Lighted Chalice Weekly for December 13, 2013

Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.; Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
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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.

Best Wishes, Mark VanMeeter, President, Board of Trustees

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.” Forum Co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.

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.

DECEMBER 22 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM
UU Church member Denise Laussade will present “Tour the Town on the Trolley!” CityBus runs the Tour the Town on the Trolley from May to October, coincident with the Farmer’s Market. The tour starts at the corner of 5th and Main, crosses over to West Lafayette through a portion of Purdue, comes back through the Levee and then into Lafayette back to Main Street. The guided tour is narrated by volunteers, most of whom do not work for CityBus but enjoy the history and culture of our community. Whether you have lived in the community for a short or long time, the stories of the area’s founding and development will entertain–and maybe surprise–you! Come test yourself on just how much you know about the area we call “home.” Forum Co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.

DECEMBER 22 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “HumanLight.” HumanLight is a festival created by the New Jersey Humanist Network in 2001. It was celebrated at over 20 locations last year including 5 UU congregations. Worship Associate is Dianna Poindexter. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Fellowship Team Leader is Susanne McConville. Sanctuary Preparation is by Robin Poindexter. Sound Technician is Carl Seese.

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.

  • Attention Holiday Pageant Participants: Please arrive at church early Sunday, Dec. 15. There will be a final run-through of the Celebrate the Light all ages holiday pageant with Rev. Charlie in the sanctuary at 9:30 am.
  • 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

  • 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

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!

ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPORATION (A-REC) PROGRAMS

  • Quarterly Meditation Workshops, 10:00 am-Noon, December 14. Jason Kniola, Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapist.  More information...
  • WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING SESSIONS: Next held January 14 7:30-9:30.  Read more...
  • JOURNEY TO MECCA film and discussion, January 22 6-8 pm. More information here.

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 January 12. 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!

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 SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE There is much to be done in the social justice arena;  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...
  • Please contribute critically-needed personal care supplies to our church's collection for the local women's shelter.  Learn more...
  • 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...

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...

PLANNED GIVING AT UUC It is often difficult to think about planning for death, but it is one of those things that makes life easier for friends and family dealing with an emotional time. If you would like to include UUC in your will or living trust, please use our full legal name, Unitarian Universalist Church. Your attorney may find the following language helpful:

I hearby give, devise and bequeath $____________ (a dollar amount, percentage, remainder) of my estate to the Unitarian Universalist Church. Now or formerly at 333 Meridian, West Lafayette, Indiana, for its general purposes.

The IRS recognizes the Unitarian Universalist Church as a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. Our federal tax ID number is 35-6023509.

UU CHURCH OUTDOOR GROUP WINTER ACTIVITIES!

  • Boxing Day Hike - Every year on the day after Christmas, the Delphi Canal Center hosts a hike/tour from the museum to the spectacular High Bridge (a railroad bridge spanning the gorge over Deer Creek. December 26 at 1pm. Please contact Rae Schnapp at 765-714-4829 if you plan to attend.
  • Eagle Viewing Trip - The hot water discharged by the Duke Energy power plant in Cayuga provides a year-round feeding ground for eagles. On Sunday, January 26 Duke opens its doors to visitors for its annual Eagle Viewing Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will carpool to Cayuga after church that day. Please contact Rae Schnapp at 765-714-4829 if you plan to attend.

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 Highlights

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

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 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

17 Tuesday, 6:30pm, Board Meeting, 3rd Tuesdays, 101/103
19 Thursday, Newsletter Deadline
21 6pm WINTER SOLSTICE SERVICE (FH)
24 Tuesday, 6pm, CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
25 Wednesday, CHRISTMAS DAY OFFICE CLOSED
31 Tuesday, NEW YEAR’S EVE
1 JANUARY 2014, HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Office Closed)

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on Earth, good will to men.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

At Christmas I no more desire a rose,
Than wish a snow in
May's new-fangled shows;
But like of each thing
that in season grows.

William Shakespeare

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel
the bone structure of the landscape.
Something waits beneath it;
the whole story doesn't show.

Andrew Wyeth