Horizon News & Announcements
Horizon Women's Retreat • Sept. 26 – 28, 2014
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Horizon UU Church Women’s Retreat. All women members or friends who are 21 and over are invited to come and get away from it all at the beautiful Glen Lake Retreat Center in Glen Rose, TX.
Our theme this year is “Traveling Light,” and, as a new feature, we’ll have a special presenter on Saturday!
Visit with old friends and make new ones at our annual gathering. Come join us for a relaxing weekend in a comfortable setting. We only have a limited number of spaces available, so don't miss out! Whether it's your first time or your 26th, join in the fun and camaraderie!
Registration begins Sunday, Aug. 3rd and must be received by Aug. 31st. This is a FIRM date!! The cost is $115 per person and includes all meals on Sat. and breakfast on Sun.
Horizon’s Transition Team
The Next Steps
Horizon is about to meet our Interim Minister, Reverend Helen Carroll, and to welcome her with great expectancy and with as many different ideas about how our transition will progress as there are members and friends of our religious community. Reverend Carroll wants to hear them all, from your experience of Horizon’s history, your awareness of our strengths and weaknesses as you see them right now, to your dreams for our future.
The Board of Trustees has appointed the Transition Team members. They are Beth Bargar, JuLane, MC Meador, Madira McKee, Acie Nobles, and Patsy Roe, all long-time Horizon members who have played many different leadership roles. Working with Reverend Carroll, they will be taking the lead in projects and activities designed to help carry out interim tasks.
Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church encourages you to attend
weekly worship here within your community
Sundays 10:30AM - 1641 W. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton TX 75010
Sunday, July 27
A Wellspring for Unitarian Universalists
Rev. Rob Moore and Director of Lay Ministry, Marianna Seaton
What do a commitment to a daily spiritual practice, working monthly with a spiritual director, studying and reflecting upon Unitarian Universalist theology and history, participation in a small group of seekers, and putting our faith into action, have in common? These are the five “spokes of the wheel” of a unique spiritual deepening program called Wellspring. Horizon is in its fifth year of offering this program to Unitarian Universalists seeking deeper meaning in their chosen faith. Rev. Rob Moore and Director of Lay Ministry, Marianna Seaton will share their personal experience with the program, and shine a light on the benefits of the Wellspring process. The service will be followed by an information session for people interested in participating in this unique program beginning this September.
Attention Parents and Grandparents of children and teens:
Don't miss Parenting With Love and Logic
9am Sunday in the Horizon Library
Elaine Commins, a Horizon member, teacher, and trained Love and Logic instructor will talk about healthy parenting practices that emphasize unconditional love and firm boundary setting.
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Horizon Line Dancing!
Come join us 2nd Saturday of the month, in the Fellowship Hall. We dance from 7:30 p.m until whenever we drop! All genders, ages, and abilities are welcome. Come have fun with us!
Horizon Week in Cloudcroft, NM
Would like to get away from the Texas heat this summer, and spend a week with your Horizon friends in the cool mountains of Cloudcroft, NM? If that sounds good to you, click here for more information.
THE ANNUAL PLEDGE DRIVE
2014 Commitment Campaign
Our Commitment Campaign (annual pledge drive) will happen this year on one day, Super Celebration Sunday, February 9th. Plan to stay after the service for the potluck meal (and a few surprises!). We are going to celebrate our theme this year, “To Horizon with Love…”
Horizon is entirely self-supporting when it comes to our annual operating budget. 97% of the church’s support comes from members and friends—81% from our Commitment Campaign, 8% from Sunday offerings and 8% from our two fundraising auctions. Our members truly show their love for and value of Horizon in their lives through their generosity. Thank you!
We hope that you will make a pledge for 2014 (to begin on July 1, 2014, our new fiscal year). We need your gift—and to get your gift, we have to have your pledge card! Pledge cards will be handed out this Sunday at Revival Sunday—come “rock down” with our gospel choir and enjoy some lively and fun UU evangelism (we need to get better at it). Hear testimonials from brother/sister Horizon UU’s…it’s one of the best services of the year!
We’d love to see ALL of you on Super Celebration Sunday, February 9th But we want your pledge by the 9th, even if you can’t come to church on that day! Your timely pledge is vital for our Board and leaders to be able to plan for the upcoming 2014-2015 financial year.
“A Long Strange Trip: The Complete Video Guide
to Unitarian Universalist History”
with Lauren Daniell and guests
“Long Strange Trip” is a new, 6-hour comprehensive video series by UU history buff Ron Cordes. These videos will be enjoyed by new members and long-time UUs alike. Cordes traces the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we now know today as Unitarian Universalism. The installments are approximately one hour in length and are Close-captioned with online study guides (no books to buy!) Each one-hour segment will be shown twice to accommodate members’ schedules. Drop-ins welcome.
TWO SHOWINGS of each segment:
2nd Sundays from 12:30-2pm in the Library
Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13
Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm in the Fellowship Hall
Feb. 12, March 12, April 16, May 14, June 11, July 16
Horizon By-Laws Rewrite
At the January Congregational Meeting, Horizon s members were asked to vote on a re-write of our By-laws. A task force of current and former Board Members has talked about and worked on the rewrite for almost two years, assisted and guided by Dennis and Lyssa.
The obvious questions are: “Why?” And “Why now?”
The answer to “Why?” is that while our current By-Laws served very well for the first half of Horizon’s 26 years, requiring only one amendment in 1996, they have become cumbersome during our second 13 years, requiring 8 amendments.
Future Sundays at Horizon UU
July 6, 2014 - Rev. Gordon Roe
July 13, 2014 - Montana Steele
July 20, 2014 - Rev. David Martin
July 27, 2014 - Wellspring service - Marianna Seaton
August 3, 2014 - Intergenerational Service - Lauren Daniel
August 10, 2014 - Aly Tharp
August 17, 2014 - Rev. Kent Taylor
August 24, 2014 - Rev. Susan Smith
August 31, 2014 - Horizon Leadership
What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists
An Adult Religious Education Class beginning August 4, 2014
Where does moral authority lie?
What is the basis for UU religious ethics?
Is there such a thing as absolute and unchanging moral truth?
What does it mean to live a life of virtue, to develop a virtuous character?
How do we respond when we personally fall short of virtues we hold dear?
Do human beings have inherent basic rights we are called to uphold?
What do we do when our rights-based morality brings us face to face with rights that are in conflict?
How do our relationships with others form a fundamental influence in our ethical decision making?
Join us as we explore these and other moral and ethical questions that arise in your daily living. The 8 sessions of What We Choose offer an intentional process of engagement with other seekers in examining ethical concepts, questions and dilemmas. The material covered is designed to deepen and expand knowledge and skills for a process of ethical reflection that is central to living our Unitarian Universalist faith.
This class offers the opportunity to examine the core of our lives as Unitarian Universalists and the sessions build on each other so we ask that you commit to attending all 8 sessions beginning Monday, August 4th and continuing to September 29th, with no class being held on Labor Day, September 1st. All materials will be provided with the exception of your personal journal; a 1-inch 3-ring binder would allow space for journal pages as well as insertion of the hand-outs that will provide your reading assignments and preparation for each class.
Cancellation of arranged childcare must be emailed to Ms. Becky no less than 24 hours before the session.
Join us for exploration and sharing!
Horizon's Charity Drive for Refugees from Central America
From the Horizon YRUU youth group and Social Justice Team:
This Sunday, July 13th, YRUU is collecting toiletries and other supplies for the unaccompanied minors who are refugees from Central America.
We will deliver the following items that afternoon to the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and Catholic Charities of Fort Worth:
shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, body and face lotion, deodorant, soap (bar or liquid), diapers (all sizes), sunscreen, brushes, combs, hair ties, and small toys. We are also accepting welcome notes in Spanish and/or English.
We will also accept Walmart gift cards and cash (which will be used to purchase gift cards) for clothing in needed sizes once the children arrive.
Please consider supporting this worthy cause. Boxes will be set up in the lobby for your generous donations.
Amy Freeman, on behalf of YRUU and
JuLane, on behalf of HUUC Social Justice Team