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Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - Working together to inspire spiritual growth, encourage ethical actions, seek truth, and improve the community and the world by our actions.


This Sunday, October 29, 2017


In our 9:30am and 11:30am worship services:


“The Courage to Love” - Rev. Pam Wat


This Sunday we stand on the precipice of five auspicious holidays: Halloween, Samhain, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and Dia de los Muertos. We will create an altar to honor and to remember those who have died and we will listen for what death teaches to those who are living. All are invited to bring a photograph of or memento from someone who has died. During our Message for All Ages we will construct an altar to remember them.


In our 9:30am and 11:30am Explorers classes:


Nursery (infant to Pre-K): Infants and young children are invited to our nursery for a time of play, discovery, nurture, and connection. If you are visiting for the first time, feel free to arrive early to meet our nursery staff and to spend time in the room (classroom number 4) with your child.


Grades Pre K-1st: Students will continue to explore the theme of Courage by sharing their values.


Grades 2-5: Students will continue to explore the theme of Courage by sharing their values..


Youth grades 6 through 12 are invited to stay with adults for the duration of Sunday morning worship services. For youth looking for peer-oriented engagement, please look into the Wednesday evening youth groups that start at 6:00pm. Teens are also welcome to participate in the youth group for LGBTQ+ and straight allies led by OUTreach Denton on Sunday evenings at 6pm. Questions? Contact Rev. Pam at minister@dentonuuf.org.


All are welcome to join us on Sunday at 9:30am or 11:30am.


Thanks to everyone who is sharing their thoughts and experiences about COURAGE! If you haven’t shared or read the submissions, please take a moment to stop by the board in Fellowship Hall and prepare to BE INSPIRED!  


In our 10:40 am Inquirers Series: Worship & Liturgical Year – 10:40am to 11:30am in Room 2 at DUUF – Who and what do we “worship”? What is the meaning of the Sunday morning rituals? What are our holy days and rites of passage? Newcomers and long-time members (and everyone in between) are especially invited to attend this session on the Unitarian Universalist worship experiences.


From Our Leadership

From your treasurer:

Well, my friends, it’s that time of year when final decisions about next year’s budget have to be made. We’ve reached out with announcements, pledge forms, emails, and posters, and now it’s crunch time. We are currently hovering over the prospect of cutbacks while at the same anticipating one of our best pledge years ever. Here is a summary of the current state of our pledge drive:

Pledged for FY18: $143,164

  Needed to continue current programs & staffing: $18,792   Needed to meet proposed growth targets: $27,874


It’s up to you; if you haven’t yet turned in your pledge form, please do so by November 1st, either this coming Sunday or online at https://goo.gl/forms/fDRVxqHGc75KOeYy1


Let’s make this coming year the best year it can be.

Henry Gibbons, Treasurer



Thanks to all attendees of our Fish Fry who raised $570 toward the UU Service Committee! To Bob, Mary, and Kara Snyder for catching, cooking, and sharing a LOT of fish. To Sunnie Palmer for leading the event, organizing volunteers, and getting condiments/supplies for the event. It takes so much work to pull off an event like that and it wouldn’t have happened without Sunnie. Thank you to Rev. Pam Wat who organized many details, especially the awesome bounce house! Thanks to Seven Mile Cafe who donated a whole lot of the best cole slaw in Denton. Thanks to all the grill/fryer tenders, kitchen crew, set-up and clean-up crew, and bounce-house monitors, especially: Adam Briggle, Lauren Coker, Mark Coomes, Barney Cosimo, Mark Davis, Nancy Gaige, Wes Gaige, Henry Gibbons, Guy Gray, Tracey Gray, Cindy Jacobson, Jake Jacobson, Brett Kellerstedt, and Tesa Morin.

We appreciate our longer term members for their commitment and vision all these years. These members were recognized on Sunday for their 25+ years of membership: Solveig Olsen 1/1/1969 (48 years), Gerry Veeder 9/1/1979 (38 years), Bill and Sharon Barnhill 8/3/1981 (36 years), Cathy Sassen 1983 (34 years), Gary Cook (25+ years), Barney Cosimo (25+ years), Sharon Sahm (25+ years), Judy Smith 5/3/1992 (25 years), and Ellen Schweers 9/6/1992 (25 years).


Thanks to everyone who made our 68th DUUFiversary so awesome and to our Sunday morning service attendees to courageously had their pictures taken while holding up our values and to all of you who contributed to our DUUF Endowment Fund raising $700 (with promises of more donations to come)! DUUF’s future is looking brighter and brighter!


SUPPORT OUTreach Denton Youth Group by donating snack items. There is a brightly-colored box in Fellowship Hall. Drop off your donations on Sunday morning. Chips, cookies, and other snacks are welcome. Questions? Contact rachel@dentonuuf.org.


For those of you who might have missed the great Denton Record Chronicle article on our OWL program, please read on: http://www.dentonrc.com/education/education/2017/10/20/owl-program-gives-parents-another-option-sex-education



Saturday, 10/28 7pm - Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans at DUUF. Samhain is when the veil between this world and the next is thinnest. It is a time when we can received message from our ancestors, spirits and deities, while the transformative nature of the dark is highest. Join us as we honor this sacred ritual and explore the ancient wisdoms of Rathcroghan and its dweller, the Morrigan. We will begin to gather at 7:00 PM, the ritual will begin at 7:30 PM. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck after the ceremony. Children who can participate respectfully are welcome to attend with a guardian. Childcare will be provided for younger children who may be spooked.

Sunday, 10/29 - Inquirers Series: Worship & Liturgical Year – 10:40am to 11:30am in Room 2 at DUUF – Who and what do we “worship”? What is the meaning of the Sunday morning rituals? What are our holy days and rites of passage? Newcomers and long-time members (and everyone in between) are especially invited to attend this session on the Unitarian Universalist worship experiences.


Sunday, 10/29 - Meditation and Dharma Study Group will not meet this week.


Wednesday, 11/1, 6- 7:30pm - Middle School Youth Group. Social Action: Fire It Up! is the program focus this year. Students will meet new friends, participate in games and activities, and grow in their personal faith. Snacks will be provided. Members and nonmembers welcome! For more information email rachel@dentonuuf.org.


Wednesday, 11/1, 6- 7:30pm - Coming of Age Class / High School Youth Group - This class is a year-long series for high school students to explore their beliefs, develop leadership skills, engage their community, and articulate their values. For more information email hs@dentonuuf.org or contact Rev. Pam (940-566-1286).


Friday, 11/3 - Parents Night Out at DUUF - 5:30pm to 9:30pm - Parents and guardians are invited to drop off their child(ren) for an evening. Children have a great time (pizza, movie, fun with friends) and adults can have a night on the town, go home and take a nap, catch-up on errands, or do whatever it is parents do when they aren’t on duty. Payment and registration must be made by Monday, October 30 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parents-night-out-tickets-38743055522. This event is open to the community so spread the word! If you are a DUUF family who would like to participate, but cannot afford the registration fee, please contact Rev. Pam about a scholarship. If you can make a gift so that a family can have a night out, please go to the link and indicate your donation.


Saturday, 11/4, 3 pm - Join Denton Covenant of UU Pagans for this special afternoon of music! More details to come!

Sunday, 11/5,10:40am to 11:20am- Inquirers Series: Social Action & Community Service – in Room 2 at DUUF – What is our role in the larger community? What does justice have to do with religion? Newcomers and long-time members (and everyone in between) are especially invited to attend this session on Unitarian Universalism and the public square.

Sunday, 11/5, 4:30- 6:00pm - Meditation and Dharma Study Group - We continue our study of the Sixteen Guidelines to Happiness.  This will be a great series for beginners, and a helpful review for continuing practitioners.  Wear comfortable clothes, and feel free to use either our cushions or our chairs. We'll begin with 25 minutes of meditation followed by approximately 45 minutes to an hour of teaching and discussion. If you have questions, contact our teacher, Palden Lhamo, at palden.lhamo.om@gmail.com

Tuesday, 11/7 - Mindful Eating Workshop from 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Childcare provided with advance RSVP to events@dentonuuf.org. As we approach winter and holidays, it can be a time of losing our balance with food. Take this hour to slow down. This simple, yet profound, practice can draw you back to peace, openness, and grounding.


Wednesday, 11/15, 7 pm at DUUF - Board of Trustees meeting. Please note the change in date.  All are welcome to attend and observe.


Thursday, 11/23, 3 pm - Thanksgiving potluck - Don't feel like cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner this year? Looking for a low-stress place to spend the holiday? Join us at DUUF for a Thanksgiving Day potluck, and invite your friends & family! If you can provide a dish, please use the Mealtrain URL to let us know what you'll be bringing.  https://mealtrain.com/0n683z


Saturday, 12/9 - Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Workshop at DUUF - PARTICIPATION IS BY ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLY - This 3-hour workshop is for politically and socially conscious people who seek to deepen their awareness of racial issues to better serve the cause of social justice. We examine the historical and political roots of racial injustice and how we unknowingly benefit from a culture of white supremacy. Our goal is to begin the process of dismantling and uprooting white supremacy in our social/political organizing spaces. This workshop will be led by the DFW chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/ Childcare provided by trained staff at DUUF. Please notify us by November 25 if you would like childcare. $10 suggested minimum donation. Reigster: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/surj-workshop-denton-tx-tickets-38304913026



* Our theme for November is ABUNDANCE and we celebrate all that we have in our lives. For what are you grateful? Be sure to share your thoughts on our board in Fellowship Hall!

• Nov.  5 - “DACA and the Dreamers” with Opening Doors Immigration Services (a Second Offering will be joyfully received to benefit this important work)
• Nov. 12 -  “The Moral Injury of War” (Veteran’s Day weekend)

• Nov. 19 - “Together We Share”- Rev. Pam Wat


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