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This Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 9:30 and 11:30 am

“Emerging Sustainability” - What does our liberal religion teach us about the earth? What are the big 21st Century questions facing humanity and our world, and how are those questions evolving throughout the generations? Rev. Pam leads our Earth Day celebration.
 
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 PreK-1st: Students will continue exploring Emergence. We will pot plants, sort recyclable materials, and make a craft to celebrate Earth Day.    
 
Grades 2-5: Students will continue exploring Emergence. We will discuss evolution, watch a video, and celebrate Earth Day with a craft. Also, Alida earned 20 leadership points, so she gets to choose a theme for the day. Her chosen theme is Temporary Tattoos! All 2nd-5th grade students are invited to wear temporary tattoos to class this Sunday. If you do not have any temporary tattoos, Ms. Rachel will provide one. :)
 
Between the services at 10:40am:

Inquirers Series: Unitarian & Universalist History, Principles and Sources - in Room 2 -  Where does Unitarian Universalism come from? What do UU’s believe? Newcomers are especially invited to attend this session on our roots and beliefs.
 
The theme for April is EMERGENCE! Looking for wisdom to emerge? Go to Fellowship Hall during coffee hour and look for the emerging wisdom board.
 
Looking for wonder to emerge? Check out this three-minute movie called “Have You Ever Really Seen the Moon?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV89qH9IGrA

  


From Our Leadership

Dear DUUF Community,

This week, the Board met with a full agenda to discuss. Treasurer Hal Gibbons reported that the congregation’s financial status is strong. We are deeply appreciative to the Congregation for their pledge contributions that allow DUUF to fulfill its mission.  

The Spring Congregational Meeting will be held between the services on Sunday, May 6.  The Board has been busy on a number of agenda items including a proposal to approve a 2018 budget change for the purpose of hiring a full-time staff member to fulfill the roles of Faith Development Coordinator, Lead Teacher, and Youth Group Coordinator (OUTreach Denton).

Elections for the 2018-19 Board will also be held at the May 6 Congregational Meeting.  If you are interested in joining the Board or know someone who might be, please email Sunnie Palmer, Chair of the Nominating Committee at pastpresident@dentonuuf.org.

Sunnie Palmer informed the Board that the application for the Interim Minister will be submitted on April 17 to the UUA. In early May, the committee will receive information about interested ministerial candidates. The Board gives great thanks to the members of the Search Committee for preparing the materials and giving their time, energy and thoughtfulness to this task.

The Committee on Ministry developed the following Covenant that the board has approved for affirmation by the congregation at the May congregational meeting.  
Covenant of The Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
 
We affirm our commitment to this community by covenanting
To listen with compassion,
To speak with respect and kindness,
To take responsibility for our own acts and feelings,
To support the church as we are able,
To engage in open, caring and informed discussion of the decisions that affect us,
To practice our UU principles at DUUF and in the world.

Lastly, the Board discussed hosting a party for Reverend Pam so that the congregation and community can say good-bye to her and wish her and Erik the best blessings as they move to Delaware. Details will be forthcoming but we do ask that you “Save the Date” for the afternoon/evening of Sunday, June 24, 2018.  

Tracey Gray
Trustee, DUUF Board of Trustees

  
Announcements


DUUF T-SHIRT SALES: Thanks to everyone who purchased a DUUF t-shirt to support the Coming of Age high school trip to Boston. They sold 73 t-shirts! There are still a few shirts available for sale at https://goo.gl/wXr6mA. If you have not picked up your t-shirt yet, stop by DUUF on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday between 9am and 2pm or contact us at events@dentonuuf.org to make other arrangements.
 
5th Annual Repentant Pack Rats Church Garage Sale on May 11-12, 2018 from 8:00am to 4:00pm(ish) at DUUF. This fundraising event is THE BIGGEST fundraiser of the year and an important part of keeping our congregation’s programs and services going! Thank you in advance for all your help to make this our best sale EVER!
 
Be Part of the Repentant Pack Rats Church Garage Sale Volunteer Crew: Set up will begin Monday,  May 7 through Thursday, May 10 from 10:00am-ish to 5:00pm-ish each day). On Friday, May 11 (from 7:30am to 4:00pm), and Saturday, May 12 (from 7:30am to 4:00pm-ish), we will need help running the sale and help cleaning up afterward. To make a great sale, we need all sorts of help, so please come by that week to lend a hand with the preparations. We'll have a sign-up sheet at coffee hour after each service. We'll need help during the week of the sale to help set up, hang clothes, etc... Questions? Email sale@dentonuuf.org.

DONATE to the Repentant Pack Rats Church Garage Sale: A storage trailer is now in the parking lot; bring your donations before or after Sunday morning worship services from now through May 6!  You may also drop off donations during DUUF office hours (call first - 940-566-1286, ext. 11 or email dentonuuf@gmail.com to make sure Jennifer can be there - office hours are typically T, W, F 9:00am to 2:00pm). Items that sell include: clean clothing (clothing on hangers is encouraged and appreciated), furniture (in good repair), tools (in good repair), kitchen items, dishes, children’s toys (clean, in good repair), curtains, towels, decorations, paintings and anything you think you would buy if you saw it at a garage sale. Items we are not able to sell include outdated and non-working electronics, anything broken or dirty, mattresses, personal items (underwear), worn out shoes, puzzles/games/sets that are missing pieces, to name a few. If clothing can come on hangers, that'd be great. (and we always need children's hangers). ALL DONATIONS RECEIVED BEFORE 1:00pm on SUNDAY, MAY 6 must be in boxes or bins (to be stackable in the trailer). If you have things in trash bags, we ask that you wait until the week of the sale to bring them to best utilize our trailer space. Questions? Email
sale@dentonuuf.org.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR CONNECTION: Sunday Morning Teaching Assistants - Would you like to support the education and growth of children at DUUF? Now is a great time to explore how you can be more involved in supporting Lead Teachers on Sunday mornings. Contact Rev. Pam for more information (minister@dentonuuf.org).
 
BOOK DONATION: New or gently used children’s books needed. These books will be donated to Giving Hope for families to use in the office waiting room. Giving Hope, https://hopeincdenton.com, is a non-profit organization that helps families at risk for homelessness. Look for the donation box in the coffee hour area.
 
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the second offering for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). We collected $761.71. Thank for supporting BLUU’s work of expanding the power & capacity of Black UUs within our faith; providing support, information & resources for Black Unitarian Universalists; and promoting justice and liberation through our faith. For more information about BLUU go to: http://www.blacklivesuu.com.
 
DUUF Directory - Are you looking for an email address for someone at DUUF? Do you need to call another member and can’t find their phone number? Did you know there is a DUUF directory which can give you this information? Contact Jennifer at dentonuuf@gmail.com or 940-566-1286 ext. 11 to request copy. Please specify if you would prefer an emailed pdf or a hard copy.
 
Office hours - The office will open at 11 am Wednesday, April 25. Regular office hours are 9 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

 


Events


April 20-22 weekend - DUUF 2018 Spring Camping Trip -   Lake Ray Roberts at the Isle du Bois State Park in the Deer Ridge Campground.  Join DUUF members as we camp at Lake Ray Roberts. Book your own campsite; feel free to contact Thomas Gonzalez for tips. Day trippers are welcome; come by for an evening or stay for a day.  If you need to borrow equipment, please contact Thomas Gonzalez or post on the Facebook event. If previous trips are any indicator, there will be plenty of kids, food and coffee. There is electricity and water at every campsite. Bathrooms/showers are about 150 yards from where we are staying. Please contact Thomas Gonzalez @ 817-307-0371 or tubergonz@yahoo.com for information or go to the DUUF Facebook page and look for the "event".

  

Sunday, 4/22 10:40am to 11:20am - Inquirers Series: Unitarian & Universalist History, Principles and Sources - in Room 2 at DUUF -  Where does Unitarian Universalism come from? What do UU’s believe? Newcomers are especially invited to attend this session on our roots and beliefs.

 

Sunday, 4/22 4:30 to 6:00pm - Meditation and Dharma Study Group - We continue our study of the Sixteen Guidelines to Happiness. 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

 

Sunday, 4/22 6:00pm to 8:00pm - OUTreach Denton LGBTQ+ Youth Group - Teenage youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or straight ally are invited to participate each week. Questions? Contact OUTreachDenton@gmail.com

 

Ongoing through May 6 - DONATE to the Repentant Pack Rats Church Garage Sale: A storage trailer is now in the parking lot; bring your donations before or after Sunday morning worship services or during DUUF office hours. Items received before Sunday, May 6 must be in boxes or bins (to be stackable in the trailer). If you have things in trash bags, we ask that you wait until the week of the sale to bring them to best utilize our trailer space. Questions? Email sale@dentonuuf.org.
 

Wednesday, 4/25 6:00pm to 7:30pm Coming of Age High School Youth Group. For information contact organizers at hs@dentonuuf.org.

 

Wednesday, 4/25 6-7:30pm - Middle School Youth Group. Our program this year is Peace & Justice: Fire it Up! We have discussions, play games and activities, get to know one another, and grow in our personal spiritual journeys. Snacks will be provided. Rachel Goodman leads the group. For more information email rachel@dentonuuf.org. All middle school youth (members and non members) are welcome.

 

Sunday 4/29 10:40am to 11:20am - Inquirers Series: Orientation to DUUF - in Room 2 at DUUF - What is the history of this particular Fellowship? Who were the early founders and leaders? What is the history of our building? What parts are uniquely “DUUF”? Newcomers are especially invited to attend this session on Denton’s only Unitarian Universalist congregation.

 

Tuesday, 5/1 7pm to 8pm -  Prayer as a Spiritual Practice - Rev. Pam leads her final spiritual practice workshop on the ancient tradition of prayer. How is prayer meaningful for non-theists or for theists who do not believe in a deity who responds to daily requests (like for your team to win the World Series)? Rev. Pam will invite us into a practice of spoken/written prayer that has power no matter your beliefs. For childcare please reserve in advance by emailing events@dentonuuf.org.

 

Thursday, 5/3 7:00 pm - Interfaith Prayer Service (Community Meal at 6:00 pm) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3000 Old North Road, Denton. Rev. Pam is looking for singers for a children’s choir directed by the music director at First United Methodist Church. Contact her for more information (minister@dentonuuf.org).

 

Friday, 5/4 5:30pm to 9:30 pm - Parents Night Out. Parents and guardians, bring your child(ren) to DUUF where they will enjoy a great time (pizza, movie, fun with friends) while you get the night off. This event is staffed by experienced, nurturing childcare providers. Sign up today! All attendees MUST be registered in advance at duufpno.eventbrite.com. Deadline to register is Sunday, April 29. $25 for the first child ($10 for each additional child) including all food, beverages, and activities. This event is open to the public. Please share with families in our wider community. Scholarships are available. Questions? Email events@dentonuuf.org.

 

Sunday, 5/6 10:35 am - Congregational Meeting. This will be a full and important meeting -- please attend! We will be electing our 2018-19 Board of Trustees. But there is more! We will also affirm a new congregational covenant, hear from the endowment committee and elect a new trustee for that committee, receive financial and ministerial search updates, recognize some of our leaders, and vote on an important and exciting staffing change.

 

Monday, May 7 through Thursday, May 10 from 10:00am-ish to 5:00pm-ish each day) - volunteer for the DUUF garage sale. To make a great sale, we need all sorts of help, so please come by that week to lend a hand with the preparations. We'll have a sign-up sheet at coffee hour after each service. We'll need help during the week of the sale to help set up, hang clothes, etc... Questions? Email sale@dentonuuf.org.

 

Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 from 8:00am to 4:00pm(ish) 5th Annual Repentant Pack Rats Church Garage Sale at DUUF - This fundraising event is THE BIGGEST fundraiser of the year and an important part of keeping our congregation’s programs and services going! Thank you in advance for all your help to make this our best sale EVER! Volunteers needed on Friday, May 11 (from 7:30am to 4:00pm) and Saturday May 12 (from 7:30am to 4:00pm-ish) to help run the sale and to help clean up afterward.

 

Saturday, May 19, 8:30-11:30 am - DUUF Work Day. Come spend the morning at DUUF as we clean and tidy indoors and out. Jobs for all ability levels; snacks for all workers!

 

June 11-15, 9:00am to 12:00pm - Our Whole Lives (OWL) Summer Camp. OWL is a comprehensive, age-appropriate sexuality education curriculum for students of all ages. This summer, we offer OWL Summer Camp for children who have completed grades K-1 and 4-5, teaching children to make healthy, safe, and informed choices about their bodies and their well-being. OWL Camp will also include crafts, outside games, and traditional summer camp activities. K-1 topics include: Birth, Babies, Bodies, and Families. 4-5 topics include: Puberty, Body Image, Gender, Sexuality and Values. Parents and guardians must attend one of these mandatory orientations: Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00pm or Monday, June 4 at 7:00pm. Register at duufowlcamp.eventbrite.com. Non-member registration is $100 for the week. DUUF members, contact Jennifer (Office Administrator) to request the promo code for the member price of $60. Questions? Contact dentonuuf@gmail.com for more information.

 


Upcoming Services
 

* Our theme for April is EMERGENCE.

 

• April 29 - “The Wisdom of Children”

• May 6 - “UU R Creative” (with congregational meeting in between the services)

• May 13 - Coming of Age Service (our high school class will present their credo statements and lead worship with Rev. Pam)

 

DUUF Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dentonuufellowship/  

DUUF Website: http://dentonuuf.org/  

 




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