This Sunday, August 27, 2017
In our 9:30am and 11:30am worship services: “Welcomed Home” - Rev. Pam Wat
In the coming weeks we explore the theme of “welcome.” As we do we imagine the ways in which our world needs us to extend a spirit of welcome. First we begin by remembering when we were welcomed. Rev. Pam shares her story of ancestral welcome and how it helped her find home. We will also receive a special offering to support our larger Unitarian Universalist Association whose tireless work brings us expertise, resources, inspiration, a bigger voice for social action, and support throughout the year. Please give generously. In Fellowship Hall, please take a moment to locate the board that asks “What does Welcome mean to you?” and share your answer(s) there. We want to hear from you!
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 with your child.
Grades Pre K-1st:
Grades 2-5: Students will explore the theme of Welcome. We will learn from and sing a welcome song with Ugandan children, discuss what it means to be welcoming, create a ritual to welcome new students, and play a game to welcome their peers.
Grades 6-12: Students will explore the theme of Welcome. We will watch The Lost Thing and discuss what it means to be welcoming and to feel welcomed by others.
In our 10:40 am Inquirers Series: Faith Development for Children and Adults – 10:40am - 11:30am - Room 2 at DUUF – What do we teach our children? What do adults learn? What is “faith development” and why does it matter to me? Newcomers and long-time members (and everyone in between) are invited to attend this session on UU Faith Development and religious education. This is part of our Inquirers Series - a drop in class where folks can learn and connect. No RSVP is required-- just show up! Maybe even bring a friend!
From Our Leadership
Last Sunday I shared with you our Membership Commitment Form and explained that we are doing some things differently this year. Instead of a month-long stewardship campaign in October, we invite you now fill out a 2018 Membership Commitment Form that articulates:
the financial pledge you expect to fulfill between January 2018 to December 2018,
the ways in which you expect to participate between September 2017 and August 2018), and
your willingness to commit to our Unitarian Universalist values.
The leadership of this congregation anticipate that this change will help folks be intentional about their commitments to DUUF and that it will help us (as a whole) to better live out our collective mission. Membership Commitment Forms will be available throughout the year for newcomers who wish to join. By sharing in advance how you intend to support our mission, our staff and Board can better prioritize our programs, services, and events. The Board is already preparing a 2018 financial budget and will use your Membership Commitment Forms to determine our anticipated income for the year (pledges are the largest source of income that DUUF has each year). To indicate your commitment, please return a completed paper form, or complete an online form found here: https://goo.gl/forms/fDRVxqHGc75KOeYy1.
Thank you for all the ways you inspire spiritual growth, encourage ethical actions, seek truth, and improve the community and the world by your actions.
Love and light,
Rev. Pam Wat
From the Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, August 24th at 7 pm. All are welcome to observe.
DUUF opportunities to help youth grow and learn! Opportunities include:
6th - 12th grade lead teacher or assistant teacher on Sundays, 11:30AM every other week. Responsibilities include showing a video and facilitating discussion. Discussion guides, including the video, are written for you each week.
Pre-K - 1st grade assistant teacher on Sundays, 9:30AM or 11:30AM every other week. Dain Sullivan leads this class. Responsibilities may include assisting Dain in classroom management, preparing materials to use for activities, etc.
Middle School Youth Group assistant teacher on Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm. Rachel Goodman leads this group. Responsibilities may include assisting Rachel in classroom management, preparing materials to use for activities, etc.
No experience necessary. Approved application and successful background checks are required.Orientation/training provided. Interested or have questions? Contact Rachel Goodman at email@example.com or find her during coffee hour between services. Our faith development program would not be possible without you.
THANKS to our ongoing volunteers in our classes for youth - Pre-K – 1st Grade (with Dain): Stacy Efthymiou and Nicholas Morgan --- 2nd- 5th Grade (with Rachel): Tod King, Robert Leland, Bill Barnhill, and Kyndal DeBruin --- 6th-12th Grade: Thomas Gonzalez, Hilari Oller, Miriam Mitchell, Samir Aouadi, and Erik Goodlett --- Middle School Youth Group (with Rachel): Nancy Fire --- High School Youth Group (with Pam): Tesa Morin, Hilari Oller, and Crystal Sullivan
We also appreciate Myah Dhesi, Deborah Mills, Sarah Gamblin, Nancy Gaige, Linda Hapeman, Alana Presley Taylor, Nicole Balderas, Danna Getske, and Nancy Fire for helping this past year and/or for stepping in last minute!
Our DUUF Buddhist Sangha is invited to form a Student Group at UNT. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Spiritual activities will be led by our teacher, Palden Lhamo.
Happy Birthday to: 8/23 Solveig Olsen; 8/28 Linda Hapeman; 8/31 Cliff Garner; 9/2 Kamyon Conner; 9/3 Azita Gonzalez; 9/12 Michael Hollinshead; 9/15 Teddy Caster (5); 9/15 Lillian Cox (7); 9/18 Willis Caster (8); 9/18 Metae Aouadi (11); 9/18 Rakan Aouadi (11); 9/24 Rosalie Caster (4); 9/26 Ren Oehlschlager; and 9/29 Bridget O’Rourke.
Sun., 8/27 10:40am to 11:20am - Faith Development for Children and Adults - in Room 2 at DUUF – All are welcome to learn about how we “practice” Unitarian Universalism. Great mysteries revealed (what is “faith development”, what do children do in their Sunday classes, what classes are there for adults). This session is part of our Inquirers Series - where folks learn/connect. No RSVP -- just show up! Maybe bring a friend!
Sun., 8/27, NEW TIME! 4:30pm- 6:00pm - Meditation and Dharma Study Group - A new series of teachings on "The Sixteen Guidelines to Happiness," - we'll start with a review of some of the basics of Tibetan Buddhism. A great starting point for beginners, and a helpful review for continuing practitioners. Wear comfortable clothes, and feel free to use either our cushions or chairs. Questions? Contact our teacher, Palden Lhamo, at email@example.com
Wed., 8/30, 6pm - 7:30pm: Middle School Youth Group. Students will meet new friends, participate in games and activities, and grow in the personal faith. Snacks provided. Members and nonmembers welcome! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed. 8/30, 6pm to 7:30pm - Coming of Age Class / High School Youth Group - A year-long series for high school students to explore beliefs, develop leadership skills, engage their community, and articulate their values. If your youth did not attend the orientation or first session but would like to participate, please email email@example.com or contact Rev. Pam (940-566-1286).
Sun. 9/3 Inquirers Series: Worship & Liturgical Year – 10:40am to 11:30am in Room 2 at DUUF – Who and what do we “worship”?
Tue. 9/5, 7pm - 8:30pm - Spiritual Practice - Meditation - Every first Tue of the month, join us to experience a different spiritual practice. Explore practices for daily, weekly, monthly, and annual implementation that will help cultivate peace, clarity, and connection. Rev. Pam leads this class and participants may come to every class or drop in as able. Spiritual practices include sabbath keeping, mindful eating, devotional reading, labyrinth walking, prayer, prayer beads, clearness committee, and prayer beads.
Mon. 9/11 at 7pm at DUUF - “An Evening of Peace and Harmony” with Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri, a senior disciple of Amma (the “hugging saint”) is coming to Denton to share his experiences and insights in a special 9/11 program.With characteristic wit and lively examples, He has a captivating way of sharing his experiences and profound spiritual insights, gleaned from over three decades of life as a disciple. Join us as we cultivate peace and harmony across religious traditions.
- September 3 - “So What Do You Do?” - DUUF members talk about their work
-September 10 - “The Pursuit of Mattering” - Rev. Pam Wat
- September 17 - “Faith & Good Faith” - Lydia Alexander
- September 24 - “Undeserved Kindness” - Rev. Pam Wat
Minister: Rev. Pamela Wat, firstname.lastname@example.org, 940-566-1286, ext.12
President of the Board: Adam Briggle, email@example.com
Office Secretary: Diana Forson, (T/W/TH 10am-3pm), firstname.lastname@example.org, 940-566-1286
Lead Teacher for Grades 2-5 & Middle School: Rachel Goodman, email@example.com 940-566-1286, ext.15
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