Category Archives: Under Our Roof

Goodwill Clothing Drive is Coming Soon

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

Abby’s Journey FUNdraising Carnival

AbbyTo support the Haughey family as they help their daughter, Abby, face surgery and other medical challenges, we are holding a fundraising carnival on September 10, starting at 3:00 pm at UU Church. There will be a bounce house*, cotton candy, popcorn, cookies and other baked goods, henna tattoos, games, Pokemon caricatures, face painting, food trucks and much more! We will also be holding a silent auction with many fabulous items as well (auction ends at 8:00 pm).

At 7:30 in the sanctuary, local greats Spontaneous Hopeful Monster will open a benefit concert by Two2Many, a fun, and lively Celtic group from Ohio.

Entrance fee is a free will donation - give what you can. Tickets can be purchased for $1 for different activities.

We hope to see you there!

*To enter the bounce house, a waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian. A child without a signed waiver and wrist band will not be allowed in the bounce house. Thank you for your cooperation.


March FUNdraiser: Community Yoga

Crystal Rose

Crystal Rose

Our March FUNdraiser event will be Community Yoga with Crystal Rose. The session is open to  adults and children (ages 5+). It will be held on Sunday, March 6th from 1-2pm in the  forum room 101/103. The cost is $10 and Crystal is donating 100% of the profits from this class to UUCTC. Please bring a yoga mat.

Scout Sunday, February 7, 2016

Boy-Scouts-logoSunday, February 7th is Scout Sunday for the Boy Scouts in 2016. The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. We would like to invite any Cub or Boy Scout and adult leadership in our congregation to wear their uniform on Sunday in recognition of this day. In the spirit of inclusiveness, We invite all Girl Scouts and members of other "scouting" groups to join in by wearing their appropriate uniform as well. On March 6th, we'll do the same for Girl Scout Sunday.

Annual Holiday Art Fair & Sale

art-fairThe Unitarian Universalist Holiday Art Fair and Sale, featuring affordable fine art by area artists, will take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, 2015 at the church, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette.

The opening reception, with live music, gourmet food, and wine, is slated for Friday, Dec. 4 from 5-9 pm. The exhibition and sale will continue Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 am-4 pm. The public is invited and admission is free. Soup and pastries will be for sale during the entire event. Credit cards will be accepted.

The show and sale features over 50 local artists working in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, ornaments, woodwork, metalwork, glass, and more.


Freedom Indiana–Protect GLBTQ Rights

freedomIndiana-logo Freedom Indiana is working to update Indiana's civil rights law to include protections for LGBT Hoosiers. Right now in Indiana you can still be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. You can also be denied housing and public service. Help us support updating legislation by writing letters to your representatives! The church Social Justice Committee will sponsor a letter writing after service on 11/8 in the Fellowship Hall, paper, pens and envelopes provided.

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:// 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.

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Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

Please see the RE bulletin board/table in the fellowship hall and 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.


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 March 29, 2015

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

Sunday March 29

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

Sunday April 5

  • FORUM, 9 AM Rev. Charlie & Gail Davis, Martha Gibson, Don Gresham, Kirsten Reynolds The current Congregational Study Action Issue (SAI), Escalating Inequality. This is a UUA nationwide study. Upward mobility—the American Dream—has become a myth. Concentration of wealth and power has skyrocketed. Dr. King’s dream of justice and equality has fractured. Half of all Americans are impoverished or struggling, as the middle class shrinks and billionaires take the profits. Where’s our commitment to the Common Good? Rev. Charlie is minister of UUC. Gale is married to Charlie. All others are long time church members. All attended the UUA' s discussion on the current CSAI, Escalating Inequality, at the UUC in Evanston, IL this past February. This forum will kick off our study action activities.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Resurrections.” When all hope seems lost, what lifts your spirit? We will consider answers from Christianity and other traditions. Worship Chairperson &Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Special Music by the Chawla family. Pulpit Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Sound, Mike Marsh. Fellowship Team Leader, Susanne McConville.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration Weekly Notes

At the spirit circle on 3/22. We were "making a rain storm" and a Purdue professor showed us how much energy it takes to crank a traditional vs. CFL light bulb.

At the spirit circle on 3/22. We were "making a rain storm" and a Purdue professor showed us how much energy it takes to crank a traditional vs. CFL light bulb.

DSC08925Last week, Bill Welge led us in a spirit circle about water conservation. Next week, we will have a youth led service on gender equality.

Connecting Question(s) for 3/29

  • What are some common stereotypes held about roles of men and women in society? Do you hold any stereotypes?
  • Who are some influential men and women in your life? What makes them special?
  • What can you do to help promote gender equality in society?
  • Have you ever been made to feel like less of a person because of your gender? How did you deal with those feelings?

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule for 3/29

  • RE Guide Schedule for March 29th: (Youth led service. All students will begin in service and prek-5th grade will head to class after TFAA.)
    • Prek/k: Alison and Lorraine
    • 1st/2nd: Sherry
    • 3rd/4th: Yiesul and Wendy
    • 5th: Neil and Amy Bauer
    • 6th-8th: Sarah and Frank
    • 9th-12th: Jason and Julie
    • Shadows: Mary F. and Lynn

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Please see the RE bulletin board/table in the fellowship hall and for important RE information and announcements.
  • Our next FUNdraiser is March 25th at Buffalo Wild Wings on Creasy. Hope to see you there!
  • We are collecting donations for the Blue Buckets campaign to help Kenya protect their water supply. Our congregational goal is $150. Look for the blue bucket at the RE table to make a donation.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you. Childcare will be provided!
  • Sunday, April 26th- (9:45-10:15) Responsive classroom as it relates to the RE classroom (strategies for community building, holding classroom meetings, social curriculum)
  • Sunday, May 24th- (9:45-10:15) Cultivating mindfulness in students
  • Let me know if you’re interested in OWL training.
  • I am beginning to plan RE programming for the summer. Anyone interested in teaching a workshop or helping out, please let me know.

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