Lighted Chalice Weekly for October 12, 2014

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

Sunday October 12

  • FORUM, 9 AM Chris Campbell is an Indiana State Licensed Audiologist at Lafayette Otolaryngology Associates, Indiana Ear Nose and Throat Practice. The medical facility where Chris works, and topics including hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants and balance disorders will be discussed.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for Stewardship Sunday lay-led service: “Where Does All the Money Go?”As church members, we pledge to give of our time, talent, and treasure. Representatives from different church program areas will talk about why giving is important to them. Worship Associate: Kat Braz. Sound: Mary Finley. Pulpit Preparation: Lola Straub. Fellowship Team Leader: Joshua and Linda Prokopy.

Sunday October 19

  • FORUM, 9 AM Tom Hertel will discuss “The Economics of Climate Change.” Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Dianna Poindexter presents “Diwali.” The 3rd source that our living tradition draws from is “wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.” This Sunday we will celebrate the meaningful and colorful Hindu holiday of Diwali. Sound: Gary Fowler. Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader: Susanne McConville.

Child and youth religious exploration

As most of you know, my name is Nicole Rice, and I’m the new director of religious exploration. I have had a wonderful welcome to the UU and met a lot of smiling faces. I was also lucky enough that my first Sunday fell on potluck Sunday and got to sample some delicious vegan soup. Because Sunday was my first meeting with the children, we focused on getting to know each other. I was able to introduce myself during the “Time For All Ages” and share important parts of my personality with the congregation, including my love of nature, music, painting, and teaching. I taught the students the “secret connection” signal, which allows them to let me know that they have something in common with me. When we went back to the classroom, we continued to learn more about each other by creating index cards with pictures, sentences, and phrases about ourselves to put on a large Venn diagram chart. This allowed us to further make connections and find out that everybody has similarities and differences. We wrapped up the lesson by completing a human scavenger hunt to discover more about our habits, personalities, and traits.

This Sunday, we will focus on the first source, transcending mystery, as we explore the beauty of nature and discover how love is like a seed. Be sure to find me on Sunday to pick up a community survey and student RE registration form (if applicable). I look forward to getting to know the community and finding common ground with all of you as we work together to explore our connectedness to each other and the world around us. Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@yahoo.com.

Connecting Question (s):

  • How many things can you think of that a seed can grow into?
  • How can we compare our love to a seed?
  • Why is it important we remember to love each other and everything on Earth?

Connecting Resources:

  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  • Dear Children of the Earth by Schim Schimmel

Making Connections At Home:

  • Plant several different kinds of seeds and experiment with how to best nurture them.
  • Take a nature walk to discover the beauty and many uses of things that come from seeds.
  • Make a Venn diagram comparing your love to a seed. What are some similarities and differences?
  • Play charades and grow into something that comes from a seed.
  • Create a book about the life cycle of a seed.
  • Create seed art. Seed Art: It's Fun to Collect the Seeds and Create These Unusual Pictures by Alice B. Yeager.

-- Nicole Rice, Director of Religious Exploration

Why I give to UUC: Kate French

“I give to the church because it is an intrinsic part of my life. I grew up here. I am growing up here. The community that I help by donating time or money is the very same one that taught me the important things in life. I’ve learned to teach and be taught; speak my mind and
listen closely; question beliefs and respect them. I give to the church because of people like Kat, and Alanna, and Charlie, because the congregation gives back to each and every member,  encouraging them to do everything they want in life and pushing them to be the most that they can be. I love being a part of this, so I work towards making similar experiences for everyone around me.”

~Kate French

Why do you give?

All Church Halloween Party Save the Date!

The all church Halloween party will be Saturday October 25 from 5 – 8 pm. Start planning your costumes! All ages are encouraged to attend!

— Linda Prokopy, Coordinator.

Insights from communication survey

Thank you to everyone who completed the communication survey Alice initiated in September.  About 50 people gave their feedback.  We are still processing what our changes will be, but based on suggestions from multiple people, we will now:

  • include a table of contents about what's in the newsletter in the weekly email alert
  • attach pdfs of the newsletter to the email alert, when the pdfs are small
  • include a link to recordings posted online of Rev. Charlie's sermons when he makes them in the weekly email alert.
  • post the newsletter earlier in the week when possible.

Thank you!

-- Alice Pawley, friendly webspinner

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