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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

Goodwill Clothing Drive is Coming Soon

With the changing weather, our annual Goodwill Clothing Drive is rapidly approaching. As you sort out clothing no longer needed, consider turning them into cash for someone in need.
For every bag of clothing collected and donated to Goodwill Industries, we receive money vouchers that we then distribute to local charities. Recipients of the vouchers can then use them just like cash to purchase clothing at Goodwill.
The main collection day will be in early June, but if you need to, you can bring your bags to the upper room of the Fellowship Hall before then. Be sure to label them "Goodwill." Please use the white 13 gallon kitchen bags, or something similar, which are easier for both you and us to carry. This is a clothing drive; no shoes, belts, hangers, or household items are accepted.

UUCT’C’s Social Justice Presents a February Food Drive

All month, we are asking you to help with our food drive to benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry's St. Johns Food Pantry. You can help by donating some of the following items: Boxed meals, canned meat, canned fruit and veggies, cereal, pancake mix, biscuit mix, peanut butter, fresh produce, toilet paper, and etc. Drop off box locations are in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall.

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More about the food pantry.