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Contemplations * Rev. Dennis Hamilton *

Our theme for September is “Welcoming.” The themes are simple because they are designed to be ticklers, an invitation to explore the many facets of each theme. What does “welcoming” mean to you? Is our church welcoming? Are you welcoming? Is your heart welcoming? Is Texas welcoming? Oh we know Texas is welcoming to business, but what about farm workers, Mexicans, uppity women? A theme can be “opened” and examined from the outside or the inside, from a political angle or a spiritual angle. This summer Horizon was faced with an incident that really had us thinking about this theme. We have had two homeless men come to Sunday service for many months, Randy and John. They have become a fixture on Sundays, arriving early and staying through the sermon and potluck if we have one. They help set up chairs and tables and actually listen to the sermon! They both have jobs but are poorly paid. They come clean and are well behaved. They were not the problem, in fact we were delighted to have them as visitors or even members if they requested. But in July we had some other visitors who were not so appropriate. One of them got sick in the women’s bathroom and made a terrible mess. Becky our child caregiver graciously cleaned up, bless her. The next week there was a cleanup in the men’s bathroom. John Gill cleaned that one up. Bless him! Several of us confronted the suspects (we never could prove who actually made the messes.) We told them about the issue and about how offensive it was. It was upsetting to all of us and we felt like the church had been abused. The Board deliberated on how to handle the situation. We heard several people who were concerned about safety and cleanliness. These things happen in a church. When I served a summer ministry in San Jose Caifornia that church received homeless people each Sunday, some of whom had been released from Agnews, a “mental” hospital, when it was defunded. They were generally well behaved. They became regulars and two even ended up joining and getting married! And one was hired as a custodian. But members were assigned to be partners to the ones who needed guidance on behavior. During Joys and Sorrows their partner would monitor them so they wouldn’t speak too long or too inappropriately about their life.

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Not all homeless people have these issues. Many are simply under-employed, or have had bad luck. You may have former neighbors who are now homeless. And here is our dilemma. As a “progressive” faith, Unitarian Universalists have always been defenders of the exploited, the abused, the unfortunate. We have fought for civil rights, women’s rights, and you know the rest. And we have wanted to be a welcoming faith, open to anyone, as we say, young or old, rich or poor. At the same time we insist that our churches be safe and clean and welcoming to families with children. As the leadership of Horizon we will not compromise the safety of the church. We conduct background checks on all teachers and staff. And we really do respond to events like what happened this summer in the bathrooms. We also won’t abandon our values of being compassionate and welcoming to the stranger, the homeless, the despondent, the abused, the destitute. It is at the core of our faith. And it is a test of our resolve to be agents of social change. We also practice being non-anxious in a crisis, and that is what we have done. We have worked with the ushers and staff, the Board and Committee on Ministry to institute measures that can insure both values, safety for the members of our church and a compassionate social witness. We have assigned people to monitor those who seem on the margin. We have taken further steps to maintain cleanliness in the church. I am proud of the way our leadership has dealt with what has been a disturbing and soul-searching situation. There are lessons for us here and questions each of us should reflect on. So during the month of September, please take time to reflect on your own heart. Ask yourself, “Just how welcoming am I?” How am I dealing with my own fears? How can I welcome the stranger into my heart, my life, my church? How safe can we really be? And perhaps there is another stranger to welcome in. The mendicant, the monk, the pilgrim who walks through the world waiting for a door or a heart to open. Enjoy the theme. Faithfully, Dennis PS. If you have questions, doubts, or want to explore your own spiritual paradox, give me a call. We will also be exploring the theme on Wednesday, September 11. Come for Vespers at 7, and reflections on Welcoming. ______________________________________________________________________________________

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

August 25, “Good Vibrations” - Rev. Dennis Hamilton Michio Kaku the physicist claims that at the subatomic level the universe is insubstantial, just vibrations, like a violin string. Quarks, electrons, and the rest are like notes on a string, and, in a way, we are each a song, music made flesh. Today we look at how science is far more amazing and spiritual than the imaginative rings of heaven and hell pictured by Dante. And we ask the question, “Then who am I really?”

September 1, Labor Day, “Welcoming” - Rev. Hamilton Sunday is said to be the most segregated day of the week. People flock to their nest, tribe, family, class, ethnicity, music, culture, etc. Today we look at the way human society is divided, its social and anthropological causes. We will honor the labor of all classes, with special regard for blue-collar workers.

September 8, “Water Communion” - Rev. Hamilton Without water there would be no life. On this traditional ingathering service we bring water from our travels to join the water we have gathered for 26 years. We will reflect on our common sources and celebrate our community that is once again beginning a new liturgical year. Remember this week: CROP Walk Saturday the 14th. Pride Parade Sunday the 15th.

September 15, “Yom Kippur” / Pride Parade - Lyssa Jenkens Our intern minister returns to the pulpit to remind us of this sacred opportunity to make amends and to celebrate our humanity and freedom.

September 22, “Autumn Leaves” - Worship Arts and Rev. Hamilton On this, the Fall Equinox, we are planning a special service with poetry, music and story. Details to follow.

September 29, “Welcoming Change” - Rev. Hamilton Today is a New Member Sunday. What will that mean in the lives of these new members? What does this church mean to your life? How does it change the way you live? Where are we going on Spaceship Horizon? The choir will sing Laurendson’s beautiful “Sure On This Shining Night.” New Member reception 6-8 at the Hamiltons.

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Classes * By JuLane *

An Introduction to Building Your Own Theology Classes are beginning on Monday, October 7th at 7 PM “There is nothing better than being in a class where no one knows the answer.” Charles Schults

Unitarian Universalism is my choice of denomination in part because its writings and teachings so explicitly admit that no one knows the answers—which is also what prevents UUism from being ‘easy’ to follow. Since we all admit that no one knows the answers, it is really compelling to ignore theology altogether. Often we are tempted to think it’s enough just to say we are UU’s and leave it at that. However, we are all called at least sometimes to talk about our religion with some cogency, for our own edification if not that of our listeners. And we are all theologians who ponder the great life issues. So what really is our credo, since our church does not demand that we all follow and live by any particular creed? What do we use to guide our lives morally and ethically and spiritually? What do we believe? I think that being able to put words to our own answers to these questions make us better, more purposeful human beings. Taking some lines from the curriculum forward and introduction, the class will provide some tools for building a theology based on the materials of our individual life experiences. We will focus on a process that will be helpful for participants of any theological persuasion. What’s exciting is that we will write our own Credo’s! I invite you to come learn with me. I will provide the structure for a class beginning October 7 th, Monday, from 7:00 to about 9:00 PM in the Couch Room in the Portable. The curriculum is Building Your Own Theology developed by a long time UU minister, Richard Gilbert. The class will continue for the following 9 Mondays, finishing just before the December holiday season gets rolling in earnest. To reserve a place in the class please email me at or Lauren Daniell at Information about how to obtain a class curriculum book will be sent to all class participants along with other information pertinent to creating a quality class experience. The enrollment will close at 12 participants so don’t delay.

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DBLE * By Cindy Scott *

Fresh from the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience I would like to thank the members of Horizon for sending two members of our church to the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience (DBLE), offered by the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Kim Bolin and I attended this week-long intensive leadership training August 4-9 at Texas Women’s University in Denton. Honestly, I had put off attending DBLE, which is a kind of “Leadership UU” the way that Leadership Dallas (which I participated in in 2000) feeds new leaders into the community. And it works—there are a half dozen Leadership Dallas graduates in high-level administrative positions at Parkland Hospital where I work. DBLE is the leader incubator for the Southern Region of the UUA. Former Horizon participants, although they enjoyed DBLE, had told me that it was exhausting. However, the UUA staff has listened to this feedback. Intensive—yes! Exhausting—no—not so much--no more late nights putting together team presentations or worship services (these were standard in the past). Enlightening-yes! It was a deep dive into not only non-anxious leadership and systems theory but also into the concepts about what makes a congregation healthy. There was no outside required reading except for two relatively short books before we arrived (this was also a change). The UUA uses DBLE to encourage, inspire and grow new leaders—not only for our churches but also for our faith. I was truly impressed with the character, creativity and intelligence of my fellow attendees—10 men and 48 women. Especially in my chalice circle, they made me laugh and cry with their personal stories and insights into life. The future of Unitarian Universalism is in some great hands. The Southern Region staff led amazing and inspiring worship services, thoughtful lectures, small group casework, and an array of options for personal spiritual practice and at the end of each evening, chalice circle groups. Kim and I were pleased and surprised at the warm response we received as people told us, “Oh, Horizon is a really wonderful and healthy church.” (We are!) Attendees before us had obviously left a positive impression. We enjoyed our daily case study, done in partnership with a similar-size church, Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in southeast Houston. Our only anxiety was that Bay Area had sent six members and we only had two (ideally, the UUA would like to have four from each church at DBLE.) To completely de-mystify what DBLE entails, here was our daily schedule: 7:45-8:15 8:30–9:00

Breakfast Worship

9:00-10:30 10:30-11:00

Lecture (all participants) Break

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3:30–5:00 5:15-6:00 6:15-7:15 7:30 -9:00

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Yes, we did stay in the dorms at TWU, but it was cool and quiet and participants were respectful with none of the late-night parties of the past. The food was not great…but of course, it is a college campus. Each room came with a mini-refrigerator and some of us bought fruit and other tasty treats to supplement the carbheavy meals. I splurged and paid $50 extra for a private room—well-worth the extra cost. If I have intrigued you, let me know! Horizon needs to continue to have strong representation at DBLE. If you want to take a long, cool drink of UU leadership, this is a great place to meet others who serve and/or hope to serve our faith. Participants are nominated by Horizon’s Board of Trustees in late May/early June. Just email to indicate your interest in being nominated. I hope you will consider stepping up and going through this interesting leadership and life experience.

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A Note from the DLRE * By Lauren Daniell *

This Sunday in Children’s and Youth Religious Education - August 25th Preschool: Celebrate NatUUre! Blowin’ in the Wind Preschoolers will learn about the journey of a brave dandelion seed and where the wind takes it through the book, “The Dandelion Seed.” They will make pinwheels and blow bubbles to study the wind.

Children’s RE : Celebrate NatUUre! Fabulous Flowers Our elementary children will celebrate the importance of flowers in nature. They will listen to an inspirational book about a girl who, by saving one wildflower, turns her whole suburban neighborhood into a meadow for the birds. The students will then make beautiful folded paper flowers of their own.

Youth RE: Faith of Our Neighbors: Guest speaker Cynthia Talbot The teens welcome Horizon member Cyn Talbot who lived in Egypt and will speak about Islam. She will reprise portions of her sermon from August 11 and will show the teens many pictures, articles of clothing and other souvenirs from her time in Egypt.

Announcements: Children’s and Youth RE Register your children now for the 2013-14 church school year: Classes begin in mid-September. On Sunday you will find paper registration forms in the sanctuary, in the RE office and with your child’s teachers. Not able to get to church this Sunday or care for an electronic form? Please follow this link to download a form at home. Return all forms and checks to Lauren Daniell, DLRE:

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Upcoming dates for Children’s and Youth Religious Education August 1-September 8th: Registration for children’s and Youth fall religious education Children bring coins to RE to donate to The Water Project August 24th: Family volunteer opportunity at Metrocrest, 8:45am-1:00pm September 8th: Splash Day for children up to 7th grade September 8th Classes begin for Our Whole Lives (8th graders) and Coming of Age (9th graders) September 14th (Saturday): Families participate in the annual Crop Walk September 15th: Regular church year RE begins for children in preschool-7th grade and grades 10-12 September 15th : Pride Parade, Downtown Dallas. Lots of kids’ activities September 20-21: First OWL lock-in (Friday night-Saturday morning) September 29th: First Children’s Chapel of the year for children K-5, 10:30-10:45, Portable Building #8. RE classes following.

New Classes for Children and Youth begin in September! Children and youth at Horizon will begin new classes in mid-September. The younger children will focus on the Jewish and Christian roots of Unitarian Universalism while the middle and high school youth will have the chance to do Our Whole Lives, Coming of Age and a variety of curricula at the senior high level. Here is a snapshot of classes by level: Preschool: Celebrating Me and My World Begins September 15 The young UUs in this class will learn through hands-on experience with the wonderful and wide world around them; stories about our faith that teach our history and principles; and play which is the natural expression of the young child's heart and mind. Kindergarten and First Grade: Picture Book Bible Tales and Holidays and Holy Days Begins September 15 Five to seven year olds will explore stories from the Bible as told from a UU point of view and emphasis. They will also celebrate Christian and Jewish holidays throughout the year – UU style! Second and Third Grades: Timeless Themes Begins September 15 Timeless Themes introduces children to religious literature which is central to our culture and our heritage as Unitarian Universalists. The program examines two sets of scriptures: the Hebrew Bible and the Christian

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Bible. The primary goal is to retell stories that are often told or referred to in our culture, but from a UU perspective. Fourth and Fifth Grades: Living the Promise Begins September 15 Children ages nine through eleven will delve into the Jewish and Christian texts this year with our Living the Promise program. The foundation of our Unitarian Universalist faith is our covenant with one another, and the history of the Bible is one of making, breaking, and renewing Covenants. Sixth and Seventh Grades: Compass Points Begins September 15 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 Covenant of 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. Eighth Grade: OWL (Our Whole Lives) Begins September 8 OWL or Our Whole Lives is our comprehensive life course that teaches accurate information about sexual health and relationships integrated with the UU friendly values of respect, compassion, responsibility, diversity, and justice. Ninth Grade: COA (Coming of Age) Begins September 8 This course for ninth graders helps young teens understand what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. They study UU history, theology, and clarify their own spiritual selves. The COA year’s highlights are a Credo service where each teen presents his or her beliefs to the congregation and a UU heritage trip to Boston. Grades 10-12: Various curricula Begins September 15 Our Senior High students will have a say in choosing their courses of study this coming fall. Choices will include spiritual deepening, UU views of the Bible, and refining their sense of ethics and learning what it really means to live by UU values.

Attention Parents:

It’s time to register your children and teens for religious education classes for the new church year. Please click on this link to download the form and return to the DLRE, Lauren Daniell:

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Religious Education for Adults New Adult Religious Education opportunities this Fall! Articulating Your UU Faith with Tina Ulakovic Tuesdays 7-9 pm, September 10-October 15

What do you say when people ask, “What is that church you go to?” Members of this course will be able to tell others about the history of our faith tradition, our principles and purposes and our witness to liberal religion in our community, nation and world. We will move through a series of engaging exercises–personal reflection, role-play, discussion designed to equip us in defining and articulating our faith.

Building Your Own Theology with JuLane Mondays 7-9 pm October 7 –December 9

The Building Your Own Theology course invites each of us to develop our own religious understanding and a deeper sense of what each of us, individually, believes and values. The BYOT class will also help you develop a deeper understanding of Unitarian Universalism. Goals for participants in this course include: To determine their values and beliefs about God or ultimate reality, human nature, ethics, and the meaning and purpose of life To discover what other UUs believe about the great religious questions To articulate their beliefs in credo statements To meet the challenge of building their own theology.

First Wednesdays with Rev. Dennis Hamilton 7-9 pm (6:30 brown bag supper)

The first Wednesday evening of the month will be a time for us to gather together to explore our monthly themes in depth. After a short worship service, we’ll break into groups to discuss how these themes wend their ways through our lives and our Unitarian Universalist faith. Fall themes will include: September 11, 2013*: WELCOMING October 2, 2013: HAUNTING November 6, 2013: HARVESTING December 4, 2013: INCARNATING *note: the September meeting will be on the SECOND Wednesday due to a scheduling conflict

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Global Poverty Task Force Meeting Sunday, September 1st, after the service in classroom next to kitchen Open to all! Free lunch! Help us choose a recipient for October's Share the Plate collection! Horizon is dedicated to solving global poverty with more than good intentions -- let's talk behavioral economics, development, and the most effective ways to turn our donations into change. We'll also discuss a mission trip to build a preschool in Belize next summer. RSVPs appreciated, but more than anything we want your input -- drop-ins welcome! E-mail if we'll see you there.

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Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza! AUGUST 30-31 • 8:00 p.m. Labor Day plans? Be sure they include Horizon Players’ Summer Dessert Theatre production, “What the Bible Left Out“ Did you ever ponder why some of the favorite stories in the Old Testament don’t hold up to UU scrutiny? Could it be that there was a back story that somehow didn’t make it into those parchment pages? Prompted by this mystery, a group of Horizon Players playwrights came up with the missing links – even if we had to create them with our imaginations – and we are proud to present them to you this summer in our original play. To make this trip back in time even more tempting, a heavenly host of singing archangels will provide music of the spheres for your enjoyment – with lyrics appropriate to the subject matter at hand! A unique experience awaits you! As always, Horizon Players will have a tasty array of snacks on sale at the Caravansary Café – delectable desserts, fresh fruit and cheese plates, a selection of refreshing beverages, and the ever-popular “$5 Special Snack” that includes a free beverage (which can be wine). Tickets are only $12 if purchased in advance ($15 at the door) and are on sale August 18 and 25 in Fellowship Hall – you can’t miss the Horizon Players lighted marquee! Email orders can also be placed at Horizon Players is completely self-supporting, and we deeply appreciate your patronage through ticket and concession sales so that we can keep the laughter going! Please note: Horizon Players events do not include childcare.

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Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

We marched in support of our GLTBQ friends in 2012, in the rain!

We march again this year on September 15th, rain or not!

Sign up in the Fellowship Hall at the Pride Parade table to be on the email list and get the latest plans! Thank you Ken Fowler for the photos! Pride Parade Team 2013 – JuLane, Diana Bracken, Elizabeth Gustwick

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Pride Parade Sign-Making Party! Saturday, September 7th In the Portable Horizon is continuing it’s long history of marching beside our GLTBQ brothers and sisters in the local Alan Ross Freedom Parade on September 15th. We join other North Texas Unitarian Universalist Churches and march to raise a loud and joyous voice together that we are Standing on the Side of Love! Last year we were 200 strong. Let’s grow the crowd and grow the love! Last year it rained on our parade! But that’s okay cause it was cool! But that’s not okay because most of our signs were melted! But that’s okay because . . . . WE WILL MAKE NEW ONES!

Join us Saturday, September 7th, from Noon to around 4:00 in the Portable. As we share ideas and make new signs we will watch an historical documentary that tells the GLTBQ story from the 1920s up until the landmark Stonewall riots in 1969 that fueled the gay pride movement. After the pot-luck lunch on Sunday the 8th we will show the companion documentary that continues from the riots through the AIDS crisis and into the 1990s. Your Pride Parade Team will provide all sign making supplies and equipment but you can bring your own, too. Please bring some lunchtype snacks to share. We will provide beverages. Join the party, and join the parade carrying your own sign! Say it the way you mean it! See you there!

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Adult Religious Explorations

Sunday mornings 9:00 – 10:10 am Horizon Library contact:

August 25, 2013

Our six sources say we draw from "Jewish and Christian teachings", but UUs tend to spend little time studying Jewish teachings. To correct this in part, join J. P. DeMeritt in exploring the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah to see what we UUs can gain from a deeper knowledge of the Jewish tradition. J. P., a dedicated UU, is a nearly 30-year participant observer of Judaism and is minoring in the Sociology of Religion at TWU.

And… Always check the weekly newsletter for short profiles on classes and late-breaking announcements. If you email you will get a quick response from one of the committee chairs – Kay Darwin and Kent Darwin.


THE NEW KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: Kroger has discontinued the Reloadable Kroger Fundraiser Cards, and on August 1, 2013 the new and simpler Kroger Community Rewards program will begin! To support Horizon with this program, just enroll your “Kroger Plus Card”.   

You will need a Kroger Plus card that has been registered online. If you do not have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. You can register your card through the link below. Click “Create an Account” in the upper right-hand corner of the page. If you need assistance call Kroger support at 1-866-221-4141.

To Enroll 1. 2. 3. 4.

Go to Click “Enroll Now” under the Texas heading near the bottom of the page. Sign in with your email address and password. Click on “Community Rewards” link. Follow online instructions. Horizon’s NPO number is 82988.

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Join Horizon’s CROP Hunger Walk Team!

The CROP Walk raises money for the Church World Service to fight global hunger in sustainable ways—like providing seeds, tools, training and micro-loans for communities in need. The money not only helps people across the world, but also across the street—25% of donations stay local, with Metrocrest Social Services. But it can only work with CROP walkers! This is a great service experience for people (and animals) of all ages. So bring your kids and dogs and enjoy a fun walk, followed by a celebration with popcorn, snow cones, live music, and bouncy houses! Ask friends, grandparents, and neighbors to sponsor you with a donation. Mill Valley Fellowship Church * 13545 Webb Chapel Rd, Farmers Branch Saturday, September 14 Gather and register at 8, Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. (when the weather is beautiful!) Please register and donate online at or at our Taste of Horizon table on Sundays. Questions? Email Bunny Summerlin at ______________________________________________________________________________________

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After Church Lunch Locations - Aug 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”. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

August 25th: 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. $  ___________________________________________________________________________ 

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What’s Going On At Horizon? Sunday Aug 25 8:30 AM - 10:15 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. 12:15 PM - 6:00 PM Horizon Players August Show Set-Up 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM After Church Lunch Bunch -- All Are Welcome! - Other - Offsite

Monday Aug 26

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Yoga - P1 - Lg 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM SMART Recovery - FH - Fellowship Hall 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Horizon Players August Show Production Week Rehearsals

Tuesday Aug 27 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Horizon Book Club - E3 - Library 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Horizon Players August Show Production Week Rehearsals 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Buddhist Sangha - P1 - Lg, P2 - Couch 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Tuesday Wisdom Circle - E3 - Library

Wednesday Aug 28

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Library Ministry - E3 - Library 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Horizon Players August Show Production Week Rehearsals

Thursday Aug 29 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Excel Homeschoolers – church rental 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM Restorative Yoga - P1 - Lg 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Worship Arts Committee Meeting - MO - Minister's Office 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Horizon Players August Show Production Week Rehearsals

Friday Aug 30 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Horizon players August show prep 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM HORIZON PLAYERS AUGUST SHOW

Saturday Aug 31 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Men's Support Group - E3 - Library 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Horizon Players August Show Prep 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM HORIZON PLAYERS AUGUST SHOW

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame! ********************************************* Friday, September 13 at 7:05pm it’s the Texas Rangers vs the Oakland Athletics! ********************************************* Sign up in Fellowship Hall TODAY! Tickets are going fast. Jan McDowell will buy the tickets in the next couple days. You can pay later, but sign up today! Do plan to pay soon, please. Definitely before the night of the game.

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Horizon Women, Come Celebrate!! It’s the 25th Annual Women’s Retreat! Sept. 27 – 29, 2013 Glen Lake Retreat Center - Glen Rose, TX

Theme: “Embracing a Wholehearted Life with Courage, Compassion, Connection” Horizon’s women members and visitors 21 and older are invited to explore creativity, inspiration, fear, and courage. Be present. Enjoy yourself. Trust that your body remembers what it feels like to play. Connect and gain strength from one another, and walk forward together with compassion. Material for the retreat will be taken from the book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown. (You are welcome, but certainly not required, to read or purchase the book.)

For questions about the retreat, email or contact Lisa Krishnan at 214-641-2487. Glen Lakes Retreat is located outside of the small historic town of Glen Rose and about 95 miles SW of Horizon. The Women’s Retreat has used this center for the last several years. It is located on the beautiful Paluxy River, which is great for wading (when we’ve had rain)! There is also a hiking trail and a full gymnasium on the property. We will be staying in three deluxe cabins, which accommodate 18 people (nine bunk beds) very comfortably. Each cabin has a large lighted vanity area and a bathroom with three showers, sinks, and toilets. There are also a limited number of hotel-style rooms, available first-come, first-serve at a higher cost. Carpooling will be organized. Friday check-in begins at 4 p.m., and Sunday check-out is at noon. Cost is $125 per person. There is space for 43 women. REGISTRATION will begin Sun. Aug. 4 and must be received by AUGUST 31st. This is a FIRM DATE!! Unfortunately, no reservations can be accepted after this date since we MUST provide the total number to the retreat center on Sept. 1.

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25th Annual Horizon Women’s Retreat, Sept 27-29 Openings for only 43 women, so don’t miss out! Registration begins Aug. 4th and must be received by Aug. 31st This is a FIRM DATE! Name _________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________City_________________ZIP__________ Phone (home) _________________ (cell) ______________________ Email address __________________________________________________________________ Emergency contact & phone _______________________________________________________

Check those that apply: 1. I am a ____Horizon member

_____Horizon friend

2. I have attended a Horizon Women’s Retreat before: _____yes _____no 3. I require/prefer vegetarian meals: _____yes _____no Food allergies: ____________________ 4. All participants will receive a t-shirt this year. Please indicate your preferred size: (S,M,L,XL): ______ Color (yellow, black): _________________ 5. Housing Option: There are 8 hotel-style rooms available with 2 twin beds that will be an additional cost of $40 per person for the weekend, first come-first served WITH completed registration and payment. 6. Some scholarship money is available if needed. Please call Judy Meador to discuss: 972-948-8586. 7. Would you like to contribute to the scholarship fund? If yes, amount: ________

To register, complete this form and make $125 check payable to Horizon UU Church. Write “Women’s Retreat” on memo line. Bring payment and registration form to Women’s Retreat table in the Fellowship Hall staffed every Sunday in August. Or mail payment and registration form to: Judy Meador, 3111 Glenmere Ct., Carrollton, 75007 Any questions, email: Or contact Judy Meador at 972-948-8586 Hotel Room? _____ Total Paid: _______ Check #_______

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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! 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 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. You may also contact . 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. Email

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

Craft & Chat Chalice Circle ( ) 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 . The C & C Chalice Circle meets 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1:30p

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Earth Centered Spirituality Chalice Circle ( ) 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. 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 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. Women Alive 55+ ( ) - 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! ( 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.

Young Adult Chalice Circle will be resuming their meetings on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30pm in Fellowship hall. We will meet every other week and will be examining how the UU Principles can be utilized in our relationships through the course "Principled Commitment" organized by the UUA.

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Our Mission: Growing spiritually healthy people who promote love and justice in the world.

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church 1641 W. Hebron Parkway • Carrollton, TX • 75010-6334 tel: (972) 492-4940 • fax: (972) 394-0570 • facebook: Horizon UU • twitter: horizonuu submissions by 12 Noon each Wednesday. to:

8/23/13 The Week @ Horizon UU  

Horizon Unitarian Church Weekly Newsletter

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