Category Archives: at our church

Strengthening Community Through Stewardship and Service

Please plan to attend the Interest Fair on Sunday, September 10 after service in Fellowship Hall to learn more about how you can enjoy the fellowship of others as you share your time and talent to nurture and support this congregation.

What is stewardship? Merriam – Webster offers the definition: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. This congregation has been entrusted with UUCTC’s legacy. Supporting the foundation laid by our predecessors includes financially supporting the church; it also includes sharing your time and talent to contribute to the vitality of this beloved community.

How many staff and volunteers do you speculate it takes to cover Sunday morning activities at church, five, ten, fifteen, twenty . . .?

Let’s take a look:
• Forum (2)
• RE classes/nursery coverage; two staff and ten volunteers (12)
• Fellowship Team to cover the welcome table and coffee hour/potluck Sundays. There are about 20 people on each team. We all have busy lives so each leader has to hope that enough people on the team are available on the assigned Sunday. (~10)
• Worship, two staff (minister and pianist), worship associate, sound tech, two greeters (6)
• Collection counting (2)
That is about 30 people, just for Sunday morning!

There are numerous moving parts that compose UUCTC. Administering the church and all its moving parts is comprised of elected offices, committees, interest groups, fundraisers and activities that support and nourish this church and its congregants. Whatever gifts and talents you have, they are welcome here! As Program Council chair I can assure you we welcome new faces and new ideas.

Sherry Tripodi, currently chair of the nominating committee and the November Talent Show, also on the Sunday greeter team, has: served on the board, chaired the stewardship campaign, led a fellowship team and been involved in numerous other ways. She describes her UUCTC volunteer experience, "I started volunteering at the church right after we joined. This was the easiest way for me to get to know people. Serving on committees and organizing events has helped me to stay involved and committed to the church and to create relationships with other members."

Fall Goodwill Clothing Drive

Ready to clean out your closet? UUCTC's Fall Goodwill Clothing Drive will be held on November 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All of the clothing collected will be turned into vouchers for purchasing items from Goodwill. All vouchers are donated to Lafayette Urban Ministries. Be sure to use the white 13-gall kitchen bags or similar size. No shoes, belts, or household goods. Early donations can be left in the Upper Room of the Fellowship Hall. Thanks.

Questions: Susanne McConville,
Social Justice Committee: suemcconville1200@gmail.com

UU Coffee House Jazz Music Event

The UU Coffee House Music series will resume this fall and winter, with four high quality musical groups performing on Saturday nights, with the first one on Saturday, October 21st, form 7:30 to 11:00 pm, featuring the Linda Hicks + Some Jazz Dudes Band! Ms. Hicks is well known in the area, and will be singing vocals to an eclectic mix of current and jazz standards. Keyboardist Garry Smith, Bassist Hunt Wiley, and drummer Larry Guentert will be nailing down the groove and playing the solos. Doors will open at 7:00 at UU in the Fellowship Hall. Mark your calendars so that you don't miss this performance of some of Lafayette's best musicians!

Questions:  larry@guentrert.net

Putting the Pieces Together: UUCTC Leaders Announce Strategic Planning Sessions

The leadership has heard you and now we are asking for your support. Beginning in August, the long awaited visioning process for UUCTC will begin. We will work alongside of a UUA consultant who will guide ALL of us through this process. The visioning process will help US discover, Who we are? Where we are going? and How will we get there?

It is important that note the pronouns and phrases used earlier in this article… We will, All, and US...These were purposely used to reflect and to encourage everyone to participate. This is NOT a leaders’ event but these sessions are a UUCTC event, everyone is encouraged to participate. You Matter!, and we want you’re your help.

Please hold these dates – they are important for our path forward: The Visioning Process will be held at the church on Friday evening, August 25th, and then Saturday the 26th until 1pm. Exact hours have not been confirmed. The facilitator for this will be Dan Wiseman. Dan is currently developing a draft agenda and methodology, which he will share with us in the coming week. He sees this as being an iterative process, through which we get the sessions we need.

 About the facilitator: Dan has been a member of the Central Midwest District Consultant Group since 2001. Recent projects include district-wide leadership programs, congregation and board retreats and serving as CMwD’s congregational conflict engagement project. He has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and PhD work in Adult Education (ABD).

Questions:  Andrea Burniske: Andrea@hotelLafayette.com or Dorothy Hughes: djhugheslmhc@gmail.com

Lammas Harvest Service, August 4th

The Wheel of the Year Services celebrate the history of Pagan solstices and quarter holidays. We do not follow any one particular teaching but rather celebrate the traditions associated with the holidays. Join us at UU Church on August 4 at 7:00 p.m. for this family friendly event. Bring your favorite Lummas songs, poems, and readings to share. If you are able a small plate of food to share is welcomed but not required.

Church Membership Class: August 19

UUCTC ‘s next Membership Class will be on Saturday, August 19th from 10AM to 2PM in the forum room (101-103).

If you would like to become a member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County or are interested in learning more about the church, please attend. Contact Jada Haughey, Membership Committee chair, at membership@uuctc.org to rsvp or register via the sign up sheet on the church bulletin board. Let Jada know if you will need childcare or have any special dietary needs.