By

Megan Doren

What do you want? We’re planning our 2019 education offerings and want to know what classes you’d like. Please take this very short survey to let us know what kinds of classes interest you. Thank you. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9L96RG7

The holidays are a beautiful time of family, friends and gifts of all kinds. Except when they’re not. Loss, illness and absence can create a painful experience, especially in contrast to the joy of the season. Our Blue Christmas ritual is our most requested and highest attended service of the year. If you are a person who struggles with the holidays, please come. If you are a person who loves the holidays, please come hold space for those who don’t feel their own light or the light of the season. Join us Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10:45 am to start with mimosas, tea and coffee, and then, at 11:00, we’ll begin this unique UnSunday experience (our new non-churchy format on the second Sunday of each month).

This year for our holiday service project, our community has adopted a mother and her four children (ages 3, 4, 5 and 9) at The Family Place. We’ve listed each item on their wish list on cards for you to choose one, or several items to give. The cards are on the front desk on Sundays, and if you’re not around to pick one up, but you would like to help, email reachout@heartspacedallas.org, and we’ll let you know what’s on the list. They are also accepting Walmart gift cards for groceries. Please bring your unwrapped items back by December 16.

One of Santa’s Elves will help children in YouthSpace (ages 4-11) create gifts for their family and friends during our 11 am Sunday experience on both Sunday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 16.

Join us for our Holiday Brunch at 11 am on December 30 to celebrate the holidays (and/or the end of them). Because it’s a 5th Sunday, there’s no service that day, so we’ll eat, drink and be merry beginning at 11. As usual, we’ll provide the ham and you can bring a side dish. The signup sheet is at the front desk. We’ll have an OPTIONAL pass-it-on gift exchange. It will be after Christmas, so if you receive a gift that’ll just gather dust at your house, bring it to pass it on in the exchange.

This is one of our favorite rituals as we bless and release  the thoughts, circumstances and emotions that don’t serve us anymore from the year we’ve just completed and set our intentions for the brand new year. Join us at noon on New Year’s Day to share community, ritual, mimosas and coffee as we release 2018 and welcome 2019.

Our community Thanksgiving celebration will be on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 18. We’re calling this the “Trial Run” so you can try out your new recipes on us before you subject your family to them on Thanksgiving Day. We’re bringing the Turkey. You bring a side dish or beverage, or just yourself. There’s a signup sheet to let us know you’ll be there so we bring enough turkey. We’ll start the feast around noon, right after the service.

UnSunday is back on November 11. We’ll start with mimosas and coffee at 10:45 am, and then at 11:00, we’ll see “The Power of Outrospection,” an animated short from the Royal Society of Arts. Different from introspection, Outrospection is the ability to practice stepping outside oneself as a path to changing yourself and the world. Join kindred spirits for this sure-to-be engaging dialog filled with laughter. In case you missed the last UnSunday, it’s for those of us who love the messages, but DON’T necessarily love a churchy format. UnSundays are something different every month, but always participatory and always informal. Join us for a whole new way to experience UnSundays every second Sunday at HeartSpace.

Save the Dates for these HeartSpace Holidays. We’ll give more details as each date nears, so be sure to stay tuned and mark your calendars to join in our community holidays!

Be a part of decorating the new prayer room! Our resident genius artist, Lisa Umbarger, is going to create a found-object art project on the wall of our new prayer space. Please bring 2 to 4 objects from your home that have personal meaning to you. As long as they weigh less than one pound, the objects can be any size. Stop by the prayer room to see what others have already brought for ideas about what you can bring in by the end of October. We can’t wait to see what creations appear!

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