Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lighted Chalice Weekly: May newsletter

Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes begin at 10:30 am; Nursery & Childcare available.

This newsletter is available as a pdf here.

A month of Sundays

MAY 4: All ages Service: “Our UU Family: Religious Education Sunday”

Worship Leader: Sheila Garrett, DRE
Worship Associate: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis
Pianist: Richard Maddux
Sound: Mary Finley
Fellowship: Beth Misner & Barny Dunning, Mark VanMeeter
Pulpit Preparation: Kat Braz
Sharing of Joys & Sorrows, Potluck; Membership Class Following Service

MAY 11: Mother’s Day, “What type of mother are you?”

Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis
Worship Associate: Kat Braz
Pianist: Richard Maddux
Sound: Carl Seese
Fellowship: Andrea and Gary Burniske
Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick

Parents need to be breadwinners, caregivers, comforters and protectors. Some of these roles are culturally assigned to women or men. But the lines between fathering and mothering are breaking down.

MAY 18: ”Are you transgendered?”

Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis
Worship Associate: Michael Lewis
Pianist: Richard Maddux
Sound: Jason Dufair
Fellowship: Lorraine & Randy Myer
Pulpit Preparation: Michael Lewis

 As being gay and lesbian are becoming more acceptable in society, the transgender community is starting to be heard. They are telling us that gender is not binary.  Each of us is proclaimed to be male or female at birth. Yet, the truth is more complex. What is your physical gender? What is your cultural gender? What is your psychological gender? How are your various genders related?

MAY 25: Memorial Day, "Martyrs of War and Peace"

Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis
Worship Associate: Dianna Poindexter
Pianist: Richard Maddux
Sound: Gary Mueller
Fellowship: Alice Pawley & Stephen Hoffmann
Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter

What does it mean to die for a cause? There seems to be nobility conferred even if the cause was unjust.  Is it better to go down fighting or like a lamb led to the slaughter?

Sunday Morning Forum for May

Sunday Morning Forum meets at 9:00 am in 101/103. Everyone is welcome! Childcare is provided. Co-chairs: Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge

MAY 4       Denise Laussade: “Tour the Town.” CityBus guided tours, May through October.
MAY 11     UU Church Youth Group: “Youth Group and Their Activities.”
MAY 18     Chris Funk & Bill Welge: “The Future of Artificial Intelligence.”
MAY 25     tba

From the Board President

For much of the year, the board has remained focused on church finances. At our April meeting, we reviewed expenses from the first quarter. Not surprisingly, the cold winter has resulted in our utility and snow removal expenses to be higher than expected. In response, we will be looking into options for reducing energy usage going forward. The focus of this effort will be to do a better job of heating and cooling only those areas of the building that are in use. The board is committed to keeping overall expenses in line with our 2014 budget.

The first two fundraisers of the year will take place this month - the Rummage Sale on May 10th, and the Plant Sale on May 17th. Please help make these events a success with your donations and your purchases.

The next congregational meeting will take place after service on May 18th. At this time, new candidates for the Board of Trustees, Nominating committee, and Endowment committee will be submitted to the congregation for election. Please plan to attend if you are able.

For much of the year, the board has remained focused on church finances. At our April meeting, we reviewed expenses from the first quarter. Not surprisingly, the cold winter has resulted in our utility and snow removal expenses to be higher than expected. In response, we will be looking into options for reducing energy usage going forward. The focus of this effort will be to do a better job of heating and cooling only those areas of the building that are in use. The board is committed to keeping overall expenses in line with our 2014 budget.

The first two fundraisers of the year will take place this month - the Rummage Sale on May 10th, and the Plant Sale on May 17th. Please help make these events a success with your donations and your purchases.

The next congregational meeting will take place after service on May 18th. At this time, new candidates for the Board of Trustees, Nominating committee, and Endowment committee will be submitted to the congregation for election. Please plan to attend if you are able.

Best wishes,
Mark VanMeeter
President, Board of Trustees

Minister's Musings: “Walking The Trail”

To walk the trail, I step off the parking lot and into the past,
A past where the walls between humanity and nature are gone.
Modern life is independent of nature.
We control all our environments by connecting to a thermostat.
It cools and warms to comfort our skin.
We are being disconnected from the nature which comforts our being.

We were once wild and one with nature.
We were wandering, hunting gathering nomads.
Following the weather, following the food, we blazed the trails.
We lived in nature.
Our gods and food were plentiful but inconsistent

Then we settled into the land.
Growing crops we became dependent upon nature.
Cradled by Mother Nature, Gaia.
Dependent upon a Father Sky God to send rain and sun.
We lived under the rule of nature.

The rise of cities, even in ancient times, separated us from nature.
Nature was no longer the source of life.
Nature merely contained resources we could capture and exploit.
Warriors took and claimed the food that others had grown or gathered.
Tribute was paid to the feudal lord of the castle.
Industrialization allowed more people live independent of nature.
We think we rule over nature.
The modern factory farm delivers food to market.
It is wrapped in plastic for our convenience.
We are the lords of the supermarket.
We are blissfully unaware of the struggle.
We know not the suffering of the workers.
They bring us our food while others profit from their labor.
Are we on the road to perdition?

A deer path became a Shawnee trail, then a wagon road,
then a highway, then a freeway.
I take the exit and travel to this park.
To walk the trail, I step off the parking lot and into my present trial.
I cannot be one with the wilderness like a hunter gatherer.
I am afraid to be dependent upon the weather like a farmer.
I resist the feudalism of the overlord.
I do not want to become an overlord independent of nature.
Interdependence, is the path I seek.
Maybe I will find harmony with nature.
A renewable energy is wanted.
A renewable spirit is needed.

To walk the trail, I step off the parking lot and into the future.
A world where people and things are not exploited
Each thing, living or dead shall be appreciated
All people and things shall be respected.
Let us live in partnership with nature.

Blessings, Rev. Charlie

Religious Exploration

“May the light we now kindle
Inspire us to use our powers
To heal and not to harm,
To help and not to hinder,
To bless and not to curse,
And to serve in the Spirit of Love”

During the recent children’s Spirit Circle on Easter Sunday, we talked about blessings. The kids were given the chance to offer a written (or drawn) one to someone or something special in the world, which they placed in a basket, much like lighting a silent candle—only I got to take a peak. Their responses were touching—a childish drawing of a pet, wishes for a particular family member to get well, the hope that sadness over the recent death of a loved one would soon ease, for a parent to be blessed with less stress, and another drawing—this one of trees and a bird with the words, “the world.” Even though we had a lot planned to do in that short block of time that day, making sure we prioritized lighting the chalice and worshiping together was important. We all need to allow time to center and remind ourselves of our connections. I wonder: how does your family worship together?

On the horizon:

 Can you believe we’re nearing the end of the regular church year? R.E. Sunday is fast approaching! On Sunday, May 4th, families of preschool-8th grade are asked to please be at church at 9:30 so kids can do one last practice for the service that day. Please note: The first few pews in the front will be reserved for our R.E. students to sit with their guides or teachers during the service.

  • May 11th- Happy Mama’s Day! The kids will begin in the sanctuary through TTime for All Ages. Afterwards, Rae Schnapp will be leading an R.E. day with everyone preschool-8th grade meeting together for an intro to our summer gardening project and some cooking with fresh ingredients.
  • May 18th- While high school youth and their chaperone(s) travel home from a weekend youth con, Beth Hoffmann is coordinating R.E. today. Due to the sensitive nature of today’s sermon topic, no time for all ages is planned in the sanctuary. Kids are asked to report directly to the fellowship hall.
  • May 25th- Happy Memorial Day! RE Break—No class
  • June 1- Flower Communion- All Ages Service, Annual Church Picnic at Happy Hollow Park afterwards

See you in church,
Sheila

Announcements

Member biographies

The Membership Committee is composing biographies of every church member, placed each month on the Membership bulletin board and then published in the newsletter. As new biographies are added to the membership board, old biographies will be “archived” in a scrapbook in the library.

New members will be a priority for biographies so we can get to know our newest congregants quickly. Concurrent with publishing biographies of new members, we’ll also be publishing biographies of “old” members.

If you have not yet completed a biography or are a new member/friend of the church, notify Joshua Prokopy, josh@prokopyfamily.com and he will contact you regarding how to contribute your information for publication in the Lighted Chalice Newsletter. Many thanks to Joshua for writing these biographies!

Sarah Cooke, Membership Chairperson, sallie@frontier.com

Photo directories

We will be printing another edition of our UUC picture directory soon.  If you would like your picture added or updated, contact Rosemary Leary at 463-4246 or rleary207@aol.com.  We will be taking pictures at church on Sunday mornings, or you can send her a jpeg format digital picture that you would like to have us use. (Last week for announcement.)

Change for Change recipients

CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” The May/June C4Crecipient is Home with Hope. The Home With Hope is the only facility of its kind in the Lafayette area that provides a continuum of care, often following primary treatment or detox for alcoholism and other drug addictions, for men and women age 18 and older. “We help our clients learn how to live their lives as acceptable members of their communities, free from addiction and substance abuse, by providing an environment conducive to recovery.  We provide strict monitoring and structure, case management, random drug and alcohol screening, and the opportunity to seek employment and work in the community.  Further, we require daily 12-step meeting attendance, acquiring a 12-step sponsor and ‘home group’ within their first 30 days of residency, as well as daily accountability.”

Events

April 27: UU Flames Softball team tie-dye party!

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it's time to start thinking about softball! If you are interested in joining the UU Flames co-ed softball team, please contact Mark VanMeeter (765-448-9807 or mvanmeeter@comcast.net). The League play will begin on May 5th. Last season the UU Flames finished an exciting run in 4th place, winning 4 games as well as 2 in the closing tournament! Come help start this season out right with an exciting tie-dye party Sunday, April 27 immediately after church in the Fellowship Hall! For further information about the tie-dye party, contact team artist Cindy Krulitz, ckrulitz@gmail.com.

May 4: All Church Spring Cleaning Work Day 

This will mainly be an outdoor activity, taking place after potluck Sunday May 4 from noon until 3pm or thereabouts. We want the grounds to be as attractive as possible before the plant sale so that our visitors will be extra impressed. We will clean up and spruce up the church grounds and do some building maintenance as well. Please bring or wear old clothes and work gloves if you can. We can use: rakes, leaf blowers, trowels, paint brushes, paint rollers, hacksaw, drill, and caulk guns. For further information, contact Exteriors Committee Chairperson, Rae Schnapp, Ph.D., Wabash Riverkeeper at raeschnapp@gmail.com, 765-714-4829.

May 4: Exploring Membership: Participating at UUC, Tippecanoe County.

UU Membership Classes now meet each first Sunday on a rotating basis after service, presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee. Sessions will be held in Rm. 101/103; please select your meal from the potluck and bring your food to the class.  Child care will be available if requested one week in advance. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sallie Cooke, Membership Chairperson (sallie@frontier.com) one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for child care.

Learn more about the history of our UU church and what it means to be a member. This course is intended for visitors who are interested in learning more about membership.

May 8 or 15: Adult Religious Exploration, The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project: Making Our Wishes Known - Give a Gift to Your Loved Ones! What would you want if all of the sudden you were taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital? Does your family know? Does anyone know? If you were headed into major surgery and someone would need to “speak” for you afterward even for part of a day...or longer...would s/he know what to say?

There are a million reasons to avoid having the conversation.   “I’m not sick!” “I’m too young to think about things like this.” “I’m living to 100!” or, “I just don’t know how to get the conversation started...it’s uncomfortable.”

We can help with this last one! Join us for The Conversation Project.

Part I                     May 8th  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Part II                    May 15th 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Limited to 30 participants, so register by calling Karin Bergman at 765-743-8812 or email her at uuc@uulafayette.org.

We’ll have documents to lead the process, a facilitator from A-REC to manage the time, a couple of short videos, personal stories, activities to help identify our wishes and time to share (if we wish) our thoughts, ideas and questions.

The Conversation Project was started by Ellen Goodman (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist) and colleagues after experiencing the confusion, pain and grief of trying to help a family member or friend during a critical time....not knowing what the person really wanted.   They vowed to let someone know their wishes so the same thing wouldn’t happen to others they loved. In doing so they decided to share what they learned and tools for having much needed conversation. They (and we) believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table (or on a walk, or wherever) with the people we love, before it’s too late. Hope you join us on May 8th and 15th. Suzan Windnagel. Sponsored and facilitated by UUC’s Adult Religious Exploration Council.

May 8: Social Justice Committee meeting.

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, May 8 at 7:00 pm in Room 101-103. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com, &Tom McConville, tmcconville1200@comcast.net.

May 8: Leadership Lafayette Volunteer Expo

FREE community event Presented by Bison Financial. Hosted by YWCA Greater Lafayette. Engage with Greater Lafayette nonprofit organizations to give back and make a difference in our community. Expo is May 8, from 4- 6 pm at YWCA, 605 N. 6th Street, Lafayette.  Kitty Campbell, Executive Director, Connect@LeadershipLafayette.org.  Find us on Facebook.

May 10: Rummage Sale!

The youth will begin accepting donations of gently used baby and toddler clothes, toys, books, power tools, sporting equipment, bicycles, electronics, jewelry, furniture, household items, and unused beauty products for the UU Rummage Sale beginning Sunday, April 13. We will be storing donations in the attic room above the Fellowship Hall in preparation for the sale. If you need assistance unloading anything from your vehicle, youth will be on hand to help immediately following service on April 13, 27, and May 4. Deadline for donations is Wednesday, May 7. If you have more valuable items or larger items/furniture to donate, please make arrangements with Kat Braz before dropping it off at the church. We hope to see everyone at the sale on Saturday May 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.! If you would like to help sort and price items, set-up, work the sale, tear-down, and/or haul away please contact Kat Braz at kat@purdue.edu or 532-9678.

May 11: Talk and Tour

Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on May 11. 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!

 May 17: UUC Plant Sale

The UUC Plant Sale will take place Saturday, May 17 from 9am-noon, in the front yard of the UUC. We will have vegetables, herbs and flowers.  This is a total church effort that relies on church members donating plants from their gardens, or seeds that have been started indoors. Please begin planning for your donations, so we have a successful fundraiser. Please pass the word to friends and family. Plants are to be dropped off the week before the sale, May 11-16. Pots will be available in the playground area. More details to follow as we get closer to the date. We will need volunteers the day of the sale and a few days before to help sort and price plants. For further information contact Lisa Pantea, lisapantea@gmail.com.

May 18: Congregational meeting

Please join us in the sanctuary immediately following service on Sunday, May 18 for the Spring Congregational Meeting. Quorum of 25% total membership is necessary to pass vote.

May 20: Board Meeting

Board Meetings take place each third Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, May20, 2014. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns.

June 1: Flower Communion 

June 1: UU Church Picnic

Come join us immediately following service on Sunday, June 1 at the Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1 for the annual all church picnic (in lieu of the potluck regularly scheduled for first Sundays). Bring dish to pass , we will supply drinks and hot dogs, cutlery, plates. Bring friends, family, dogs, Frisbees, balls, bats, croquet, whatever to help us have fun! Fellowship group that Sunday will be asked to help at the picnic. The picnic will disperse at 3pm. For further information contact Lisa Pantea, event coordinator, at Lisapantea@gmail.com. Thanks—hope to see you there!

June 21: UU Service Auction!

The UU Service Auction is quickly approaching. This year we are holding our Service Auction on the Summer Solstice, June 21st,  6:00 pm-10:00pm. Tickets are $10 per person and will include dinner. Child care will be provided.

Service Auction donation forms, which will soon be available, can be submitted to Julie Rubsam. Donation items need to be dropped off to the “Upper Room” of the Fellowship Hall by June 13th to be included in event program. Contact: Julie Rubsam, 765-412-2967, julie@rubsam.net

April - May Calendar

April 26, Saturday

Rev. Charlie in Kenosha WI
8:00 AM Zen M
6:30 PM Young Adult Coffeehouse/Openhouse (Playground & 210)

April 27, Sunday

Rev. Charlie in Kenosha WI
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
9:30 AM Preschool Parent Coffee for parents of preschool through 4th grade (FH RE Corner; double click for more info)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:45 AM UU FLAMES SOFT-BALL TEAM TIE-DYE PARTY (S)
1:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)

April 28, Monday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)!

April 29, Tuesday

1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)

April 30, Wednesday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)

May 1, Thursday

5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM PFLAG meets at PRIDE now 1st Thursdays
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster)

May 2, Friday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:00 PM Wedding Rehearsal
6:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

May 3, Saturday

8:00 AM Zen M
2:00 PM Emily Grey WEDDING
6:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal
8:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert (S);l Rehearsal at 1pm, concert at 3, reception in Fellowship Hall and Kitchen

May 4, Sunday

RUMMAGE SALE SET UP ALL WEEK--UU YOUTH
UU GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY DURING & AFTER POTLUCK!

9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship: RE SUNDAY
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Exploring Membership: Participating at UUC, West Lafayette (104)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

May 5, Monday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson (101/103)
1:30 PM Writers' Group 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)!

May 6, Tuesday

1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:00 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

May 7, Wednesday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson to 12:00 noon today (101/103)
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)

May 8, Thursday

10:00 AM "The Conversation Project" (101/103)
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM "The Conversation Project" (101/103)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (104)

May 9, Friday

RE Youth Lock In Pre Rummage Sale Festivities!!!
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson (101/103)

May 10, Saturday

Purdue Spring Semester Ends
9:00 AM RUMMAGE SALE! UU YOUTH TO COORDINATE AS FUND RAISER
8:00 AM Zen M

“Beauty is the illumination
of your soul.”

~John O’Donohue

“We know what we are,
but not what we may be.”

~William Shakespeare

“Spiritual growth and creativity
are two sides of the same coin.”

~Lada Ray

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

~Pablo Picasso

“When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step
into the darkness of the unknown,
we must believe that one of two things will happen…There will be something
solid for us to stand on
or we will be taught to fly.”

~Patrick Overton

Lighted Chalice Weekly for April 18, 2014

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

This newsletter is available as a pdf.


May 18: Congregational meeting

Please join us in the sanctuary immediately following service on Sunday, May 18 for the Spring Congregational Meeting. Quorum of 25% total membership is necessary to pass vote.

The Congregational Meeting will be followed at 2:00 pm by a Memorial Service in the Sanctuary for Frederick (Fritz) Smith, past President, Board of Trustees. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you.

April 20: Service and Forum

  • FORUM, 9 AM Jennifer Oden describes “The Home With Hope,” the only facility of its kind in the Lafayette area that provides a continuum of care, often following primary treatment or detox for alcoholism and other drug addictions, for men and women age 18 and older. Clients learn how to live their lives as acceptable members of their communities, free from addiction and substance abuse, by providing an environment conducive to recovery.  Provided are strict monitoring and structure, case management, random drug and alcohol screening, and the opportunity to seek employment and work in the community.  Daily 12-step meeting attendance, acquiring a 12-step sponsor and “home group” within their first 30 days of residency, as well as daily accountability are required. Home With Hope is the May/June beneficiary for “Change for Change.”
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for our Easter Sunday service as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Resurrection Stories.” Easter is one of the many stories of new life in the spring. How can we renew our lives over and over again? Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader, Christine Schertz. Sound Technician, Dan Noland.

April 27: Service and Forum

  • FORUM, 9 AM Gail Brock presents “Tree Lafayette.” Tree Lafayette promotes a healthy community by providing education, leadership, and inspiration in planting and caring for trees.  Tree Lafayette’s vision is a green and beautiful urban landscape in our community.  Gail Brock is President of the organization, which began as “The Lafayette Tree Fund” in 1993, and received 501(c)3 status in 1994.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for “Our Internal Web.” Worship Leader Michael Lewis looks at the creative process and why, as humans, we feel the need to create. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sound Technician, Gary Mueller. Sanctuary Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader, Suzanne McConville.

Child and youth religious education

April's Theme:  Interdependent Web.

  • Preschool and kindergarten will be doing Spirit Play.  They now have a sand tray as a potential choice for their work!
  • Grade School, 1-4: Our featured UUs/workshop rotation/rotation order this month:

Transplanting Seedlings- Wabash Riverkeeper, Rae Schnapp (notable UU: Tim DeChristopher)

  • April 6- grades 1-2, room 110April 13- 3rd grade, room 112
  • April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!)
  • April 27- 4th grade, room 114

Decorating Pots (potentially for the plant sale)- Tony Pawli

  • April 6-3rd grade, room 112
  • April 13-4th grade, room 114
  • April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt  (**collecting donations in the foyer now!) April 27- grades 1-2, room 110

Signs of Spring Hike (*dress for the weather!!)- Barny Dunning

  • April 6- 4th grade, room 114
  • April 13- grades 1-2, room 110
  • April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!) April 27- 3rd grade, room 112
  • * Please dress appropriately for activities. In the event of inclement weather conditions, an alternate activity will be substituted for Barny's nature hike
  • **Donations for the canned food hunt will go to Food Finders Community Pantry
  • Youth 5-8: will continue with Questing Year
  • High School Youth: will be discussing a variety of self chosen topics and painting a table
  • All youth: We still need volunteers for Family Promise through June 1st.  Contact Sheila dresheila@gmail.com if you can help!!
  • ***Save the Date***  RE Council is sponsoring a parent coffee for parents of preschool- 4th grade aged children on Sunday, April 27th from 9:30-10:15 in the "re corner" of the fellowship hall near the playground.  Childcare workers will be on hand to supervise kids on the playground.  There will be a pizza lunch and meeting for middle school students, grades 5-8, and their parents immediately after church at noon in 101-03.  Please try to come if you can—we need your feedback and in return, we have information for you!

Adult religious exploration

  • The Conversation Project: Making Our Wishes Known - Give a Gift to Your Loved Ones! What would you want if all of the sudden you were taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital? Does your family know? Does anyone know? If you were headed into major surgery and someone would need to “speak” for you afterward even for part of a day...or longer...would s/he know what to say?There are a million reasons to avoid having the conversation.   “I’m not sick!” “I’m too young to think about things like this.” “I’m living to 100!” or, “I just don’t know how to get the conversation started...it’s uncomfortable.”We can help with this last one! Join us for The Conversation Project.
    Part I                    May 8th         10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    Part II                   May 15th       10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Limited to 30 participants so register by calling Karin Bergman at 765-743-8812 or email her at uuc@uulafayette.org.

    We’ll have documents to lead the process, a facilitator from A-REC to manage the time, a couple of short videos, personal stories, activities to help identify our wishes and time to share (if we wish) our thoughts, ideas and questions.

    The Conversation Project was started by Ellen Goodman (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist) and colleagues after experiencing the confusion, pain and grief of trying to help a family member or friend during a critical time....not knowing what the person really wanted.   They vowed to let someone know their wishes so the same thing wouldn’t happen to others they loved. In doing so they decided to share what they learned and tools for having much needed conversation. They (and we) believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table (or on a walk, or wherever) with the people we love, before it’s too late. Hope you join us on May 8th and 15th. Suzan Windnagel. Sponsored and facilitated by UUC’s Adult Religious Exploration Council.

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style are facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique, each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held May 13, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm in 101/103. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!

Social Justice Committee

  • Next meeting: Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 pm in Room 101-103. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com, &Tom McConville, tmcconville1200@comcast.net.
  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds. 

Monday Meditation

The Monday Meditation group meets each Monday evening at the UU Church from 7pm until 8:15ish. Details of the current “routine,” which includes a 40 minute group meditation in silence, are available. The group ranges from 3 to 20 attendees. Many thanks to Jody Tishmack for stepping forth to become a new Meditation Group Leader. Thanks also to Janice Schuster and Larry Hicks, who have facilitated the group for years and continue to serve as mentors, as well as to others, most recently Joe Peters, who have volunteered as leaders as well. Further information is available from jrschust@gmail.com.

April 19: De-Trash the Wabash, 9 a.m–1 p.m

Meet at Riverside Skate Center in Tapawingo Park. There is FREE PARKING in the Wabash Landing Garage. Volunteers get a FREE T-SHIRT!

New this year – Photo Contest! Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes or boots. Bring your own refillable water bottle. Who Can Participate? EVERYONE! Neighborhoods, Businesses, Schools, Girl & Boy Scouts, 4-H Groups, Churches, Families, Individuals, Fraternities, Sororities…Pizza Party at NOON at the Riverside Skate Center! For more information, visit the website at: www.De-TrashtheWabash.us, call the Wabash Riverkeeper at 765-714-4829 or find us on Facebook. Thanks for your help in getting the word out! Rae Schnapp, Ph.D., Wabash Riverkeeper, 765-714-4829.

April 27: UU Flames softball team tie-dye party - join the team!

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it's time to start thinking about softball! If you are interested in joining the UU Flames co-ed softball team, please contact Mark VanMeeter (765-448-9807 or mvanmeeter@comcast.net). The League play will begin on May 5th. Last season the UU Flames finished an exciting run in 4th place, winning 4 games as well as 2 in the closing tournament! Come help start this season out right with an exciting tie-dye party Sunday, April 27 immediately after church in the Fellowship Hall! For further information about the tie-dye party, contact team artist Cindy Krulitz, ckrulitz@gmail.com.

April 30: Principled Group Book Discussion

The Principled Group will be starting a new book discussion on Wednesday, April 30 and consecutive Wednesdays subsequent to that at noon in Room 101/103. The new selection is, "A Brief History of Everything" by modern philosopher, Ken Wilber. This "is an altogether friendly and accessible account of men and women's place in a universe of sex, soul and spirit, written by an author of which New York Times reporter Tony Schwartz says: 'No one has described the path to wisdom better than Ken Wilber.' " You need to have registered to attend, and registration closed April 16.  Please contact Peggy Martin at OLDCROW2643@yahoo.com with questions.

May 4: All Church Spring Cleaning Work Day

This will mainly be an outdoor activity, taking place after potluck Sunday May 4 from noon until 3pm or thereabouts. We want the grounds to be as attractive as possible before the plant sale so that our visitors will be extra impressed. We will clean up and spruce up the church grounds and do some building maintenance as well. Please bring or wear old clothes and work gloves if you can. We can use: rakes, leaf blowers, trowels, paint brushes, paint rollers, hacksaw, drill, and caulk guns. For further information, contact Exteriors Committee Chairperson, Rae Schnapp, Ph.D., Wabash Riverkeeper at raeschnapp@gmail.com, 765-714-4829.

May 10: Rummage sale!

The youth will begin accepting donations of gently used baby and toddler clothes, toys, books, power tools, sporting equipment, bicycles, electronics, jewelry, furniture, household items, and unused beauty products for the UU Rummage Sale beginning Sunday, April 13. We will be storing donations in the attic room above the Fellowship Hall in preparation for the sale. If you need assistance unloading anything from your vehicle, youth will be on hand to help immediately following service on April 13, 27, and May 4. Deadline for donations is Wednesday, May 7. If you have more valuable items or larger items/furniture to donate, please make arrangements with Kat Braz before dropping it off at the church. We hope to see everyone at the sale in the UU Fellowship Hall on Saturday May 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.! If you would like to help sort and price items, set-up, work the sale, tear-down, and/or haul away please contact Kat Braz at kat@purdue.edu or 532-9678.

May 17: The UUC Plant Sale

The UUC Plant Sale will be Saturday, May 17 from 9am-noon, in the front yard of the UUC. We will have vegetables, herbs and flowers.  This is a total church effort that relies on church members donating plants from their gardens, or seeds that have been started indoors. Please begin planning for your donations, so we have a successful fundraiser. Please pass the word to friends and family. Plants are to be dropped off the week before the sale. Pots will be available in the playground area. More details to follow as we get closer to the date. We will need volunteers the day of the sale and a few days before to help sort and price plants. Contact Lisa Pantea, lisapantea@gmail.com, or Beth Misner, misner13@frontier.com.

June 1: UU Church Picnic

Come join us immediately following service on Sunday, June 1 at the Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1 for the annual all church picnic (in lieu of the potluck regularly scheduled for first Sundays). Bring dish to pass , we will supply drinks and hot dogs, cutlery, plates. Bring friends, family, dogs, Frisbees, balls, bats, croquet, whatever to help us have fun! Fellowship group that Sunday will be asked to help at the picnic. The picnic will disperse at 3pm. For further information contact Lisa Pantea, event coordinator, at Lisapantea@gmail.com. Thanks—hope to see you there!

 June 1-June 8: UU Goodwill Clothing Drive

Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning our homes top to bottom. As Unitarian Universalists, this ritual also means sharing our abundance with those in need.  As you sort through your closets and drawers this spring, put your gently used garments aside for the UU Goodwill Clothing Drive, held this year from JUNE 1 to JUNE 8. The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to LUM, Carey Home for Children, the YWCA Woman's Shelter, and Family Promise.  For more information contact Susanne McConville, 765-477-0344 or mcconville1200@comcast.net.

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 April-May 2014 Calendar

April 18, GOOD FRIDAY

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

19, Saturday

8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Meditation Workshop with Jason Kniola (101/103)

20, EASTER SUNDAY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)

21, Monday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers' Group 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:00 PM Summer Planning Group (102)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

22, Tuesday

Passover/Pesach (ends at sunset)
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

23, Wednesday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
10:00 AM A-REC Meeting (101/103)
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

24, Thursday

5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:00 PM Membership Committee Meeting: Sallie Cooke, Chairperson (104)

25, Friday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson

26, Saturday

Possible Young Adult Coffeehouse/Open house (Playground & 210)
8:00 AM Zen M
6:00 PM IRN (Inter-Religious Network) Conversation Circle of the Abrahamic Faith Traditions: All Church Invitation, 101/103.

27, Sunday

UU FLAMES SOFT-BALL TEAM TIE-DYE PARTY following service (FH)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
1:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)

28, Monday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Hold for possible Qi Gong session, 5:30-7:00 pm 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation MEETS TONIGHT (101/103)!

29, Tuesday

12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)

30, 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)

May 1, Thursday

5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM PFLAG meets at PRIDE Now on First Thursdays
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

2, Friday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
5:00 PM Wedding Rehearsal
6:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

3, Saturday

8:00 AM Zen M
2:00 PM Emily Grey WEDDING
6:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal
8:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert (S);l Rehearsal at 1pm, concert at 3, reception in Fellowship Hall and Kitchen

4, Sunday

UU GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY DURING & AFTER POTLUCK!
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE SUNDAY
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Exploring Membership: Participating at UUC, West Lafayette (104)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us." ~Black Elk, Oglala Sioux

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." Pope John Paul II

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25.

“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”~Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

“The death of a dream can in fact serve as the vehicle that endows it with new form,
with reinvigorated substance, a fresh flow of ideas, and splendidly revitalized color.
In short, the power of a certain kind of dream is such that death need not indicate finality
at all but rather signify a metaphysical and metaphorical leap forward.”

~Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

Lighted Chalice Weekly for April 11, 2014

Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.

Nursery & Childcare Available.

PDF of newsletter available here.

Table of contents


Sunday 13 April

  • FORUM, 9 AM John Collier discusses “Purdue's Master Plan: Striving to Enhance the Quality of Place.” This presentation illustrates the history and evolution of campus design at Purdue from the first campus master plan in 1924 until now. It also highlights strategies for enhancing the quality of place on campus in the future. John Collier received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University in 1984 and has worked for the University Architect ever since. He is the Director of Campus Master Planning in the Office of the University Architect and is in charge of Purdue’s Master Plan.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for “From Anger to Action.” Gail Davis and Rev. Charlie Davis perform songs from their upcoming CD, "Mad: Canticles of Justice"—exploring how to transform righteous anger into righteous action. Worship Associate, Gail Davis. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader, Dorothy Hughes. Sound Technician, Mike Marsh.

Sunday 20 April

  • FORUM, 9 AM Jason Rubsam describes “The Home With Hope,” the only facility of its kind in the Lafayette area that provides a continuum of care, often following primary treatment or detox for alcoholism and other drug addictions, for men and women age 18 and older. We help our clients learn how to live their lives as acceptable members of their communities, free from addiction and substance abuse, by providing an environment conducive to recovery. We provide strict monitoring and structure, case management, random drug and alcohol screening, and the opportunity to seek employment and work in the community. Further, we require daily 12-step meeting attendance, acquiring a 12-step sponsor and “home group” within their first 30 days of residency, as well as daily accountability.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for our Easter Sunday service as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Resurrection Stories.” Easter is one of the many stories of new life in the spring. How can we renew our lives over and over again? Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader, Christine Schertz. Sound Technician, Dan Noland.

Child and youth religious exploration

April's Theme: Interdependent Web.

Preschool and kindergarten will be doing Spirit Play. They now have a sand tray as a potential choice for their work!

Grade School, 1-4: Our featured UUs/workshop rotation/rotation order this week:

  • Transplanting Seedlings- Wabash Riverkeeper, Rae Schnapp (notable UU: Tim DeChristopher):  April 6- grades 1-2, room 110; April 13- 3rd grade, room 112 April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!) April 27- 4th grade, room 114
  • Decorating Pots (potentially for the plant sale)- Tony Pawli.  April 6-3rd grade, room 112, April 13-4th grade, room 114, April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now! *Donations for the canned food hunt will go to Food Finders Community Pantry.)  April 27- grades 1-2, room 110
  • Signs of Spring Hike (*dress for the weather!!)- Barny Dunning.  April 6- 4th grade, room 114 April 13- grades 1-2, room 110. April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!) April 27- 3rd grade, room 112. Please dress appropriately for activities. In the event of inclement weather conditions, an alternate activity will be substituted for Barny's nature hike. 

Youth 5-8: will continue with Questing Year

High School Youth: will be discussing a variety of self chosen topics and painting a table

All youth: We still need volunteers for Family Promise through June 1st. Contact Sheila dresheila@gmail.com if you can help!!

***Save the Date*** RE Council is sponsoring a parent coffee for parents of preschool- 4th grade aged children on Sunday, April 27th from 9:30-10:15 in the "re corner" of the fellowship hall near the playground. Childcare workers will be on hand to supervise kids on the playground. There will be a pizza lunch and meeting for middle school students, grades 5-8 and their parents immediately after church at noon in 101-03. Please try to come if you can- we need your feedback and in return, we have information for you!

Adult religious exploration

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style are facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique, each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held May 13, from 7:30-9:00 pm in 101/103. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!
  • THE CONVERSATION PROJECT: MAKING OUR WISHES KNOWN – GIVE A GIFT TO YOUR LOVED ONES! What would you want if all of the sudden were taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital? Does your family know? Does anyone know? If you were headed into major surgery and someone would need to “speak” for you afterward even for part of a day…or longer……would s/he know what to say?

There are a million reasons to avoid having the conversation. “I’m not sick!” “I’m too young to think about things like this.” “I’m living to 100!” or, “I just don’t know how to get the conversation started…….it’s uncomfortable.”

We can help with this last one! Join us for The Conversation Project.

Part I May 8th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Part II May 15th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Limited to 30 participants so register by calling Karin Bergman at 765-743-8812 or email her at uuc@uulafayette.org.

We’ll have documents to lead the process, a facilitator from A-REC to manage the time, a couple of short videos, personal stories, activities to help identify our wishes and time to share (if we wish) our thoughts, ideas and questions.

The Conversation Project was started by Ellen Goodman (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist) and colleagues after experiencing the confusion, pain and grief of trying to help a family member or friend during a critical time….not knowing what the person really wanted. They vowed to let someone know their wishes so the same thing wouldn’t happen to others they loved. In doing so they decided to share what they learned and tools for having much needed conversation. They (and we) believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table (or on a walk, or wherever) with the people we love, before it’s too late. Hope you join us on May 8th and 15th. Suzan Windnagel. Sponsored and facilitated by UUC’s Adult Religious Exploration Council.

Social Justice Committee

  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.
  • WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION The UU Church at all times has a bin located in the Fellowship Hall to collect items for the local Women’s Shelter. Please consider donating new underwear for women and children (all sizes), shirts for women (all sizes), pens, hand sanitizer, small pocket memo pads. Thank you.  (Week 3 and last for announcement for this rotation.)

Membership Information

  • PHOTO DIRECTORIES We will be printing another edition of our UUC picture directory soon, hoping for an April production date. If you would like your picture added or updated, contact Rosemary Leary at 463-4246 or rleary207@aol.com. We will be taking pictures at church on Sunday mornings, or you can send her a jpeg format digital picture that you would like to have us use.
  • MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES The Membership Committee composes biographies of every church member, placed each month on the Membership bulletin board, published in the newsletter & “archived” in a scrapbook in the library. Concurrent with publishing biographies of new members, we’ll also publish biographies of “old” members. If you have not yet completed a biography or are a new member/friend of the church, notify Joshua Prokopy, josh@prokopyfamily.com and he will contact you regarding how to contribute your information for publication in the Lighted Chalice Newsletter.

Principled Group: New book offered for discussion.

The Principled Group will be starting a new book discussion on Wednesday, April 30 and consecutive Wednesdays subsequent to that at noon in Room 101/103. The new selection is, "A Brief History of Everything" by modern philosopher, Ken Wilber. This "is an altogether friendly and accessible account of men and women's place in a universe of sex, soul and spirit, written by an author of which New York Times reporter Tony Schwartz says: 'No one has described the path to wisdom better than Ken Wilber.' " If you would like to join us for discussions of this book, please contact Peggy Martin at OLDCROW2643@yahoo.com to register no later than April 16th. Peggy can also order a copy of the book for you for $14.

UU Flames softball team!

Now that spring has finally arrived, it's time to start thinking about softball! If you are interested in joining the UU Flames co-ed softball team, please contact Mark VanMeeter (765-448-9807 or mvanmeeter@comcast.net). The League play will begin on May 5th. Last season the UU Flames finished an exciting run in 4th place, winning 4 games as well as 2 in the closing tournament! Come help start this season out right with an exciting tie-dye party Sunday, April 27 immediately after church in the Fellowship Hall! For further information about the tie-dye party, contact team artist Cindy Krulitz, ckrulitz@gmail.com.

April 13: Film "Nebraska" to be shown at church

Please join the UU Film Group this Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 pm in Room 101/103 to watch the much discussed Academy Award nominated film, "Nebraska." This event is brought to you by the UU Film Group Troika, Joan Marshall, Chuck Reynolds, and Verna Ritz. For further information please contact Joan Marshall at jmarshal900@yahoo.com.

April 19: De-Trash the Wabash. 9am-1pm

Meet at Riverside Skate Center in Tapawingo Park. There is FREE PARKING in the Wabash Landing Garage. Volunteers get a FREE T-SHIRT! New this year – Photo Contest! Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes or boots. Bring your own refillable water bottle. Who Can Participate? EVERYONE! Neighborhoods, Businesses, Schools, Girl & Boy Scouts, 4-H Groups, Churches, Families, Individuals, Fraternities, Sororities…Pizza Party at NOON at the Riverside Skate Center! For more information, visit the website at: www.De-TrashtheWabash.us, call the Wabash Riverkeeper at 765-714-4829 or find us on Facebook. Thanks for your help in getting the word out! Rae Schnapp, Ph.D., Wabash Riverkeeper, 765-714-4829.

May 4: All Church Spring Cleaning Work Day, noon-3 pm.

This will mainly be an outdoor activity, taking place after potluck Sunday May 4 from noon until 3pm or thereabouts. We want the grounds to be as attractive as possible before the plant sale so that our visitors will be extra impressed. We will clean up and spruce up the church grounds and do some building maintenance as well. Please bring or wear old clothes and work gloves if you can. We can use: rakes, leaf blowers, trowels, paint brushes, paint rollers, hacksaw, drill, and caulk guns. For further information, contact Exteriors Committee Chairperson, Rae Schnapp, Ph.D., Wabash Riverkeeper at raeschnapp@gmail.com, 765-714-4829.

May 10: Rummage Sale.  Now Accepting Items for Rummage Sale!

The youth will begin accepting donations of gently used baby and toddler clothes, toys, books, power tools, sporting equipment, bicycles, electronics, jewelry, furniture, household items, and unused beauty products for the UU Rummage Sale beginning Sunday, April 13. We will be storing donations in the attic room above the Fellowship Hall in preparation for the sale. If you need assistance unloading anything from your vehicle, youth will be on hand to help immediately following service on April 13, 27, and May 4. Deadline for donations is Wednesday, May 7. If you have more valuable items or larger items/furniture to donate, please make arrangements with Kat Braz before dropping it off at the church. We hope to see everyone at the sale in the UU Fellowship Hall on Saturday May 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.! If you would like to help sort and price items, set-up, work the sale, tear-down, and/or haul away please contact Kat Braz at kat@purdue.edu or 532-9678.

May 17: UUC Plant Sale

The UUC plant sale will be Saturday, May 17 from 9am-noon, in the front yard of the UUC. We will have vegetables, herbs and flowers. This is a total church effort that relies on church members donating plants from their gardens, or seeds that have been started indoors. Please begin planning for your donations, so we have a successful fundraiser. Please pass the word to friends and family. Plants are to be dropped off the week before the sale. Pots will be available in the playground area. More details to follow as we get closer to the date. We will need volunteers the day of the sale and a few days before to help sort and price plants. Contact Lisa Pantea, lisapantea@gmail.com, or Beth Misner, misner13@frontier.com.

June 1: All church picnic/potluck at Happy Hollow Park

Come join us immediately following service on Sunday, June 1 at the Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1 for the annual all church picnic (in lieu of the potluck regularly scheduled for first Sundays). Bring dish to pass , we will supply drinks and hot dogs, cutlery, plates. Bring friends, family, dogs, Frisbees, balls, bats, croquet, whatever to help us have fun! Fellowship group that Sunday will be asked to help at the picnic. The picnic will disperse at 3pm. For further information contact Lisa Pantea, event coordinator, at Lisapantea@gmail.com. Thanks—hope to see you there!

June 1-8: UU Goodwill clothing drive

Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning our homes top to bottom. As Unitarian Universalists, this ritual also means sharing our abundance with those in need. As you sort through your closets and drawers this spring, put your gently used garments aside for the UU Goodwill Clothing Drive, held this year from JUNE 1 to JUNE 8. The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to LUM, Carey Home for Children, the YWCA Woman's Shelter, and Family Promise. For more information contact Susanne McConville, 765-477-0344 or mcconville1200@comcast.net.

Monday Meditation

The Monday Meditation group meets each Monday evening at the UU Church from 7pm until 8:15ish. Details of the current “routine,” which includes a 40 minute group meditation in silence, are available. The group ranges from 3 to 20 attendees. Many thanks to Jody Tishmack for stepping forth to become a new Meditation Group Leader. Thanks also to Janice Schuster and Larry Hicks, who have facilitated the group for years and continue to serve as mentors, as well as to others, most recently Joe Peters, who have volunteered as leaders as well. Further information is available from jrschust@gmail.com.

UU Church name change for marketing/social media purposes

The official name of our congregation is “Unitarian Universalist Church, Inc.” This is not specific enough for marketing. For marketing purposes we are trying to add a locator to our name. We want this to be unique and specific. “Greater Lafayette,” which has been used in the past, is not unique because there are so many Lafayettes. “West Lafayette” is too specific, as it excludes people from outside of West Lafayette. “Tippecanoe County” may be the right balance of uniqueness and specificity. For a trial period, beginning immediately and ending in December 2014, we will be increasingly using the name “Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County” in our outreach. We will reassess at this time. We invite your comments. Please email Rev. Davis (uurevcharlie@aol.com); Alice Pawley (alicepawley@gmail.com); and Karin Bergman (uuc@uulafayette.org). Thank you.  (3rd and last week of announcement.)

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April 2014

April 11, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:30 PM PETE SEEGER COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT (Doors open at 7pm)

12, Saturday
UU MIDAMERICA "HUNGER FOR JUSTICE" REGIONAL ASSEMBLY, Bloomington IN or Ann Arbor MI, April 12 ONLY (2 other sites as well: Topeka KS or Wausau WI, April 11 & 12)
8:00 AM Zen M

13, PALM SUNDAY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)
3:00 PM UU Movie Group: "Nebraska" (101/103)

14, Monday
Passover/Pesach (begins at sunset)
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Hold for possible Qi Gong session, 5:30-7:00 pm 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

15, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

16, 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)

17, Thursday
MAUNDY (HOLY) THURSDAY
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM IVOW Dream Study Group (101/103; enrollment filled)
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

18, GOOD FRIDAY
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

19, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Meditation Workshop with Jason Kniola (101/103)
20, EASTER SUNDAY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)

21, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers' Group 101/103
5:30 PM Hold for possible Qi Gong session, 5:30-7:00 pm 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:00 PM Summer Planning Group (102)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

22, Tuesday
Passover/Pesach (ends at sunset)
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

23, Wednesday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
10:00 AM A-REC Meeting (101/103)
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

24, Thursday
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)

25, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson

26, Saturday
Possible Young Adult Coffeehouse/Open house (Playground & 210)
8:00 AM Zen M
6:00 PM IRN (Inter-Religious Network) Conversation Circle of the Abrahamic Faith Traditions: All Church Invitation, 101/103.

27, Sunday
UU FLAMES SOFTBALL TEAM TIE-DYE PARTY following service (FH)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
1:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)

"You can’t cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.”

~Rabindranath Tagore

“When you make a choice,
you change the future.”

~Deepak Chopra

“We are the cosmos made conscious
and life is the means by which
the universe understands itself.”

~Brian Cox

The Principled Group: New Book For Discussion: “A Brief History of Everything” by philosopher Ken Wilbur

The Principled Group will be starting a new book discussion on Wednesday, April 30 and consecutive Wednesdays subsequent to that at noon in Room 101/103. The new selection is, "A Brief History of Everything" by modern philosopher, Ken Wilber. This "is an altogether firendly and accessible account of men and women's place in a universe of sex, soul and spirit, written by an author of which New York Times reporter Tony Schwartz says: 'No one has described the path to wisdome better than Ken Wilber.' "

If you would like to join us for discussions of this book, please contact Peggy Martin at OLDCROW2643@yahoo.com to register no later than April 16th. Peggy can also order a copy of the book for you for $14.

Lighted Chalice Weekly for April 4, 2014

Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
Nursery & Childcare Available.

PDF of April monthly newsletter available here.


Sunday 6 April

  • FORUM, 9 AM Doug Paprocki presents “A Lake Michigan Coastal Environment: Its Scenery and Ecology.” A photo essay from the recent book, “Beside the Inland Sea,” by the late Gretchen Paprocki, will offer insight into the unusual as well as the attractive. This is a repeat performance of Doug's 3/2 Sunday Forum that was lightly attended due to weather. Included will be new images from Doug's recent trip back to Michigan to do the forum in the area of its origin. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “The Interdependent World Wide Web.”British Unitarian Sir Timothy Berners-Lee is often credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Find out how his theories on interconnectedness dovetail with the UU principle of the interdependent web of which we are a part. We will share Joys and Sorrows during service. Children will meet in 101/103 rather than in the sanctuary, for RE Spirit Circle Sunday . Children will have their Annual Food Finders Hunt. Potluck will take place in the Fellowship Hall after service. Those attending “UU History” membership class are encouraged to select a meal from the Potluck to bring to room 101/103. Worship Associate, Bill Welge. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Michael Lewis. Fellowship Team Leaders, Cheryl Fowler, Josh and Linda Prokopy. Sound Technician, Dan Lybrook.

Sunday 13 April

  • FORUM, 9 AM John Collier discusses “Purdue's Master Plan: Striving to Enhance the Quality of Place.” John Collier received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University in 1984 and has worked for the University Architect ever since. He is the Director of Campus Master Planning in the Office of the University Architect and is in charge of Purdue’s Master Plan.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for “From Anger to Action.” Gail Davis and Rev. Charlie Davis perform songs from their upcoming CD, "Mad: Canticles of Justice"—exploring how to transform righteous anger into righteous action. Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader, Christine Schertz. Sound Technician, Dan Noland.

Child and youth religious exploration

  • Our church theme for April is Interdependent Web.
  • Preschool and kindergarten will be doing Spirit Play. They now have a sand tray as a potential choice for their work!
  • Grade School, 1-4: Our featured UUs/workshop rotation/rotation order this month:

Transplanting Seedlings- Wabash Riverkeeper, Rae Schnapp (notable UU: Tim DeChristopher)

  • April 6- grades 1-2, room 110
  • April 13- 3rd grade, room 112
  • April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!)
  • April 27- 4th grade, room 114

Decorating Pots (potentially for the plant sale) Tony Pawli (notable UU- Charles Darwin)

  • April 6-3rd grade, room 112
  • April 13-4th grade, room 114
  • April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!)
  • April 27- grades 1-2, room 110

Signs of Spring Hike (*dress for the weather!!)- Barny Dunning (notable UU- Henry David Thoreau)

  • April 6- 4th grade, room 114
  • April 13- grades 1-2, room 110
  • April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!)
  • April 27- 3rd grade, room 112
  • In the event of inclement weather conditions, an alternate activity will be substituted for Barny's nature hike

**Donations for the canned food hunt will go to Food Finders Community Pantry

  • Youth 5-8: will continue with Questing Year
  • High School Youth: will be discussing a variety of self chosen topics and painting a table
  • All youth: We still need volunteers for Family Promise through June 1st. Check out the slots on sign up genius, or contact Sheila dresheila@gmail.com
  • Parents: Sometimes the service concludes before our classroom activities do. As a courtesy to our R.E. volunteers and students, your patience in waiting to collect your child is greatly appreciated. Guides and advisors: Reminder that this Sunday is potluck. RE generally tries to dismiss slightly earlier, at 11:30. Thank you.

Adult religious exploration

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style are facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique, each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held April 8, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm in 101/103. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!
  • THE CONVERSATION PROJECT: MAKING OUR WISHES KNOWN - GIVE A GIFT TO YOUR LOVED ONES! What would you want if all of the sudden were taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital? Does your family know? Does anyone know? If you were headed into major surgery and someone would need to “speak” for you afterward even for part of a day...or longer......would s/he know what to say?

There are a million reasons to avoid having the conversation. “I’m not sick!” “I’m too young to think about things like this.” “I’m living to 100!” or, “I just don’t know how to get the conversation started.......it’s uncomfortable.”

We can help with this last one! Join us for The Conversation Project.

Part I May 8th 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Part II May 15th 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Limited to 30 participants so register by calling Karin Bergman at 765-743-8812 or email her at uuc@uulafayette.org.

We’ll have documents to lead the process, a facilitator from A-REC to manage the time, a couple of short videos, personal stories, activities to help identify our wishes and time to share (if we wish) our thoughts, ideas and questions.

The Conversation Project was started by Ellen Goodman (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist) and colleagues after experiencing the confusion, pain and grief of trying to help a family member or friend during a critical time....not knowing what the person really wanted. They vowed to let someone know their wishes so the same thing wouldn’t happen to others they loved. In doing so they decided to share what they learned and tools for having much needed conversation. They (and we) believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table (or on a walk, or wherever) with the people we love, before it’s too late. Hope you join us on May 8th and 15th. Suzan Windnagel. Sponsored and facilitated by UUC’s Adult Religious Exploration Council.

Social Justice Committee

CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.  (Week 2 of announcement)

WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION The UU Church at all times has a bin located in the Fellowship Hall to collect items for the local Women’s Shelter. Please consider donating new underwear for women and children (all sizes), shirts for women (all sizes), pens, hand sanitizer, small pocket memo pads. Thank you.  (Week 2 of announcement)

Membership information

  • PHOTO DIRECTORIES We will be printing another edition of our UUC picture directory soon, hoping for an April production date. If you would like your picture added or updated, contact Rosemary Leary at 463-4246 or rleary207@aol.com. We will be taking pictures at church on Sunday mornings, or you can send her a jpeg format digital picture that you would like to have us use. (Week 2 of announcement.)
  • MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES The Membership Committee is composing biographies of every church member, placed each month on the Membership bulletin board and then published in the newsletter. As new biographies are added to the membership board, old biographies will be “archived” in a scrapbook in the library. New members will be a priority for biographies so we can get to know our newest congregants quickly. Concurrent with publishing biographies of new members, we’ll also be publishing biographies of “old” members. If you have not yet completed a biography or are a new member/friend of the church, notify Joshua Prokopy, josh@prokopyfamily.com and he will contact you regarding how to contribute your information for publication in the Lighted Chalice newsletter.  (Week 2 of announcement)

UU Church name change for marketing/social media purposes

The official name of our congregation is "Unitarian Universalist Church, Inc." This is not specific enough for marketing. For marketing purposes we are trying to add a locator to our name. We want this to be unique and specific. "Greater Lafayette," which has been used in the past, is not unique because there are so many Lafayettes. "West Lafayette" is too specific, as it excludes people from outside of West Lafayette. "Tippecanoe County" may be the right balance of uniqueness and specificity. For a trial period, beginning immediately and ending in December 2014, we will be increasingly using the name "Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County" in our outreach. We will reassess at this time. We invite your comments. Please email Rev. Davis (uurevcharlie@aol.com); Alice Pawley (alicepawley@gmail.com); and Karin Bergman (uuc@uulafayette.org). Thank you.  (Week 2 of announcement)

Social Justice Committee

CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.  (Week 2 of announcement)

Volunteer Opportunity for Meditation Group Leader

We're looking for a volunteer to take over the leadership of the established Monday Meditation group which meets every Monday evening at the church. If you would be interested in facilitating this group on an ongoing basis or would like more information, please contact Janice at jrschust@gmail.com. Details of the current “routine” which includes a 40 minute group meditation in silence, are available. The group, which ranges from 3 to 20 attendees, has been meeting on Mondays from 7 pm until 8:15ish.  (Week 2 of announcement.)

April 11: Pete Seeger Memorial Concert

Several Lafayette area musicians are gathering together Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm, to pay tribute to legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who passed away at the age of 94 on January 27, 2014. The concert will be held in the UU Church sanctuary. Doors open at 7:00 pm. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit the Wabash Riverkeeper non-profit organization. For further information contact Denise Wilson, dm2wilson@gmail.com.

May 4: All Church Spring Cleaning Work Day, noon-3 pm.

May 4, after potluck, noon-3pm.  This will mainly be an outdoor activity. We want the grounds to be as attractive as possible before the plant sale so that our visitors will be extra impressed. We will clean up and spruce up the church grounds and do some building maintenance as well. Please bring or wear old clothes and work gloves if you can. We can use: rakes, leaf blowers, trowels, paint brushes, paint rollers, hacksaw, drill, and caulk guns.  Contact Rae Schnapp with questions.

May 10: Rummage sale, start pulling aside your contributions!

Mark the calendar for Saturday, May 10—the UU Rummage Sale will be held in the Fellowship Hall that Saturday, so start planning to bring in your well-loved but no longer needed items. This year the UU Youth will be coordinating the sale as a fund raiser for their planned trip to Cedar Point! Help sponsor their activity, and bring your “nearly new” and other previously treasured items to the UU Sale! More information to follow regarding drop off locations, times, dates…

May 17: UUC Plant Sale

The UUC Plant Sale will be Sat., May 17th from 9am-noon, in the front yard of the UUC. We will have vegetables, herbs and flowers. This is a total church effort that relies on church members donating plants from their gardens, or seeds that have been started indoors. Please begin planning for your donations, so we have a successful fundraiser. Please pass the word to friends and family. Plants are to be dropped off the week before the sale. Pots will be available in the playground area. More details to follow as we get closer to the date. We will need volunteers the day of the sale and a few days before to help sort and price plants.   Contact Lisa Pantea with questions.

June 1: All church picnic/potluck at Happy Hollow Park

UUC picnic/potluck at Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1!  Bring dish to pass , we will supply drinks and hot dogs, cutlery, plates. Bring friends, family, dogs, frisbees, balls, bats, whatever to help us have fun! Fellowship group that Sunday will be asked to help at the picnic. Starting after church until 3 pm. Contact Lisa Pantea with questions.

June 1-8: UU Goodwill clothing drive

Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning our homes top to bottom. As Unitarian Universalists, this ritual also means sharing our abundance with those in need. As you sort through your closets and drawers this spring, put your gently used garments aside for the UU Goodwill Clothing Drive, held this year from JUNE 1ST to JUNE 8TH. The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to LUM, Carey Home for Children, the YWCA Woman's Shelter, and Family Promise. For more information contact Susanne McConville, 765-477-0344 or mcconville1200@comcast.net.

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April 2014 Calendar

APRIL 4, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
5, Saturday
PURDUE BOILER BLAST!
8:00 AM Zen M

6, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: UU History (104)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

7, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers' Group 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation

8, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 104
6:00 PM RE Council (Youth Room) CANCELLED
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

9, 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)

10, Thursday
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (104)

11, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:30 PM PETE SEEGER COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT (Sanctuary Doors open at 7pm)

12, Saturday
UU MIDAMERICA "HUNGER FOR JUSTICE" REGIONAL ASSEMBLY, Bloomington IN or Ann Arbor MI
8:00 AM Zen M