings include a check-in and discussion of a weekly life issue topic selected by a group member. These have included appreciation, success and failure, fear, procrastination, staying optimistic in hard times, anger, healing, leaving a legacy,


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SPECIAL GROUPS forgiveness, trust, and compassion. tuesdaywisdom@horizonuu.org Wings Parenting Mondays 9:30 am - 11:30 am (2 - 3 times a month). Parents of all ages. We welcome Moms and Dads to meet in the Horizon Church library. We have topics of interest not just about parenting UU children but personal and spiritual self-growth. Past topics have included: the philosophy of life according to Doctor Who, Karma, creating our "bucket list", our family trees, and what does it mean to be a UU parent. We also do a social outreach project once a year. Our schedule follows the school year and we break for school holidays and for the summer. During the school year, child care is provided. mondaywings@horizonuu.org The Women’s Friendship in Growth (WFIG) meets on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays, from 7:30 - 9 pm in the Horizon Library. The purpose of this group is to strengthen friendships among women. In addition to regular check-ins about our lives, we have discussions that help us get to know one another better. On 2nd Wednesdays, topics come from a “This I Believe” book. No advance reading is required. On 4th Wednesdays we start with a TED talk we watch together. On 5th Wednesdays we do a variety of fun activities! If you’d like to be a part of these Wednesday night meetings, we’d love to have you! wfig@horizonuu.org Young Adults Contact: YoungAdults@horizonuu.org for more details.


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