Meridian Bulletin for Nov 1, 2013

HOURS:

  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1-7pm, or by appt.
  • DRE Sheila Garrett: Sunday morning, Monday, Tuesday 1-5 pm, or by appt.
  • Office Administrator Karin Bergman: Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm, 4 additional; lunch hour variable.

MERIDIAN BULLETIN UPDATE
You may notice a different format to this week's Meridian Bulletin.  We have received some feedback that the digital MB is too long and repetitive every week, and perhaps a shorter format with options to "read more" would prompt more members to read it electronically.

Our new practice we are trying out this month will be to post weekly service and forum topics, RE news and other brand new or critical articles in full, and summaries of more regular articles or articles running for multiple weeks, with the opportunity to read the original full article by following the associated link.  We will finish with our usual weekly calendar of events at the church.

We will try this out for a month and if people hate it, we will return to the previous format (like here).  To send feedback about this shift to webspinner Alice Pawley, please email her at alicepawley@gmail.com or catch her at church.  The Sunday order of service format has not changed; simply the online version. Thanks for your patience as we continue to try to improve communication practices across the congregation.

NOVEMBER 3 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM
Please join us as Cindy Gerlach, Ashby Mizell, and Jim Leary, Ph.D., present a review of the UUA Congregational Study Action Issue (website http://www.uua.org/reproductive/index.shtml, the 2012-2016 Congregational Study Action Issue). Cindy Gerlach will lead the review. Ashby Mizell will do a brief overview of Indiana's history and current legal state with respect to reproductive justice Professor Leary was a researcher in female reproductive biology and pregnancy areas for more than 15 years and has been a UU and Pro-Choice advocate for more than 35 years He is also a lifelong Unitarian-Universalist. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NOVEMBER 3 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
During November, worship and religious exploration will focus on the second principle of Unitarian Universalism: justice, equity and compassion For Rev. Charlie, that is summarized in the word "sharing." We will explore the notion of sharing in the November 3rd Services, "Share the Food." We live in a society in which many people have too much food and many have too little. This can be solved by the notion of sharing. Children and adults will illustrate this notion through the story of Stone Soup. Please bring non perishable food to share with the Seeds of Hope Food Pantry which is located in our former church building on 7th Avenue. Worship Associate is Janice Thiel. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Gary Fowler. Sanctuary preparation is by Janice Thiel. Fellowship Team Leaders are Beth Misner and Barny Dunning

NOVEMBER 10 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM
Please join us as Jody Tishmack, founder and owner of The Soilmaker on South River Road, West Lafayette, presents Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice. Jody has a Bachelor's degree in Geology, a Master's Degree in Soil Science and in Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue. She has worked in the environmental science and engineering field for more than 20 years. She focuses on recycling of waste materials, resource conservation, and reclamation of disturbed lands. One of the projects she developed as a graduate student at Purdue was a soil manufacturing process using waste materials. She developed this project into a full-scale soil making operation at Purdue, and ran it for 6 years. She also taught composting courses in the Agriculture and Biological Engineering Department at Purdue. In 2003, Jody commercialized the soil making operation and started a new business called Soilmaker. Soilmaker is Lafayette's largest yard waste-recycling operation, selling compost, organic soil, and composted mulch. For more information visit www.soilmaker.com. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NOVEMBER 10 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
During November, worship and religious exploration will focus on the second principle of Unitarian Universalism: Justice, Equity and Compassion For Rev. Davis, that is summarized in the word "sharing." On Nov. 10 Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Sharing the Work.” A congregation survives on voluntary contributions of time and money. Different households have differing amounts of both. But when each of us share our gifts, this congregation thrives as a cathedral of religious freedom. Worship Associate is Michael Lewis. Choir Director and Pianist tba. Sound Technician is Jerry Hunley. Sanctuary preparation is by Janice Thiel. Fellowship Team Leaders are Beth Misner and Barny Dunning

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
November 3rd's worship service, which is based on retelling of the classic story Stone Soup, is intended for all ages. As always, care is available in our nursery for children preschool age and younger who might have trouble sitting through the service.

  • Guest at Your Table kick off is THIS Sunday, November 3rd. GAYT boxes will be distributed during the time for all ages portion of the service. It is suggested that the box be placed in a prominent place in your home (one idea is the dining room table) and coins be placed in the box each day for a month as a way to remember others in the world who are struggling. The boxes will be collected November 24th, the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. By participating in Guest at Your Table, everyone can be reminded of how deeply UUs believe in working toward a just and peaceful world.
  • In addition to CONtagious in Indianapolis November 1-3rd which many of our youth have registered to attend, the Spirituality Development Conference in Dayton OH November 15-17th is coming up. More information can be found at http://www.midamericauua.org/events/calendar2/icalrepeat.detail/2013/11/15/202/-/spirituality-development-conference-dayton-oh This training is extremely worthwhile, and I encourage youth to consider it. As always, contact me (Sheila) if you are interested in attending or if scholarship assistance is needed. (dresheila@gmail.com).
  • **Important** Starting with Nov 4 (this Sunday)'s Stone Soup service and Guest at Your Table kick off, the R.E. committee has some special things planned to celebrate our theme for November, which is Justice, Equity and Compassion. Next Sunday, November 10th, 1st-8th grade R.E. classes will be visiting the Black Cultural Center at Purdue (http://www.purdue.edu/bcc/). Families are asked to drop their children off and pick them up directly at the center that day. In order to participate, children need to have a signed permission slip and 2013-14 R.E. registration on file. Look for the R.E. table during potluck- there will be copies of both forms and someone will be available to answer questions. Forms can also be accessed from the church website- scroll to the bottom of the page (http://uuctc.org/programs/children-and-youth-religious-exploration/).
  • From the R.E. Committee: More hands make lighter work for all! We are still looking for additional guides, particularly for our 5th-8th grade class, but other classes would also benefit from having some extra help. Please speak with DRE Sheila, Kathy Coder, or Cheryl Fowler if you think you might be interested.
  • Parents, please make sure you sign your children in and out on the clipboard when dropping them off in the nursery for childcare during the service or during church events. This information is vital for child safety and program tracking/planning purposes.

A-REC video and discussion, Letting Go of God with Julia Sweeney on Nov 4 and 11.  Learn more...

A-REC: WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING SESSIONS: Next held Nov 12, 7:30-9:30.  Read more...

FUNDRAISING CONCERT TO SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY!  7 pm Nov 16 at our UU Church. Read more...

INTER-RELIGIOUS NETWORK (IRN) CONVERSATION CIRCLES.  Learn about twice-monthly conversation dinners, whether hosted at the UU Church or elsewhere in our community.  Read more...

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE.  The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Room. 101/103 at the church—please note date changes! Professor Michelle Alexander will be speaking at Purdue University November 14 (see “UU Book Group”). We would be delighted to have you join us. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Tom McConville, tmcconville1200@comcast.net or Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com.

  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for Change for Change in 2013 is "Social Justice and Climate Change.” Our November and December recipient of C4C is NICHES, “Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive.”  Read more...
  • Get organized against HJR6, the proposed amendment to Indiana’s Constitution, would severely limit civil rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and is likely to cause significant problems for unmarried straight couples. Read more...
  • Movie screening and discussion, In-laws & Outlaws on Nov. 3rd at 3pm in Room 101/103. Read more... 
  • Stand Down Nov 9 to help homeless veterans in our area.  Learn more...
  • Howard Zinn Celebration at Purdue, Nov 5.  Learn more...
  • Please contribute critically-needed personal care supplies to our church's collection for the local women's shelter.  Learn more...

BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE & JUSTICE THROUGH THE UU-UNO
Learn more...

UU BOOK GROUP will meet Sunday Nov 17 6:30-9 to discuss The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Learn more...

MEMBERSHIP CLASSES: Learn about our rotating membership classes; next class is "Exploring Membership" on Nov 3 after service.  Learn more here...

PROGRAM COUNCIL next meets Nov 5 at 6:30 in 101/103.  Send items for the agenda one week in advance.  Learn more...

CHURCH INTEREST GROUPS: Get involved in our church interest groups!  They gather monthly and there are fun and interesting activities for all types of folks.  Or, start your own group! Learn more here. 

FOOTBALL SATURDAYS: Help with church fundraising by volunteering to park cars on football Saturdays! Learn more.

ENERGIZE INDIANA: Learn about improving your home's energy efficiency and support the church financially at the same time.  Energize Indiana... Energize a Friend!  Learn more...

STEWARDSHIP 2014: ABUNDANT HEARTS, ABUNDANT LIVING

Very soon, we will be once again ask you to look into your hearts and make a pledge for our 2014 Stewardship Drive. Only you know what you can truly give, what our community means to you, and how you can best support it. Like the 2013 campaign, the amount we raise for 2014 will only be limited by your decision to give. This year’s goals will be the same: Pledges from 100% of our members, and an increase of your 2013 pledge. To help you, below is a suggested giving guide. Take time now to decide what you are willing to give, so you will be ready to fill out you pledge card when you get it.

Supporter, Sustainer, Visionary, or Chalice Lighter — Which one are you?

  • Supporter- 2-3%: The congregation is a significant part of your life and it promotes your spiritual growth. If your income is $50,000, your fair-share commitment is ~$125/month, or $1000- $1500/yr.
  • Sustainer- 4-6%: The congregation is central to your identity, and you are committed to sustaining the programs and ministries of the church. If your income is $50,000, your fair-share commitment is $167/month, or $2000/year.
  • Visionary- 7-9%: You are committed to both the present and future growth of the congregation. If your income is $50,000, your fair-share commitment is $208/month, or $2500/year.
  • Chalice Lighter- 10%+: You designate 10 per cent of your income as a way of living out your spiritual principles. If your income is $50,000, your fair-share commitment is $417/month, or $5,000/year.

Last year we received $229,258 in generous pledges! What will 2014 bring? The sky is the limit through your abundant hearts!

If you have events being hosted at our church to which you would like to invite congregants via our website and Facebook page, please send details and any appropriate photos to Webspinner Alice Pawley, alicepawley@gmail.com.

NOVEMBER CALENDAR

November 1, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

November 2, Saturday
Board Retreat, Myer Residence, noon-4pm (contact M. VanMeeter for further information)
PURDUE HOME GAME: OHIO STATE
8:00 AM Zen M

November 3, Sunday
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS AT 2AM; "FALL BACK" ONE HOUR
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:45 AM POTLUCK FOLLOWING SERVICE
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Exploring Membership: Participating at UUC, West Lafayette (104)
3:00 PM UU Movie Group: "In-laws & Outlaws" (101/103)
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology: Series of 10 Classes Sundays 4-6pm (106 or FH)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

November 4, Monday Karin on vacation Mondays in November
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers' Group 106
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (106)
6:00 PM A-REC PRESENTS: "LETTING GO OF GOD" with Lee Sullivan (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (106)

November 5, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:30 PM Program Council (101/103)

November 6, Wednesday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

November 7, Thursday
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:30 PM PFLAG (102 High School Room) First Thursdays
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

November 8, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
November 9, Saturday
PURDUE HOME GAME: IOWA HAWKEYES TBA
Veterans "Stand Down;" UU Social Justice, Sponsor
8:00 AM Zen M
11:00 AM UU Service Auction Yoga Class (101/103)

November 10, Sunday
RE Trip to Purdue Black Cultural Center
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:00 AM West Lafayette Buddhism Group (106) Skype to Rinpoche Medicine Healing
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology: Series of 10 Classes Sundays 4-6pm (101/103)

November 11, Monday
VETERAN'S DAY (Office Closed)
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:00 PM A-REC PRESENTS: "LETTING GO OF GOD" with Lee Sullivan (S)
6:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (106)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

November 12, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 106
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:00 PM RE Council (Youth Room)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (101/103), 2nd Tuesdays each month

November 13, Wednesday
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (101/103)

November 14, Thursday
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Healing Service (S-Susanne McConville, Facilitator)

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

~Albert Einstein

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