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UUCTC Endowment Gifts eligible for Match from LaNelle Geddes Matching Campaign

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette received an unrestricted legacy gift from a past board member, LaNelle Geddes. LaNelle was a nurse, scientist, researcher, and educator. She earned a bachelor’s in nursing in 1957 and doctorate in biophysics in 1970, both from the University of Houston. Her career included 28 years at Purdue University, where she advocated for gender equity and moving nursing from a technical to professional status. Her pioneering initiatives included a four-year baccalaureate program and launching the Purdue Student Nurses Association, Minority Student Nursing Association, and Nursing Freshman Scholars.

When LaNelle died in 2016, she designated a generous legacy gift to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, leaving an everlasting legacy to her home of 40 years. More about the CFGLAF.

LaNelle knew the importance of endowments in that they provide predictable and growing sources of income for our local organizations. Wouldn’t it be great to plug in an unrestricted revenue line every year that is managed by someone else and grows almost every time you budget? That’s what an endowment is designed to do; provide a stable, growing revenue stream that frees up the staff, board, and volunteers to focus on the agency’s mission!

To honor LaNelle’s generous gift, The Community Foundation board of directors has allocated $500,000 of LaNelle’s gift to provide matching funds for participating agency endowments.

Overview

  • Match eligible: 50% match for UUCTC Endowments.
  • It is on a first-come first-serve basis. When the $500,000 of matching dollars are depleted, the campaign is over.
  • The match is available only on gifts from individuals or businesses payable to CFGL designated for each organization’s endowment fund.
  • There is a cap of a $25,000 matching funds - which would be a $50,000 or more gift per household per fund. A household can make gifts to more than 1 endowment fund.
  • Cash, online gifts, and stock are accepted.
  • The CFGL match period will begin on November 28th of this year on Giving Tuesday.
  • Match period ends August 1, 2018 unless all matching dollars have been depleted prior to this date.

You can help The Unitarian Universalist Church. Designate your gift to the UUCTC endowments: Kay Asher Religious Education Endowment, Ferris-Harvey Social Justice Endowment, UUCTC Building Fund Endowment or the general UUCTC Endowment. If you have questions, please contact Julia Colby at rivermomma27@gmail.com.

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UUCTC’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

You are invited to join us for the 3rd annual UUCTC Thanksgiving Feast. Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Thursday Novembers 23rd dinner at 5pm - with games and fellowship to follow. We will start cooking around noon and all are welcome to come and help. Feel free to invite friends/ family too, Thanksgiving is a holiday of fellowship, ALL are welcome. If you have any questions or to help coordinate please contact Jada Haughey at membership@uuctc.org

Talent Show and Soup Cook-Off

Join us in celebrating the end of another successful Stewardship campaign with a Talent Show and Soup Cook-Off on November 4 from five to nine p.m. The children's talent show will begin at five in the sanctuary. Then we'll go to the Fellowship Hall for the Soup Cook -Off Dinner. Around 7pm we begin the adult talent show. This event, including dinner, is free and child care is available. Extra tickets can be purchased to vote for your favorite soup.
Many hands are needed to make this a successful event. Please volunteer by commenting below or contacting Sherry at 414-0384 or sherrytripodi@yahoo.com to:

  • perform your talent
  • have your child perform
  • prepare a large batch of soup for the cook-off
  • bring other food such as fruit, veggies, bread, or dessert
  • help set up
  • help in the kitchen during the event
  • help clean up
  • serve drinks

We hope to see you all there! ~The Stewardship Committee

New Communications Committee looking for members!

Photo by MummelGrummel*

We have just formed an official committee, and are now looking for members to help the church improve its overall communications! Here's some of the help we need:
-- people who like to make or have experience making advertising strategy
-- writers who want to contribute to writing the Lighted Chalice (monthly newsletter)
-- photographers who want to contribute photos to publications and the website
-- people who like managing and participating in social media
-- people who like editing or proof-reading stories
-- people who like training others to use websites or engage in Facebook
-- people who have other ideas regarding communication, and energy to help bring them about

If this is you, please contact Alice Pawley at communications@uuctc.org. We'd love to have you on board! We hope to have our first meeting in late October or early November.

 

*Photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Strengthening Community Through Stewardship and Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Goodwill Clothing Drive

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

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

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

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon: Roasted Corn booth run by UUCTC

The sign up sheets are on the Membership bulletin board in the hallway outside the Narthex, please sign up! If you work one 4 hour shift you get a weekend pass (Feast Button) but we would appreciate more than one shift. This is a wonderful fundraiser and a chance to really get involved with the Feast. Come in your own period costume or borrow one of ours.

If you are interested in Coordinating the booth or being a cashier please see Jada Haughey or contact her at ladyjada@hotmail.com or 765-430-3214.

The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017. We will also need setup help on September 28th and 29th.

For more information about the Feast of the Hunters' Moon, visit their website.

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