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One Stop Shop PR for Church Events

event-formAre you tired of posting the PR for your church event in several different portal?. We can take care of that with one entry on the church's "contact us" feature on the website.

Alice Pawley and Steve Moss have reformatted the PR notification system on our website to make it more user friendly. If you have any church related announcement, please take advantage of this online tool. It allows you to select multiple venues for your announcement with ease.

If you would like a quick demonstration of this feature, Dorothy Hughes will be happy to walk you through it.

To complete the form for your event, click here to get started.

Utilizing the Skills of our Membership

It is valuable to know people within our congregation who have skills that apply to the maintenance and improvement needs of our church building. In recent weeks, some of our members have stepped up to assist us with some of these needs and in the process have saved us a tidy sum.

Eric Thiel and Larry Guentert have been improving our sound system in the sanctuary at no cost to the church to date. Jason Rubsam is working with us to update our phone and computer system. He has also made some affordable recommendations for upgrade. Rae Schnapp has been working with community service volunteer Ben Stukey to do electrical repair, lock replacement and more.

There are times that the skilled in our midst just do what they see is needed with no acknowledgement. This month I dedicate my column space to give a special thanks to all of you! Sometimes, we hire work done with the assumption that none of us possess the special knowledge or skills needed. We need a catalogue of in-house talent to prevent needless spending.

Congregational Meeting Reminder: May 17

Just a reminder that we will be having a Congregational Meeting on May 17th at 11:45 a.m. This ever so important meeting is to elect the slate of officers for the coming year. I promise to keep it short!

The slate of officers has been posted, but as a reminder, here are the people who have agreed to serve our church for the upcoming year:

Board Chair-Elect: Dorothy Hughes
Trustees: Mike Reed, Amanda Estes
Nominating Committee: Lorraine Myer, Cindy Krulitz
Endowment Committee: Julia Colby

Thank you!
Gale Charlotte, UU Board President

April President’s Column

And a happy April to all of you! Yes, I know the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but I’m hoping the warmth and sunshine help those May flowers too, in addition to the dreary, rainy days. That we have arrived at this month means we survived the long, cold winter. Flowers are coming up, as are plants of all kinds (have you checked out the “sprouts” for the Plant Sale? Off the Fellowship Hall?). We are happily peeling off layer upon layer, and finding we don’t have to put them back on again just to go outside (unless you’re the two-year-old who maybe should put on more than your underwear to go to the grocery store).

Our grounds have come through the winter too, and I hope you will join me at the All-Church Clean-up on April 11th; we need to peel away some of the layers of leaves and grit that the long winter has left behind. Who knows what we will find, spouting underneath?

Yes, we’ve come through the winter, and I don’t know about you, but I feel full of …promise? Potential? Energy? I come to our church building, and I feel it here too. Our Building Use Committee is tracking down some promising, potential uses for our building—when we are not using it. Our Energy Use Committee is busy plugging holes, checking thermostats, and promising more efficient energy use, and savings, in the future. Our Endowment has been energized by the gifts of many; last I heard, our Endowment Fund had increased by one-third (a tremendous feat, which should give us hope for the future). Our Fun(d) Force continues to energize us by find ways for us to have fun and raise some money at the same time—AND, the Force promises more fun activities for all of us in the future.

A few weeks ago, I was honored to be asked to do the Time for All Ages. I was amazed at how many kids there were—all eager to share their thoughts with me! I must admit I was also surprised at how tall some of them were getting—I know I will date myself when I say, “I remember when they were just toddlers!” Looking at all of them, and listening to their insights, I couldn’t help but feel great hope—the potential they are gestating is remarkable. I can’t wait to see what the RE program contributes to the Plant Sale; I’m sure there will be some colorful pots, just waiting to hold those terrific UU-grown plants. Selfishly, I am hoping for a little UU-crafted Yard Art (don’t tell Karen—she thinks we have plenty already!).

So, Happy Spring, everyone! May your season be as colorful and vibrant as all the Unitarian Universalists in your life!

-- Gale Charlotte, galekchar@gmail.com

Name clarification

At the February Board Meeting, members of the Board voted to “officially” use the name Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County as our church name. I say “officially” because legally, our name is Unitarian Universalist Church, Inc. While this legal name is succinct, it does lead to confusion and misunderstanding outside of our doors. So much so that, in our efforts to define and clarify who we are, we’ve only actually made things less clear. We’ve recently discovered that we use a number of names for our church, in various situations—one name for a website, one name on our church letterhead, and even a third name on forms that are publicly distributed.

You may argue that it’s time to sit down, as a congregation, and decide on a unique and/or clever name for our church. You might be right, but that’s quite a process; one that will take time, and one that will involve the input of all. But we have an immediate need for continuity, which is why the Board chose to declare this “official” name: Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County for all public and promotional purposes.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me, or any member of the Board of Trustees.

-- Gale Charlotte, Board President

The Lighted Chalice for February, 2015

A Month of Sundays

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

Sunday, February 1

“Selfies and their relationship to Spirituality”. Worship Leader: Kris Taylor. Worship Associate: Michael Lewis. Pianist: Sarah May. Sound: Gary Fowler. Fellowship Team Leader: Kat Braz. Pulpit Preparation: Michael Lewis

We live in a society increasingly obsessed with the need to be somebody special – to be liked, followed or friended. In this service we’ll explore these recent social trends and the implications for spirituality, as framed by Lama Marut in his recent book Be Nobody. Using a backdrop of the teachings of the world’s major religions, it may be that being nobody is the path we should choose.

Sunday, February 8

“Lydia Marie Child”. Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis. Worship Associate: Janice Thiel. Sound: Mike Marsh. Fellowship Team Leader: Susanne McConville. Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick

Lydia Marie Child had a profound impact on 19th century Unitarianism. Early in the century she was a nanny for the children of William Ellery Channing and influenced him to write against slavery. Toward the end of the century she wrote books and articles on comparative religion.

Sunday, February 15

“Susan B. Anthony”. Susan B. Anthony was an abolitionist and advocate for women. She was undaunted fighting for justice, believing that failure is impossible. Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis. Worship Associate: Dianna Poindexter. Sound: Dan Lybrook. Fellowship Team Leader: Kathy Willowoode. Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter

Sunday, February 22

“Reflection on Footprints” Worship Leader: Rev. Charlie Davis. Worship Associate: Bill Welge. Pianist: Sarah May. Sound: Gary Mueller. Fellowship Leaders: Josh & Linda Prokopy. Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick.

Bert Clever, son of UU member Ingrid Clever, wrote a poem called “Footprints.” It begins: “River, come river come wash my burning feet, come river wash my toes, please come river, I need your cool length, your long song now as never before.” What footprints will we leave beside the river of life?

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

Feb. 1: Al Schlueter, PhD. Racism: The View of a Former Resident of Ferguson, MO.

A retired chemistry professor who grew up in the Ferguson area about a mile from the area in questions, Schlueter will talk about the shooting. Dr. Schlueter is a member of the UUC and is still very active in the Yellow Springs community.

Feb. 8: Wally Tyner. Capital in the 21st Century.

Tyner, a Purdue professor, will review Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the 21st Century. The book explains why income and wealth inequality have varied over time and across countries. Tyner will offer ideas to deal with the increasing inequality we see today.

Feb. 15 Amy French, Denise Laussade, and Eric Thiel.

UU Endowment. Long-time members of the UU Church will discuss the UU Church Endowment fund.

Feb. 22 Jay Melosh. Comets and the Solar System: Old Ideas and New Exploration.

Melosh studies impact cratering and planetary tectonics. His research focuses on numerical modeling of the physics and chemistry of impacts.

Minister's Musings

Famous Unitarian Universalists

The second source of Unitarian Universalism is: “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.” For such a small religious movement, we have many influential people in History.

Some of these people are listed at http://www.famousuus.com/

In politics: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, William Howard Taft.

In arts and literature: Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Beatrix Potter, N. C. Wyeth, Pete Seeger, Christopher Reeve.

Unitarians have been leaders of many progressive social movements:

  • Susan B Anthony, women’s rights
  • Dorothy Dix, advocate for the mentally ill.
  • Henry Bergh, founder of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Clara Barton, founder of The American Red Cross
  • Mary White Ovington, co founder of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
  • Roger Baldwin, founder of The American Civil Liberties Union
  • Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago, mother of social work.

We look to famous people in our history because we believe actions speak louder than words. When we look at our history, we see we have been advocates of compassion and freedom. But we cannot merely admire our past. What will we do to become prophetic women and men who confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love?

February Worship and Religious Exploration will focus on the second source of the UU living tradition:

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.

From the Board President

About a month ago, I came to church, but it was a struggle. No, I didn’t have to wrestle kids into the car, nor did I have RE supplies to gather; I didn’t have any physical excuse. I just felt depressed. Wisely, I knew that getting dressed and getting out of the house would help, so I did just that.

I walked into the foyer and immediately was warmly greeted. I sat down and felt myself relax as the music began. Words were spoken, and by the time the Time for All Ages ended, I remember thinking to myself, “I feel better.” It wasn’t by magic, but I DID feel different — so much so that I noticed the difference; my mind acknowledged the change.

Wow. Thank you.

Thanks to each and every one of you, for giving me a place to come, for providing music that soothes and words that uplift. Thank you for your smiles and your words of support and care. Thank you for the nourishment you provide and the other gifts you so readily give.

The month of February is a time for warmth in a cold, cold winter. It’s National Heart Month, and the color associated with that is red. Yes, red — warm, vibrant, red. Valentine’s Day is in February, and schoolchildren are encouraged to reach out to classmates with little cards, to let others know they care. Valentine’s Day is also a commercial extravaganza — if you listen to that message, you can buy your way into someone’s heart (“Every kiss begins with Kay [Jewelers]”).

It’s easy to be cynical about the way our feelings about love are manipulated by businesses in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day. But I challenge you to think differently. Because, sometimes I feel like every month in our church calendar is February and nearly every day is Valentine’s Day. I feel it whenever I walk into the building; not only for Sunday service, but for committee meetings and special events (I know I will feel it on the evening of February 28, when we have our Service Auction). I feel it at potlucks, when it’s not just the food that is warming me. I feel it when we all respond to the All Church Call-Out and we’re pulling weeds and taking care of OUR building. I feel it when we look at the 2015 Stewardship Campaign numbers and see all that all of you have pledged. I feel it in conversations and in e-mails; the goodness, the warmth is there.

This year, our Endowment Board is going to be educating all of us about the importance of endowments, monetary legacies you leave for our church, to help ensure its continued existence after you’re gone. An endowment is a way for you to confirm your love for our congregation will continue into perpetuity.

As I’ve been writing this, the slogan: ”Love. It’s what makes a Subaru, a Subaru” has been running through my head. And I keep thinking, “No! It should be: ‘Love. It’s what makes a UU, a UU!’” Because that slogan speaks to me far more than any car advertisement. Unitarian Universalists are worth investing in. The return you get is priceless.

Gale Charlotte, galekchar@gmail.com

Imbloc Service Celebrates Return of Light

The Winter Solstice Service is such a beloved service that Rev. Charlie challenged a group of earth-centered folk to expand these services year round.

Our first service will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. This date honors the return of the light and the coming of spring. Imbloc marks new beginnings. This is an intergenerational service in which we will meditate on the returning of the light and new beginnings in our personal lives. Light refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Payless/Kroger Community Reward Program Changes

The Payless Gift Card Program is going away and is being replaced by the Kroger Community Reward Program. Kroger has simplified the program. No more gift cards to reload; instead you simply register your Payless/Kroger loyalty card online. You continue to present your loyalty card for food and out-of-pocket pharmacy purchases. Quarterly we will receive a Community Reward check from Kroger based on the percentage of our spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations.

The Finance Committee is working to get our application submitted, but our church is already in the list of approved organizations based on our gift card participation. Congregants can go online now to register their loyalty cards. The Finance Committee will also be setting up times during fellowship time following service to assist the less tech savvy members.

To register your Kroger/Payless Loyalty cards:

  1. Create a Kroger Account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. If you already have an account choose Sign In
  3. Enroll your Payless loyalty card. You will complete your Account Summary (profile). Currently the Lafayette/West Lafayette stores do not appear in the Find a Store drop down. This issue has been reported and we were advised to just pick a store.
  4. Choose our church — it is toward the end of the list — our account # is 10694.
  5. Submit. It is that simple!

Kirsten Reynolds, kdreynol@purdue.edu

Religious Exploration

Director of Religious Exploration

Nicole Rice, drenicolerice@gmail.com

Looking Back

In January, we explored the themes of resolutions, uniqueness and spreading your light to others around you. We discussed light as a symbol for what guides and inspires you.

Looking Forward

In February, the RE classes will focus on the second source, words and deeds of prophetic men and women.

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • The February UU fundraiser will be held at Scotty’s Brewhouse on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Bring in a flyer and UU will receive 10 percent of the proceeds when you eat at Scotty’s. Hope to see you there!
  • You are invited to our monthly birthday party on Sunday, Feb. 22. If you have a February 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. Please let me know if you’d like to volunteer to bring treats to share.
  • 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.
  • I have a new e-mail address! Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions or suggestions at drenicolerice@gmail.com.

February Nursery Schedule

1 Ben Lincourt (Alyssa Dufair)

8 Rachel Smith (Kalina Harden)

15 Kate French (Victoria Lincourt)

22 Amelia Rode (Kate French)

2014 Holiday Art Fair Financial Summary

The 2014 Holiday Art Fair was a big success! The total income from the event was $9,300. Trudi’s Cafe brought in $3,400, with art sales contributing the remaining $5,900. The board budgets for $7,000 in income from this annual event, thus this year’s results went well beyond what was anticipated. Results over the previous three years range from $6,600 to $8,500.

Thanks to all the volunteers, artists and cooks for helping make this year’s Art Fair a resounding success. Art Fair turnout is very subject to weather, so this year’s success was due in great part to a favorable forecast over the weekend. Mark your calendars for the 2015 Art Fair, Dec. 4 and 5 — fingers crossed for no snow again this year!

Art Fair committee

Lisa Pantea, lisapantea@gmail.com4

Under Our Roof

Congratulations to Frank and Heather Arnold on the birth of their daughter, Kiersten Louise, on Jan. 8. Kiersten will join big brother, Devshaan, at home.

It is with sorrow that we share the death of Dave Shelton, husband of Rae Brandt, Jan. 18. Dave honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and worked as a meter reader for Indiana Gas for 38 years. A very kind and patient man who loved to dance, especially line dancing, he had played drums in high school and loved classical, country and big band music. Also surviving are two children; David “Scott” Shelton (wife, Juli) of Plainfield, and Cathy Joann Shelton of Lafayette; three grandchildren, Stephanie Nichole Shelton Wiley (husband, Andrew) of Ft. Wayne, Kevin Scott Shelton of Chicago, and Anthony David “Tony” Shelton (wife, Harley Rene) of Crawfordsville. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Joann Painter, in September 1978, and eight brothers and sisters. Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Mark French lost a sister, age 49. She had been institutionalized for nearly 10 years. She had twin sons, age 16. Mark, Amy and family, we are very sorry for your loss and send our compassion.

Linda LeMar, Pastoral Care Group

terramano@comcast.net 743-0665

Adult Religious Exploration

Old Path White Clouds Buddhist Study Group

Old Path White Clouds Buddhist study group will begin a new book selection for 2015: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries. You are invited to join our discussion group Tuesdays, 1:30-3 p.m., starting Feb. 3, in Room 101/103. Group members are asked to commit to regular attendance and will need access to a copy of the book. This group is sponsored by A-REC.

Janice Schuster, jrschust@gmail.com

www.meetup.com/west-lafayette-buddhist-study/

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

Donate services and items to our 2015 service auction!

2015 Service Auction

Saturday, Feb. 28, 6-10 p.m.

Tickets are $10, Dinner and childcare provided

This year’s Live and Silent Auction is fast approaching. Join us Saturday, Feb. 28, as Amy French will be using Lil’ Abner and the hollers of Tennessee as inspiration for this year’s menu of black eyed peas, stewed greens, fried apples, corn bread and more.

Make cookies, a meal, babysit, till a garden, make a quilt, donate a week at a condo someplace wonderful, offer up a special skill, or anything else you can contribute. Please donate items for the auction, volunteer to help with the event, or just plan to attend.

And continuing with the Lil’ Abner theme, inspiration for the evening is coming from Sadie Hawkins in planning the festivities. Things might get a little “backwards” — hope to see you there!

Julie Rubsam, Julie@rubsam.net, (765) 412-29675

UUC Endowment Drive

The Endowment Committee is undertaking a $250,000 fundraising campaign. We are looking to build the future of this church through giving today. Endowments provide a great vehicle for this by investing capital and using income from investments.

UUC currently has four endowment funds: The Jean Carlson General Endowment, a building endowment, the Kay Asher Religious Education Fund and the Harvey-Ferris Social Justice Fund. These funds generated almost $5,000 for 2015. We are hoping that building these endowments will allow the future congregations to build on the work we are currently doing.

If you are interested in contributing to this drive, please contact a member of the committee. And thank you in advance for your support.

The Endowment Committee

Member Spotlight

Susan LopezSusan Lopez grew up as an Episcopalian, but she never cared for religions that think they have all the answers. From a young age she thought that any religion that claimed to know precisely why we are here, where we are going and what happens after we die should be avoided at all costs. That’s what attracted her to Unitarian Universalism – the fact that most of the UUs she’s met don’t seem to be overly bothered what you believe in.

She arrived at our UU church after going through a divorce this past summer. She needed a new community after her old world fell apart, and she knew from past experience that UU churches were generally vibrant places radiating with positive energy – exactly what she was looking for at the time.

Susan is an audiologist at the Lafayette Hearing Center. She moved here with her ex-husband when he took a job at Purdue, and even though she’s originally from North Carolina and she and her family have only been here since 2007, this is home for Susan and her children now.

Susan has three children. Sofia, 14, enjoys Japanese anime and manga cartooning as well as ballet. Diego, 11, enjoys Legos, robotics, and machines of all kinds as well as lizards and frogs. Mateo, 8, enjoys Legos and information about deep sea creatures and space travel. They also share their home with an African grey parrot, a bearded dragon lizard, two hermit crabs and two gerbils.

In her free time, Susan enjoys pottery. She has a BFA in ceramics and likes working with her hands. She loves the way the clay feels when she’s throwing pots, its malleability and the magic that can transform the surface of a pot in the kiln with the melding of the different glazes.

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

Food Drive for LUM/St. John’s Food Pantry

The Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a food drive during the month of February in coordination with Lafayette Urban Ministry. Especially needed items are toilet paper, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and canned meats.

Please drop off items in the Fellowship Hall or office area entrance in the boxes labeled “Food Pantry.” The building entrance nearest the office is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday but may be closed during lunch, usually 1-2 p.m.

Social Justice Committee

Tom McConville tmcconville1200@comcast.net

Joan Marshall joanmarshall3@gmail.com6

Valentines

February 2015 Calendar

1 SUNDAY

  • 9 am Forum (101/103)
  • 10:30 am Worship & RE
  • 11:45 am POTLUCK SUNDAY
  • Noon UU Membership Class: Discovering Your Spiritual Path (104)
  • 4 pm A-REC: Building Your Own Theology Part 1 (101/103
  • 4 pm OWL (102)
  • 7:30 pm Lafayette Area Peace Coalition (101/103)

2 MONDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong (FH)
  • 1:30 pm Writers Group (101/103)
  • 6 pm Buddhism Discussion Group with Monica Ward (102)
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
  • 7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

3 TUESDAY

  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
  • 5:30 pm DRE: RE Support Team
  • 6 pm Program Council (101/103)
  • 7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

4 WEDNESDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong (101/103)
  • 2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
  • 6:30 pm Blue Moon Rising Chorus (S)

5 THURSDAY

  • 5:30 pm Zazen Sitting (M)
  • 5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
  • 6 pm Finance Committee (104)
  • 7 pm Spontaneous Hopeful Monster
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

6 FRIDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong (FH)
  • 6:30 pm PRYSM (102)
  • 7 pm Brighida Celebration (212)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

7 SATURDAY

  • 8 am Zen Meditation
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)

8 SUNDAY

  • 9 am Forum (101/103)
  • 10:30 am Worship & RE
  • 11:30 am UU Talk and Tour following service
  • 4 pm A-REC: Building Your Own Theology Part 1 (101/103
  • 4 pm OWL (102)

9 MONDAY

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

10 TUESDAY

  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
  • 4 pm Girl Scout Troop 1436
  • 5:30 pm Pastoral Care (102)
  • 6:30 pm Board Meeting (101/103)
  • 7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

11 WEDNESDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong
  • 2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
  • 6:30 pm Blue Moon Rising Chorus (S)

12 THURSDAY

  • 11:30 am SARPHE/Planned Parenthood Lunch and Learn (101/103)
  • 5:30 pm Worship Committee (106)
  • 5:30 pm Zazen Sitting (M)
  • 5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

13 FRIDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong (FH)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

14 SATURDAY

  • 8 am Zen M
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)

15 SUNDAY

  • 9 am Forum (101/103)
  • 10:30 am Worship & RE
  • 4 pm A-REC: Building Your Own Theology Part 1
  • 4 pm OWL (102)
  • 4 pm UU Photo Group (101/103)

16 MONDAY

  • PRESIDENT’S DAY: OFFICE CLOSED
  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong (FH)
  • 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)

17 TUESDAY

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

18 WEDNESDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong
  • 9 am Old Tippecanoe Quilting Guild (FH)
  • Noon The Principled Group (101/103)
  • 2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
  • 6:30 pm Blue Moon Rising Choir (S)

19 THURSDAY

  • 5:30 pm Zazen Sitting (M)
  • 5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
  • 7 pm Spontaneous Hopeful Monster
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

20 FRIDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong (FH)
  • 6:30 pm PRYSM (102)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

21 SATURDAY

  • 8 am Zen M
  • 1 pm Tea Tasting (101/103)
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)

22 SUNDAY

  • 9 am Forum (101/103)
  • 10:30 am Worship & RE
  • 11:45 am Birthday Celebration
  • 4 pm UU Photo Group (101/103)
  • 4 pm A-REC: Building Your Own Theology Part 1 (101/103)
  • 4 pm OWL (102)

23 MONDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong (FH)
  • 5:30 DRE: RE Task Force
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon) (FH)
  • 7 pm Monday Meditation (101/103)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

24 TUESDAY

  • Noon Meeting (FH)
  • 1 pm Old Path White Clouds (101/103)
  • 4 pm Girl Scout Troop 1436
  • 6:30 pm Committee on Ministry (102)
  • 7 pm Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

25 WEDNESDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong (101/103)
  • 2:30 pm Girl Scout Troop (FH)
  • 6:30 pm Blue Moon Rising Choir (S)

26 THURSDAY

  • 5:30 pm Zazen Sitting (M)
  • 5:40 pm Dinner @MCL
  • 6 pm Membership Committee (104)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

27 FRIDAY

  • 7:30 am Taiji Qigong (FH)
  • 7 pm Strolling Singers (S)

28 SATURDAY

  • 8 am Zen
  • 6 pm UU Service Auction
  • 7 pm Meeting (anon)

Newsletter Deadline Reminder: February 15

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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

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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)

Dec 14: Congregational meeting

The next Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 14th at 11:45 AM. 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 me: galekchar@gmail.com.

Thank you. See you on December 14th.
-- Gale Charlotte, UU Board President.