Lighted Chalice Weekly for Jan 3, 2014

Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.; Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m
Nursery & Childcare Available.

Read this newsletter as a pdf here.

Motion was made at the December 15 Congregational Meeting to defer voting on the budget. With the current level of pledges and non-pledge income projected there will be a shortfall in revenue for 2014. The estimated $6357.00 would have to come from the remaining capital funds.

Suggestions for generating non-pledge revenue include:

  • Form a group to generate ideas for increasing non-pledge and building use revenue. Mark VanMeeter, Board President, agreed to be the point person; Beth Misner has agreed to be on the committee.
  • There will be a brainstorming session in mid-January to explore revenue sources

A congregational meeting will be held Sunday, January 26 to approve the revised budget.

Tom McConville & Bill Welge, Forum Co-Chairs, will present Looking Forward, Looking Back. Past forums will be reviewed, and future possibilities considered. Jim Anderson, co-chair, will be out of town for this session.

Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Free and Responsible.” In our search for meaning what does it mean to be free? What are we free from? What does it mean to be responsible? Who are we responsible to? Sharing of Joys & Sorrows. Children begin in service. Potluck Sunday. Worship Associate & Sanctuary Prep, Michael Lewis. Musician, Rev. Charlie Davis with Gail Davis. Fellowship Team Leaders, Susanne McConville & Christine Schertz. Sound Technician, Chap Flack.

Sara & April Proffitt: The Story of a Lesbian Couple and Their Family in HJR-6 Indiana. Sara and April will tell their story of partnership, foster parenting and adopting two young siblings, getting married and being a family. Pictures on the flat screen will help tell their story.
Sara Proffitt was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. She has a background in Elementary Education and Instructional Design. She lives with her wife April and their 2 children. April Proffitt was born and raised in Pendleton, Indiana. She has a background in Youth Development and Law and Society. She is a Supply Sergeant in the National Guard. April lives with her wife Sara and their two children.

JANUARY 12 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE FOR ALL AGES Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Human Trafficking.” There are many in this nation and world who are not free. They are modern day slaves. How can we increase our awareness and take responsible actions to stop it? Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Fellowship Team Leaders, Beth Misner & Barny Dunning. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Sound Technician, Gary Fowler.

DRE Sheila Garrett is recovering from knee surgery. RE council members Cheryl Fowler (, Kathy Coder, Rae Schnapp, Frank Arnold, Kirsten Reynolds, and Rev Charlie Davis maybe contacted if you have any questions.

Childcare: If anyone requires childcare for an event other than regular Sunday forum and services, they must contact Nursery Administrator Liz Cohen by phone or email (631-935-8229 or at least two weeks in advance. Thank you.

RE Has Volunteer Opportunities for the Spring! Classroom guides help create the structure for their 1-4th grade class. They begin each period leading the chalice lighting, an optional check-in, and lighting the chalice. They share a short biography of a notable UU and introduce the workshop teacher. After that, they are on hand to help as needed to help out with the workshop. Guide teams for each class work out a schedule on a rotating basis, optimally serving about once per month. Right now, we could use one extra guide in the 1st-2nd grade class. We also need 2-3 helpers for the middle school classroom to be a second adult presence in the room each week.

Workshop rotation teachers share a passion or something they have knowledge about with our 1st-4th graders. Optimally, teachers will volunteer for three weeks, rotating between the three classes (1st-2nd grades meet together). Please let us know if there's something you would like to share, or, if a member of the r.e. council approaches you to teach a workshop, please consider sharing a little of yourself with our kids!

Special Projects:

  • Clean, re-organize, and help inventory our supplies in the r.e. closets and classrooms
  • Create Spirit Play story baskets for the preschool room
  • drive and/or chaperone youth for overnight lock-ins and events sponsored by the district
  • Help out on Spirit Circle Sundays- extra adult participation and guidance is always welcome
  • supervise youth volunteering at Family Promise (more info on this exciting new opportunity coming soon!)

Please contact Sheila ( or a member of the r.e. council (Kathy Coder, Cheryl Fowler, Frank Arnold, Beth Hoffmann, Kirsten Reynolds, or Rae Schnapp) if you are interested in helping in any of these areas, or if you have something else that you would like to help out in with R.E.

Attention Preschool/ Kindergarten Parents: There will be a short Spirit Play orientation meeting on January 12 right after church. Please join us in the preschool room for about an hour, beginning at noon. Childcare available and light snacks be provided.

January Workshop Rotation Teachers (notable UU's):

  • Della Willmann - photography ( Charles Bierdstadt)
  • Cindy Gerlach - journalism (Frank Gannett & Margaret Fuller)
  • Tony Pawli - cartooning (Hans Deutsch & Beatrix Potter)

TALK AND TOUR ON SECOND SUNDAYS AFTER SERVICE next on January 12 after service.  More here.

To all the wonderful volunteers that helped with the UU Holiday Art Fair, a heartfelt thank you for your time, energy and volunteer spirit. The art fair could not happen without your contribution- please know it is appreciated. Although the snow on Friday night kept the crowd down a bit on Saturday, the outcome was still very profitable for the UUC. Thank you to the art community for their generosity and to all the shoppers and hungry consumers in Trudi's café! Lisa Pantea, Art Fair Volunteer Coordinator.


  • Should you be shopping through, please go to Amazon  via this page. This simple click can send 6% of whatever you purchase to the church, at no cost to you. Learn more about this program here.
  • Should you shop at Kroger/Payless, you can buy a gift card through the office to help send money to the church at no cost to you.  More information here.


  • There is much to be done in the social justice arena; if you are interested in becoming involved in our activities, please join us at our next meeting--Thursday, January 9 at 7:00 pm in room 101-103. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall,, &Tom McConville,
  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: January-February recipient to be determined at Jan. 9 meeting.
  • WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION The local Women’s Shelter is always in need of soaps, toothbrushes and tooth paste, personal items, clean socks, items for small children (baby shampoo, powder, baby lotions, children’s socks, diapers). Thank you.

Our total is presently $214.304, with 76% of members’ pledge cards having been returned. We are $6400 short of our proposed budget for 2014. Please, consider filling out a pledge card today—they are located outside the church office. Thank you.

PLANNED GIVING AT UUC: Consider making UUC part of your planned giving plans; more information here.

UU CHURCH OUTDOOR GROUP WINTER ACTIVITIES!  More information here about the eagle viewing trip on January 26.

January 2014 Calendar

January 3, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

January 4, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

January 5, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: UU History (104)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

January 6, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Newsletter meeting: Bergman, Pawley, Davis, VanMeeter (101/103-kbpz)
1:00 PM Toshiba Installation
1:30 PM Writers' Group 106
5:30 PM Membership Committee Meeting (104)
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

January 7, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:00 PM Finance Committee (104)
6:30 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

January 8, Wednesday
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

January 9, Thursday
Joe Peters CD Release Concert Set Up & Rehearsal in Sanctuary!
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
7:00 PM Healing Service Cancelled (S. McConville, Facilitator)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (104)

January 10, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Joe Peters CD Release Concert! "Last Gasp" by the joedai zombies. Sanctuary & FH reserved

January 11, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
January 12, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

January 13, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

January 14, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 106
6:00 PM RE Council (Youth Room)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (101/103), 2nd Tuesdays each month

January 15, Wednesday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

January 16, Thursday
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

January 17, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

January 18, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
5:30 PM Traveler's Dream Coffee House Concert!

January 19, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology: Series of 9 Classes Sundays 4-6pm (101/103)
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)

January 20, Monday
PURDUE'S Martin Luther King Day of Service
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers' Group 106
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility
for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.
Helen Keller

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility,
not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
Dalai Lama