Category Archives: from the director of religious exploration

Mystery Pals

mystery-palsMystery Pals is a program to match youth and adults of all ages so that we, as a congregation, can make connections, learn more about each other, and support intergenerational community.

Anyone is eligible to participate as long as you:
* are over the age of 4
* can commit to delivering letters starting October 16th
* can attend the November 6th mystery pal reveal celebration potluck

Rules:
1. If you meet the participation requirements, please fill out the information at the bottom of the sheet (available at the RE volunteer table) and turn in to the DRE, Nicole Rice, via e-mail (drenicolerice@gmail.com) or in the DRE mailbox. All information must be turned in by Sunday, October 9th in order to participate.
2. You will be assigned a number that corresponds with an envelope on the large orange bulletin boards in the fellowship hall. Your number is the same as that of your youth/youthful adult counterpart. You can use these envelopes to leave and receive letters, drawings, small gifts, etc. If your item is too big to fit in an envelope, please get the DRE to deliver the item by labeling with the following information:
a. Deliver to: youth or youthful adult
b. Number
3. Calendar and Suggested Items:
a. October 9th- must have signed up for the program with the DRE
b. October 16th- introduction letter
c. October 23rd- response letter
d. October 30th- a Halloween or autumn memory or tradition, drawing, etc.
e. November 6th- final reveal- You may choose to bring a small gift or other token. We will celebrate by eating potluck lunch together and getting to know each other better. Special treats provided by the DRE!!!

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Giving Tree Fundraiser

snowflakes-1171054-640x512Build an edible graham cracker house!
Learn and sing carols
Listen to holiday stories!
Get your face painted!
Buy a balloon creation!
Eat tasty treats!
Make some arts and crafts!
Play games and win prizes
Create and wrap gifts for your friends and family!
Have your hair styled and/or colored by a local stylist!
Get your portrait drawn by a local artist

Where:

UU Church
333 Meridian St.
Fellowship Hall

When:

Sunday, December 6th from 11:30 to 1:00

Why:

to raise money for the LUM Christmas Jubilee

Come join us for the fun!!
Contact Nicole Rice at drenicolerice@gmail.com for more information.

 

Lighted Chalice Weekly for July 26, 2015

Sunday July 26

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

Sunday August 2

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

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

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

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

Materials/Supplies Needed

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

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

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

August 8: CHURCH RETREAT!

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

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

Purdue student farm offers organic produce

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

Blue Moon Rising: Creating Harmony and Community Through Singing!

Are you someone who loves to sing but rarely sings outside of the shower? Or are you an experienced singer who is looking for an opportunity to sing in a relaxed, fun environment? Consider becoming part of Blue Moon Rising, a non-audition community choir. We welcome everyone who enjoys singing - no experience or ability to read music is needed! Led by UU member Denise Wilson, the group will meet weekly from 7:00-8:45 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. Our second session begins on August 19 and runs until November 18. The fee for the 14-week session is $140 with a sliding scale and scholarships available for anyone with a limited income. Feel free to come and try out this unique singing experience on Aug. 19 before deciding to continue.

We sing a wide variety of songs which include folk songs (old and new), South African freedom songs, old-time gospel, and songs that celebrate peace and justice. The songs have rich harmonies and irresistible rhythms that will get your body moving, lift your worries, and grow your ability to sing with confidence and passion. You can read more at www.denisewilson.net/blue-moon-rising. Denise will also post info on her Denise Wilson Music Facebook page.

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

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for July 19, 2015

Sunday July 19

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

Sunday July 26

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

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

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

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

Materials/Supplies Needed

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

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

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

August 8: CHURCH RETREAT!

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

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

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

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for July 12, 2015

Sunday July 12

  • FORUM, 9 AM Cindelyn Eberts, Ph.D.', presents “Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry and the 1908 Olympics.”
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Summer Sermons in Song. For five Sundays beginning July 12, Rev. Charlie and Gail Davis present a series of services that explore the spiritual nature of emotions. “Emotions arise setting our world on balance, yet if we were balanced all the time life might be boring. Emotions are indications of deep universal needs. They are a way of understanding the world around us.” This Sunday Rev. Charlie and Gail Davis present Glad. “When we receive something good we perceive joy. Yet pleasure seeking can result in a mania that unbalances us. We regain spiritual balance by being grateful and by being generous in sharing our blessings.” Children will meet in the fellowship hall promptly at 10:30a.m. and depart for their Summer Camp fieldtrip to the historic Tapawingo Park. Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate, Bill Welge. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Special Music: Gail and Rev. Charlie Davis. Sound, Gary Mueller. Fellowship Team Leaders, Barny Dunning & Beth Misner.

Sunday July 19

  • FORUM, 9 AM Bill Welge, President of the UU Church Board of Trustees, presents “Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?” This is a follow-up Forum to one Bill did back in June on the same subject. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and Gail Davis present the second in their series exploring the spiritual nature of emotions, Sad. “When we lose someone or something precious, we experience grief. We are broken and in need of restoration. We cannot change the past, but we can build a new future.” Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate, Michael Lewis. Pulpit Preparation, Michael Lewis. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Eric Thiel. Fellowship Team Leaders, Mark VanMeeter and Kat Braz.
  • SPECIAL FORUM, 2 PM (101/103) Don Huber, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, presents “GMO: Genetically Modified Crops & Food.” Don is an internationally recognized plant pathologist and one of the leading GMO experts in the world. He visits from Idaho to present this special Forum today.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

Last week, the students visited Battleground Park. Next week, they’ll head to Tapawingo Park/Heritage Trail.

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

Materials/Supplies Needed

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

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

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

August 8: CHURCH RETREAT!

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

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for June 7, 2015

Sunday June 7

  • FORUM, 9 AM Board President-elect Bill Welge presents “Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?” Bill attended Ball State University and for 25 years held various positions in large power transformer manufacturing, including shop supervision, planning and purchasing. He had a twenty year second career in home improvement and is now retired. Through most of this 45 year period Bill has avidly researched wellness through prevention with a special emphasis on exercise physiology. He has spoken several times on this subject at Sun Spot Natural Market "Food for Thought" program.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM The theme for the month of June is the sixth source of the UU living tradition: spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. Today, Worship Leader Daniel Charles Davis presents “Mother Earth”—an exploration of the goddess and the feminine spirit. How was it viewed in ancient times; what do modern pagans believe? Today is our new member recognition service. Joys and Sorrows will be observed as well. Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate, DRE Nicole Rice. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Mike Marsh. Fellowship Team Leaders, Mark VanMeeter, Joshua & Linda Prokopy.

Sunday June 14

  • FORUM, 9 AM Mark French presents “Purdue from 30,000 Feet.” A modern research university is a complex place with many different missions. Balancing the opposing requirements of some of those missions while figuring out how to pay for it all is a challenge of the highest order. The popular view of the role of universities doesn’t always match the new reality. It may be helpful to have an overview of what Purdue, as a representative of public research universities, actually does, who its customers are and where the money comes from. Mark French was born, raised and educated. After traveling a very unlikely path, he arrived at Purdue in 2004. He is now an associate professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering Technology. He spends most of his time with his students, but also finds time to work on problems in musical acoustics and experimental mechanics. He’s written a couple books, published a bunch of papers and holds two patents.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Father Sky.” For Fathers Day, we explore the masculine traditions of paganism. How did they influence Christianity? What traditions are being revived in the 21st century? Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate , Kat Braz. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Noemi Ybarra. Fellowship Team Leaders, Gary & Andrea Burniske.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

Last week Kat led the RE classes in a spirit circle on the PostSecret project. Next week we’ll kickoff the RE summer by creating adventure journals and tie-dying t-shirts.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 6/7

Students will begin in service and be picked up from room 101/103. The RE classes will also be tie-dying t-shirts at the Happy Hollow picnic. Meet at 1pm at the picnic shelter. Please bring a 100% cotton, plain white t-shirt and any newspapers.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 6/14

Students will meet in room 101/103 at 10:30 for our field trip to the Purdue gardens. We need drivers/chaperones. Please let me know ASAP if you’re interested.

Materials/Supplies Needed

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Please see the RE bulletin board/table in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.
  • Summer camp and retreat registration is now open. Please contact me if you’d like to attend or grab a packet from the RE volunteer table.
  • Our next FUNdraiser is Wednesday, June 10th at the Wabash Landing movie theater from 4:00-8:00 pm. UU will receive 50% of the proceeds from the concession stand sales.
  • The June birthday celebration is June 28th. Join us in the fellowship hall following service for cake. Please let me know if you’d like to volunteer to bake the cake for this celebration.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you. Childcare will be provided!
  • Sunday, June 21st- (9:45-10:15) Children’s literature and encouraging reading- Please bring some of your favorite children’s books to share!

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for May 31, 2015

Sunday May 31

  • FORUM, 9 AM information forthcoming.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader and Board President-elect Bill Welge presents “What Would Confession Look Like to a UU?” Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate & Pulpit Preparation, Kris Taylor. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Gary Fowler. Fellowship Team Leaders, Gary & Andrea Burniske.

Sunday June 7

  • FORUM, 9 AM Board President-elect Bill Welge presents “Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?” Bill attended Ball State University and for 25 years held various positions in large power transformer manufacturing, including shop supervision, planning and purchasing. He had a twenty year second career in home improvement and is now retired. Through most of this 45 year period Bill has avidly researched wellness through prevention with a special emphasis on exercise physiology. He has spoken several times on this subject at Sun Spot Natural Market "Food for Thought" program.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM The theme for the month of June is the sixth source of the UU living tradition: spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. Today, Worship Leader Daniel Charles Davis presents “Mother Earth”—an exploration of the goddess and the feminine spirit. How was it viewed in ancient times; what do modern pagans believe? Today is our new member recognition service. Joys and Sorrows will be observed as well. Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate, DRE Nicole Rice. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Mike Marsh. Fellowship Team Leaders, Mark VanMeeter, Joshua & Linda Prokopy.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

Last week we took a walking field trip to Lisa Pantea’s gardens. We learned about composting and worms, while completing an outdoor scavenger hunt. Thanks to Lisa for the enjoyable time and cookies! Next week, Kat will lead the RE classes in a spirit circle on the PostSecret project.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 5/31

  • Students will begin in service and be picked up from room 101/103.
  • Kat will be the DRE sub and lead the spirit circle.
  • I have the following people listed as guides: Andrew Marquis, Julie Rubsam, and Kim Smith.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 6/7

Students will begin in service and be picked up from room 101/103. The RE classes will also be tie-dying t-shirts at the Happy Hollow picnic. Meet at 1pm at the picnic shelter. Please bring a 100% cotton, plain white t-shirt and any newspapers.

Materials/Supplies Needed

  • scrapbook paper, composition notebooks, newspapers, plain white t-shirts 100% cotton (various sizes for children/youth) needed by June 7th
  • three tiered bookshelf (for the junior high classroom)
  • Legos, modeling clay
  • boxes of Kleenex

We have a RE wish list for books: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ wishlist/33SNCK94EF17U/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o?

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Please see the RE bulletin board/table in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.
  • Check out the RE storytelling quilt. It is hanging in the same room as the UU library.
  • Summer camp and retreat registration is now open. Please contact me if you’d like to attend or grab a packet from the RE volunteer table.
  • Our next FUNdraiser is Wednesday, June 10th at the Wabash Landing movie theater from 4:00-8:00 pm. UU will receive 50% of the proceeds from the concession stand sales.
  • The June birthday celebration is June 28th. Join us in the fellowship hall following service for cake. Please let me know if you’d like to volunteer to bake the cake for this celebration.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you. Childcare will be provided!
  • Sunday, June 21st- (9:45-10:15) Children’s literature and encouraging reading- Please bring some of your favorite children’s books to share!

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for May 17, 2015

Sunday May 17

  • FORUM, 9 AM Nicole Rice, Lola Straub, Nathaniel North, Jason and Julie Rubsam, & Andrea Burniske, present “Building a Curriculum that Engages and Inspires Our Youth.” Rice, Director of Religious Exploration at the UU Church, along with RE volunteers, will discuss what our program offers to children who are growing up in liberal religious education. Forum is co- chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis officiates our “Flower Communion Service.” This ceremony was developed by Norbert Capek in Prague for a congregation that was no longer moved by traditional Christian communion. It is now celebrated across our denomination. Bring a flower and place it on the altar; select another flower to take home with you. We will also celebrate the high school graduation of our youth Worship Chairperson & Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pulpit Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Sound, Mary Finley. Fellowship Team Leader, Julia Colby.

Sunday May 24

  • FORUM,9AM Dr. Joe Vanable, Purdue Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, discusses “Mental Illness: Its Biological Basis, Treatability, and Difficulties in Gaining Access to Treatment.”
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “The Wonder of Science.” Some believe that a life without God is devoid of meaning. Others believe that the universe is enough to inspire us and give us hope. Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate, Bill Welge. Pulpit Preparation, Kat Braz . Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Eric Thiel. Fellowship Team Leaders, Alice Pawley and Stephen Hoffmann.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

Last week we celebrated Mother’s Day by looking at some UU family photos and learning about what makes families unique. Next week, we’ll celebrate our bridging seniors and RE volunteers with a Flower Communion service.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 5/17

Students begin/stay in service.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 5/24

Students/guides will meet in room 101/103 and head over to Lisa Pantea’s gardens.

I have the following people listed as guides: Andrea, Linda, Wendy, Neil, Kat, Jason, and Julie.

Materials/Supplies Needed

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Please see the RE bulletin board/table in the fellowship hall and http://regluu.wordpress.com/ for important RE information and announcements.
  • Check out the RE storytelling quilt. It is hanging in the same room as the UU library.
  • Summer camp and retreat registration will begin on May 17th. Please contact me if you’d like to attend.
  • Our next FUNdraiser is Thursday, May 21st at HuHot from 4-8pm. The UU will receive 10% of the total sales.
  • The May birthday celebration is May 24th. Join us in the fellowship hall following service for cake.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you. Childcare will be provided!
  • Sunday, May 24th- (9:45-10:15) Cultivating mindfulness in students
  • Sunday, June 21st- (9:45-10:15) Children’s literature and encouraging reading

May 17: Congregational Meeting regarding church leadership positions

A Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, 17 May at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary following service.

The Nominating Committee is proud to present the following slate of nominees for board and other leadership positions for the May 17 Congregational Meeting:

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

I want to thank the Nominating Committee, Dianna Poindexter, Laura Geiger-Reed and Beth Misner for all their hard work. And of course we wish to thank all those named above who have said YES to serving the UUC. I would like to also thank those rolling off the Board and other committees: Mark VanMeeter (Board Past Chair), Kris Taylor (Board Trustee), Amy French (Endowment Committee) and Lisa Pantea and Dianna Poindexter (Nominating Committee)—you have served our beloved community well! ~Lisa Pantea, Nominating Committee

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for April 26, 2015

Sunday April 26

  • FORUM, 9 AM Director Bess Witcosky presents “Morton Community Center.” She will discuss current changes, plans and activities at the Morton Center, which offers recreation programs, classes and special events to residents of all ages. Activities include dance, pottery, euchre, bridge and art classes.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Wisdom of the Talmud” Christians share a body of scripture with Judaism. But Jewish writing did not end with what Christians call the Old Testament. Written in the second through sixth centuries, it gave structure to Judaism after Rome destroyed the temple and the people were scattered. Worship Chairperson, Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate, Bill Welge. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick . Sound, Gary Mueller. Fellowship Team Leader, Julia Colby.

Sunday May 3

  • FORUM, 9 AM Johanna Merritt Wu will present “The Baha'i Faith: Its Principles and How it Addresses Problems in Today's World.” Johanna Merritt Wu is a member of the Bahá'í Faith. She is an organizational psychologist and specializes in leadership and team work. She is a co-author of Marriage Can Be Forever— Preparation Counts! and served at the Bahá’í World Center in Israel. Johanna has also enjoyed other Bahá’í capacities, including in Ireland, England, Barbados, and Romania. Johanna and her husband, Steven Wu, live in West Lafayette, where Steve is a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue. They have a nine year old daughter, Haley Grace. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Humanism and Unitarian Universalism.” The Humanist manifesto arose out of Unitarianism in 1933. In recent years, more people have expressed doubt about the existence of God. At the same time, the use of "God language” has increased in our services. While I appreciate our growing acceptance of diverse theologies, I wonder if we are becoming more religious while the world is becoming less religious? Worship Chairperson & Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pulpit Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Sound, Eric Thiel. Fellowship Team Leaders, Christine Schertz & Amy French.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

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Photo from the special lesson for the 1st-5th graders on mussels from some students at Purdue.

Last week we explored the idea that everyone is a teacher! Next week, we’ll be creating a storytelling quilt.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 4/26: Students begin in service

    • Prek/k: Lorraine and Andrew
    • 1st/2nd: Yiesul and Lola
    • 3rd/4th: Linda P. and Wendy
    • 5th: Brent and Neil
    • 6th-8th:
    • 9th-12th: Jason and Julie
    • Shadows: Lynn and Mary Ann

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

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

May 17: Congregational Meeting regarding church leadership positions

A Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, 17 May at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary following service.

The Nominating Committee is proud to present the following slate of nominees for board and other leadership positions for the May 17 Congregational Meeting:

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

I want to thank the Nominating Committee, Dianna Poindexter, Laura Geiger-Reed and Beth Misner for all their hard work. And of course we wish to thank all those named above who have said YES to serving the UUC. I would like to also thank those rolling off the Board and other committees: Mark VanMeeter (Board Past Chair), Kris Taylor (Board Trustee), Amy French (Endowment Committee) and Lisa Pantea and Dianna Poindexter (Nominating Committee)—you have served our beloved community well! ~Lisa Pantea, Nominating Committee

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Lighted Chalice Weekly for April 19. 2015

  • Sunday Forum 9 am; Sunday Service and Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 am.
  • Nursery and childcare available.
  • Sorry, no bulletin as pdf this week.

Sunday April 19

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

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

Last week Kathy led a spirit circle on the four elements (earth, wind, air, and fire) and we got to see how everything was connected in a fun, web making activity for TFAA. Next week, we’ll explore the phrase, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 4/19: Students begin in service.

    • Prek/k:
    • 1st/2nd: Andrea and Lola
    • 3rd/4th: Linda P.
    • 5th: Amy Baeur
    • 6th-8th: Frank
    • 9th-12th: Kat and Jason
    • Shadows: Michelle and Lynn and Mary

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events:

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

Under Our Roof: Graduation!

Congratulations to Kate French, Sam Mercier, and Rachel Smith who are bridging on May 17th. We wish them the best of luck in future endeavors and want them to know that they always have a home here at the UU.

Claire LeMar Sadof, daughter of Linda LeMar and Cliff Sadof will be graduating with honors from Indiana University on May 9th, 2015. She has been accepted into and hired by the Council for International Education Exchange to teach English as a second language in Madrid, Spain beginning in September 2015 thru June 2016.

Congratulations to everyone!

-- Pastoral Care, Amy French and Linda LeMar

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