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Sunday Morning Forum Schedule change for October 9

On October 9th, UUCTC’s Forum will present the second segment of the video, “Nine Months That Made You.” The story of our journey thru the womb. We showed the first segment a week ago. This second segment contains information about the development of our sex and gender, separate processes, that can end up with person being transgender. Quite interesting info given the "bathroom discussions of late." As usual, our forum will be held at 9 am.

Tour of the ReNEWW House Project in West Lafayette

Purdue doctoral student Stephen Caskey (left) works with professor   Eckhard Groll to convert a home near campus to the most efficient   domicile possible - a "net-zero" structure. Purdue is working with   Whirlpool Corp. on the three-year project. (Purdue University   photo/Mark Simons)

Purdue doctoral student Stephen Caskey (left) works with professor
Eckhard Groll to convert a home near campus to the most efficient
domicile possible - a "net-zero" structure. Purdue is working with
Whirlpool Corp. on the three-year project. (Purdue University
photo/Mark Simons)

The July 24, 2016 Sunday Morning Forum speaker was Stephen Caskey, a PhD graduate student in Mechanical engineering, whose current research focus is specifically on how to thermally integrate household appliances achieving significant energy reductions. His responsibilities also involve managing the ReNEWW house project with Whirlpool Corp. He has agreed to conduct a tour of the ReNEWW house located at 545 Hayes St, West Lafayette on Wednesday, August 10 at 5:30 pm.

Tom McConville will put a signup sheet on the desk outside the church office. Due to the size of the home attendance will be limited to 25. Questions: tmcconville1200@gmail.com

Learn more.

Lighted Chalice Weekly for July 26, 2015

Sunday July 26

  • FORUM, 9 AM The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents named Dr. Rocky Killion the 2015 State of Indiana Superintendent of the Year. Today, Dr. Killion presents “Education in America.” An editorial written by Killion in the June 30 Lafayette Journal & Courier, provides an outline for this forum. He may also discuss test scores...http:// www.jconline.com/story/news/education/2015/07/01/ritz- proposes-hold-lower-school-grades/29584251/
  • SERVICE, 10:30 Rev. Charlie and Gail Davis present Mad, 3rd in a series of services exploring the spiritual nature of emotions. “Anger is the most moral of all emotions. We get angry when we perceive something is wrong. The world is unjust; a relationship is out of balance. Something needs to change. If the sources of our anger are narcissistic desires, then we need to change ourselves. If the sources of our anger are universal needs, then we need to change the world.” Worship Chairperson & Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pulpit Preparation, RobinPoindexter. Sound, EricThiel (switched 7.12.15 with Carl Seese). Fellowship Team Leaders, Alice Pawley and Stephen Hoffmann.

Sunday August 2

  • FORUM, 9 AM Amy Wood presents “Read to Succeed at United Way.” Read to Succeed is a reading program that invitescommunitymemberstospendonehourperweekin local classrooms helping children develop and improve literacy skills. This effort is led by United Way of Greater Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce and all three local public school corporations. More than 70 businesses and organizations in Tippecanoe County have pledged their support to Read to Succeed. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and Gail Davis present “The Spirit of Anxiety.” The world tells us to be afraid and then offers to save us. We want a quick fix. a pill to cure our ills. Jesus saves us from death. Muhammad saves us from hell. Buddha saves us from craving. Hinduism saves us from rebirth. Humanism saves us from superstition. What if instead of looking for saviors we found a way to face life and death with courage? Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Special Music, Gail & Charlie Davis. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound, Gary Fowler. Fellowship Team Leader, Kathy Willowoode.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

Last week, the rain changed our plans and we had a creative play day in room 101. The students built things out of LEGOs and played board games. Thanks to Beth Misner for helping me out. Next week, we’ll visit Celery Bog. Let’s hope for sunny skies. Don’t forget the bug spray!!!

  • RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 7/26: Students will meet in the fellowship hall at 10:30 for our field trip to the Celery Bog. Pickup will be at 12:30 in the fellowship hall. Drivers/Chaperones: Nicole Rice, Jason Rubsam, Barny Dunning, Gracie Gould. In the event of rain/lack of drivers/RE students may remain in service.  In the event of rain/lack of drivers, RE students may remain in service.
  • RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 8/2: Students will meet in the fellowship hall at 10:30 for our field trip to Ellen Germann’s house for a weaving project. Pickup will be at 12:30 in the fellowship hall. Drivers/ Chaperones: Nicole Rice, Sarah Cannon, and Alison Marquis.

Materials/Supplies Needed

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

Please see the RE bulletin board/table in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.

  • Summer camp and retreat registration is now open. Please contact me if you’d like to attend or grab a packet from the RE volunteer table.
  • You are invited to our monthly birthday party on Sunday, July 26th. If you have a July birthday, please take the time to fill out a birthday information sheet (located on the RE bulletin board) and return it to the DRE mailbox.
  • The July FUNdraiser will be an event that will span the entire month of July!!! Please visit Red Mango to enjoy some tasty frozen yogurt anytime during the month of July and UU will receive 20% of the purchase. You must bring a flyer or mention UU when ordering. Thanks for your support!
  • There will be OWL training in Elkhart on August 21st and 22nd at all levels. Please let me know if you’re interested in attending.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one of these sessions may be for you...
  • Sunday, July 26th- (9:45-10:15) Curriculum planning session.

August 8: CHURCH RETREAT!

Saturday August 8th beginning at 1:00 p.m. through Sunday August 9th to 10:00 a.m. we will have a retreat open to all UU congregants and their families at CAMP TECUMSEH! Cost: $60 fee covers lodging for one night, dinner Saturday at 6pm and breakfast Sunday at 8am. Lodging in either men’s or women’s wings with shower/restroom facilities; also 2 rooms with 2 beds and 8 rooms with 8 bunk beds. You can also break expenses out by what you want to do: For lodging in either men’s or women’s wings with shower/restroom facilities, also 2 rooms with 2 beds and 8 rooms with 8 bunk beds; $37 per person. Dinner Saturday at 6pm $14.50 per person. Breakfast Sunday at 8am, $8.25 per person.

Many free activities are included in this $60 fee: basketball, volleyball, tennis—Bring-Your-Own equipment, fishing—BYO supplies, hiking, petting zoo, nature center, etc. For an additional $15 ($75 total) you may select from extras activities such as canoeing, wall climbing, archery, bullet slide, and a wagon campsite tour. BYO snacks, bedding—sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, toiletries, sunscreen, bug spray; alcohol & pets prohibited. More to follow—fill out the registration forms at church wand return to Nicole Rice.

Purdue student farm offers organic produce

The Purdue University Student Farm is currently signing up members the their first online Farmer’s Market. If we sign up for 15 or more memberships we will get our weekly shares delivered to us at church each Sunday. We can purchase locally grown organic produce online. Farm Share members get to choose from seasonally available, campus-grown vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers. Members can pick the items in their share each week by logging in to an online shopping cart. Order as much or as little as you’d like until the end of the ten week session.

Blue Moon Rising: Creating Harmony and Community Through Singing!

Are 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 non-audition community choir. We welcome everyone who enjoys singing - no experience or ability to read music is needed! Led by UU member Denise Wilson, the group will meet weekly from 7:00-8:45 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. Our second session begins on August 19 and runs until November 18. The fee for the 14-week session is $140 with a sliding scale and scholarships available for anyone with a limited income. Feel free to come and try out this unique singing experience on Aug. 19 before deciding to continue.

We sing a wide variety of songs which include folk songs (old and new), South African freedom songs, 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. You can read more at www.denisewilson.net/blue-moon-rising. Denise will also post info on her Denise Wilson Music Facebook page.

-- Denise Wilson, dm2wilson@gmail.com,(765) 490-7882

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for July 19, 2015

Sunday July 19

  • FORUM, 9 AM Bill Welge, President of the UU Church Board of Trustees, presents “Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?” This is a follow-up Forum to one Bill did back in June on the same subject. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and Gail Davis present the second in their series exploring the spiritual nature of emotions, Sad. “When we lose someone or something precious, we experience grief. We are broken and in need of restoration. We cannot change the past, but we can build a new future.” Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate, Michael Lewis. Pulpit Preparation, Michael Lewis. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Eric Thiel. Fellowship Team Leaders, Mark VanMeeter and Kat Braz. Children meet in the fellowship hall promptly at 10:30 a.m. to depart for their Summer Camp fieldtrip to Clegg Gardens.
  • SPECIAL FORUM, 1:30 PM PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE (101/103) Don Huber, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, presents “GMO: Genetically Modified Crops & Food.” Don is an internationally recognized plant pathologist and one of the leading GMO experts in the world. He visits from Idaho to present this special Forum today.

Sunday July 26

  • FORUM, 9 AM The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents named Dr. Rocky Killion the 2015 State of Indiana Superintendent of the Year. Today, Dr. Killion presents “Education in America.” An editorial written by Killion in the June 30 Lafayette Journal & Courier, provides an outline for this forum. He may also discuss test scores...http:// www.jconline.com/story/news/education/2015/07/01/ritz- proposes-hold-lower-school-grades/29584251/
  • SERVICE, 10:30 Rev. Charlie and Gail Davis present Mad, 3rd in a series of services exploring the spiritual nature of emotions. “Anger is the most moral of all emotions. We get angry when we perceive something is wrong. The world is unjust; a relationship is out of balance. Something needs to change. If the sources of our anger are narcissistic desires, then we need to change ourselves. If the sources of our anger are universal needs, then we need to change the world.” Worship Chairperson & Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pulpit Preparation, RobinPoindexter. Sound, EricThiel (switched 7.12.15 with Carl Seese). Fellowship Team Leaders, Alice Pawley and Stephen Hoffmann.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

Last week, the students created sand art.  This week we'll visit Clegg Gardens.

    • RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 7/19: Students will meet in the fellowship hall at 10:30 for our field trip to Clegg Gardens. Pickup will be at 12:30 in the fellowship hall. Drivers/Chaperones: Nicole Rice, Sarah Cannon, Bill Welge. In the event of rain, students will meet in room 101/103 for a spirit circle and pickup will be at 11:45.
    • RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 7/26: I will be absent. Students will meet in the fellowship hall at 10:30 for our field trip to the Celery Bog. Pickup will be at 12:30 in the fellowship hall. Drivers/Chaperones: NEEDED!!! In the event of rain/lack of drivers/RE students may remain in service.

Materials/Supplies Needed

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

Please see the RE bulletin board/table in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.

    • Summer camp and retreat registration is now open. Please contact me if you’d like to attend or grab a packet from the RE volunteer table.
    • You are invited to our monthly birthday party on Sunday, July 26th. If you have a July birthday, please take the time to fill out a birthday information sheet (located on the RE bulletin board) and return it to the DRE mailbox.
    • The July FUNdraiser will be an event that will span the entire month of July!!! Please visit Red Mango to enjoy some tasty frozen yogurt anytime during the month of July and UU will receive 20% of the purchase. You must bring a flyer or mention UU when ordering. Thanks for your support!
    • There will be OWL training in Elkhart on August 21st and 22nd at all levels. Please let me know if you’re interested in attending.
    • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one of these sessions may be for you...
    • Sunday, July 26th- (9:45-10:15) Curriculum planning session.

August 8: CHURCH RETREAT!

Saturday August 8th beginning at 1:00 p.m. through Sunday August 9th to 10:00 a.m. we will have a retreat open to all UU congregants and their families at CAMP TECUMSEH! Cost: $60 fee covers lodging for one night, dinner Saturday at 6pm and breakfast Sunday at 8am. Lodging in either men’s or women’s wings with shower/restroom facilities; also 2 rooms with 2 beds and 8 rooms with 8 bunk beds. Many free activities are included in this $60 fee: basketball, volleyball, tennis—Bring-Your-Own equipment, fishing—BYO supplies, hiking, petting zoo, nature center, etc. For an additional $15 ($75 total) you may select from extras activities such as canoeing, wall climbing, archery, bullet slide, and a wagon campsite tour. BYO snacks, bedding—sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, toiletries, sunscreen, bug spray; alcohol & pets prohibited. More to follow—fill out the registration forms at church wand return to Nicole Rice.

Under Our Roof: Michael Lewis receives Individual Artist Grant in Literature from the Indiana Arts Commission

Michael Lewis has been awarded an Individual Artist Grant in Literature from the Indiana Arts Commission. The grant will provide resources to assist in the completion of his first novel.  Congratulations, Michael!

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for April 12, 2015

  • Sunday Forum 9 am; Sunday Service and Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 am.
  • Nursery and childcare available.
  • Download to print or read a pdf of this bulletin..  It also usually includes additional calendar information and sometimes photographs.

Sunday April 12

  • FORUM, 9 AM “The Changing Face of News Media.” Church member Bill Cannon works for the Lafayette Journal and Courier. He will discuss the changes and trends in covering the news. Forum is co- chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Ecological Evangelicals.” Going green is traditionally associated with liberals. Yet in recent years there has been an increase in ecological awareness amongst evangelicals. Are we willing to transcend theological boundaries to work with potential new partners? Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate & Pulpit Preparation, Michael Lewis. Sound, Noemi Ybarra. Fellowship Team Leader, Kat Braz.

Sunday April 19

  • FORUM, 9 AM Steve Hallet, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Purdue Departments of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, and Botany and Plant Pathology, presents “Oil: Boom and Bust.” Author of The Efficiency Trap: Finding a Better Way to Achieve a Sustainable Energy Future. Steve has presented past forums to our group on the issue of peak oil and energy.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Dorothy Hughes presents, “When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear.” Worship Chairperson &Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pulpit Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Sound, Dan Lybrook. Fellowship Team Leaders, Beth Misner & Barny Dunning .

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

Last week, we learned about the history of Easter and had an Easter egg hunt. The students traded in eggs for prizes and puzzles on the 7 principles of the UU church. Next week, we’ll have our monthly “Green Sanctuary” spirit circle. The topic is trees and the four elements and Kathy Willowoode will be leading.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 4/12

  • All students will begin in service for TFAA. The prek/k and 6th-12th graders will go to their classrooms and the 1st-5th graders will meet in room 101/103 for spirit circle.
    • Prek/k:
    • 1st-5th: Andrea, Sherry, Yiesul, Lola, Lisa
    • 6th-8th: Frank
    • 9th-12th: Kim and Kat
    • Shadows: Michelle and Mary

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Please see the RE bulletin board/table in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.
  • Our next FUNdraiser is Thursday, April 23rd from 4:00-9:00pm at Lala Gallery. Please RSVP at 414-7962 by April 20th. You may choose to design a flowerpot or mug for $18 per person. The UU will receive 30% of the amount raised. You may also bring food/beverages.
  • We are collecting donations for the Blue Buckets campaign to help Kenya protect their water supply. Our congregational goal is $150. Look for the blue bucket at the RE table to make a donation.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you. Childcare will be provided!
  • Sunday, April 26th- (9:45-10:15) Responsive classroom as it relates to the RE classroom (strategies for community building, holding classroom meetings, social curriculum)
  • Sunday, May 24th- (9:45-10:15) Cultivating mindfulness in students
  • Let me know if you’re interested in OWL training.
  • I am beginning to plan RE programming for the summer. We will be going on a weekly field trip to local places. Please let me know if you’re interested in being a chaperone/driver.

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 22, 2015

  • Sunday Forum 9 am; Sunday Service and Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 am.
  • Nursery and childcare available.
  • Download or print this newsletter as a pdf. Some additional information is posted here, including the monthly calendar of events at the church.

Sunday March 22

  • FORUM, 9 AM Sally Watlington: presents “The Riggs Community Health Care Center.” Watlington is Board Chair Emerita, Riggs Community Health Center, which serves 900 to 1000 women with prenatal care and 6,000 children, most of whom are on Medicaid. She will be discussing how racial differences affect infant mortality rates in Indiana.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Zarathustra.” Before the rise of Islam, Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion of Persia. It survives today as a religion with few adherents but its concepts live on in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Sound, Carl Seese. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team, Andrea and Gary Burniske.

Sunday March 29

  • FORUM, 9 AM The UU Writers’ Group with Chairperson Caroline Barnhart will describe their activities and works. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM UU Youth will present “Gender Equality from a Young Adult Perspective.” This service will give us an in-depth look through the eyes of youth on today’s gender landscape. The service will be planned and presented by the youth group. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound, Gary Fowler. Fellowship Team Leader, Mark VanMeeter.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration Weekly Notes

In March, we will celebrate the third source, wisdom from the world’s religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. Last week we celebrated the Hindu celebration of Maha Shivaratri and learned some important life lessons on humility from Neelu. Next week we’ll have a spirit circle on water conservation led by Bill Welge.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • RE Guide Schedule for March 22nd: (Spirit Circle on water conservation led by Bill Welge. Students begin in classrooms or room 101/103 to participate in Spirit Circle at 10:30.)
    • Prek/k: meet in the classroom at 10:30 (Andrew and Lorraine)
    • 1st/2nd: meet in room 101/103 (Lola)
    • 3rd/4th: meet in room 101/103 (Wendy and Yiesul)
    • 5th: meet in room 101/103 (Neil)
    • 6th-8th: meet in room 101/103 (Sarah)
    • 9th-12th: meet in the classroom at 10:30 (Josh and Jason)
    • Shadows: Michele and Mary
  • RE Guide Schedule for March 29th: (Youth led service. All students will begin in service and prek-5th grade will head to class after TFAA.)
    • Prek/k: Alison and Lorraine
    • 1st/2nd: Sherry
    • 3rd/4th: Yiesul and Wendy
    • 5th: Neil
    • 6th-8th: Sarah and Frank
    • 9th-12th: Jason and Julie
    • Shadows: Michele and Lynn

Important Reminders

  • Please see the RE bulletin board in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.
  • We are in great need of guides, subs, and shadows for the RE program. We only need 9 more volunteers to allow guides to only commit to one Sunday a month. Please find me at the volunteer table following service if you’re interested in volunteering or getting more information.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you. Childcare will be provided!
  • Sunday, March 15th- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) Nursery volunteer and employee training (Please note that you must be at least eleven years old to volunteer and thirteen years old to work in the nursery.)
  • Sunday, March 22nd- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) RE volunteer callout and parent meeting
  • Sunday, April 26th- (9:45-10:15) Responsive classroom as it relates to the RE classroom (strategies for community building, holding classroom meetings, social curriculum)
  • Let me know if you’re interested in OWL training.
  • I am beginning to plan RE programming for the summer. Anyone interested in teaching a workshop or helping out, please let me know.

Upcoming Events

      • March birthday celebration -- March 22nd following service
      • March fundraiser -- March 25th at Buffalo Wild Wings on Creasy

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 15, 2015

  • Sunday Forum 9 am; Sunday Service and Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 am.
  • Nursery and childcare available.
  • Download or print this newsletter as a pdf. Some additional information is posted here, including the monthly calendar of events at the church.

Sunday March 15

  • FORUM, 9AM Dr.Joe Vanable, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, presents “Mental Illness: Its Biological Bases, Treatability, and Difficulties in Gaining Access to Treatment. As a volunteer for NAMI-WCI (National Alliance on Mental Illness-West Central Indiana), Dr. Vanable created and presents a “Biology of the Brain” lecture as part of every class offered locally by the Member Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Maha Shivaratri.” This Hindu festival celebrates Shiva, the God of destruction and transformation, as well as his marriage to Shakti, Goddess of power. How do we destroy the evil in the world and have the power to transform it? Worship Associate, Janice Thiel. Special Music, Neelu Chawla. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound, Mary Finley. Fellowship Team Leaders, Beth Misner and Barny Dunning.

Emergency drill

During our service on March 15, a lock down drill will be conducted for the religious exploration classes only. The sound operator will communicate "Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown, this is a drill" via two way radio communication simultaneously to all RE teachers, who will then lock all the children in their class room, close all blinds and move the children away from the doors and windows. The children and teachers will remain in the secured rooms until the RE director, the minister, or a member of the Board of Trustees unlocks the door (the RE director will unlock the doors this Sunday). For the purpose of this Sunday's drill, this will be only a few minutes but in a real emergency, this would occur only after the threat has passed. All teachers and students will be briefed before hand on the drill and the appropriate response.

This drill is like any other drill in preparation of an emergency and will be conducted yearly. If any one has any questions or concerns please contact any member of the safety and security committee which is comprised of Bill Cannon, Amy French, Noemi Ybarra and Robin Poindexter.

-- Robin Poindexter, Safety and Security Committee

Sunday March 22

  • FORUM, 9 AM Sally Watlington: presents “The Riggs Community Health Care Center.” Watlington is Board Chair Emerita, Riggs Community Health Center, which serves 900 to 1000 women with prenatal care and 6,000 children, most of whom are on Medicaid. She will be discussing how racial differences affect infant mortality rates in Indiana.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Zarathustra.” Before the rise of Islam, Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion of Persia. It survives today as a religion with few adherents but its concepts live on in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Sound, Carl Seese. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team, Andrea and Gary Burniske.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration Weekly Notes

In March, we will celebrate the third source, wisdom from the world’s religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. Last week we celebrated Purim with an all-ages service that included some fun music and a skit. Thanks to the crowd for “making some noise.” This week we will learn about the history of the Hindu celebration of Maha Shivaratri.

Connecting Question(s)

  • What is the holiday of Maha Shivaratri and why is it celebrated?
  • Fasting is an important part of the Maha Shivaratri holiday. What are some things that you can give up? How will giving up those things make a positive impact on your life?
  • What are origin stories? What are some UU origin stories? What is the Maha Shivaratri origin story?
  • Who are some important people in the Hindu religion?
  • What is karma and what do the Hindus believe about karma?
  • What is the significance of the cow in the Hindu religion?

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • RE Guide Schedule for March 15th: (children begin in service) Reminder that there will be a lockdown drill.
    • Prek/k: Andrew and Alison
    • 1st/2nd: Lola
    • 3rd/4th: Yiesul
    • 5th:
    • 6th-8th: Sarah
    • 9th-12th: Josh and Mark
    • Shadows: Michele
  • RE Guide Schedule for March 22nd: (Spirit Circle on water conservation led by Bill Welge. Students begin in classrooms or room 101/103 to participate in Spirit Circle.)
    • Prek/k: meet in the classroom at 10:30 (Alison and Lorraine)
    • 1st/2nd: meet in room 101/103 (Lola)
    • 3rd/4th: meet in room 101/103 (Wendy and Yiesul)
    • 5th: meet in room 101/103 (Neil)
    • 6th-8th: meet in room 101/103 (Sarah)
    • 9th-12th: meet in the classroom at 10:30 (Josh and Jason)
    • Shadows: Michele

Important Reminders

  • Please see the RE bulletin board in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.
  • We are in great need of guides, subs, and shadows for the RE program. We only need 9 more volunteers to allow guides to only commit to one Sunday a month. Please find me at the volunteer table following service if you’re interested in volunteering or getting more information.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you. Childcare will be provided!
  • Sunday, March 15th- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) Nursery volunteer and employee training (Please note that you must be at least eleven years old to volunteer and thirteen years old to work in the nursery.)
  • Sunday, March 22nd- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) RE volunteer callout and parent meeting
  • Sunday, April 26th- (9:45-10:15) Responsive classroom as it relates to the RE classroom (strategies for community building, holding classroom meetings, social curriculum)
  • The lockdown drill has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 15th.
  • Let me know if you’re interested in OWL training.
  • I am beginning to plan RE programming for the summer. Anyone interested in teaching a workshop or helping out, please let me know.

Upcoming Events

  • March birthday celebration- March 22nd following service
  • March fundraiser- March 25th at Buffalo Wild Wings on Creasy

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 8, 2015

  • Sunday Forum 9 am; Sunday Service and Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 am.
  • Nursery and childcare available.
  • Download or print this newsletter as a pdf. Some additional information is posted here, including the monthly calendar of events at the church.

Sunday March 8

  • FORUM, 9 AM “Spontaneous Hopeful Monster” currently includes Eric and Janice Thiel, Larry Guentert, Noemi Ybarra, Christine Mitchell Schertz, Julia Colby and Mary Finley. For five years, first as the "House Band" and later as Spontaneous Hopeful Monster, this group has been providing a modern, electric take on music for UU services. The various members of the band will speak to the meaning playing and singing music in the church has for them, why they choose the music they do, and what they feel it has to offer for the UU worship service. They will play one or two tunes, and may try to rope you into a play-along, but there will be plenty of time for questions and comments throughout.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for this multi-generational service with Worship Leaders Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and Director of Religious Exploration Nicole Rice, who present “Purim.” This Jewish festival is based on the book of Esther. It is typically celebrated with a melodramatic play. Come prepared to cheer for the heroine Esther and boo the villainous Haman. Worship Associate, Dorothy Hughes. Sound, Eric Thiel. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick, Fellowship team leaders, Alice Pawley and Stephen Hoffmann. Children begin and remain in sanctuary for the entire service.

Sunday March 15

  • FORUM,9AM Dr.Joe Vanable, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, presents “Mental Illness: Its Biological Bases, Treatability, and Difficulties in Gaining Access to Treatment. As a volunteer for NAMI-WCI (National Alliance on Mental Illness-West Central Indiana), Dr. Vanable created and presents a “Biology of the Brain” lecture as part of every class offered locally by the Member Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Maha Shivaratri.” This Hindu festival celebrates Shiva, the God of destruction and transformation, as well as his marriage to Shakti, Goddess of power. How do we destroy the evil in the world and have the power to transform it? Worship Associate, Janice Thiel. Special Music, Neelu Chawla. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound, Mary Finley. Fellowship Team Leaders, Beth Misner and Barny Dunning.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration Weekly Notes

In March, we will celebrate the third source, wisdom from the world’s religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. This week will be an all-ages’ service on the Jewish holiday, Purim.

Connecting Resources

  • Celebrate! Stories of the Jewish Holidays by, Gilda Berger
  • Purim by, Lynn Peppas
  • Teaching Jewish Holidays: History, Values, and Activities by, Robert Goodman

Connecting Questions

  • What is the holiday of Purim and why is it celebrated?
  • What is so special about Esther and what did she do for her people?
  • Charity is an important part of the Purim holiday. What are some ways you can give to others to help them out?
  • Feasting is an important part of Purim, and many other religious celebrations. Why do you think this is so? What are some traditional Purim dishes?

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • RE Guide Schedule for March 8th: (all ages service on Purim- children begin and stay in service)
  • RE Guide Schedule for March 15th: (children begin in service)
    • Prek/k: Andrew
    • 1st/2nd: Lola
    • 3rd/4th: Yiesul and Wendy
    • 5th: Neil
    • 6th-8th: Sarah
    • 9th-12th: Josh and Mark
    • Shadows:

Important Reminders

  • Please see the RE bulletin board in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.
  • We are in great need of guides, subs, and shadows for the RE program. We only need 11 more volunteers to allow guides to only commit to one Sunday a month. Please find me at the volunteer table following service if you’re interested in volunteering or getting more information.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you. Childcare will be provided!
  • Sunday, March 15th- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) Nursery volunteer and employee training (Please note that you must be at least eleven years old to volunteer and thirteen years old to work in the nursery.)
  • Sunday, March 22nd- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) RE volunteer callout and parent meeting
  • Sunday, April 26th- (9:45-10:15) Responsive classroom as it relates to the RE classroom (strategies for community building, holding classroom meetings, social curriculum)
  • The lockdown drill has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 15th.
  • Let me know if you’re interested in becoming a guide for the OWL program.
  • I am beginning to plan RE programming for the summer. Anyone interested in teaching a workshop or helping out, please let me know.

Upcoming Events

  • March birthday celebration- March 22nd following service
  • March fundraiser- March 25th at Buffalo Wild Wings on Creasy

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 1, 2015

  • Sunday Forum 9 am; Sunday Service and Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 am.
  • Nursery and childcare available.
  • Download or print this newsletter as a pdf. Some additional information is posted here, including the monthly calendar of events at the church.

Sunday March 1

  • FORUM, 9 AM Johanna Merritt Wu presents, “The Baha'i Faith: Its Principles and How it Addresses Problems in Today's World.” Johanna Merritt Wu, a member of the Bahá'í Faith, is an organizational psychologist specializing in leadership and team work. She is a co-author of “Marriage Can Be Forever==Preparation Counts!” She served at the Bahá’í World Center in Israel, and has also enjoyed other Bahá’í capacities, in Ireland, England, Barbados, and
    Romania. Johanna and her husband, Steven Wu, live in West Lafayette, where Steve is a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue. They have a nine year old daughter, Haley Grace. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Baha'i 19 Day Fast,” sermon description forthcoming. Worship Associate & Pulpit Preparation, Michael Lewis. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Jason Dufair. Fellowship Team Leader, Julia Colby. Joys & Sorrows will be observed.

Sunday March 8

  • FORUM, 9 AM “Spontaneous Hopeful Monster” currently includes Eric and Janice Thiel, Larry Guentert, Noemi Ybarra, Christine Mitchell Schertz, Julia Colby and Mary Finley. For five years, first as the "House Band" and later as Spontaneous Hopeful Monster, this group has been providing a modern, electric take on music for UU services. The various members of the band will speak to the meaning playing and singing music in the church has for them, why they choose the music they do, and what they feel it has to offer for the UU worship service. They will play one or two tunes, and may try to rope you into a play-along, but there will be plenty of time for questions and comments throughout.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for this multi-generational service with Worship Leaders Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and Director of Religious Exploration Nicole Rice, who present “Purim.” This Jewish festival is based on the book of Esther. It is typically celebrated with a melodramatic play. Come prepared to cheer for the heroine Esther and boo the villainous Haman. Worship Associate, Dorothy Hughes. Sound, Eric Thiel. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick, Fellowship team leaders, Alice Pawley and Stephen Hoffmann. Children begin and remain in sanctuary for the entire service.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration Weekly Notes

Last week we learned about how to reduce our carbon footprint. This week, we’ll learn about the Bahá'í religion.

Connecting Resources

  • I Am Baha’i By, Ana Sage
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type By, Doreen Cronin
  • Katz and Tush By, Patricia Polacco
  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon By, Eric Carle
  • The Cow That Went Oink By, Bernard Most
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day By, Judith Viorst
  • The Rainbow Fish By, Marcus Pfister
  • http://childrensclasses.org/lessons/ (This website has great lesson ideas, information, crafts, and activities on the Bahá'í religion.)

Connecting Questions

  • Who are some important people in the Bahá'í religion?
  • How is a “door” or “gate” used as a symbol in the Bahá'í religion?
  • Why is unity so important in any religion? What does unity mean to you?
  • Service is an important part of the Bahá'í religion. What are some ways you can serve your church and your community?

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • RE Guide Schedule for March 1st: (children begin in service)
    • Prek/k: Lorraine and Alison
    • 1st/2nd: Lola and Andrea
    • 3rd/4th: Yiesul
    • 5th: Susannah
    • 6th-8th: Sarah
    • 9th-12th: Jason and Julie
    • Shadows: Lynn and Michelle
  • RE Guide Schedule for March 8th: (all ages service on Purim- children begin and stay in service)

Important Reminders

  • Please see the RE bulletin board in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.
  • We are in great need of guides, subs, and shadows for the RE program. We only need 11 more volunteers to allow guides to only commit to one Sunday a month. Please find me at the volunteer table following service if you’re interested in volunteering or getting more information.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you…
  • Sunday, March 1st- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) Volunteer callout and RE parent informational meeting!!! Come learn more about the RE program and find out about ways to help out and volunteer in the RE classroom
  • Sunday, March 8th- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) Nursery volunteer and employee training (Please note that you must be at least eleven years old to volunteer and thirteen years old to work in the nursery.)
  • Sunday, March 22nd- (9:45-10:15) Responsive classroom as it relates to the RE classroom (strategies for community building, holding classroom meetings, social curriculum)
  • Please let me know if you have a special interest in any of the following topics: trees, gardening, and/or pollution. We will be doing monthly spirit circles and would love some experts to share information and lead the lesson.
  • I am beginning to plan RE programming for the summer. Anyone interested in teaching a workshop or helping out, please let me know.

Upcoming Events

  • March birthday celebration- March 22nd following service
  • March fundraiser- March 25th at Buffalo Wild Wings on Creasy

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