UUCTC Endowment Gifts eligible for Match from LaNelle Geddes Matching Campaign

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

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

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

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


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

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


December 30: Live Music Party!

Join us at UU Church on December 30 for a holiday season party with live music provided by a core jazz group, but open mic to other UU musicians to perform as well. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Tasty nibbles and coffee will be provided, and will occur in the recently redecorated Fellowship Hall. A suggested cover charge of $5 will help cover the cost of the event. Please stop by to hear some awesome vocalists and musicians, and join us for
some holiday cheer!

Volunteers Needed for Holiday Art Fair

Thanks to all who have already volunteered to help with the annual Holiday Art Fair this coming weekend,, December 1st and 2nd. It takes over 100 people to cover all the duties associated with making this a successful event. There are time slots and positions available:

Wednesday, November 29 for artist check-in:
2:45 – 5:00 one each: artist inventory & artist host
4:45 – 7:00 one each: artist inventory & artist host

Thursday, November 30 for artist check-in:
4:45 – 7:00 one artist host
6:45 – 9:00 two artist hosts

Friday, December 1 for the café:
4:45 – 7:00 two cashiers, one floater
7:00 – 9:15 café assistant and floater

Friday, December 1 for the art fair:
4:45 – 7:00 two cashiers, one bagger, two shopkeepers, one greeter
7:00 – 9:00 two cashiers, one bagger, three shopkeepers

Saturday, December 2 for the cafe:
9:45 – 12:00 one each: server, café assistant, floater
11:45 – 2:00 one cashier
1:45 – 3:30 one each: café assistant & dishwasher
3:30 – 4:30  one each: server, café assistant & dishwasher

Saturday, December 2 in the art fair:
9:34 – 12:00 one shopkeeper, one greeter/floater
11:45 – 2:00 two cashiers, one greeter/floater
1:45 – 4:00 one cashier, one bagger, four shopkeepers

Please join us in strengthening our community as we raise funds for the church by selecting a time slot and duties that most suit you and your schedule. You can contact Dorothy Hughes, the volunteer coordinator at 765-237-7652 or via email at djhughesLMHC@gmail.com


Ahl-e Qulub – Sufism and the Path of Love

The Adult RE Committee is sponsoring a workshop/performance by the Sufi Meditation and Music group Ahl-e Qulub on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the UUCTC Church.

Join Ahl-e Qulub for an afternoon of Sufi Music and meditation. The simple music, performed with only voice and percussion, is derived and inspired from the world's sacred traditions.

Please see the website: gentlesufimusic.com for more information.

UUCTC’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

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

Talent Show and Soup Cook-Off

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

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

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

Unitarian Universalist Holiday Art Fair

The Unitarian Universalist Holiday Art Fair and Sale, featuring affordable fine art by area artists, will take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, 2017 at the church, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette.

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.

The public is invited and admission is free. Come enjoy live music during the fair. Soup and pastries will be for sale during the entire event. Credit cards will be accepted. There will be free childcare for ages 4-12 on Saturday.

Visit the Art Fair Facebook page.

Membership Class

Would you like to learn more about our congregation, our goals, and the history of the Unitarian Universal faith? Interested in joining the church? Are you ready to sign the book and support our congregations' vision? If you answered yes to any of these please plan on attending our next membership class. November 11th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Forum Room.

Lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you will need childcare. Sign up sheet will be on the membership bulletin board outside the Narthex.

Questions: membership@uuctc.org