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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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President’s Corner * By JuLane * email@example.com
Movin’ On! The final Congregational Meeting of this fiscal year – check. The final Board meeting – check. The last newsletter article – almost finished! Remaining in the Board room after the Board meeting last week, I enjoyed the silence and a comfortable peace. I also felt the lingering excitement that had been earlier brought into the meeting by the next Horizon Board of Trustees, fresh from their Board Retreat! Their energy was a promise of things to come and it was welcomed with gratitude and expectation. The sense that this group of people, elected by Horizon members to carry the church forward into our ministerial transition, that this new Board made up of continuing members and new members of varying ages and levels of professional and life experiences, a sense that these leaders had already bonded well and were of one mind to bring forth their best efforts in the tasks ahead of us was tangible and fed the energy of everyone present at that transitional Board meeting.
Welcome your Board of Trustees for 2013 – 2014 In May, the Horizon Committee on Ministry led the annual Goal Assessment/Goal Setting meeting where it and the sitting Board of Trustees in consultation with staff and prospective Board members set the Horizon Church Goals for the next fiscal year. Here they are:
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Covenantal and Annual Church Goals 2013 - 2014 Covenantal Goals: ●
Promote a culture of hospitality, generosity, gratitude, creativity and celebration
Nurture spiritual growth and learning for all members
Maintain a strong social outreach program
Strengthen and formalize support and communication systems for all church ministries
Offer a liberal religious home that advances the growth of our Horizon community and Unitarian Universalism
Annual Church Goals ●
Prepare Horizon for an informed, intentional Ministerial transition
Finalize our congregation-driven Strategic Plan
Use available media to more effectively communicate our efforts and opportunities, both internally and externally
Formalize leadership development across church ministries
Engage entire congregation in lifespan religious education
These are lofty and important goals to attend to for the health and future of our religious community. There is no doubt in my mind that your next Board of Trustees can meet the challenge, and that this wonderful, giving, supporting community will work right alongside them! As for me, I’ll be right there with you! I am glad to pass on the role of chairing the Board to Bruce McClung and his capable hands and caring heart. I am looking forward now to breaks that will allow me to attend to my own transition from two years of some of the best experiences, most pressing challenges and incredibly rewarding work within this supportive community. I look forward to working with Diana Bracken on our participation in this year’s Pride Parade, and I am already involved in the work of our Social Justice Environmental Task Force. Horizon is my religious home and, though I may take some vacation from it in the coming months, I always look forward to coming home. See you at Horizon!
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SPECIAL NOTICE: Classes Rescheduled for Saturday, June 29 Due to unforeseen circumstances, the How Do U Fit into UU class scheduled for this Saturday has been moved to Saturday, June 29th (directly after the New UU Class) from 12:30-3:30. I hope those of you who signed up for Saturday can come and join us! The class will begin with lunch from 12:30 to 1:00. Come hear about all that Horizon has to offer, how the church is financially supported by its members and friends, where our money is spent and other ways you can enhance your personal, spiritual and family experiences at the church. Right before the “How Do U Fit into UU”, Reverend Dennis Hamilton will facilitate “New to UU” class with Marianna Seaton and Sandy Steele--a great session on Unitarian Universalism—its value, covenants and history. Get to know our Senior Minister! This class is from 9:00 a.m. to noon on June 29th. Join us for either or both—we’d love to have you! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or look for the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center. Childcare can be provided by emailing email@example.com at least five days before the class—or let me know and I’ll make you a reservation. For those who feel ready to join the church after the classes, Reverend Hamilton is planning a New Member Induction during the church service on Sunday, June 30th and a reception at his home that evening at 6:00 p.m. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining Horizon! I sincerely hope you will accept my invitation to “explore Horizon”! This will be the last set of classes offered until August.
Cindy Scott Treece Co-Chair Membership Committee
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This Sunday in Children’s RE - Celebrate NatUUre! June 23rd: The Earth * This week the children will explore our Blue Boat Home and learn about the Seventh Principle, “We care for Earth’s lifeboat.” The pre kindergartners will be making an Earth from paint and shaving cream and the older children will be creating a necklace from dirt. Some items still needed for Children’s Summer RE by July 28th Thank you so much for all the donations of craft items so far. We now have enough small plastic bottles and fabric scraps to do our summer projects. We still need a few more items for the classes on July 28th and August 4th: -Two liter clear plastic bottles with caps -Cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls or wrapping paper Volunteers needed to staff Summer RE classes for children Volunteers will be needed throughout the summer to lead the children’s summer RE classes. Each session involves a story and a fun craft project. Please look for the signup sheet in the Taste of Horizon Area. Thank you to those who have already signed up. We are especially in need of people to teach in late June. Upcoming dates for Children’s and Youth Religious Education This Sunday, June 23rd: Bridging Ceremony for high school seniors with reception to follow in fellowship hall (Note: This has been changed to Sunday from Saturday night) June 30th: Summer RE for rising 9th-12th graders begins. Students who attended YRUU in 2012-13 may also attend. July 7: No RE for children or youth September 8: Ingathering and Water Day for children September 15: Regular RE begins
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Lay Ministry News * Marianna Seaton * email@example.com
It’s Time to Celebrate “In all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.” ― Carl Sagan
It is summertime, and many of our friends are travelling to points around the globe to visit with family and friends, exploring new opportunities, and living outside their normal routines. After an arduous year, our Coming of Age class made their pilgrimage to Boston, our Wellspring covenant group celebrated a year of study, reflection and taking their faith into action, several of our youth have prepared themselves to enter college in the Fall, and Leland Mebine will celebrate his 100th birthday. We commemorate and make holy these turning points in our lives when we take the time to be present with one another, and to recognize all the work that had to take place to get to where we are today. June’s church theme is emptiness. We are invited to take all that we have done to fill us up in preparation for our changes, and empty ourselves to the experience. The doing is done; now we turn our attention to the practice of being. We have arrived and we did it together, it’s more than bearable, it’s time to celebrate, appreciate and give thanks, to rest, and to once again make ourselves ready to receive. Many programs continue throughout the summer; some small groups choose to take a rest and reconvene in the Fall. If you are interested in learning more about small group opportunities for fellowship and spiritual practice, contact the leader of the group or let me help you find the information you seek. As always, we hold in our hearts those suffering with chronic and acute illness, those struggling to balance the care of their families with the care of their parents or other loved ones, those looking for sustainable employment, the forgotten or abused, and those who are bearing their burdens in silence. Our condolences go to John Bloomer and his family, who grieve the death of both of his parents this spring, and to Bobbi Myers and Bob Barger who are recovering from illness. Our Pastoral Caregivers work with the Minister, the Director of Lay Ministry and the Neighborhood Groups in a spirit of cooperation to cherish and care for the members of our congregation. If you or your loved ones are in need of a sympathetic ear, the Pastoral Caregivers are available. Call Rev. Dennis Hamilton at 972-519-8187, or Marianna Seaton, Director of Lay Ministry at 972-743-1599 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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Join us in celebration of Leland Mebine's 100th birthday this Sunday after worship service
We give thanks for Leland's lifetime of contributions and good cheer! __________________________________________________________
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Share the Plate for Sunday 30 JUN 2013 Horizon has a collection for non-profit organizations once a month during our worship service. This month's collection plate is for THE WATER PROJECT
Every day in rural communities and poor urban centers throughout sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of millions of people suffer from a lack of access to clean, safe water. Women and girls especially bear the burden of walking miles at a time to gather water from streams and ponds - full of disease that is making them and their families sick. These illnesses and the time lost to fetching water rob entire communities of their futures. Hope is put on hold in over half of the developing world's primary schools without access to water and sanitation. But it doesn't have to be this way. For a small investment, inexpensive and long-lasting water projects can be constructed to serve villages and schools. Wells, dams and rain catchment systems can provide a reliable source of drinking water. Sanitation facilities and hygiene training then help multiply the impact. Communities become far better able to grow themselves out of poverty.
You can help restore hope Give water and help rescue some of the 440 million school days lost every year to water-related sickness. Put an end to the nearly 1 in 5 deaths under the age of five that occur due to dirty water. The Water Project brings relief to communities around the world who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. Providing access to clean, safe water helps capable and determined people realize the hope they have for their own futures. http://thewaterproject.org/how-to-give-clean-water.php ________________________________________________________________________________________
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After Church Lunch Locations June 2013 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”. June 23rd : Il Castello Italian Restaurant: 1616 W. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010. Excellent Food. Friendly staff. Exceedingly close to Horizon! $$ June 30th: Logan’s Roadhouse: 2513 S. Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, TX 75067. Steaks, chicken breasts, grilled salmon and catch-of-the-day, salads, yeast rolls, bottomless buckets of in-shell peanuts. $ - $$ __________________________________________________________
Young Adult Chalice Circle will be on Hiatus through the summer. We will keep you informed when they regroup.
__________________________________________________________ Help support our community partner, Metrocrest Social Services (MSS), by volunteering with other Horizon members on Saturday July 13th, shifts available from 9-11am or 11am-1pm. Horizon members help stock pantry shelves and assist customers with their grocery shopping. For more information on this opportunity and others available through MSS contact Victoria Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about MSS’s mission to fight homelessness visit metrocrestsocialservices.org.
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Whatâ€™s Going On At Horizon? Sunday June 23 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 - Senior Bridging Ceremony - SH - Sanc. 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM After Church Lunch Bunch -- All Are Welcome! - Other - Offsite
Sunday June 24 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Yoga - P1 - Lg 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM SMART Recovery - FH - Fellowship Hall 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Membership Committee - E3 - Library
Monday June 25 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Horizon Book Club - E3 - Library 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Buddhist Sangha - P1 - Lg, P2 - Couch 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Tuesday Wisdom Circle - E3 - Library
Tuesday June 26 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Library Ministry - E3 - Library
Wednesday June 27 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM Restorative Yoga - P1 - Lg 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Worship Arts Committee Meeting - MO - Minister's Office
Thursday June 28 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Candlelighters - FH - Fellowship Hall 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM FREE MOVIE NIGHT!!! - SH - Sanc.
Friday June 29 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Men's Support Group - E3 - Library 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM UDV Rental
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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! NEW BEGINNINGS A Chalice Circle Exploring the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism For newcomers and longer-term attendees who are making any kind of new start in their lives WHEN: Sundays 12:15 – 1:45 pm * DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED WHERE: Portable – couch room * You’re invited to bring a sack lunch. *Join us any Sunday. Facilitated by Marianna Seaton, Director of Lay Ministry. For more information e-mail email@example.com. .
CURIOUS ABOUT SCHEDULE? You can check the calendar at http://calendar.horizonuu.org/ Horizon Book Group: 4th Tuesdays 12p. (firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com . Buddhist Sangha: Tuesdays 7 PM -9:00 PM. (firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or call 972-5298187. You may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org . The UU Christian Chalice Circle (email@example.com ) 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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The CineMat Group (email@example.com ) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Craft & Chat Chalice Circle (email@example.com )
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The Craft and Chat Chalice Circle is an opportunity to share your favorite crafting skills or learn a new one from somebody else, in a warm circle of fellowship! Contact Marga Gordon or Dale Gaskill at firstname.lastname@example.org . The C & C Chalice Circle meets 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1:30p Earth Centered Spirituality Chalice Circle (email@example.com ) The Earth-Centered Spirituality Chalice Circle is a social/support group for people who are interested in, or already know they are following, an Earth-centered spiritual path. They meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 2:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church. We love visitors, so please, come check us out! They also co-host the monthly Free Movie Night on the last Friday of each month. For questions or more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. GAMERS: 3rd FRIDAY FUN AT HORIZON! (email@example.com ) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com ) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com ) 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) (firstname.lastname@example.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. Each meeting begins with a check-in, and while we listen to each other's stories, we eat breakfast. Then we move on to our topic or event. Popular past topics include Parenting UU Style, Book Swaps and Movie Days.. Child care is provided. For more information, email Mondaywings@horizonuu.org or call Sandy Morris at 214-952-2243. Women Alive 55+ (email@example.com ) - Women Alive 55+ has very recently been renamed “Senior Women’s Chalice Circle”. The group meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month in the Horizon Library. WFIG WELCOMES WOMEN! (firstname.lastname@example.org) The WFIG (Women's Friendship in Growth) Chalice Circle is a covenant group dedicated to deepening friendships among and providing support for women of all ages. We meet on the first & third Wed. of each month at 7:30 p.m. Whether you are a new visitor to our group, a returning member, or someone who has been thinking about joining us for some time, we would love to have you. Just email us or call Nancy Foreman at 972-965-0940 or Sarah Roye at 214-228-3397.
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contact: email@example.com * Sundays 9 - 10 am, Horizon Library
June 23, 2013
Facilitated by Kay Darwin. Her topic will be "Decisions Revisited, 68 years later". The United States is the only nation to have used atomic weapons against an enemy. Should we have dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
June 30, 2013
Forum. Facilitated by Daniel Polk, Executive of NTAUUC. His topic will be “Breaking through the Barriers to Growth". We want to grow, but not just for growth's sake. We will look at common obstacles, and what in particular might be holding Horizon back.
Buddhist Sanga Tuesday evenings weekly 7:00-9:00 pm Portable, Rm 8
Buddhist Sangha. Facilitated by Senior Minister, the Rev. Dennis Hamilton. This is an ongoing exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path, the essential teaching of Buddhism. Rev. Hamilton’s email contact: DHamilton@uuma.org , in case of changes.
And… Always check the weekly newsletter for short profiles on classes and late-breaking announcements. If you email firstname.lastname@example.org you will get a quick response from one of the committee chairs – Kay Darwin, Kent Darwin, or Charles Frugé.
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