October Update

From: Zachary M.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 4:43 PM
Fellow Freethinkers-

I'd like to wish you a happy October, and I also hope to see you all this coming Sunday, October 5th, at the Wyndham DFW Airport North for the North Texas Church of Freethought's September service. We'll be celebrating Freethought Day (and its Puritan origins) and discussing several other topics of interest to you. As usual, we encourage you to arrive at 10:00 AM to enjoy refreshments and fellowship, followed by our regular service starting at 10:30. Immediately following the service, we'll be meeting at Jason's Deli at the intersection of I-635 and MacArthur Boulevard, for lunch and continued discussion.

Blood Drive

Hurricane Ike not only devastated Galveston and soaked Houston, it also critically emptied Texas-area blood banks. Fortunately, we freethinkers can help to make a difference! Outreach Director Cash Foley has coordinated with Carter BloodCare to organize a blood drive- your atheist blood will be happily accepted. And it couldn't be easier! Just come to Jason's Deli (I know you would anyway) after the October service, eat a healthy lunch, and pop out to the Carter BloodCare van for 20 minutes or so to SAVE LIVES. To make it even easier, you can just click here to reserve your time in the van. And if saving the lives of your fellow humans wasn't enough, you'll also be entered in a drawing to win Dallas Mavericks or Stars tickets!

Obnoxious Ball

Brad Watson's new game experiment will begin at 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 12th (Freethought Day!). More details can be found here, and I hope to see you there!

Texas Freethought Convention

Freethinkers, atheists, and humanists throughout the great state of Texas will have their FIRST-EVER opportunity to gather on Sunday, October 26th in Austin. The convention will be held at the Scholtz? Beer Garden Saengerrunde Hall. This historical event will bring together individuals from the NTCOF, the Metroplex Atheists, American Atheists, Corpus Christi Atheists, the Atheist Community of Austin, as well as David Mills, author of the best-selling book Atheist Universe. Reserve your tickets as soon as possible at the official website!

Halloween Party

Martina Kolmeder and Clinton Smith will be graciously hosting their annual Halloween Party, this year on Friday, October 31st. Costumes are encouraged and children are welco me, however costumes have been somewhat mature in the past, so you may want to take that into consideration. Since the party will be held on Halloween, bring candy to pass out to the neighborhood children and a healthy potluck dish to share.

If you?d like to come, plan to arrive at 6:00 PM, and get the rest of the details by emailing Martina and Clinton.

Lori Lipman Brown at November Service

Ms. Brown is a lawyer, an educator, and a former Nevada State Senator. Since 2005 she has been the director of the Secular Coalition for America, the first Congressional lobbying organization explicitly representing nontheistic Americans. Brown?s awards include the Freethought Backbone Award of the Secular Student Alliance, Civil Libertarian of the Year from the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Legislator of the Year from the Nevada chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the Friend of the Center award from the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

Ms. Brown will be visiting North Texas throughout the end of October, and will be speaking at our November 2nd service on the subject of ?Now Hiring: Pastor-in-Chief??

George Hrab Visits DFW

George Hrab is an unabashedly atheist and freethinking musician who has performed for President Clinton at the White House, entertained at the Super Bowl, played gigs at The Kennedy Center, and even shared the stage with Elton John at Philadelphia?s Kimmel Center. His hugely popular ?Geologic Podcast? co mbines his love of scientific skepticism, musical talents, and comedic instincts.

Mr. Hrab will be visiting the North Texas area on Friday, November 21st. Reserve that evening if you?d like to meet him, and venue updates will be posted as available.

Best regards,

Zachary Moore, PhD
Executive Director
North Texas Church of Freethought

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