Lighted Chalice Weekly, December 8 2013

PLEASE COME TO CONGREGATIONAL MEETING DECEMBER 15 AFTER SERVICE.

Following the worship service on December 15th, there will be an important Congregational Meeting where members will be asked to approve the 2014 UUC budget. In an all-church e-mail recently sent to the congregation and posted on the web page, a file was attached comparing the proposed 2014 budget to the 2013 budget plan that we have been using this fiscal year. Copies of this budget proposal are also available in the church office.

  • The 2014 budget plans for $236,250 in pledge income, an increase of 5%
  • There are planned increases in building rental income, and revenues from our Kroger and Amazon programs
  • Staff salaries have been increased 1.5%
  • Staff medical expenses are not expected to increase significantly
  • Choir Director expenses are decreased since the position is not likely to be filled prior to midyear

The resulting budget includes a planned transfer of $6257 from the Capital fund to balance the 2014 budget. As of November, the Capital fund has ~$41,000 remaining.

Planning the 2014 budget depends largely on a successful completion to this year's pledge drive. Thank you to those who have already pledged. If you have not yet returned a pledge card, I urge you to do so as soon as possible so that we can plan for the future with a clear picture of our expected income. Blank pledge cards are available in the church office.

Please bring any questions or concerns you have about the proposed budget to the December 15th Congregational Meeting.   Mark VanMeeter, President, Board of Trustees

DECEMBER 8 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM
Janet Elmore, & Linda LeMar: Artists’ Own: A Retail Store and Co-op of Regional Award Winning Artists. Janet Fox Elmore has worn many hats throughout her life. She attended Brown University and has a BS in Mathematics and a MS in Mathematics Education from the University of Rochester. Formerly a teacher of math and computer science at the secondary and college level and a computer programmer, she now devotes her time to her family, community, and art. Janet has four children and 4 grandchildren; is in her 7th year as a member of the Tippecanoe School Board of Trustees; and was a founding member of the Artists’ Own co-op where she contributes her math skills to the finance side of the business. Janet and her husband, David, a retired Purdue physics professor, live on 26 acres in rural West Lafayette with their 8 llamas and 4 cats. Linda LeMar was born and raised in Huntington, IN. She earned her BA in Fine Arts from IU Bloomington in 1979, attended graduate school at East Carolina University and Texas Tech University where she earned her MFA in sculpture & drawing in 1984. Various teaching jobs brought her back to the Midwest. She has been an Artist in Residence in Texas and Indiana on five separate occasions funded by the Arts Commission of each state. Linda taught clay at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette from 1990-1992. When she moved to Lafayette she decided to stay after meeting her husband Cliff Sadof in 1990. They married in 1992.

DECEMBER 8 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
Please join us as Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Bodhi Day.” How does Buddhism teach us not to crave holiday gifts and food? What if enlightenment came from within and not a string of multi-colored lights? Worship Associate is Bill Welge Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson The UU Women’s Choir will sing “Shanti.” Fellowship Team Leaders are Andrea and Gary Burniske. Sanctuary Preparation is by Michael Lewis. Sound Technician is Dan Noland.

DECEMBER 15 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM
Petronio Bendito, Purdue Assoc. Prof. of Art & Design at Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, Purdue University, presents Technology Mediated Art & Design Expressions. Petronio is a Brazilian new media artist (b. 1971) and scholar based in the United States. He has served as a contributing editor for the Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus and on the board of directors of the International Visual Literacy Association. “I work in a variety of media and have ongoing collaborations with dancers and musicians. My major interests are in the areas of computational color design methods, computer vision, performance, visual music, and visual literacy. Currently I am devoting most of my time to develop and exhibit works for three art series projects: Natural Disaster Color, Color Code, and Body & Motion. I am also interested in live performances, visual music and teaching effectiveness.”

DECEMBER 15 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and Worship Associate Sheila Garrett, DRE along with children from the RE program present “The Light Of Life,” a December holiday pageant written by Rev. Randolph Becker of Williamsburg, VA. The pageant explores various festivals of light celebrated in late fall and early winter. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Fellowship Team Leader is Mark VanMeeter. Sanctuary Preparation is by Dianna Poindexter . Sound Technician is Mary Finley.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
While DRE Sheila Garrett is recovering from knee surgery, RE council members Cheryl Fowler (cherylafowler@gmail.com), Kathy Coder, Rae Schnapp, Frank Arnold, Kirsten Reynolds are working together with Rev Charlie in coordinating the holiday pageant. If you have a question, contact any one of them for help.

  • December 8th: Help decorate the mitten tree!! Please bring warm hats, mittens, and scarves to dress up our tree during the time for all ages portion of the worship service. Our collection this year will go to MESA, a local organization that serves the migrant farm worker population in our community. “MESA focuses on reaching families that do not receive traditional support from under-served communities.”
  • Preparation for this year’s holiday pageant, Celebrate the Light, started November 27th. If your family wasn’t at church that day and your child wants to participate (and we hope everyone will!), please plan on joining us December 8th. Because we want everyone who wants to participate to be able to, we’ve tried keep the format flexible and simple by design. During RE that day, we will continue learning our parts in the forum room during the worship service. Children are welcome to bring a snack to share near the end of this time. We will then do a run through on the stage immediately after the worship service to go no later than 12:45pm.
  • December 15th Celebrate the Light all ages holiday pageant
  • December 22nd Holiday Crafts in the Fellowship Hall- please join me in giving a HUGE thanks to Elizabeth Lincort for organizing!
  • December 29th Holiday Break for Volunteers- no RE today!

Our Theme in January: Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning.  After all the hub-bub of the holidays, RE classes will fall back into a more predictable pattern.

  • New! Youth will have the opportunity to volunteer at Family Promise- watch for details coming soon!
  • Preschool: Spirit Play
  •  1-4th Grades: Workshop Rotation:  Tony Pawli- cartooning; Cindy Gerlach- reporting; Della Willmann- photography (perspective taking)
  • 5th-8th Grade: Quest for Meaning
  • Youth Group: self-selected topics/projects

HOLIDAY ART FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
The UUC annual Holiday Art Fair is quickly approaching and we need everyone's help to make it a successful community event and fundraiser! This is a wonderful way to serve the community, meet and have fun with fellow UUs and contribute in whatever way suits you. Please consider volunteering for one or two time slots listed on the excel-spreadsheets attached to a recent link sent as an all church e-mail to uulafayette-allchurch@googlegroups.com. There are 3 tabs on bottom left of the spreadsheet: one for pre-sale activities, one for Friday, Dec. 13 and one for Sat. Dec. 14. Send your requested time to Lisa Pantea (lisapantea@gmail.com) and copy Karin (uuc@uulafayette.org). The sheets will be available for sign up Sunday at church too! There are many ways to help...baking cookies, helping to decorate and set up, or help at the actual event with serving food in the cafe, being a cashier, shopkeeper or even doing the dreaded clean-up! Art Fair posters in 8.5x11 and 4/sheet format were also attached in the recent e-mail. There are posters and handbills at church to give to family and friends as well! Look for them on the volunteer desk in the office wing--thank you!

STEWARDSHIP 2014: ABUNDANT HEARTS, ABUNDANT LIVING
As of November 19, we have collected 61 pledges, from approximately 30% of our membership, for a total of $156,649. Please return your pledge cards for this year's stewardship campaign! Learn more...

SOLSTICE SERVICE
Please join us in the Fellowship Hall from 6-7:30 pm on Saturday, December 21 for our annual Winter Solstice Service. Kirsten Reynolds, Rae Schnapp, Rachel Smith, Kalina Harden, Janice Thiel, and friends will lead us in an intimate, family-friendly evening with singing and short readings honoring the return of light. Come join us in this pagan-style service representative of a variety of sacred traditions--candles signifying living light; evergreens—pine, holly & ivy—symbolizing the timeless spiral of life; leafless branches, reminding us of winter's power; fruit of the earth—apples, pomegranates—in observation of Persephone and her return from the underworld with the approach of spring and life’s renewal. Fellowship, sharing of light refreshments, and a bonfire will follow!

MAKE YOUR AMAZON.COM PURCHASES HELP THE CHURCH!  Should you be shopping through Amazon.com, especially this holiday season, please going to Amazon via this page.  Learn more about this program here.

THE “LIGHTED CHALICE:” YOUR WEEKLY SOURCE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
December 1, the Office Administrator began producing a “Lighted Chalice” newsletter to be distributed with the order of service during Sunday worship each week . The electronic “Meridian Update”/Sunday Bulletin, and monthly “Lighted Chalice” newsletter have been discontinued. The demand for announcements in the “Meridian Update” has increased. Essentially, Karin has been doing a weekly newsletter and two newsletters on the last week of the month.

The size of the order of service has been increased to the size of the newsletter to address concerns that the print in the order of service is too small. People will be encouraged to distribute extra copies to friends they notice were absent. The columns from the minister, board president and DRE, as well as “Under Our Roof” and member biographies will be in the 4th week newsletter. Committee reports will be printed when they are received.

Announcements that are repeated every week become background noise and are less likely to be read. Therefore, announcements will be rotated. This will reduce the size of each newsletter, with the last of the month being the largest. Each weekly “Lighted Chalice” will be posted on the web page and distributed electronically. Hopefully this will streamline our church communication efforts. Please contact me with any hopes you have for the newsletter. Blessings, Rev. Charlie

FIBER ARTS
Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday after church for Fiberarts in room 101/103, next December 8. Bring the fiber of your choice—and enjoy the fellowship of friends being creative together! Please contact Amanda Estes, amandamestes@gmail.com for further information. Bring a friend! See you soon.

A-REC:

  • WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING SESSIONS: Next held Dec 10 7:30-9:30.  Read more...
  • Quarterly Meditation Workshops, 10:00 am-Noon, December 14. Jason Kniola, Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapist.  More information...
  • JOURNEY TO MECCA film and discussion, January 22 6-8 pm. More information here.
  • Suzan Windnagel, A-REC Chair, Suzan_windnagel@yahoo.com, 765-714-6173

A-REC ONGOING AT UUC!

  • Monday Meditation Mondays, 7:00 p.m. with Larry Hicks
  • Zen Meditation: Thursday, 5:30 pm, sitting, chanting & reading; Saturday, 8:00 am, with Russ Flynn
  • Taiji Qi Gong: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 7:30 am with Lisa Petersen

UU MEMBERSHIP CLASSES: Learn about our rotating membership classes; next class is "UU History" on January 5.  Learn more here...

TALK AND TOUR, SECOND SUNDAYS AFTER SERVICE
Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on December 8. This 15 minute guided walk through the building is designed to familiarize newcomers with our congregation and facilities. Participants do not need to sign up in advance—simply gather at the Newcomers Table outside the Fellowship Hall at 11:45. Thanks!

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE.
The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities.  if you are interested in becoming involved in our activities, please join us at our next meeting, Thursday, January 9 at 7:00 pm in room 101-103. 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...
  • Please contribute critically-needed personal care supplies to our church's collection for the local women's shelter.  Learn more...
  • LAFAYETTE URBAN MINISTRY CHRISTMAS JUBILEE!  Bring your gifts to church December 8; LUM Jubilee will be Dec 14 at 10 am.  Thanks to all the volunteers! More information here.
  • FAMILY PROMISE Many thanks to the UU volunteers who helped with Family Promise this fall: Reverend Charlie Davis, Laura Helms, Tom McConville, Jason Rubsam, and Gabriela Weaver. Our next week to support Our Saviour Lutheran Church as we host homeless families in crisis will be December 15 to 22. Joshua Prokopy, UU Family Service Representative.

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...

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Newsletter articles are due the 3rd Thursday of each month, next December 19 for the last week of the month’s issue of the “Lighted Chalice.” Although we have switched to a weekly “Lighted Chalice” newsletter, the last week’s newsletter distributed on Sundays with the Order of Service will still be the largest newsletter of the month, with set deadlines. If you have a major “Big Rock” event coming up, please announce it as soon as possible at Program Council, which approves events so that the optimal number of people will be aware the schedule.

December Calendar

Weekly

Sunday, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

  • 9:00am, Forum, 101/103
  • 10:30am, Worship & RE
  • Magazine Exchange, & Potluck, December 1 (1st Sunday of month)
  • Membership Class, 1st Sundays, December 1
  • Talk and Tour, 2nd Sundays, December 8

Monday, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • 7:30am, Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson (anyone may join at any time; FH)
  • 7:00pm, Monday Meditation, 101/103

Tuesday, December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

  • 7:00pm, Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, December 4, 11, 18, 25

  • 7:30am, Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson (anyone may join at any time; FH)
  • 12:00pm, The Principled Group, 101/103
  • 7:00pm Choir (S)

Thursday, December 5, 12, 19, 26

  • 5:40pm, Dinner @MCL
  • 5:30pm, Zazen; Zen Chanting & Reading; sitting; M

Friday, December 6, 13, 20, 27

  • 7:30am, Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson (anyone may join at any time; FH)

Saturday, December 7. 14, 21, 28

  • 8:00am, Zen, Meditation Room

Bi-Weekly

  • Monday, December 2, 16, 1:30pm, Writers' Group, 106
  • Thursday, December 5, 19 7:30pm, SHM/UU House Band, S
  • Friday, December 6, 20, 6:30pm, PRYSM, 102

By Date

1 Sunday

  • POTLUCK held following service!
  • 11:45am Membership Class: Discovering Your Spiritual Path
  • 7:30pm, Lafayette Area Peace Coalition (101/103)

3 Tuesday, 6:00 pm, Program Council 101/103

5 Thursday, 6:30pm A-REC (101/103)

6 Friday, 4pm WEDDING REHEARSAL (S)

7 Saturday, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; WEDDING, Ruhl-Westerman (S)

8 Sunday,

  • 11:30am, UU Talk & Tour
  • 12:00pm, UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (Youth Room)
  • 9-10 ART FAIR SET UP MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY!

10 Tuesday

  • 1:00pm Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
  • 5:30pm Pastoral Care (106)
  • 6:00pm RE Council (Youth Room)
  • 7:00pm ACLU-IN Board (212)
  • 7:30pm UU Drumming Circle with cirqueAfrique’s Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett (101/103)

11 Wednesday, ART FAIR BOOTH SET UP! Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indianapolis

12 Thursday, ART FAIR BOOTH SET UP!

13 Friday, ART FAIR FINAL SET UP IN A.M.  UU ART SHOW OPENS 5-9pm

14 Saturday,

  • UU ART SHOW 10am-4pm
  • 10:00am Quarterly Meditation Workshop, Jason Kniola, 101/103
  • LUM JUBILEE CHRISTMAS, CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
  • 5PM ART SHOW DECONSTRUCTION & ARTIST PICKUP

15 Sunday

  • 10:30am HOLIDAY PAGEANT
  • 11:30am CONGREGATIONAL MEETING (S)
  • 4:00pm UU Photo Group, 101/103