Horizon News & Announcements
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, Sept 14
Rev. Helen Carroll
Hello - Family, furniture, pets and stuff have followed me from Illinois to Texas to settle in a new home in Lewisville. We are mostly unpacked, mostly moved in, mostly acquainted with local amenities and mostly ready to begin a new ministry. And Goodbye - As I prepare to leave you, we have covenants to experience and plans to explore.
Changes for the new church school year for children and teens K-12
Last week we began a new era at Horizon with our very first worship service by our new interim minister, Rev. Helen Carroll. She and I are implementing some changes in the worship service and there will be some general changes to your child’s religious education program not only to promote community among the members of the congregation, but also to increase the children’s involvement in social justice causes.
•ALL children and teens K-12 will begin in the worship service at 10:30am beginning this Sunday. The order of the worship service has been rearranged so all ages can listen to the story and leave for class before 10:45am.
•Children K-5 will still be invited up front to listen to the story, but students in grades 6-12 can have the option of staying in their seats with the adults or going up front to listen to the story with little brothers and sisters.
•Students in grades 6-12 are invited to sing out the younger children, and then depart for their own classes at the conclusion of the song.
This year our students will be involved in multi-age activities on Sunday mornings at least twice a semester. The middle school and preschool will pair up as “Big and Little BUUddies” as will the high school with elementary school students. These pairings will allow Horizon students to get to know other children outside their grade levels and strengthen the connections between the ages.
•Just like last year, several social action projects are planned throughout the year.
•In the late fall and spring, grades 6-12 will look forward to getting involved in a visit to Heifer Ranch in Arkansas.
•A preliminary plan is in place for a summer service trip for students in grades 10-12.
We’re going to have a great year in children’s and teen’s Religious Education at Horizon! Thank you for your continued support and sharing your children with us.
Yours in Faith,
Middle School Social Night
Friday, September 17th
5-11pm; Portable Bldg.
Fall classes for Children and Teens begin September 14th
Our fall theme is “Living as a UU.”
Here is a sneak peek at what Horizon children and youth will study during the first semester:
Preschool: Chalice Children
Chalice Children helps young children learn about their church and congregation, celebrates the friendships they have here, and inspires the wonder of learning and imagining. During the year, they will learn about the traditions, people and places of Horizon. Throughout the year they will receive special visits from their “Big BUUddies” from the middle school class.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Creating Home
The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each of us play in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a "faith home" — the congregation — which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members joy, safety, and responsibilities. This class will receive visits around Halloween and Christmas from their “Big BUUddies” in high school.
2nd-3rd Grades: Being a UU Everyday
This class guides children to do their best to live their lives as UUs every day. It presents fourteen traits that best define what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and how they can nurture these characteristics to become people who promote love and justice in the world. This class will receive visits around Halloween and Christmas from their “ Big BUUddies” in high school.
4th-5th Grades: Toolbox of Faith
What tools does Unitarian Universalism offer for the challenges of life? Children discover what aspects of UU faith are helpful to them, developing a “toolbox” of faith from which to draw.
Middle School: Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace intends to help our middle school students understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. Its purpose is to equip them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when their values will be constantly tested and they will have many opportunities to show leadership as religious liberals.
In addition to being a “Big BUUddy” to a Horizon preschooler, 6-8 graders will be involved in a social justice project, plan the Haunted House, and have the opportunity to meet with other local UU teens at a district event in November.
8th Grade: Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
9th Grade: Coming of Age
During this important year, the teens will examine their maturing religious identity and diverse UU heritage. It helps them form a liberal religious worldview and aids them in internalizing UU values. The year culminates in a ceremony with the congregation and a class trip to Boston in the early summer, to visit the center of so much of our denomination's history.
10th-12th Grade: TBD
Our Senior High students will have a say in their course of study this fall. They may choose to study developing spiritual practices, focusing on becoming leaders for social change or perhaps decide to combine several courses of study.
In addition to Sunday morning class, they will have the opportunity to attend weekend youth rallies in the area with other UU teens, and focus on a summer service trip. Lastly, they will have a chance to be a “Big BUUddy” with some of the younger children at Horizon throughout the year.
Attention Parents: Time to register Children and Teens for Fall Classes
The new church school year begins Sunday, September 14th and Horizon Religious Education needs parents and guardians to register their children as soon as possible so we can better serve you.
Paper registration forms can be found at the Horizon Welcome Center and on the seats in the sanctuary, and a form to download and fill out at home is located on the DLRE blog (www.horizonuu.org/dre/ : scroll down to the August 9th entry)
Thank you in advance for making this the best year in RE yet!
Calendar of Events for Children and Youth
September 12th (Friday): Elementary (ages 6-10) "almost sleep over" in the Portable. 5-11pm
September 13th (Saturday): Walk to support Alzheimer’s Research / Heart and Hammers.
September 14th (Sunday): Fall classes begin – all grades
September 18th (Thursday): Love and Logic Parenting Skills seminars, 10:30-12:30 or 7:00-8:30
September 19th (Friday): Middle School Fun Night in the Portable, 5-11pm (11-13 year olds) Preregistration required by 9/17.
September 20th (Saturday): Heart and Hammers (14 yrs and up)
September 21st (Sunday): Grades 4-6 OWL begins 12:10-1:10 Portable rm. 8
October 5th (Sunday at 2pm): Blessing of the Animals – bring your pets!
Adult Spiritual Growth and Learning
Upcoming Love and Logic Parenting Skills Information Session and Course
with Elaine Commins
Thursday, September 18th
10:30am-12:00pm OR 7:00-8:30pm
There will be a repeat of July’s Love and Logic Parenting Skills seminar on Thursday, September 18th with Elaine Commins. TWO sessions will be held (same information offered at each) to accommodate busy schedules: 10:30am - 12:00 pm OR 7:00 pm - 8:30pm.
Six Week Course
Tuesdays, October 7th-November 11th
10:30am-12:00pm OR 7:00-8:30pm
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.
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
Future Sundays September 2014
Sept 14, Rev. Helen Carroll
Hello - Family, furniture, pets and stuff have followed me across the country to settle in a new home in Lewisville. We are mostly unpacked, mostly moved in, mostly acquainted with local amenities and mostly ready to begin a new year. And Goodbye - As I prepare to leave you, we have covenants to experience and plans to explore.
September 21, Rev. Helen Carroll
Standing on the Side of Love
At the 2004 General Assembly, delegates from across the country passed an Action of Immediate Witness, charging UU congregations and the UUA to do everything possible to defeat the marriage amendment. Since that time, UUs have worked with community organizations to end marriage discrimination. Our collective commitment to civil marriage comes, in part, from shared understanding of the second principle - an affirmation of justice, equity and compassion in human relations. With a challenge to the Texas Constitution before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the fight has come to Horizon's backyard once more.