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.

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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.)

Adding events and announcements to this newsletter

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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