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the_week@horizonuu a publication of horizon unitarian universalist church horizon unitarian universalist church • 1641 w. hebron pkwy. • carrollton, tx • 75010 6334 t: 972 492 4940 • f: 972 394 05 • email: the_week@horizonuu.org

V3.9.14

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FUTURE SUNDAYS Horizon encourages you to attend weekly worship here within your community, on Sundays at 10:30AM

Future Sundays March Theme: Planting March 9, “UU Treasures” Horizon Players take the stage for a dramatic look at what UUs treasure. When Horizon Players is afoot, expect something special -- expect the unexpected!

March 16 “Planting Wild Flowers” - Rev. Dennis Hamilton Lady Bird Johnson softened the landscape of Texas by planting millions of wild flowers. She said, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” Others have planted weeds among the flowers. What do we do to combat the hatred, the blame and hypocrisy? How do we weed our garden, till the soil and plant seeds of hope, seeds of justice, and seeds of happiness? How do we do it without losing our own souls in the process?

March 23, “Blooming Where You Are Planted” - Mary Kay Hamilton We are not always where we expected or wanted to be. But wherever we are there is opportunity. I never thought I would learn to love being in Texas, but the closer I am to leaving, the more I discover I have deeper roots here than I imagined. Horizon has been fertile ground for me to grow and bloom.

March 30, “Planting Horizon” - Lyssa Jenkens, Intern Minister Church start-ups have the same slim odds of survival as any non-profit or small business, maybe even less among UU churches. Yet, Horizon has prospered in the 27 years since it was planted to serve the northwestern suburbs of Dallas. What conditions conspired to make this so? And, what is the yield of this success?


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Thank You to These Families Who Turned in Pledge Cards as of Feb. 20th! If your name is not listed, please turn your card in quickly. Cards are available at the Welcome Center, in the office or on our website. Thank you for your gift! We have raised $278,048 so far (85% of our goal)! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41.

Terri Allison Linda Alred Marc Amberson Betty Andrade Robin Anstead Judy Bailey Beth Bargar and Randy Lisbona Katie Barnes Erin Beach Ted Belden Ellen Bell and Dale Moon Mary Bittle John Bloomer Kim Bolin Charles Boyd Ellen Bratton and Floyd McGlothlin Patti and Jerry Burns Susan and Peter Campagna Roxanne and David Cassard Zeynep Celik-Butler and Don Butler Lisa Casto and Joel Woiton Sarah and Brian Chadderdon Elaine Commins Gay and Ron Cox Betty and Dan Crane Kristin and Eric Cummings Lauren Daniell Kay and Kent Darwin Eileen Dashiell Julie Davis Andrea Dodds Jocelyn and David Dunham Kristin Eoff Jolene Fee Nancy and Grant Foreman Carol Franzen and Steve Klarer Deb and Eric Freeman Dale Gaskill and Jack Tiller Greg Gent Peggy and John Gill Beth and David Ginez

42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83.

Rebecca Ginez Marga Gordon Leonard Greer Sonnie Greer Elizabeth Gustwick and Diana Bracken Marie Hansen Courtney Harris and P.J. Blanco Robin and Chad Hebert Peter Hendee Nikki Henderson Lynn Hess Kim Higgins Neera and Steve Jackson Suzanne and Dave Johnsen Neysa Johnson and Steve Tryon Kimberly and Charlie Jones Marte and Ed Keller Diane and Jon Kiser Lisa Krishnan Judith Lane David Laubach Alita and Glen Lichtenwalter Lucy Lockwood Lisa Lungren Peggy and Jay Luippold Wendy Maceron and Klaus Milbitz Karyn Maynard Carolyn and Bruce McClung Jan McDowell Madira and Michael McKee Loraine McNeill Eddie Meaders Jamie and Rob Moore Carolyn Moore Bill Moore Mary Morris and Rowland Harvey Sandy and Mark Morris Bobbi and John Myers Kapi Nance Karen and Acie Nobles Camilla Norder Nancy and Toni Nori

84. Nelta and Larry Owen 85. Menaca and Bhaskar Padakandla 86. Megan and Spencer Peacock 87. Ann Pettit 88. Sandy and Dan Pierce 89. Marcia Raines 90. Sue Ridnour 91. Walter Riley 92. Marty Robinson 93. Patsy and Gordon Roe 94. Jane Roehl 95. Maria Rojas 96. Sarah and Dave Roye 97. Lynn and Scott Schulns 98. Pam Schuman 99. Beth and Walter Simmons 100. Shanna Sims-Bradish 101. Rachel Smith 102. Mackedie and Warren Spiker 103. Beth Blake-Hedges Sproat and Alan Sproat 104. Sandy and Guy Steele 105. Rosie and Adam Stolfi 106. Holly and Todd Stout 107. Jim Sturdivant 108. Steven Sturdivant 109. Wendy Sue 110. Bunny and Bob Summerlin 111. Kent Taylor 112. Christy and Chris Thompson 113. Jannae Tunnell 114. Lindsay Tinnin and David Turner 115. Cindy and Alan Treece 116. Ruth and Steve Trudeau 117. Peter Turla 118. Gisele and Ron Turner 119. Tina Ulakovic 120. Debbi Wagner-Johnson and Jeff Johnson 121. Beth and John Webb 122. Marty and Janna Wertheim 123. Candance and Thomas Williams 124. Nancy and Jim Yank


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Come “Explore Horizon” with Us! For those who are visiting and want to know more about Unitarian Universalism and Horizon, or for members who want to learn more about how Horizon works, a series of classes may answer your questions.

On Saturday, March 22nd, “How Do U Fit into UU?” will be presented by members of the Membership Committee and other Horizon leaders. It starts at 10:30 AM and runs until 2:30 PM. Hear about the history of Horizon, how our members participate in the life of the church and what activities and offerings we have. We’ll also cover the expectations of membership. A light lunch will be served during class, which will be held in the church library.

On Sunday, March 23rd, Reverend Dennis Hamilton will lead “New to UU” from 12:30-2:30. Light lunch served. Learn about the history and structure and uniqueness of Unitarian Universalism. Hear about our Seven Principles that we strive to understand and integrate into our lives. This class will be in the Fellowship Hall after the Sunday service.

On Sunday, April 6th, Reverend Hamilton will conduct a New Member Sunday where anyone wanting to join Horizon may do so at that time. Contact him at revdennishamilton@mac.com if you would like to join.

You can enroll in the Exploring Horizon classes by sending an email to membership@horizonuu.org. Or, look for a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center in the church lobby. Please also feel free to send questions to the email address above—we sincerely hope you will join us!


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Adult Religious Explorations Contact: are@horizon.org

Sunday mornings 9:00 – 10:10 am Horizon Library March 9, 2014

Candace Williams “A Novel Experience” Candace will share her experiences in writing, editing, querying agents, and working with publishers to achieve a life-long dream: the publication of her first novel, “The Earthquake Doll”. There will be time for discussion, questions and answers.

Sunday, March 9th:

All Church 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. Thank you to the Sunday AM Journey Group for coordinating this month! ” Photo credit: Carmen Doubrava


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Share the Plate for Sunday 16 MAR 2014 Horizon has a collection for non-profit organizations once a month during our worship service.

The Share the Plate collection on Sunday March 16 will be for the Texas Land Conservancy. The Texas Land Conservancy (TLC) is a non-governmental, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of land in Texas. In essence, we are in the business of protecting natural areas from the negative effects of land fragmentation and poorly-planned development. Land conserved by TLC will be protected forever from becoming a subdivision, strip mall, or parking lot. We help landowners find an economical, realistic alternative to selling their land to a developer that allows ownership to remain in their hands, but puts the responsibility of conserving the land in ours. Many of these properties are working farms or ranches, while others contain important habitat for wildlife and native plant communities. All of these lands are beautiful examples of Texas’ natural heritage. TLC’s work ensures that economic viability and growth is balanced with what makes us Texan: our rural heritage, our open-spaces, our farms and ranches, our scenic vistas, and our natural resources. Our Vision A diverse and expanding network of protected natural areas throughout Texas supported by a community of Texans who share a commitment to enhancing the quality of life through land conservation. Our Mission The mission of Texas Land Conservancy is to conserve natural areas in Texas and to protect the physical and ecological integrity of their wildlife habitat, native plant communities, and scenic landscapes for the benefit of present and future generations.

1) All undesignated cash (not in envelope with instructions) will go to Share the Plate; 2) Checks MUST be made to Horizon UU with a memo Share-The-Plate or STP to be counted toward the donations for that day; 3) Undesignated checks without instructions are assumed to be donations to the church or to fulfill pledges; 4) This is our Horizon's primary source of funds for outreach into the world.


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From the Intern Minister * By Lyssa Jenkens * internminister@horizonuu.org

Candle Lighters II Every Friday, from 10 am until 2 pm, about 15 people meet in Horizon’s Fellowship Hall in a small group ministry called Candle Lighters. This ministry serves church members and people from the larger community diagnosed with early stage dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Every week for just over one year we have shared our stories and lots of meals, practiced tai chi and yoga, released our inner artists, played games and built deep friendships. With a ratio of about one volunteer for every two members with a diagnosis, it is very hard to tell who is in which category because we are all in this ministry together. It is a joy. We have reached the limits of this first group and have started a waiting list for a second group that will eventually meet at the same time each week. We invite anyone with early stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment, interested in learning more about this group, to contact Marianna Seaton at dlm@horizonuu.org or 972-743-1599. Remember, Candle Lighters is open to members and non-members. Reach out to your friends who might need this ministry. We do not know of any other group offering this kind of intentional community. Care partners are also welcome to contact us for more information.


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A Note from the DLRE * By Lauren Daniell * dlre@horizonuu.org

Middle School Bake Sale Earns $360 for Planned Parenthood

Last Sunday, Horizon middle school students brought in approximately $360 during their social action fundraiser to benefit Planned Parenthood. The bake sale was the culmination of the North Texas UU Congregations (NTUUC) middle school overnight social justice conference called CongrUUity, which took place at Horizon February 21-22nd. The students chose Planned Parenthood as the charity after a long process of brainstorming, discussion and voting. Thank you for supporting our young teens while they learned an important lesson about social justice, and thank you for your support of Planned Parenthood.


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Announcements: Children’s and Youth RE Special Spring Break Schedule for Children and Youth

Due to our families’ and teachers’ travel plans, there will be special Spring Break schedules Sunday, March 9th and Sunday, March 16th

March 9th Nursery: The nursery will be open to children 5 years old and younger Preschool-8th Grade: No classes. Children are welcome to enjoy the Horizon Player’s service. “Soul Work” bags provided in the chairs for all ages. Coming of Age and YRUU: (Grades 9-12) Classes will meet as usual at 10:30 am

March 16th Nursery: The nursery will be open to children 5 years old and younger Preschool-8th Grade: All children K-8 begin in the service. After the Conversation with the Children, children K-8 are welcome to do a social action Easter Basket project for the Community Partners of Dallas in the Portable Building at 11am. Coming of Age: (9th grade) Car Wash Fundraiser 8:30am-12pm YRUU: (Grades 10-12) Class will meet as usual at 10:30am

March 23rd All classes resume normal schedules


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Next Sunday, March 16th, 9am-12 pm

Come get your car washed before, during or after the service next Sunday, March 16th and help our ninth grade Coming of Age class earn money towards their heritage trip to Boston this summer. The students and adult helpers will begin washing car exteriors beginning at 9am. All donations gladly accepted.


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Children’s Social Action Sunday March 16th Grades K-8 11 am-12pm

Horizon Religious Education is collaborating with the Social Justice Committee to assemble Easter baskets for the Community Partners of Dallas during the service on Sunday, March 16th. After the Conversation with the Children, children 6-12 years of age will be welcome to join Lauren Daniell and volunteers in the Portable Building to put the baskets together. CPD serves over 2000 abused and neglected children, and Horizon is happy to add a little Easter cheer to their lives.


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Save the date…

North Texas Youth Rally Community UU in Plano April 11-13th (Friday pm-Sunday am) Parents, do you have an artist at your house?

Child and Teen Art Show at Horizon Reserve your child’s spot by March 15th Would you like to see your child’s art on display in the sanctuary? Art on the Horizon will sponsor a Horizon child and teen art show in mid-April. Any child of a Horizon member may submit a piece/pieces if a parent or guardian contacts dlre@horizonuu.org by March 15th.

Calendar of Events for Children and Youth March 9th: Spring Break schedule begins. No classes for preschool-8th grade. Grades 9-12 will have class as usual. Childcare available for children up to 5 years old. Children invited to attend the service. Have a great spring break! March 16th: Grades 10-12 will have class as usual. 9th Grade Coming of Age Car Wash. Childcare available for children up to 5 years old. Special social justice charity activity for children in grades K-8 in the Portable Building. March 16th: Coming of Age Carwash during the service March 23rd: Classes resume for all children and youth, preschool-12th grade April 4-5th: (Friday pm-Saturday am) OWL lock in #2 April 6th: Annual YRUU Service - Youth conduct Sunday service April 11-13th: (Fri-Sun) North Texas Youth Rally, Community UU Church in Plano April 18th: (Friday) Passover Seder


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April 20th: Easter Egg Hunt, nursery – 5th grade April 27th: Bridging Ceremony for high school seniors during the service with reception following. May 4th: 9th Grade Coming of Age Credo service

What is God Like? Last Sunday in Children’s Chapel, Horizon children from Kindergarten-5th grade heard the story of Hosea Ballou and the Mud. The story says that Ballou based his Universalist beliefs on the unconditional love his own father showed him as a youth after coming home covered in mud after playing outside time and time again, even though instructed not to do so. “If my own father can forgive me, why can’t God the Father also forgive my sins?” Ballou thinks in the story. We brainstormed about what we thought God was like, and here are some painting of God (or the Universe, or the Ultimate) that our children made with MUD! 


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Announcements: Adult Religious Education

Playing this week… “A Long Strange Trip: The Complete Video Guide to Unitarian Universalist History” with Lauren Daniell and guests

Part II – The Birth of Unitarianism (1553 - 1794)

Two showings: Sunday, March 9th 12:30-2:00 pm OR Horizon Library

Wednesday, March 12th 7:30-9:00pm Fellowship Hall

The second installment chronicles those who carried on Servetus’ message after his martyrdom, primarily Faustus Socinus and Georgio Biandrata, and how they carried his message forward to religious liberals in Poland and Transylvania. It documents the influence of Servetus, Socinus, Dávid Ferenc, and various Polish Unitarians on the early English religious liberals such as John Biddle and Thomas Emlyn, and the work of Theophilus Lindsey and Joseph Priestley in forming an organized English Unitarianism. The segment discusses the split between the Arian and Socinian Unitarians in England and mentions the early feminist work of the Unitarian Mary Wollstonecraft, concluding with the emigration of Joseph Priestley from England to America in 1794. The same segment will have two showings to accommodate members’ schedules. Close-captioned. Reserve childcare at childcare@horizonuu.org.


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“Spirit in Practice” with Helena (Tina) Ulakovic

Tuesday, March 18th 6:00-7:30pm What is a spiritual practice? Do you have one? “Spirit in Practice” is a class designed for those who don’t yet participate in our yoga or Buddhist Sangha groups, or who wish to explore a variety of spirtual practices. This class will help Unitarian Universalists identify their spiritual needs and develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the Sacred, with other people, and with their inner selves.


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HORIZON NEEDS

YOU! ************************************ This is your opportunity to serve Horizon by being on the Board or Nominating Committee for 2014-2016.

************************************ It takes committed, energetic, inventive and fun loving people to serve on the Horizon Board. Is that you?

Applications are eagerly being accepted.

Contact Mary Morris at mmorris143@verzion.net for an application and further information. ************************************ Deadline is March 24, 2014.

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CALENDAR: What’s Going On At Horizon? SUNDAY MARCH 9 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Sunday Morning Journey Group - P2 - Couch 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Adult Religious Explorations - E3 - Library 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CAYRE - Child Care - S1 - Nursery 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM Library Ministry - Open for Browsing - E3 - Library 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Main Worship - SH - Sanc. 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 2nd Sunday Potluck EVERYONE WELCOME!! - FH - Fellowship Hall, KI - Kitch 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM UU History Class - Other - Portable LCD Projector, E3 - Library

MONDAY MARCH 10 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM SMART Recovery - FH - Fellowship Hall 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Board of Trustees - E3 - Library, KI - Kitch

TUESDAY MARCH 11 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Potluck (Seniors) Group - E3 - Library, KI - Kitch 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Buddhist Sangha - P1 - Lg, P2 - Couch 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Tuesday Wisdom Circle - E3 - Library

WEDNESDAY MARCH 12 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Library Ministry - E3 - Library 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Bridge Class - P1 - Lg 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM UU History Class - FH - Fellowship Hall 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM WFIG (Women's Friendship in Growth) Chalice Circle - E3 - Library

THURSDAY MARCH 13 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Worship Arts Committee Meeting - MO - Minister's Office 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Choir Practice - FH - Fellowship Hall 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM New Beginnings Chalice Circle - E3 - Library

FRIDAY MARCH 14 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Candlelighters - FH - Fellowship Hall 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Women's Bunco - FH - Fellowship Hall

SATURDAY MARCH 15 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Men's Support Group - E3 - Library 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Horizon Dinners - Other - Offsite 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM UDV - Church Rental


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After Church Lunch Locations Visitors and members welcome!

Directions available at the Welcome Center. When we go to a restaurant, we meet there approximately 20 minutes after the service ends. First ones there please get a table for 10+ under the name “Horizon”. March 9th: All Church 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. Thank you to the Sunday Morning Journey Group for coordinating this month!  March 16th: Secret Recipe Asian Bistro: 1404 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010. Excellent Pan-Asian Cuisine (Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Malaysian). Large variety of choices. Fresh food, good service and prices. Casual atmosphere. $  http://www.secretrecipetx.com

March 23rd: Grill 19: 1640 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010. Creative American Cuisine. Voted “Best Dining Facility/Food and Best Service in 2012" by Avid Golfer Magazine. Lovely back patio view, large portions, and reasonable prices. Across Hebron from Horizon. $$  http://www.coyoteridgegolfclub.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=584&page=30730

March 30th: Nico’s Cocina Mexican Grill: 3065 N Josey Ln, Carrollton, TX 75007. Delicious and plentiful Sunday buffet with many choices including Belgian waffles and omelets made to order. Fun atmosphere. Accommodating wait staff. $$  http://www.nicoscocinamexicana.com


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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!

CURIOUS ABOUT SCHEDULE? 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 Dennis Hamilton at srminister@horizonuu.org or call 972-529-8187. buddhists@horizonuu.org The UU Christian Chalice Circle (uuchristians@horizonuu.org ) The UU Christian Chalice Circle provides a forum for enriching our spiritual lives through personal discovery of the heart, meaning, and tradition of Christianity. We gather monthly on the 1st Sunday at 9AM in the library for discussion, fellowship, and exploration. All those seeking to connect (or re-connect) to the beauty and wisdom of Christianity are welcome to attend. uuchristians@horizonuu.org The CineMat Group (cinemat@horizonuu.org ) The CineMat group will be meeting on the 4th Saturday every month. And it’s now a Chalice Circle!. This Chalice Circle gets together to see a movie and then goes to a coffee shop or restaurant to discuss and comment on it in a friendly circle over a cup of coffee or drink. People should call Meg Reed or Marga Gordon for more info, or email cinemat@horizonuu.org.


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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! Healthy Women Chalice Circle (healthywomen@horizonuu.org ) A woman’s support group to help achieve their goals of health and fitness. Sharing of ideas and experiences in nutrition, weight loss, exercise and stress management. Men’s Saturday Support Group (mensgroup@horizonuu.org ) A men’s support group that includes a check-in and informal discussion of men’s issues regarding family, health, workplace, and relationships. Starts at 8AM The 2nd Tuesday Potluck Chalice Circle (secondtuesday@horizonuu.org ) This group meets for food, fellowship, and deepening friendships. They meet in the library 2nd Tuesday of most months at 12 noon. Occasionally we take a field trip instead of having a potluck lunch. Tuesday Wisdom Circle (tuesdaywisdom@horizonuu.org ) A chalice circle that offers a check-in and discussion of a weekly life issue topic selected by a group member. Parents – Forget Red Bull, WE’LL give you Wings! (every other Mon, 9a) (mondaywings@horizonuu.org ) WINGS Chalice Circle is a fun and friendly group whose purpose is to support the person within each parent by creating friendships and nurturing our intellect and creativity. The Women’s Friendship in Growth (WFIG) Chalice Circle (wfig@horizonuu.org) Meets on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. We welcome women of all ages to join us for fun, connection, and growth. We share stories from our lives and discuss topics that help us get to know one another better. Recent programs have included How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, a night of Board Games, and TED talks on the Power of Vulnerability, Connected but Alone, and Body Language. We’d love to have you in our group! To find out more, contact Nancy Foreman or Sarah Roye at wfig@horizonuu.org. Young Adults Chalice Circle Contact YoungAdults@horizonuu.org for more details.


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