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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:


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FUTURE SUNDAYS Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church encourages you to attend weekly worship here within your community Sundays 10:30AM - 1641 W. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton TX 75010

May 4, 2014 – Coming of Age Credo Service The freshman class, in preparation for their Boston trip, each makes a statement of their beliefs. It helps them to establish an articulated place to begin their lifelong theological journey. This year their service theme is Karma CafÊ. This is always a great service.

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May 11, 2014 – Mother’s Day Choir Concert with Director of Music, Stanley Moody, Rev. Dennis Hamilton and the Horizon Choir This year’s concert brings a special beloved guest back to Horizon, David Moran with his hammer dulcimer. We present Malcolm Dalglish’s beautiful Hymnody of the Earth, which is based on Wendel Berry’s poetry. This Appalachian opus brings Berry’s natural theology to life. Not to be missed!

May 18, 2014 – Rev. Hamilton’s Last Stand This is Dennis’ last service with us before he retires after 27 years with Horizon. He will send us on our way with blessings, remembrances and thanks, and maybe even a violin piece. It is his last chance in our Free Pulpit. Who knows what he will say? The choir will lead the congregation in one last “Parting Song,” the song that has ended each choir practice since the beginning.

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President’s Corner * By Bruce McClung *

May 25, 2014 Congregational Meeting Dear Horizon Members and Friends, Please join us for the May 25, 2014 Congregational Meeting at Horizon in the sanctuary at 12:30 PM after the Sunday morning service. As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, Horizon is an autonomous and self-regulated body. As members of this congregation we are accountable for anticipating and assuming for all its major needs, expenditures, and decisions. We hold Congregational Meetings twice a year to fulfill these duties and to hear the latest about our programming and ministries. Major Agenda items include: •

A Biographical Introduction of the Interim Minister

An Update of the Annual Commitment Campaign

Our Treasurers Report, and Presentation of the 2014-2015 Proposed Budget

A Membership committee update and report

A report from the Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Next Steps of Ministerial Transition will be presented

Horizon’s 5-year Strategic Plan will be presented, and acceptance voted

• Voting Members will elect Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee Members to fill open positions Lunch will be provided by Coming of Age Students and Parents. (A generous donation to their Boston trip fund will be appreciated!) If childcare is required, please send Becky Smith an e-mail at . We look forward to your participation in this important meeting! Sincerely, Bruce McClung President, Board of Trustees

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Lyssa Jenkins

Call to Order Opening Comments and Agenda Review

Bruce McClung

Certification of a Quorum

Nikki Henderson

Introduction of Interim Minister Bio

Bruce McClung

Introduction Interim Minister Task Force 12:40

Annual Commitment Campaign Update

Jan McDowell


Treasurer’s Report Presentation of 2014 – 2015 Budget

Jan McDowell

Members Vote on Proposed Budget

Bruce McClung


Membership Update

Marianna Seaton


Director of Lay Ministry Report

Marianna Seaton




DLRE Report

Lauren Daniell


Next Steps: Ministerial Transition Timeline

Elizabeth Gustwick


Horizon 5 - Year Strategic Plan: Presentation

Peggy Gill

Members Vote on Strategic Plan

Bruce McClung


Nominating Committee Report: Election Results

Mary Morris


President’s Report

Bruce McClung



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Congregational Meeting Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM This is a Sample Ballot Actual ballots will be available next to the sign-up sheet in the lobby to be filled out and placed in the ballot box before the meeting on May 25, 2014.

OFFICERS: Two year term

Please Indicate approval

Vice President

John Gill



Eric Freeman


Bruce McClung and Jan McDowell will be returning for the second year of their terms as President and Treasurer, respectively. MEMBERS, BOARD OF TRUSTEES – Two year term Kim Bolin


Eddie Meaders


Betty Andrade, David Cassard, and Elizabeth Gustwick continue in the second year of their terms. NOMINATING COMMITTEE – Two year term Katie Barnes


Chris Thompson


Lynn Hess and Carolyn Moore will continue for the second year of their terms. The Board appointed member, Mary Morris, will be replaced by the 2014 – 2015 Board appointed member.

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Adult Religious Explorations Contact:

Sunday mornings 9:00 – 10:10 am Horizon Library May 4, 2014

Christian Chalice Circle: “Saving Jesus Through the Ages” facilitated by Peggy Gill. Peggy will facilitate the class on “Kidnapped by the Christian Right, Discarded by the Secular Left, Jesus needs saving.” The series of 12 continues with “Who Killed Jesus?”

May 11, 2014

It is All in Your Mind! Our class will be facilitated by Jim Sturdivant. He will review M. D. Deepak Chopra’s Soul of Healing for a scientific view of spirit, a spiritual view of science and practical advice for improving your health.

May 18, 2014

Forum facilitated by John Myers: a class discussion on “Leaving”, the monthly Horizon UU theme. John will lead the discussion on leaving, saying good bye, and celebrating what’s left from the relationship. The Chalice Circle model for interactive learning will continue.

May 25, 2014

John Wycliffe, a man anxious for change. Ruth Trudeau will facilitate our class. John Wycliffe asked, “Why may we not write in English the gospel and other things, dedicating the gospel to the edification of man’s soul. We ask: 1. Why were this scholar philosopher’s bones exhumed and burned at the stake…? 2. What did he do to so anger the church? 3. Who were his friends and why did they protect him during hid lifetime? Come to the class to find out more about Wycliffe, discuss answers to our questions and find out what was Wycliffe was so anxious to reform.

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Yet another Celebration and Farewell

Horizon is in the midst of a very unusual time… a time that is happy and celebratory, and yet a time filled with the knowing that a separation from special people will happen soon. Lyssa Jenkens came to us in Fall 2012 as a participant in the new TouchPoint model of graduate study and internship being implemented by Meadville-Lombard Theological Seminary in Chicago. Horizon has been very fortunate to have had Lyssa on a half-time basis for two years (½ + ½ = 1 internship!), while she continued studying, writing papers, and attending sessions in Chicago. Experienced in leadership with non-profits and church work (she has served as president of First Unitarian Church of Dallas), Lyssa has been learning the ins and outs of ministry in our growing mid-size congregation. She has been generous with her expertise in planning and organization. Quoting from one of her past newsletter columns: “I love by-laws. And governance. And strategic planning. And organizational change. I don’t know too many ministers who put these items at the top of their list of things to love, but there you are. I also love fund-raising.” Give her a spreadsheet... and she is happy! Already holding a doctorate in Political Economy - Applied Economics, from University of Texas at Dallas, Lyssa will receive her Master of Divinity degree from Meadville on May 18, the very same day as Dennis’s last Sunday with us. Lyssa will return for two more weeks, an extension of her internship so she can preach one more time on June 1. During that final service, the Intern Committee will present Lyssa with a ministerial stole on behalf of the congregation. Traditionally, the stole symbolizes ordination. It is a visible sign that the person wearing it, has been officially recognized as a minister of the denomination. Once Lyssa appears before the UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee in late

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fall 2014 and receives preliminary fellowship with the UUA, she will be eligible for ordination by a congregation. You are invited to make a specific contribution, large or small, for this very special intern gift. Please earmark any contribution for the stole as “Intern Gift “on the memo line of a check, or if cash, on an envelope to be put in the offering basket or mailed to the church office at Horizon UU Church, 1641 W. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, 75010-6334. Also, a special collection basket will be available in Fellowship Hall before and after services in May. Finally, please visit with Lyssa during the farewell reception following the June 1 service. Cake and punch/lemonade/coffee will be served.

The Intern Committee: Bruce McClung, Nelta Owen, Elizabeth Gustwick, Betsy Webb and Sandy Pierce

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A Note from the DLRE * By Lauren Daniell * Blog:

Do you remember a time in your life when you were beginning to discover who you were as a person? When your beliefs and values began to crystallize and started to guide your attitudes, your actions, and the way you approached the rest of your life? On Sunday, please join our ninth grade Coming of Age class to hear what they have learned about themselves and their beliefs in Horizon’s annual Coming of Age Credo Service. The COA service celebrates an individual’s spiritual searching and is an official recognition that our youth have begun in their quest for personal religious truth. The class has worked hard to prepare an amazing church service and you will not want to miss what our young teens have to say!

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A Thank You from Planned Parenthood

As an extension of the North Texas UU middle school social justice conference, the middle school students raised $364.00 for Planned Parenthood through a bake sale that took place at Horizon. Below is a thank you letter acknowledging all their hard work raising money for the charity of their choice.

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Announcements Children’s and Youth Religious Education

There’s still time to submit your child’s work for You-Know-Who Do not forget that all children Kindergarten-5th grade are invited to make something for YouKnow-Who. Download the sheet at print out, and have your child complete the sheet at home. Give to Lauren Daniell, or scan and email it to her on Sunday, May 4, (email address can be found next to her picture).

Calendar of Events for Children and Youth May 4th: 9th Grade Coming of Age Credo service May 18th: Dennis Hamilton’s last service at Horizon. All children and youth encouraged to attend June 1st: TrUUth Ceremony recognizing new readers June 1st: Last day of regular year classes June 8th: Flower Communion Sunday. No RE preschool-12th grade. Nusery open to children 5 and under. Soul Work bags and flower activities available to children in the sanctuary during the service. June 15th: Summer RE begins August 24th: Fall RE Open House

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Announcements Adult Religious Education

A Long, Strange Trip The Complete Video Guide to UU History Part IV - Universalism (1600-1860) Two showings: Sunday, May 11 - 12:00-1:30 pm (library) OR Wednesday, May 14 - 7:30-9:00pm (Fellowship Hall) Georges de Benneville - John Murray – Judith Sargent Murray - Hosea Ballou After finishing the last segment of Part III, Part IV documents the development of Universalism through the early German and English pietists such as Jakob BÜhme and Jane Leade, and 18th century English ministers such as George Whitfield, James Relly, Georges de Benneville, and John Murray. It chronicles the emigration of de Benneville and Murray to America and their roles in the formation of an organized Universalist religion. It tells the story of the Thomas Potter incident and the role Judith Sargent Murray played in the movement. It tracks the theological development of the movement through Murray, Elhanan Winchester, and Hosea Ballou. It discusses the unprecedented explosion of Universalist churches across America during the first half of the 19th century, and why the movement began its precipitous decline after the death of Hosea Ballou.

Closed captioned. Reserve childcare at

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Did you know‌

Childcare is available beginning 9am Sundays for adults in the Sunday morning class? You never come to Adult Religious Explorations at 9am Sunday because you have young children? Did you know Horizon offers childcare to parents/guardians attending the Adult Religious Explorations class at 9am Sundays? We do!

To reserve a spot for your child(ren), email 24 hours in advance and our childcare staff will be there to watch your little ones so you can enjoy class. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Share the Plate Collection for May 18. The collection on Sunday May 18 will be to benefit Room to Read.

We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.

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SATURDAY May 3 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Men's Support Group - E3 - Library 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Kitchen Cleaning & Organizing - KI - Kitch 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM UDV - Church Rental

SUNDAY May 4 Coming of Age Service 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM UU Christian Fellowship / Study - E3 - Library 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 - 1:00 PM Horizon Players Planning for Aug Show - S6 - Class 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Strategic Plan Committee - FH - Fellowship Hall 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM After Church Lunch Bunch -- All Are Welcome! - Other - Offsite 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM Beltane Ritual and Potluck - Denton Pagan Meet-Up Group

MONDAY May 5 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Wings Chalice Circle - E3 - Library, KI - Kitch, S1 - Nursery 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM SMART Recovery - FH - Fellowship Hall 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Pastoral Caregivers Meeting - MO - Minister's Office

TUESDAY May 6 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Buddhist Sangha - P1 - Lg, P2 - Couch 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Tuesday Wisdom Circle - E3 - Library 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Board of Trustees - Interim Vote - AD - Admin. Office, KI - Kitch

WEDNESDAY May 7 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Library Ministry - E3 - Library

THURSDAY May 8 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

FRIDAY May 9 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Candlelighters - FH - Fellowship Hall 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Women's Bunco - FH - Fellowship Hall

SATURDAY May 10 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Men's Support Group - E3 - Library 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Rental - Isha Institute 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Volunteer at Metrocrest Social Services Food Pantry - Other - Offsite 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Line Dancing - FH - Fellowship Hall

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After Church Lunch Locations May 2014 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”. May 4th: Amore Pasta and Pizza: 4709 State Hwy 121, The Colony, TX 75056. Tasty Italian fare at a good price. Gracious staff. Relaxing atmosphere. Family friendly. $  May 11th: Catfish House: 3108 Old Denton Rd, (at Frankford Rd.), Carrollton, TX 75006. Great seafood, service, and prices. Known for interesting condiments. $  May 18th: Pho Que Huong: 291 E. Round Grove Road, Lewisville, TX 75067. Great service, fast, clean and great Vietnamese food! Menu includes several tofu choices. $  May 25th: Congregational Meeting & Lunch: A delicious lunch will be provided by the Coming of Age 9th grade students and their parents. They will take donations to raise funds for their pilgrimage to Boston! 

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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 Horizon Book Group: 4th Tuesdays 12p. ( ) 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 Buddhist Sangha: Tuesdays 7 PM - 9:00 PM. ( ) 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 or call 972-529-8187. The UU Christian Chalice Circle ( ) 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. The CineMat Group ( ) 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

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GAMERS: 3rd FRIDAY FUN AT HORIZON! ( ) 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 ( ) 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 ( ) 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 ( ) 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 ( ) 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) ( ) 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 ( 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 Young Adults Chalice Circle Contact: for more details.

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5/4/14 The Week @ Horizon UU  

Horizon UU Church Weekly Newsletter