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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

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.

 

 

Stewardship Drive lunch and discussion

uua-logoJoin us on September 25, 2016 at 11:45 am for a casual get-together in the forum room to discuss annual giving to the church. We'll talk about why it's important to pledge, how to decide how much to pledge, what it means to be a Fair Share giver, how your pledge dollars are spent, and more. Your pledge card will be available. Lunch will be served. Childcare will be provided if requested in advance.

Please contact Sherry Tripodi or Kim Smith with questions.

Second Annual Talent Show and Soup Cook-Off, November 5, 2016

talent-showOur second annual talent show will be held on November 5, 2016 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Save the date!

Members and friends of UUCTC are invited to share their talents as we celebrate wrapping up our stewardship campaign. Child and youth talent portion will run from 5-6, followed by the soup cook-off dinner at 6 and the adult talent from 7-9. Please contact Sherry Tripodi at sherrytripodi@yahoo.com if you or your child wish to perform in the talent show or I f you want to enter soup in the soup contest. Volunteers will also be needed to bring other food and to help set up, clean up, and help in the kitchen.

Copies of the Proposed Budget will be Available Soon

The board will have hard copies of the proposed church budget for the remainder of 2016 available on Thursday March 10th, ten days prior to the congregation meeting scheduled for March 20th. The hard copies of the budget will be available in the narthex and on the desk outside the church office. Additionally, an all church email of the budget will also be sent on March 10th. Please plan to attend the congregational meeting. If you have any questions please contact Kim Smith atsmithkn@gmail.com or 219-680-7100.

The Lighted Chalice for January 2015

A Month of Sundays

Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes begin at 10:30 a.m.
Nursery and childcare available

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4: ‘Prayer Turns the Lights On’ and Other Things I Believe About Prayer

Worship Leader: Sherry Tripodi
Worship Associate: Dianna Poindexter
Sound: Mary Finley
Fellowship Team: Linda & Josh Prokopy
Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter
Sharing of Joys & Concerns

To me, prayer is like electricity. I don’t claim to understand how it works. Yet when I am in the dark, I know to reach for the switch and the light that comes comforts me.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 “Epiphany”

Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis
Worship Associate: Michael Lewis
Sound: Carl Seese
Fellowship Team: Mark VanMeeter
Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick

This celebrates the arrival of the Magi at the manger. The followed the light of the star and saw the light of the world. Epiphany also has come to mean whenever a brilliant idea flashes in our mind. Often at New Year’s, we make resolutions about what we are going to give up. This year let us imagine we are Magi. What light will we follow? What gifts do we bring? What do we hope to discover?

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18: “King Wieman and Tillich”

Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis
Worship Associate: Bill Welge
Sound: Jason Dufair
Fellowship Team: Barny Dunning and Beth Misner
Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick

For his PhD dissertation, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., compared Unitarian Henry Nelson Wieman with German theologian Paul Tillich. Wieman defined God as creativity; Tillich defines God as Being itself. King believed both of these concepts were too impersonal to have a religious experience based on relationship.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 “Reason the Only Oracle of Man”

Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis
Worship Associate: Kris Taylor
Sound: Noemi Ybarra
Fellowship Team: Amy French and Christine Schertz
Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick

American Revolution hero Ethan Allen wrote this treatise as a compendious system of natural religion. He attacked organized religion and encouraged people to look to reason to discover the transcending mystery and wonder of the world.

Sunday Forum

Sunday Morning Forum meets at 9 am in Room 101/103. Everyone is welcome! Childcare is provided. Co-chairs: Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, Bill Welge
January 4 -- Open Forum “Discuss past and future forums”
January 11 -- Kris Taylor “The Leader’s Guide to Turbulent Times” Kris Taylor will discuss her recent book.
January 18 -- TBA
January 25 --Sadie Harper-Scott District President NAACP

Newsletter reminder

The deadline for submitting items to the Lighted Chalice is the 15th of each month. Please submit items via e-mail to lightedchalice@gmail.com or use the web form, http://bit.ly.uuctceventform2. Include an e-mail address or phone number for publication. And please keep submissions to 500 words or fewer. We will do our best to publish as many items as possible, but space may be limited.

Minister's Musings

Most UUs are familiar with the seven principles. Few people are able to list all seven, but they know that there are seven. Fewer still know that the Unitarian Universalist Association also lists six sources of spirituality.

For the first six months of 2015 we will be focusing on one source per month:

  • January: Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.
  • February: Words and deeds of prophetic women and men, which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
  • March: Wisdom from the world’s religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
  • April: Jewish and Christian teachings that call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
  • May: Humanist teachings that counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • June: Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Most worship services and religious exploration programs will reflect these themes. It is an effort to help each person understand his or her own spirituality. We do not all come from the same place and our goal is not to end up with the same creed. The world supplies a banquet table full of spiritual nourishment. Each congregation is a philosophical potluck. Sharing our stories is source of strength. Come to the table of wonder and transformation.

-- Rev. Charlie

From the Board President

Happy New Year everyone!

There’s just something about starting a new year — be it a new school year, fiscal year, calendar year — that gives one a feeling of new and unlimited possibilities. [In the next section, I date myself. I do not have a smart phone, and my calendar is paper. Really!] The pages of the calendar are unmarked and for a moment, there’s a feeling of freedom — no obligations, no commitments. For a moment. Then, if you are like me, you start by filling in birthdays and anniversaries. You happily remember each person as you place them on your calendar. And then the work begins — you start placing in appointments and meetings, things “to remember,” things “to keep in mind”: pay this bill, take your cat to the vet on this day.

As you are placing dates on your 2015 calendar, do not forget Feb. 22 — it’s the date of our Service Auction and promises to be a fabulous evening! And Dec. 4-5 will be the dates of our Art Fair. Not only are these great events to attend, but they are the major fundraisers for our church. We hope you will be able to volunteer in some way as well. There are other events to keep in mind (and on your calendar), but these do not yet have a fixed date: Church Clean-Up, Plant Sale, and Rummage Sale. There will be times for fun and fellowship too — first Sunday potlucks, last Sunday birthday celebrations, and various events organized by our Fun(d) Force. Add in various RE events, Social Justice activities, and AREC workshops, and it seems like there’s always something going on here.

That’s a good thing … no, a GREAT thing! Our church is open and welcoming. Thanks to you. Thanks to everyone who pledges to our church. By pledging, you allow the Finance Committee and the Board plan for the future. You help us anticipate and plan for our year. Your pledges make our dreams a reality.

Our reality is a very full calendar for 2015. Happy New Year indeed.

Gale Charlotte, Board President
galekchar@gmail.com

2015 Budget

The proposed 2015 budget was approved at the December congregational meeting. The great news is we are on target to end 2014 with a slight surplus; this means we did not have to borrow from our capital funds. The other good news is that we will have a new roof on part of the building before the end of the year.This also means we have almost depleted the capital fund, so there can be no more “borrowing” from there in the event of a shortfall of funds.
We have been talking for a few years about finding ways to increase revenue; depending less on pledge income was the goal. As you will notice, our pledge income for 2015 is just $5,000 more than 2014. So, we HAVE to raise money somewhere else. I have set up two task forces in the past month and have asked a few congregants to be a part of them:

  • We have a building use committee, charged with finding people and groups to use our building.
  • I’ve also constituted a “Fun(d) Force,” who will be exploring ways for our congregation to have fun AND raise some money. For instance, in January, we will be having a fundraiser at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth restaurant. You can take a flyer into Puccini’s on the designated Thursday night and 20 percent of your order will be donated back to the church. We are cautiously optimistic about this Fun(d) Force, and hope to raise at least $1,000 this way.
  • Finally, I ask you for help — do you attend a group that meets here at the church? Are you an artist? A musician? What can you, or your group, do to help us raise some funds? Do you have a Kroger card? Do you use the church link when you order on Amazon?

Just three areas of our expenses have substantial increases for 2015: salaries, benefits, and utilities. For salaries, we are proposing a modest 1.5 percent increase for 2015. Utility costs are also projected to increase, but we hope the new roof will provide some added insulation in the fellowship hall and will save us a bit of money on heating and cooling. I have also put together an energy-saver task force and have asked that they explore concrete ways to save money.

Mark VanMeeter and I met with a couple of cleaning companies in November, and ultimately were able to renegotiate our contract with our current cleaning company, for a savings of almost $3,000.

Finally, we will be reviewing our membership roll and removing individuals who have not responded to our letter, which simply asks if they wish to remain a member of our congregation.

In the end, we still face a shortfall in the 2015 budget of $12,804. In addition, we are unable to pay for a pianist at this time. At this time, I want to ask you for a couple of things: if you have not yet made a commitment to our church for 2015, I ask you to pledge — today. If you have already pledged, please consider making an additional gift for 2015.

When the board voted to approve this budget for 2015, we also made a commitment. We will monitor our expenses in the first quarter of 2015, and we will be re-visiting the budget in March.

Gale Charlotte, galekchar@gmail.com

Jubilee Christmas

jubilee 1 jubilee 2On Dec. 13, 13 low-income families gathered in our fellowship hall to celebrate LUM’s Jubilee Christmas.

Along with our partner congregations (Lafayette Church of the Brethren and The Society of Friends), we were able to provide fellowship, toys, household supplies, cookies, hams, and gift certificates so that the families could have a joyful holiday season.

In the Lafayette-West Lafayette community, the same event was taking place at 23 other churches, and collectively we served approximately 600 families (1,600 children).

Mary Finley and I, as co-chairs, are enormously grateful to all the UUs who helped make this very meaningful event possible, and we are happy that our congregation is able to play a role in LUM’s Christmas Jubilee each year.

Mary and I would like to acknowledge the UU members and friends who helped with Jubilee. Thank you to all who purchased toys for the children. The selection was amazing. Thank you to the Friday night set-up crew. Thank you to Nicole Rice and the RE program for earning money to shop for other children, and to the parents and children who did that shopping.

Thank you to all those who helped on Saturday by hosting, working in the kitchen, greeting guests, playing holiday music, or wrapping gifts: Linda Lou Prokopy, Maeve Drummond, Rae Brandt, Nina Kirkpatrick, Linda Prokopy, Dave Shelton, Kat Braz, Nancy Patchen, Kris Tiffany, Andrea Burniske, Lola Straub, Gracie Gould, Lynn Holland, Susanne McConville, Della Willmann, Yiseul Suh, Jean Herr, and Dorothy Hughes, John Finley, and anyone else we have overlooked (very sorry to omit any names).

Here are some of the comments our guests made about Jubilee:

  • It means so much to me. I am not able to buy Christmas presents for my girls.
  • My kids wouldn’t have a Christmas without it.
  • Jubilee is the epitome of Santa Claus for our family. It is the magic of Christmas for us.
  • It was great. It helps out a lot having done no shopping yet. Just had surgery.

And from a volunteer:

This was my first year as a host as well and it was absolutely wonderful! The mom I helped shop for was very appreciative and so happy with what she got for her two kids. I went my and saw her today at the restaurant where she works for lunch and she was still full of joy. I will be sending a Christmas card to her family this week! So happy to be a part of this!
— Gracie Gould

All of you made a difference to families needing a helping hand.
Jean Tyner, Jubilee Christmas co-chair

Religious Exploration

Director of Religious Exploration Nicole Rice, drenicolerice@gmail.com

LOOKING BACK

December was a month of sharing joy, traditions, and the spirit of giving. Here are some pictures from the Giving Tree fundraiser. We raised $370 to buy toys for the LUM Jubilee Christmas.

LOOKING FORWARD

In January, the RE program will continue to explore UU traditions by making connections to the weekly sermons.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Jan. 15 Puccini’s Night (UU gets 20 percent of the profits when you have a meal or carryout). I will distribute fliers for this event when I receive them.
  • Jan. 25 You are invited to our monthly birthday party, following the service in the fellowship hall. Please see Nicole to fill out a birthday sheet if you haven’t.
  • We are in need of RE guides, subs, workshop teachers, shadows, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.
  • Please see http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for RE information and updates.
  • The OWL program will be starting up in January for seventh-ninth grade. Please let me know if you’d like more information.
  • I have a new e-mail address! Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@gmail.com.

NURSERY SCHEDULE

Jan. 4: Amelia Rode (Ben Lincourt)
Jan. 11: Alyssa Dufair (Rachel Smith)
Jan. 18: Kalina Harden (Kate French)
Jan. 25: Victoria Lincourt (Amelia Rode)

Stewardship Update

Another successful Stewardship campaign is coming to an end. As of this writing, we have collected 115 pledge cards, totaling $233,743, with several cards still in the mail.
This number exceeds the 2015 budget for pledge income, placing us closer to closing our budget deficit. This is fantastic news! A huge thank you to everyone who pledged, especially those who pledged in a timely manner, and also to everyone who worked on the campaign. All of the support and help made this effort a success.

I would like to recognize those people who reported themselves as Fair Share Givers. This means they gave at or above an amount recommended by the UUA correlating to their income.

We truly could not do the work of our church without these donors: Charles Babbs, Roy and Caroline Barnhart, Rae Brandt and David Shelton, Keith Brown, Gale Charlotte, June Cohen, Don and Ruth Ann Ferris, Mary Ann Foley, Cheryl and Gary Fowler, Cindy Gerlach and Gary Mueller, Laura Geiger and Mike Reed, Dorothy Hughes, Julie and Brent Jesiek, Nina Kirkpatrick, Bob Kovak and Janice Kritchevsky, Joan Marshall, Lorraine and Randy Myer, Linda and Josh Prokopy, Susanne Robinson, Julie and Jason Rubsam, Kim Smith, Mark VanMeeter, Matthew and Jessica Volovski, Della Willmann, Suzan Windnagel, Patty Wood, Noemi Ybarra, and Joan Zinn. (Please excuse any inadvertent omissions.)

Sherry Tripodi, Stewardship Committee Chair
sherrytripodi@yahoo.com

Change for Change

The Change for Change recipient for January and February is the Tippecanoe Country Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.

A child who has been abused or neglected or requires special treatment that can not or will not be provided without court intervention needs someone to advocate for their rights and look out for his or her best interest. A court-appointed advocate tries to fulfill these needs.

The program has grown significantly since 1985, when there were only eight cases in Tippecanoe County in which an attorney guardian ad litem was appointed. By August 1990, the program had 61 cases assigned to a CASA volunteer. Last year CASA represented 340 children with a staff of eight people and 117 volunteers.

-- Tom McConville, Social Justice

Kroger/Payless Gift Cards

Our church sells reloadable Kroger/Payless gift cards as a fundraiser. We receive 3 percent of the amount loaded onto the cards on an ongoing basis. You can purchase a gift card during the potluck on the first Sunday of the month.

The card will be preloaded with $25. Any amount can be added to the card at Payless to continue the fundraising efforts.

-- Kim Smith, Finance Committee

Potlucks! Who doesn't love 'em?

potlucksIt seems everybody loves our first-Sunday-of-the-month potlucks, and we want to continue to be able to invite newcomers and those who visit for the first time to join us, even though they sometimes protest that since they didn't know about it, they do not have a dish to contribute.
We want everybody to feel free to come join us for great food and conversation on the first Sunday of the month, and we hope that there will always be enough to go around, so here are a few simple requests:

  • If your Fellowship Team is "in charge" on a Sunday when there is a potluck, those Fellowship Team members are asked to please bring a main dish that will serve eight to 12.
  • If your Fellowship Team is "off duty" on a potluck Sunday, we hope you will pitch in by providing a salad, side dish, appetizer, bread, or dessert — and again, since there are usually quite a few hearty eaters, it should serve at least eight.

And don't worry that your hot offering will get cold and be unappealing; the Fellowship Team on duty will be glad to keep it warm in one of the ovens until serving time.

Thanks to everybody for all the great food and fellowship that you provide for our potlucks — everybody appreciates it!

-- Lola Straub, Membership Committee

See it? Report it!

You’re at the church and notice a leaky faucet in the kitchen. You are in the bathroom, and a toilet appears to be leaking. What should you do? Walk to the Information Center in front of the church office suite and look for the label “Building.” There you will find a Work Order Request form; read the information and fill out the form. In the case of a leaking toilet, you would follow the directions to alert appropriate staff; in the case of the leaky faucet, fill out the form, please.

Thanks for helping keep our building safe for all.

-- Gale Charlotte, galekchar@gmail.com

Art Fair Recap 2014

Another Art Fair has passed and we want to extend our thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated food, or attended. The weather was warm, and a little wet, but the weekend was beautiful and we had very good attendance. Proceeds from the Art Fair were excellent. We wish everyone a happy Holiday Season. See you next year!

-- Art Fair Committee

Exciting Endowment News

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has received a $1.5 million grant from the Lilly Foundation to provide 50 percent matches for any gifts to Community Foundation-held endowments. The church has four endowment funds held by the Community Foundation that would be eligible (General, Building, Religious Education and Social Justice).

If you would like to make an endowment gift and have it matched, please send the foundation a check made out to the Community Foundation with UUC Endowment in the memo line (The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, 1114 E. State St., Lafayette, IN 47905-1219).

Please let the Endowment Committee know so that we can acknowledge your gift. The Community Foundation has already seen a large response to this incentive and all match funds are first come, first served.

-- Amy French, Endowment Committee, amy.bolman.french@gmail.com

Building Your Own Theology

Based on the book by Richard Gilbert, this classic Unitarian Universalist adult education program invites participants to develop their personal credos, the fundamental religious beliefs, values and convictions that inform and direct the living of their lives. The eight-week program will be facilitated by Ellen Germann. 4-6 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 18, 2015.

E-mail Ellen Germann at ecgermann@earthlink.net. Limited to 12 participants so register soon. Purchase the workbook for $20 or borrow a copy.

Blue Moon Rising Community Choir

On Jan. 14, Blue Moon Rising Choir will gather for the first time. For planning purposes I am trying to get an idea of the size of the choir, so if you are considering joining please let me know.
Though the choir is renting space here at the UU Church and many UUs will be part of the choir, it is an independent organization and is open to anyone in the community. Learn more at www.denisewilson.net/blue-moon-rising or at my Denise Wilson Music Facebook page.

-- Denise Wilson, Dm2wilson@gmail.com, (765) 490-7882

Ongoing A-REC Programs

  • Monday Meditation – 7 p.m. Mondays
  • Buddhism Discussion Group – 6 p.m. first & third Mondays
  • Taiji Qigong – 7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading – 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • Zen Meditation – 8 a.m. Saturdays
  • Drumming Group Lesson – 7:30 p.m. second Mondays

Member Bio: Tim Luttermoser

Tim Luttermoser photo

Tim Luttermoser

Tim Luttermoser grew up Presbyterian but stumbled across the UU tradition while researching Kurt Vonnegut for a high school English paper.

He began attending a UU church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and briefly participated in a UU club at Hiram College. After moving to West Lafayette for graduate school, Tim saw signs for the church but didn’t immediately begin attending until he met some members of the church at Outfest.

He keeps coming back because our church lives up to its commitment to service and social justice and isn’t afraid to take a stand on controversial issues such as gay marriage.
Tim is currently studying for his master’s degree in entomology at Purdue University with the goal of becoming a professor at a small teaching college. Prior to enrolling at Purdue, he spent time living in Iowa and in California, studying the role of bees in agricultural systems as a field technician.

As an undergraduate he was also fortunate enough to go on a 12-week study abroad trip where he took courses on biology, travel writing, and science while visiting nine countries across four continents.

In his free time, Tim enjoys practicing his electric bass, playing Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games, and trying new craft beers and mixed drinks. He’s also a board member for the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) at Purdue.

Last year Tim helped with the Art Fair. And in high school, he volunteered via his church with an organization called PeaceJam, which brought together Nobel peace prize laureates and high school students with the goal of empowering students to develop their own volunteer projects.

January 2015 calendar

1 THURSDAY NEW YEAR’S DAY: OFFICE CLOSED
5:30 pm Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
6 pm Finance Committee (104)
7 pm Spontaneous Hopeful Monster
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

2 FRIDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon Meeting (FH)
6:30 pm PRYSM (102)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

3 SATURDAY
8 am Zen Meditation
7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)

4 SUNDAY
9 am Forum (101/103)
10:30 am Worship & RE
11:45 am POTLUCK SUNDAY
7:30 pm Lafayette Area Peace Coalition (101/103)

5 MONDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon Meeting (FH)
1:30 pm Writers Group (101/103)
6 pm Buddhism Discussion Group with Monica Ward (101/103)
7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

6 TUESDAY
Noon Meeting (FH)
1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
6 pm Program Council (101/103)
7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

7 WEDNESDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon The Principled Group
2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
6 pm Meeting (anon) (101/103)

8 THURSDAY
5:30 pm Worship Committee (106)
5:30 pm Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
7 pm Social Justice Committee Meeting (104)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

9 FRIDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon Meeting (FH)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

10 SATURDAY
8 am Zen M
7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)

11 SUNDAY
9 am Forum (101/103)
10:30 am Worship & RE
11:30 am UU Talk and Tour following service
Noon UU Membership Class: Exploring Membership: Participating at UUC, West Lafayette (104)
4 pm Corks ‘n Canvas Service Auction Scheduled Event (FH)

12 MONDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon Meeting (FH)
7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)
7:30 pm Drumming Lesson (S)

13 TUESDAY
Noon Meeting (FH)
1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
5:30 pm Pastoral Care (102)
6:30 pm Board Meeting (101/103)
7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

14 WEDNESDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon The Principled Group (101/103)
2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
6 pm Meeting (anon) (101/103)
6:30 pm Blue Moon Rising Community Choir (S)

15 THURSDAY
5:30 pm Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
6 pm Puccini’s Night fundraiser
7 pm Spontaneous Hopeful Monster
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

16 FRIDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon Meeting (FH)
6:30 pm PRYSM (102)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

17 SATURDAY
8 am Zen M
7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)

18 SUNDAY
9 am Forum (101/103)
10:30 am Worship & RE
4 pm UU Photo Group (101/103)

19 MONDAY
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Office Closed
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon Meeting (FH)
1:30 pm Writers Group (101/103)
6 pm Buddhism Discussion Group with Monica Ward (101/103)
6 pm Safety Committee (104)
7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

20 TUESDAY
Noon Meeting (FH)
1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

21 WEDNESDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
9 am Old Tippecanoe Quilting Guild (FH)
Noon The Principled Group (101/103)
2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
6 pm Meeting (anon) (101/103)
6:30 pm Blue Moon Rising Community Choir (S)

22 THURSDAY
5:30 pm Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
6 pm Membership Committee (104)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

23 FRIDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon Meeting (FH)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

24 SATURDAY
8 am Zen M
6 pm IRN (Inter-Religious Network Conversation Circles: Abrahamic Faith) Dinner & Discussion (101/103)
7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)

25 SUNDAY
9 am Forum (101/103)
10:30 am Worship & RE

26 MONDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon Meeting (FH)
7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

27 TUESDAY
Noon Meeting (FH)
1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
6:30 pm Committee on Ministry (102)
7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

28 WEDNESDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon The Principled Group (101/103)
2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
6 pm Meeting (anon) (101/103)
6:30 pm Blue Moon Rising Community Choir (S)

29 THURSDAY
5:30 pm Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

30 FRIDAY
7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
Noon Meeting (FH)
7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

31 SATURDAY
8 am Zen M
7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)

The Lighted Chalice for December 2014

A MONTH OF SUNDAYS

Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes begin at 10:30 a.m.
Nursery and childcare available

Sunday, DECEMBER 7: “Bodhi Day”

Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis
Worship Associate: Dianna Poindexter
Pianist: Sarah May
Sound: Noemi Ybarra
Fellowship Team: Andrea & Gary Burniske
Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter
Sharing of Joys & Concerns

This day celebrates the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is part of this season of light. Amid the hustle and bustle of a greedy world craving for consumer goods, how can we find enlightenment within?

Sunday, DECEMBER 14: “Rights & Responsibilities”

Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis
Pianist: Sarah May
Worship Associate: Dorothy Hughes
Sound: Mike Marsh
Fellowship Team: Alice Pawley & Steve Hoffmann
Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick

Thomas Paine’s “The Rights of Man” was one of the great treatises of the age of enlightenment. It led to the passage of the U.S. Bill of Rights on Dec. 15, 1791. But rights come with responsibility. Having the right to vote gives one the responsibility to vote. The right to be a part of a church community gives one the responsibility to participate.

Congregational Meeting follows.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19: 6 p.m., Solstice Celebration

2014 winter solsticeCome walk the spiral of the evergreens. Light a candle to brighten the darkest night.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21: Children’s Pageant: “Holidays A-Z”

Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis
Worship Associate: Nicole Rice
Pianist: Sarah May
Sound: Gary Fowler
Fellowship Team: Julia Colby
Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick

This season’s children’s program celebrates various traditions celebrated by various people in the congregation. This is an all-ages service.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24: Christmas Candlelight Service 6 p.m.

Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis
Pianist: Sarah May
Sound: Dan Lybrook
Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick

Featuring music from a variety of UU church members.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28: Lay-led Service

Worship Associate: Michael Lewis
Pianist: Sarah May
Sound: Gary Mueller
Fellowship Team: TBA
Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick

Sunday Forum

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

December 7: Sadie Harper-Scott, District President of the NAACP

December 14: Chris Campbell: “Audiology”

December 21: Margy Deverall: “Small Spaces”

December 28: TBA

Minister's Musings

“Love is metaphysical gravity.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

After seeing the movie Interstellar, I remembered this quote by R. Buckminster Fuller. He was a Unitarian Universalist most famous for inventing the Geodesic Dome. More than an architect and engineer, he was a philosopher. The movie was about saving humanity; it involved space travel. The relativity of time. The conflict between survival of the individual and survival of the species.

In the movie, love and gravity were forces that can transcend a black hole. Both have to do with the laws of attraction. Both are mysterious and hard to explain.

In his 1981 writing Critical Path, Fuller tries to explain:

Gravity is unit and undifferentiable
Gravity is comprehensive
inclusively embracing and permeative
is non-focusable and shadowless,
and is omni-integrative
all of which characteristics of gravity
are also the characteristics of love.
Love is metaphysical gravity.

In this holiday season, what draws us to one another? What motivates the rich to give to the poor? What motivates us to reconnect with friends and family?

Why did wise men seek wisdom from a star? What called the shepherds from their fields?

We might not know the ultimate truth or ever know the reasons why. We are in a mysterious orbit. We tug at one another’s heartstrings. Poetry only approximates the reality we know. That reality is love. Love one another during this season and every season that follows.

With Gratitude and Hope,

Rev. Charlie

From the Board President

Occasionally on a Sunday morning, our congregation sings these words:

“From you I receive, to you I give, together we share, and from this we live.”

When sung as a round, the words weave together, and the melody grows complex. It’s beautiful.

As the year winds down, we enter the “Giving Season.” I don’t know if our church specifically planned to have our annual pledge drive at this time of year, but it does make sense. At a time when a LOT of gifts are exchanged, our church asks you for a gift, in the form of a pledge. And all of us, pledging to the church, give to each other. We give each other so much.

We give each other a space to meet, to congregate, with others who share a covenant “to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.” On potluck Sundays, we give physical nourishment to one another.

We agreed to call a minister; combining our resources, we received Rev. Charlie and his family into our midst, and they, in turn, have given us so much. All of our lives have been enriched.

We share music with one another; we share our joys and concerns. If one of us is struggling in some way, sometimes it is just the gift of our presence that provides a lift on a Sunday morning.

We share our time and talents with our children and youth, and we provide monetary support to our DRE and the Religious Exploration program. Our gifts in this area are investments in our future.

We give to various causes in the area of social justice. These gifts make our community, and our world, a better place to live.

We give our time to each other, and to our church. We volunteer for the Art Fair, the service auction, the plant sale, and for various committees. We put on concerts, rake leaves, plant gardens, wash dishes. We do all of this because we believe in our church; we believe it must exist, and believe it fills a vital role in our community.

Thank you all for your gifts to our church. If you have not made a pledge to our church, I urge you to do it today. If you have made a pledge, but feel you can give a bit more, please do so today. If you are interested in planned giving but don’t know how to do that, contact Amy French, chair of the Endowment Board.

We are all responsible for the future of our church; we depend on each other.

You give a gift, I give a gift, we share a gift, our gift is shared.

We are blessed.

Gale Charlotte, Board President

Religious Exploration

Director of Religious Exploration Nicole Rice, drenicolerice@gmail.com

Looking Back

November was a busy month for the RE program. We learned about the values of love and diversity through studying the lives and works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Harriet Tubman. We collected change for the “Guest at Your Table” project and raised money to purchase gifts for LUM Jubilee Christmas.

Looking Forward

December will be a time for making connections with others through exploring holiday traditions around the world.

Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • Dec. 7: All RE classes will begin in classrooms for holiday program rehearsal. Guides: Beth M., Lola S., Yiesul S., Neil S-T., Susannah H-J., Andrea B., Jason R., Julie R., Rae S.
  • Dec. 14: All RE classes will begin in classrooms for holiday program rehearsal. Guides: Beth M., Sarah C., Yiesul S., Wendy S-T., Neil S-T., Susannah H-J., Amy F., Julie R., Kim S.
  • Dec. 21: All RE classes will meet in sanctuary for the holiday program.
  • Dec. 28: There will be no RE classes. Meet in sanctuary.

Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 5-6 UU Holiday Art Fair
  • Dec. 7   Giving Tree shopping field trip; interested fifth-eighth grade students/families meet in the fellowship hall at 12:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 13 Jubilee Christmas
  • Dec. 21 Holiday program

Important Reminders

  • We are in need of RE guides, subs, workshop teachers, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.
  • We are in need of help at the Giving Tree fundraiser and drivers for the shopping field trip. Please let me know if you’re interested or would like more information.
  • I am updating the http://regluu.wordpress.com/ website for RE. Check it out and give me your feedback.
  • Materials needed: popcorn (plain and unpopped), hot chocolate packets, suckers, wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, graham crackers, tubes of icing, peanut butter, baked goods, small prizes, plastic spoons/knives, glitter pens, candy canes, assorted candy
  • We are collecting donations of gifts ($30 suggested value) and stocking stuffers ($5 suggested value) for LUM Jubilee Christmas.

December Nursery Schedule

  • 7            Sylvia Mueller
  • 14         Alyssa Dufair
  • 21         Ben Lincourt
  • 28         Victoria Lincourt

Children’s Pizza Garden: a success

photo 23photo 12Many of you have noticed the Children’s Pizza Garden that appeared this summer on the southeast side of our church. And many of us were lucky enough to be in the fellowship hall on several occasions when the children served up delicious hand-made rhubarb-strawberry crisp, pesto and pizza.

The idea for the Children’s Garden as part of our kid’s summer RE program was proposed by Amy French to the program council. Reverend Charlie liked the idea because it would easily accommodate the fluctuating number of children we get in the summer. Rae Schnapp, as chair of the Grounds Committee said she would help make it happen. Tom McConville spent hours with a spade and with the rotor tiller borrowed from the Thiels, with intermittent help from Susan Wilson's family and others preparing the site.

The idea was for the children to learn about where our food comes from by planting a garden near the church and cooking something with food from the garden. They planted heirloom varieties of tomatoes and peppers in the Pizza Garden, as well as onions and basil left over from our spring plant sale.   They planted sweet potatoes as ground cover/living mulch. In early summer they harvested rhubarb and strawberries from other plantings around the church. There was a bumper crop of tomatoes.   The garden not only provided food for the children to cook with it was also shared by others in the neighborhood that helped themselves!

DSC_0567 DSC_0157The Pizza Garden was only part of our children’s exploration of gardening and food. Sheila and interim DRE Michelle Murphy Miller helped implement the educational aspects of the garden program. They took lots of pictures and Michelle had kids produce very cute garden journals!

Kids took photos of the garden at different stages. They dissected flowers and learned about plant reproduction and beneficial insects as well. They made signs and journals and garden ornaments that are still hanging from the redbud tree in the playground. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this garden a success.

November Financial Report

Church finances continue on track this year. While revenues are still not quite as high as last year (mostly due to lower pledge income), expenditures are being tightly controlled (helped by position vacancies this year).

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-- Amy French, Finance Committee

December Congregational Meeting

The next congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 11:45 a.m. We do need a quorum of members for this meeting, so please plan to attend. We will be voting on our church budget for 2015.If you have any questions, please contact Gale Charlotte, UU Board President at galekchar@gmail.com.

Membership Committee Kudos

As chair of the Membership Committee, I’m taking this season of counting our blessings to tell you about the hard work being done by people serving with the committee this year.

Special thanks to Sherry Tripodi, who made this year easier by lending her expertise about the committee with me. Before taking on the Stewardship chair responsibilities, she recruited a very capable organizer, Christine Schertz, to take over the coordination of fellowship teams.

Linda Prokopy, also a recent past Membership Committee leader, continues to share her creative ideas. She organizes the monthly “Talk and Tour.” Linda welcomes other church members to follow a tour on the second Sunday of the month and volunteer to lead one when needed.

Rosemary Leary continues to photograph people and events for the annual church directory. She prints, compiles, and binds each directory. She also prints and folds church brochures as needed and willingly volunteers for countless other tasks.

Della Willmann organizes the visitor sign-in procedure, making sure that visitor information is given to office administrator Karin Bergman for entry into the database. Della has sent hand-written, personalized notes to visitors for a number of years. She also sends e-mail notes when appropriate.

Alice Pawley enters visitor information into the listserve so visitors receive electronic newsletters and e-mail communications. Joan Zinn stuffs the “Welcome Visitor” envelopes, keeping a supply of prepared envelopes available for Sunday greeters.

Nancy Patchen creates the easy-to-read name tags for members and regular visitors, adding the yellow ribbon after new members sign the member book.

Josh Prokopy collects member biographies, which are printed in the Lighted Chalice and displayed on the membership bulletin board. The biographies are then archived in a notebook in the library, available for all to read.

Dorothy Hughes shares her expertise and creative skills for special projects and is a liaison with the Board of Trustees.

Our newest regular meeting attendee, Lola Straub, brings a fresh perspective to the committee with her ability to “think outside the box.” We look forward to her suggestions on various issues.

I am so grateful to all those who work with the committee, some who regularly contribute their wisdom and ideas, and for those who are unable to attend meetings but contribute in unique ways.

And to all of you who serve the church as members of fellowship teams, thank you for helping make Sundays special for everyone.

-- Sallie Cooke, Membership Committee

From the Social Justice Committee: Support the Health Hut

The Health Hut provides toiletries and laundry detergent to low-income families and homeless in Tippecanoe County. The Health Hut is open on the second and fifth Thursdays of each month from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 411 N. Seventh St. in Lafayette.

The Health Hut provides the following items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, razors, deodorant, toilet paper, and laundry detergent. Sometimes we have feminine hygiene products and diapers.

If you are interested in donating items to the Health Hut, please take them to First Baptist Church on the second Thursday of the month between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you would like to make a donation, please make out your check to University Church/Health Hut and mail to First Baptist Church, 411 N. Seventh St, Lafayette, IN, 47901. If you have questions, please email healthhuttipp@gmail.com.

Under Our Roof

Edana (Bonnie) Deverall, 93, mother of Margy Deverall, passed away Nov. 2, 2014, at St Elizabeth House Hospice Center in Hendersonville, NC. Bonnie lived in Lafayette until the last three years of her life.

Together with her husband, Bob, she reared four daughters and one son. She had a rich and happy life full of friendships. She died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

Her funeral was Nov. 15 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Lafayette. We wish Margy and her husband, Jerry, comfort as they grieve the loss of her mother.

Stewardship Update

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Stewardship Drive a success. Many hands contributed to the Lead Donor Dinner, the Rising Member event, designing and printing pledge materials, and various other tasks. I had a fantastic committee with great ideas and dedicated energy.

By mid-November, pledges were near $200,000 with another $29,000 expected. Thank you to all the church members and friends who have pledged, including several new pledge units.

There are still over 30 members who have not returned their cards. Please understand how important it is for financial planning that all members return their pledge cards. Please contact me if you need a card or have any questions about pledging.

Sherry Tripodi, Stewardship Chair

Kroger/Payless Gift Cards

Our church sells reloadable Kroger/Payless gift cards as a fundraiser. We receive 3 percent of the amount loaded onto the cards on an ongoing basis. You can purchase a gift card during the potluck on the first Sunday of the month.

The card will be preloaded with $25. Any amount can be added to the card at Payless to continue the fundraising efforts. --Kim Smith, Finance Committee

Adult religious education

Building Your Own Theology

BYOT_Flyer.January_2015An eight-week program facilitated by Ellen Germann. 4-6 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 18, 2015.

Based on the book by Richard Gilbert, the program is based on the assumption that everyone is his or her own theologian. This classic Unitarian Universalist adult education program invites participants to develop their personal credos, the fundamental religious beliefs, values and convictions that inform and direct the living of their lives.

Gilbert poses five developmental tasks in which participants come to terms with human nature, ultimate reality, history, ethics and religious meaning. The book begins with an introduction to our seven UU Principles.

If you would like to explore your own theology and share your experience with others in our faith, join us for this exciting and thought-provoking course.

E-mail Ellen Germann at ecgermann@earthlink.net. Limited to 12 participants so register soon. Purchase the BYOT workbook for $20 or borrow a copy. Pick up at UU.

Ongoing A-REC Programs

Everyone is welcome at these ongoing programs. With each group you can simply show up to begin participating. If you would like to talk with the person leading the group, please e-mail or call Karin Bergman, UU Office Administrator, for specific contact information. All programs take place at the church.

  • Monday Meditation – 7 p.m. Mondays
  • Buddhism Discussion Group - 6 p.m. first & third Mondays
  • Taiji Qigong - 7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading - 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • Zen Meditation - 8 a.m. Saturdays
  • West African Drumming Group Lesson - 7:30 p.m. second Mondays

BLUE MOON RISING: A Singing Opportunity for All!

BlueMoon with nameAre you someone who loves to sing but rarely sings outside of the shower? Or are you an experienced singer who is looking for an opportunity to sing in a relaxed, fun environment?

Consider becoming part of Blue Moon Rising, a community choir for anyone who enjoys singing regardless of past musical experience.

Led by Denise Wilson, the group will meet 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Unitarian Universalist Church. The first session will run Jan. 14 through April 2. The fee for the 16-week session is $155 and scholarships are available to anyone in need. Feel free to try out the choir for the first two weeks before deciding whether you want to continue and register.

Denise is excited to share many of the songs she learned during a recent intensive Community Choir Leadership Training program in Victoria, British Columbia.

These include songs from a variety of world traditions: South African freedom songs, folk songs (old and new), chants and rounds, old-time gospel, and songs that celebrate peace and justice. The songs have rich harmonies and irresistible rhythms that will get your body moving, lift your worries, and grow your ability to sing with confidence and passion. No prior singing experience required.

If you are interested and would like to receive updates, contact Denise Wilson at dm2wilson@gmail.com or call 490-7882. She will also post updates on her Denise Wilson Music Facebook page. No need to contact her if you’ve already let her know you are interested.

Blue Moons are the second of two full moons in a calendar month. The Blue Moon, according to legend, is a time for wishes to be fulfilled. It is a rare and special gift. Ever hear the phrase, “Once in a Blue Moon”?

Jubilee Christmas Needs Your Help

Jubilee Christmas will take place at our church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec .13.

Many of you volunteered to purchase toys for children so that low-income parents can “shop” for gifts at Jubilee, giving them a chance to play Santa Claus to their little ones on Christmas morning.

Important: Please remember that if you took a tag to buy a gift, deliver the unwrapped gift to the upper room off of the fellowship hall no later than Thursday, Dec. 11 (Sunday, Dec. 7, is preferred). We don’t want a child to be without a gift.

Family hosts, greeters, kitchen crew and others with assigned jobs: Please arrive on Saturday, Dec. 13, about 9:15 a.m. If you would like to help with Friday evening set-up (7 p.m.) or on Saturday and have not had a chance to volunteer yet, please contact Jean Tyner (jeantyner@gmail.com or 497-3575).

Thank you for helping us make Jubilee one of the community’s most successful outreach programs. Your contributions enrich lives. Happy holidays!

UU Art Fair: Past and Present

By Jody Tishmack

2006Pottery. Sculpture. Fiber arts. Paintings, photography, jewelry, and woodworking. All of this and much more can be found at the Unitarian Universalist Church Fine Art Fair, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6. This annual event attracts more than 50 local area artists, drawing church members and the community alike.

The first Art Fair was held in 1959, shortly after the UU Fellowship House was established in a residential building in West Lafayette. There were several artists in the fellowship at the time, and the Art Fair provided an opportunity for them and other local artists to display and sell some of their work. Despite the first years of success, the Art Fair was discontinued for a time, possibly due to declining church membership and the beginnings of Round the Fountain Art Fair.

2006 was the last year the Art Fair was held at the Seventh Street building.

2006 was the last year the Art Fair was held at the Seventh Street building.

The late 1980s saw a resurgence of the event. John Carlson’s late wife, Jean, restarted the Art Fair in 1987. “One of Jean’s motivations was to have another outlet to sell her weaving,” says John, who is still involved, helping out with bookkeeping and making sure artists are paid in a timely manner.

Noemi Ybarra has been involved since the Art Fair days back on Seventh Street. She has watched as many changes have been made, with each coordinator adding her own touch.

Sharon McKnight helped with the flow of the sale, directing customer up the front stairs on Seventh Street, checking them out by back stairs, and having them exit by way of the café, which encouraged guests to stay even longer.

Classrooms in our new building are filled with art work for sale.

Classrooms in our new building are filled with art work for sale.

Terry Robertson-Smith sold fresh flowers; Jennifer Cominetti-Craig and Melissa Shepson helped us transition to our new space on Meridian Street, where the number of artists continues to increase.

Current coordinator Margy Deverall brings her own expertise with her connections to the local art community. And the check-out process has evolved from handwritten paper inventory to a sophisticated computer database.

It takes a lot of volunteers to make the Art Fair a success, and Lisa Pantea has for many years recruited dozens of helpers. Lisa said she continues to volunteer for the Art Fair because, “It’s all about hanging out with great people for a bigger cause.”

Trudi Wildfeuer preparing baked goods.

Trudi Wildfeuer preparing baked goods.

Trudi’s Café, once called “Trudi’s Vienna Café,” has been an important part of the Art Fair for more than 16 years. Headed by Trudi Wildfeuer, her gourmet cakes and Viennese baked delicacies have become such popular items that she now begins baking in October, with others also contributing baked goods.

Since joining the church three years ago, I have volunteered in Trudi’s Café and donated home-baked items and soup. I love working Friday night in the café — the steamy warmth of the kitchen, the laughter of familiar friends, serving cheerful people lined up at the window, and then spending a few hours among all the other shoppers admiring the beautiful artwork and buying Christmas gifts.

Trudi’s café tables fill up quickly on Friday evening.

Trudi’s café tables fill up quickly on Friday evening.

As a newcomer to the church, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet other members; now that I’ve been around awhile it is like getting together with my family for a holiday celebration.

The Art Fair is one of our church’s oldest annual community events. It is our chance to meet other members, work together, and raise needed funds for our church. So please come as shoppers, volunteers, or both! It is a wonderful way to start the holiday season.

December Calendar

1 MONDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1:30 pm Writers’ Group 101/103
  • 6 pm Buddhism Discussion Group with Monica Ward (101/103)
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
  • 7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

2  TUESDAY

  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
  • 6 pm Program Council (101/103)
  • 7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

3 WEDNESDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon “The Principled Group” Discussion (101/103)
  • 2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
  • 6 pm Meeting (anon) (101/103)

4  THURSDAY

  • 5:30 pm Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
  • 5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
  • 6 pm Finance Committee (104)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

5  FRIDAY

  • UU HOLIDAY ART FAIR

6  SATURDAY

  • UU HOLIDAY ART FAIR

7 SUNDAY

  • 9 am Forum (101/103)
  • 10:30 am Worship & RE
  • 11:45 am POTLUCK SUNDAY
  • Noon UU Membership Class: UU History (104)
  • 12:30 pm Giving Tree Shopping Field Trip
  • 7:30 pm Lafayette Area Peace Coalition (101/103)

8 MONDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
  • 7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)
  • 7 pm Drumming Lesson (S)

9 TUESDAY

  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
  • 5:30 pm Pastoral Care (102)
  • 6:30 pm BOARD MEETING (101/103)
  • 7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (212)
  • 7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

10 WEDNESDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon “The Principled Group” Discussion (101/103)
  • 2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
  • 4 pm Fellowship Hall Reserved for private event
  • 6 pm Meeting (anon) (101/103)

11 THURSDAY

  • 9 am LUM JUBILEE CHRISTMAS HOST SITES PICK-UP
  • 5:30 pm Worship Committee (106)
  • 5:30 pm Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
  • 5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

12 FRIDAY

  • LUM CHRISTMAS JUBILEE Preparation all day event, FH, K, All RE Rooms, Upper & Lower Room!
  • 7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon Meeting (101/103)
  • 6:30 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

13 SATURDAY

  • LUM CHRISTMAS JUBILEE All Day Event, FH, K, All RE Rooms, Upper & Lower Room!
  • 8 am Zen M
  • 9 am Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)

14 SUNDAY

  • 9 am Forum (101/103):
  • 10:30 am Worship & RE
  • 11:30 am UU Talk and Tour following service
  • 1 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert Set Up
  • 3 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert (S)

15 MONDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1:30 pm Writers’ Group (101/103)
  • 6 pm Buddhism Discussion Group with Monica Ward (101/103, First & third Mondays)
  • 6 pm Safety Committee (104)
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
  • 7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

16 TUESDAY

  • Chanukah (begins sunset)
  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
  • 7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

17 WEDNESDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • 9 am All Day Old Tippecanoe Quilting Guild (FH)
  • Noon “The Principled Group” Discussion (101/103)
  • 2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
  • 6 pm Meeting (anon) (101/103)

18 THURSDAY

  • 5 pm Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
  • 5 pm Dinner @MCL
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

19 FRIDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 6:30 pm PRYSM (102)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)
  • 7 pm Winter Solstice Celebration (FH)

20 SATURDAY

  • 8 am Zen M

21 SUNDAY

  • WINTER SOLSTICE
  • 9 am Forum (101/103)
  • 10:30 am Worship & RE Christmas Program
  • 4 pm UU Photo Group (101/103)

22 MONDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
  • 7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

23 TUESDAY

  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
  • 6:30 pm Committee on Ministry (102)
  • 7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

24 WEDNESDAY

  • Chanukah (ends sunset)
  • CHRISTMAS EVE
  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon “The Principled Group” Discussion (101/103)
  • 6 pm Meeting (anon) (101/103)
  • 6 pm Candlelight Service

25 THURSDAY

  • CHRISTMAS DAY: OFFICE CLOSED
  • 5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)

26 FRIDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

27 SATURDAY

  • 8 am Zen M

28 SUNDAY

  • 9 am Forum (101/103):
  • 10:30 am Worship & RE

29 MONDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
  • 7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

30 TUESDAY

  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)

31 WEDNESDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
  • Noon “The Principled Group” Discussion (101/103)
  • 2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
  • 6 pm Meeting (anon) (101/103)

Lighted Chalice Weekly for Sept 21, 2014

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

Sunday, September 28

  • FORUM, 9 AM Jim Anderson, Irene Stephens, & Ruth Ann Ferris present “The American Disabilities Act.”Jim will speak on the American Disabilities Act then open the forum up for discussion on the ADA from the panelists. Then we'll open it up for discussion & Q&A from all. Jim Anderson is a Professor of Medical Sociology and Health Communication at Purdue. He teaches courses on health care organization in the U.S. and other countries and a course regarding bioethical issues. Jim Anderson, RuthAnn Ferris and Irene Stephens are longtime members of the U. All speakers are regular attendees of Sunday Forum. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us as Worship Leader Dianna Poindexter presents “The Importance of Having a UU Church in the Lafayette Area.” A few of the 25 year+ members who were honored earlier this month will share their thoughts. Sound: Jason Dufair. Fellowship: Kat Braz. Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter

Child and youth religious exploration

We are still in need of RE volunteer classroom guides, one for pre-K through kindergarten and one in the 1st-2nd grades. Our curriculum this year follows the sermon focus of the six sources. This week we are focusing on the fourth source, concerning Jewish and Christian teachings that tell us to love all others as we love ourselves. We are also having the children create their own personal history timelines in continued celebration of our 65th anniversary.

If anyone is interested in story telling with our children during our “time for all ages,” please email me at mille804@gmail.com.

-- Michelle Murphy Miller, Interim Director of Religious Education

Security for our children

In light of attacks on other churches in recent years, we have set in place a policy of locking the entrance door to the office wing (where the keypad is) on Sunday mornings when the worship service starts. This is to prevent anyone with ill intent from entering through that door while most of the adults in the congregation are in the Sanctuary. The door is programmed to automatically unlock itself every Sunday morning before Forum. It will then lock itself at 10:30, when the worship service starts. This is specifically to protect our children when they go to their RE classes. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES is anyone to leave that door unlocked at any time on any Sunday morning. Let the keypad program unlock and lock as it has been programmed. Please help us to maintain this security measure for our children. Thank you.

-- Safe Congregation Committee: Robin Poindexter, Noemi Ybarra, Bill Cannon

Why I give to UUC: John Carlson

Carlson“I believe that the UUC fills an important need in this part of Indiana for a community of people who are open-minded about religion and spirituality. Being a member of this church, I want to do all I can to help it survive and thrive so that others in the future will be able to share in this community.”

-- John Carlson

Why do you give?

UU membership classes for Fall 2014/Winter 2015 - now on 2nd Sundays

UU Membership Classes presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee, meet each second Sunday on a rotating basis after service and “Talk & Tour.” 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, RSVP to Sallie Cooke, Membership Chair, (sallie@frontier.com) one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for child care.

  • EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP: PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE 12 October. 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.
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH 9 November . What gifts have you kept from your religious heritage? What have you discarded? How do you wish to improve yourself and the world? Come explore and share your stories with others. By speaking our truth and listening to others, we can deepen the meaning of community. Intended for everyone.
  • UU HISTORY 14 December. This class will cover topics such as: How did this denomination get to where it is today and how did Unitarian Christianity and Universalist Christianity evolve into the free religion we have today? By reviewing some of the controversies of the past we see how they shape our present. Intended for everyone new and old to UU congregations.

Social Justice Committee Updates

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, October 9 at 7:00 pm in Room 104.l 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 Change for Change 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” All loose coins in the 2014 Sunday Offering will go to organizations striving to address social justice issues in this area. Our September/October C4C recipient is Food Finders Food Bank, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Food Finders is raising funds to build a Food Resource and Education Center which will include a pantry that is open evenings and weekends. In addition to the pantry a curriculum including classes on meal planning, cooking on a budget, and wise shopping will be offered. Healthy eating will be emphasized. In addition to the Food Resource and Education Center, Food Finders must expand their warehouse space so that they are able accept and process more food.
  • LAFAYETTE AREA PEACE COALITION (LAPC): The next meeting of the LAPC (co-sponsored by UU Social Justice) will take place on Sunday, 5 October, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street in West Lafayette Room 101/103.

From the Stewardship Committee

Hello All,

Our annual Stewardship Drive kicks off October 5 and continues until November 2. The theme for this year is 65 Year Anniversary: Re-membering. Our goal is for 100% of members and friends to "re- member," that is, renew their commitment to our church. Pledge cards will be available after Forum and before and after service starting October 12, as well as at the Lead Donor Dinner and the Rising Member Cocktail Event (see dates below). Before you receive your card, please take time to reflect on your commitment to the church and the role the church plays in your life. As most of you know, 2015 brings unique financial challenges to our congregation. Our roof is in need of major repair. We are in the process of hiring a new DRE as well as a new choir director. Another cold winter means increased utility and grounds maintenance costs. With these challenges come opportunities for growth and improvement. This all hinges on our personal and cumulative vows to our church. We cannot afford to pledge as we have in the past and expect that someone else will make up the difference. We are the someone else. We are the difference.

Stewardship Event Dates

  • October 5 10:30 Stewardship Kick-off Service
  • October 8 6-8pm Lead Donor Dinner
  • October 10 5:30-7 Rising Member Cocktail Hour (for members who pledged for the first time in 2014 and/or increased their pledge in 2014)
  • October 12 10:30 Stewardship Sermon
  • November 2 Stewardship Wrap-Up
  • Pledge cards available after forum and before and after service
  • October 12, 19, 26; raffle for those who turn in their cards on those dates

All the best,
Sherry Tripodi,
Stewardship Committee Chair

Sept 24: “YOU CAN’T PUT GOD IN A BOX: THOUGHTFUL SPIRITUALITY IN A RATIONAL AGE” BY KELLY BESECKE 6:30 PM, ROOM 104

Please join us for a discussion of author Kelly Besecke’s, “You Can’t Put God in a Box.” With the loss of religious certainty which prevailed in pre-modern times, some people embraced religious fundamentalism and others shunned religion altogether. This book focuses on those spiritual seekers who found a “middle way” which draws equally on religious traditions and traditions of reason. They prefer metaphor to literalism and spiritual experience to doctrinal belief.

AUTHOR VISIT!
Kelly Besecke will visit our UU church on the Sunday following the book discussion. She will discuss her book Sept. 28 at 12:30 pm in room 101/103. Bring your lunch! You don't have to have read the book to attend and enjoy her talk!"

Sept 25: The Conversation Project Continues...

"PALLIATIVE CARE: GETTING BETTER MEDICAL CARE" PRESENTED BY DR. CELIA MAY, M.D., FRANCISCAN ALLIANCE THURSDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER, 6:30-8:30 PM (UU CHURCH 101/103)
Learn how you can receive better care for yourself AND your family if you become seriously ill or injured (at any age). We don’t expect to need such care but so many people do and don’t know how to access such assistance. Please join us—you’ll be glad you attended.

Oct 2: The 20 minute tune-up continues!

Please join us for this Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise 8 Week Class taught by Master Jason Argos. The next session begins Thursday, 2 October 2014, 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., through Thursday, 13 November, UUC Room 101/103. $55 for 8 classes, to be paid at first class. Exercise level set for seniors; all ages welcome. During the first 20 minutes Master Argos will guide you through 16 exercises from the book, “Xing Yi Nei Gong” by Tim Cartmell (book is recommended but not required). During the last 10 minutes of each session Jason will share a powerful form of a technique known as bone marrow washing which is performed while standing still; this is thought to deter arthritis. As you become familiar with the 16 movements Jason will share more Nei Gong from his decades of Xing Yi study. Xing Yi and bone marrow washing, brought to China by Bodhidharma, has been passed down from ancient times.

Oct 12: TALK AND TOUR ON SECOND SUNDAYS AFTER SERVICE

Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on October 12. 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!

Oct 13: Drumming workshops

DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique! Beginning in September, Drumming will meet on each 2nd Monday at 7:30. The next regular A-REC Drumming Session: Monday, October 13, 7:30 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!

Nov 23: INTERFAITH SERVICE & ANNUAL THANKSGIVING MEAL 4-5PM  ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CENTER AT PURDUE SANCTUARY

We are seeking diversity in thought, word, and music for participation. If your faith community is interested, please contact: Rev. Charlie Davis (uurevcharlie@aol.com). Following the service, St. Tom’s Annual Thanksgiving meal takes place. All are invited to attend. To plan appropriately, please RSVP to this invitation or stay tuned to: www.facebook.com/interreligiousnetwork for the event invitation.  There will be a special time for collection of non-perishable items and financial donations for Food Finders Food Bank. Thank you!!

West Lafayette Zen Group

We meet each Thursday in the Meditation Room at 5:30 p.m. for Zazen sitting, chanting and reading, also Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m.

Football parking: available money maker!

The Purdue football season has already started. As usual we are parking cars on our property as a way of making money for the church. As we have done for a number of years, groups and committees within the church can volunteer to do the work on a given football Saturday and get part of the proceeds – typically half of that week’s take (the other half goes to the church’s general treasury). We anticipate large crowds for some games and smaller crowds for others. So the income earned varies, but so does the work load. Two-three people can handle the job on the days when we anticipate a small crowd, while 4-6 people are necessary for some of the larger crowds. Typically someone needs to show up around 9 am to put out signs and the traffic cones. Parking starts in earnest around 10 am and continues through noon (the usual start time for the games; if the game is moved to a later time slot then all start times need to be similarly adjusted). You don’t need to be present after the start of the game – drivers are on their own after the game. Typically we park about 10+ cars on a slow day and up to 60 for the biggest games. Parking is $10.

If you have a group that would like to make some extra money for church activities this fall, contact either Amanda Estes (amandamestes@gmail.com) or Barny Dunning (jdunning@purdue.edu). In the past, game days were allotted on a strictly “first come, first served” basis. To be a bit fairer, we will collect offers to volunteer for specific games through Sept 24 and then assign groups to games as fairly as possible (flipping a coin?). Groups that want to do one of the bigger games need to show they have the “person-power” for the task.
Remaining games include: Sept 27 Iowa (Homecoming, possible large crowd), Oct 11 Michigan State (large crowd, possible later time), Nov 8 Wisconsin (large crowd), Nov 22 Northwestern (small crowd).

Sept 21: Building your own Theology - 8 weekly sessions

Begins September 21, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Register with Ellen Germann, ecgermann@earthlink.net.

Join us for this exciting and thought-provoking course based on the work of Richard Gilbert and facilitated by Ellen Germann. Focused on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian, this classic Unitarian Universalist adult education program invites participants to develop their personal credos, the fundamental religious beliefs, values and convictions that inform and direct the living of their lives. Purchase the BYOT workbook for $20 or borrow a copy. Location is Room 101/103 at UUC. Limited to 12 participants so register soon!

Oct 14: Board meeting

Board Meetings take place each third Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns.

Lighted Chalice Weekly for Sept 7, 2014

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

From the Board President

Minister's musings

Religious Exploration: September

A month of Sunday Services

65TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES

SEPTEMBER 7 “Sixty-Five But Not Retiring”
Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis Worship Associate: Dorothy Hughes Sound: Mike Marsh Fellowship: Team Leaders Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick.  The Unitarian Fellowship was founded in 1949. It evolved to become the Unitarian Universalist Church. Come learn the history of our movement in the Greater Lafayette region. Members who have been with us for more than 25 years will be honored.

Also taking place 9.7.14 will be Potluck Sunday; Membership Class on UU History; and Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery will be constructing a Green Tara Sand Mandala in the sanctuary beginning at 1pm.

SEPTEMBER 14 “Unitarians and Universalists”
Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis Worship Associate: Jan Thiel Sound: Mary Finley Fellowship:? Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick Fellowship: Amy French & Christine Schertz, Sharing of Joys & Sorrows. “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.” This is the fourth UU source. Learn the Christians’ roots of these two denominations and how they came to merge in 1961.

SEPTEMBER 21: All Ages Service: “The Transforming Power of Love ”
Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis Worship Associate: Ellen Germann Sound: Carl Seese Fellowship: Mark VanMeeter Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick. In what ways has this congregation drawn from our second source and become a community of people who confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love?

SEPTEMBER 28: “The Importance of Having a UU Church in the Lafayette Area”
Worship Leader: Dianna Poindexter Sound: Jason Dufair Fellowship: Kat Braz Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter. A few of the 25 year+ members who were honored earlier this month will share their thoughts.

Sunday Morning Forum for September

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

SEPTEMBER 7: Lisa Pantea: My 24 Year Saga as an Engineer at Evonik: From Riches to Rags

SEPTEMBER 14: Harry Targ, Professor, Purdue University: United States Foreign Policy, International Crises and Militarism: Context for the Drone Victim Memorial Project

SEPTEMBER 21: Peter E. Dunn, Professor, Purdue University: Research Integrity

SEPTEMBER 28 : Jim Anderson, Irene Stephens, Ruth Ann Ferris, John Wilms: The American Disabilities Act

Why I give to UUC: Kat Braz

Photo of Kat Braz

Kat Braz

“I recently came across a card I sent to my grandparents at age 13 that read 'I am still attending mass with the family (even though I am an atheist).' I was shocked at the boldness of this statement and had no memory of writing or sending it. But I do recall questioning the church of my childhood at a young age. My commitment to atheism has wavered over the years. And I still don’t have all the answers. But I value contributing my time to sustain a faith community that encourages me to ask questions.”

~ Kat Braz

Why do you give?

Family Promise 

Our week to support Family Promise of Greater Lafayette is from Sept 7 to 14. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide service to our community. We are in need of people to cook a dinner, supervise evening activities (called hosting) or spend an overnight in case emergencies arise. Our partner church is Our Savior Lutheran Church at 300 W. Fowler, West Lafayette. Please contact Mike Tripodi at (574) 870-6379 or mtripodi@girtz.com. Thank you.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee has a mission of nurturing and supporting members through all stages of their membership journey. The Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM. For questions about the committee, please contact Sallie Cooke, salliec@frontier.com.

The 2014 Member Directory is available in print copy. The printing cost is $3.00 so donations will be most welcome to help defray the expense of printing.  Rosemary Leary has donated countless hours to photograph individuals and families and to compile the print copies, and we thank her!

Membership class this Sunday!

UU Membership Classes 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.

  • UU HISTORY September 7. This class will cover topics such as: How did this denomination get to where it is today and how did Unitarian Christianity and Universalist Christianity evolve into the free religion we have today? By reviewing some of the controversies of the past we see how they shape our present. Intended for everyone new and old to UU congregations.
  • EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP: PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE October 5. 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.
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH November 2. What gifts have you kept from your religious heritage? What have you discarded? How do you wish to improve yourself and the world? Come explore and share your stories with others. By speaking our truth and listening to others, we can deepen the meaning of community. Intended for everyone.

Talk and Tour: Sept 14

Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on September 14. 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!

Social Justice: meeting Sept 11

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, September 11 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 Change for Change 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” All loose coins in the 2014 Sunday Offering will go to organizations striving to address social justice issues in this area. Our September/October C4C recipient is Food Finders Food Bank, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Food Finders is raising funds to build a Food Resource and Education Center which will include a pantry that is open evenings and weekends. In addition to the pantry a curriculum including classes on meal planning, cooking on a budget, and wise shopping will be offered. Healthy eating will be emphasized. In addition to the Food Resource and Education Center, Food Finders must expand their warehouse space so that they are able accept and process more food.The Change for Change recipient for November/ December is Health Hut. The Health Hut provides toiletries and laundry detergent to low income families and homeless in Tippecanoe County. The Health Hut is open on the 2nd and 5th Thursday of each month from 11:30-1:00 at First Baptist Church, 411 North 7th Street in Lafayette. The Health Hut provides the following items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, razors, deodorant, toilet paper, and laundry detergent. Sometimes we have feminine hygiene products and diapers. If you are interested in donating items to the Health Hut, please take them to First Baptist Church on the 2nd Thursday of the month between 9:00am and 1:00pm. If you would like to make a donation, please make out your check to University Church/Health Hut and mail to First Baptist Church, 411 North 7th St, Lafayette, 47901. If you have questions, please email healthhuttipp@gmail.com.
  • LAFAYETTE AREA PEACE COALITION (LAPC): The next meeting of the LAPC (co-sponsored by UU Social Justice) will take place on Sunday, 7 September, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street in West Lafayette Room 101/103.
  • Registration is NOW open for Hunger Hike 2014: traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk on Sunday, September 21 & HH5K Run on Saturday, September 20.  WILL YOU be on the UU Team?  Ways to Participate—Go to www.hungerhike.org to: Donate directly to Hunger Hike 2014; Become a HH5K Run participant; Create a personal Online Fundraising Page; Join or start a Hunger Hike Team; Become a Hunger Hike 3K Walk participant.  Hunger Hike details are as follows: HH5K Run Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m. – Cumberland Park, West Lafayette.  Check-in starting at 8 a.m.. Hunger Hike 3K Walk Sunday, September 21 2 p.m. – Levee Plaza Lot, West Lafayette, check-in starting at noon.  Hunger Hike benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry’s food programs; Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry.  From Cheryl Fowler LUM Board Member.
  • THE GREAT MARCH FOR CLIMATE ACTION COMES TO INDIANA: The goal of the Great March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.   On March 1, 2014, hundreds of climate patriots will set out from Los Angeles, CA, walking 3,000 miles across America to Washington, DC, inspiring action to resolve the climate crisis. This will be one of the largest coast-to-coast marches in American history. For more information check out the web site, http://climatemarch.org/.  The march arrives in our area in September. Rev Davis plans to attend the event on Monday Sept. 8 in Indianapolis and Monday Sept. 14 in Hobart. He would prefer to take 3 people with him each trip so as to reduce his carbon footprint. Please contact him at 765-414-1815 or uurevcharlie@aol.com. If there is enough interest we can form a caravan.
  •  September 7 & 8, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, IN (MD morn / eve)
  • September 9, Christ Lutheran Church, Kokomo IN (MD eve)
  • September 11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, IN (MD eve)
  • September 13, Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN (MD 2:00 - 3:30 pm)
  • September 14, Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, Palatine IL (MD morn / eve)
  • September 14, First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN (CB morn)
  • September 15, First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN (MD eve)

Drone Quilt Project

Lafayette Area Peace Coalition (LAPC), Unitarian Universalist Church & Lafayette Church of the Brethren are co-sponsoring the Drone Quilt Project. Quilts from the Drone Quilt Project will be on exhibit with an opening reception held at the West Lafayette Public Library on Friday, September 5. The exhibit will continue through Friday, September 12.

The Drone Quilt Project was created to acknowledge the deaths caused by U.S. drone strikes and to memorialize the victims. As many as 948 civilian deaths in Pakistan alone, including nearly 200 children, have been reported, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Unidentified victims are remembered through words such as “Unnamed Woman” or “Beloved Grandfather.” Others are identified by name. Together, these fabric squares are sewn together by volunteers to create the quilts. There are four quilts measuring 66 in. X 66 in. that have been created by Veterans for Peace. The Drone Quilt Project is complemented by informational panels, which share information about U.S. drone policy and those it directly affects. It was first shown in Madison, WI in August 2013, and has since traveled to locations in Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, Washington DC as well as Bloomington, Martinsville and Plainfield, Indiana. “The important thing to remember is that each victim was a human being, with hopes, dreams, plans, friends and family. We hope that the Drones Quilt Project will help us remember that we are all the same–we are not worth more, and they are not worth less. We all have value,” said one of the volunteers. SPONSORS: Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, the Social Justice and Fiber Arts Committees of the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette, and the Lafayette Church of the Brethren Witness Commission. For more information: Amanda Estes: (765) 749-1039, amandamestes@gmail.com. More information about the quilts can be found at www.dronesquiltproject.wordpress.com.

The 20-min Tune-Up Continues!

Please join us for this Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise 6 Week Class taught by Master Jason Argos. The next session begins Thursday, August 28 through October 2, 2014, 11;15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., UUC Room 101/103. $48 for 6 classes, to be paid at first class. Exercise level set for seniors; all ages welcome. During the first 20 minutes Master Argos will guide you through 16 exercises from the book, “Xing Yi Nei Gong” by Tim Cartmell (book is recommended but not required). During the last 10 minutes of each session Jason will share a powerful form of a technique known as bone marrow washing which is performed while standing still; this is thought to deter arthritis. As you become familiar with the 16 movements Jason will share more Nei Gong from his decades of Xing Yi study. Xing Yi and bone marrow washing, brought to China by Bodhidharma, has been passed down from ancient times. Possible benefits of this practice include:

  • Improved kidney function
  • Removes toxins and increases bone mineral density Eases arthritis symptoms
  • Improved cardiopulmonary fitness
  • Normalizes blood pressure
  • Deeper, more restorative sleep
  • Maximizes digestion, reduces appetite, reduces waistline
  • Improves balance and reduction of falls
  • Improves immunity
  • Builds core strength and speeds recovery time Improves whole body-mind coordination

A-REC: Adult Religious Exploration Committee

Drepung Gomang Monastery Sacred Art Tour Visit

140817 Drepung Gomang Sacred Art Tour insertVisiting Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India, sponsored by the Adult Religious Exploration Council and hosted by the church, will construct a Green Tara Sand Mandala on the sanctuary altar stage from Wednesday, September 3 through Wednesday September 10. The opening ceremony will be at Noon on Wednesday September 3.
“The goddess of universal compassion, Tara represents virtuous and enlightened action. It is said that her compassion for living beings is stronger than a mother's love for her children. She also brings about longevity, protects earthly travel, and guards her followers on their spiritual journey to enlightenment.

Green Tara (Sanskrit: Syamatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-ljang), filled with youthful vigor, is a goddess of activity. She is the fiercer form of Tara, but is still a savior-goddess of compassion. She is the consort of Avalokiteshvara and considered by some to be the original Tara. Like Avalokiteshvara, the Green Tara is believed to be an emanation of the "self-born" Buddha Amitabha, and an image of Amitabha is sometimes depicted in Tara's headdress.”

You are invited to come and observe the Mandala Construction in the sanctuary during the following times:

  • Wed Sept 3 12-4pm
  • Thur Sept 4 10am-4pm
  • Fri Sept 5 10am-4pm
  • Sat Sept 6 1-4pm
  • Sun Sept 7 1-4 pm
  • Mon Sept 8 10am-4pm
  • Tues Sept 9 10am-4pm
  • Wed Sept 10 10am-4pm

The Deconstruction Ceremony will begin at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 10 in the sanctuary. A walk to the Pedestrian Bridge for Dispersal of the sand will follow.

Monday Meditation Program with Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery

On September 8th, the Monday Meditation group will be pleased and privileged to welcome the visiting monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery. The monks have been invited to share a Buddhist teaching, chanting, and meditation with us. The program will be free of charge, but attendees are invited to donate to help support the monks' monastery which is located in India (in exile from Tibet) and is home to over 2,000 monks. Please contact Janice Schuster @ jrschust@gmail if you have questions. The program will be on Monday, September 8, from 7 pm to 9 pm in the sanctuary.

Drumming and Dance Workshops

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique! The next regular A-REC Drumming Session will meet Monday, August 18 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary Please note this date change— beginning in September, Drumming will meet on 2nd Mondays at 7:30. 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!
  • Cost is $15 per workshop.  Register at circAfrique.com.

Cost is $15 per workshop, or $25 for both Register at circAfrique.com

"You Can't Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age." Sunday Sept 28, 12:30 pm, Rm 101/103“

Please join us for this discussion by Kelly Besecke, author of “You Can’t Put God in a Box.” With the loss of religious certainty which prevailed in pre-modern times, some people embraced religious fundamentalism and others shunned religion altogether.  This book focuses on those spiritual seekers who found a “middle way” which draws equally on religious traditions and traditions of reason. They prefer metaphor to literalism and spiritual experience to doctrinal belief.

Greater Lafayette Area Inter-Religious Network 2014-2015 Conversation Circles

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County will once again host Inter-Religious Network (IRN) Conversation Circles for the 2014-2015 Calendar year on Saturday evenings.

October 18, 2014, 7pm, 101/103

January 24, 2015, 6pm, 101/103

April 11, 2015, 7pm, 101/103

6pm events will include a full meal, typically Turkish cuisine. 7pm events will be less formal on the meal and we'll have pizza. UU Members and Friends are encouraged to attend and participate.  UU will  provide the table service; everything else will be brought in.  Questions, can be directed to Rev. Charlie Davis, uurevcharlie@aol.com.  These dinners will also take place at
Congress St. UMC; 2010 Congress St.; Lafayette, IN 47905; Rev. Clarinda Crawford. Use west parking lot and doors, go down the stairs.  (Last of three weeks for announcement.)

Building your own Theology: 8 weeks of sessions

Begins September 21, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Register with Ellen Germann, ecgermann@earthlink.net (preferred) or call (520) 245-0182.

Join us for this exciting and thought-provoking course based on the work of Richard Gilbert and facilitated by Ellen Germann. Focused on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian, this classic Unitarian Universalist adult education program invites participants to develop their personal credos, the fundamental religious beliefs, values and convictions that inform and direct the living of their lives. Purchase the BYOT workbook for $20 or borrow a copy. Location is Room 101/103 at UUC. Limited to 12 participants so register soon!

New email address for Karin Bergman, Office Administrator

As part of our communications overhaul, we have got a new email address for the church office administrator, Karin Bergman.  The new address is office@uuctc.org.  The old email will still work for now, but the new address allows Karin to check email from places other than her work computer.  Please update your address books!  (Second of 3 weeks for announcement.)

Adding events and announcements to this newsletter

To submit information for inclusion on the church’s Facebook PageGoogle + pagenewsletterblog, or to have an announcement made before service, please complete this form (this is an updated form, so it might look a little different if you had used the old Google form).   If you need space at the church or want to add your event to the My Church events listing, contact Karin first at uuc@uulafayette.org.  Send feedback to Alice or Karin.  Thanks!

Alice has also decided to try leaving off the additional regular weekly events usually listed in the order of service bulletin.  Let her know if this bothers or disrupts you in some way; thank you.