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