Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 21, 2014

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

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With deepest sorrow, we inform you of the death of Fritz Smith, UU Church Board of Trustees President from 2008-2009. Fritz had very recently been ill and was undergoing tests which were inconclusive. Friends took him to St. Elizabeth E.R. Sunday, March 16 where he was admitted to the hospital and taken to I.C.U. On Monday morning, March 17 test results revealed that he had metastasized cancer throughout. He passed away at 7:30 Tuesday morning, March 18, 2014. A memorial service is planned at the UU Church for Sunday, May 18, 2:00 pm.


  • FORUM, 9 AM The UU Writers’ Group will read some of their work, and leave time for questions and comments. Forum Co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “UU Service Committee.” Martha Sharp and her husband, Rev. Waitsell Sharp, went to Czechoslovakia in 1939 to rescue Jewish refugees. Their efforts led to the formation of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an agency that continues to help marginalized people around the world. Worship Associate, Bill Welge. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, tba. Fellowship Team Leaders, tba. Sound Technician, Dan Noland.


  • FORUM, 9 AM. T. Graham Morrow: A Brief History of Surveillance and Privacy Issues, and Where We Go from Here? Graham will relate some of the basic ideas underlying cryptography and privacy throughout history, and the modern challenges to individuals and organizations in preserving their own digital security. Graham is managing director of Blackwire, a startup company dedicated to providing a cryptographically secure service to compliment email.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Sherry Tripodi presents “When to Lead and When to Follow: Who’s In Charge Here Anyway?” In each of our lives there are times to lead and times to follow. Some of us love to be in charge while others are afraid to make decisions. We’ll explore the spiritual aspect of these roles and why it’s important to both lead and let yourself be led. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, tba. Fellowship Team Leaders, Noemi Ybarra for Randy & Lorraine Myer. Sound Technician, Gary Fowler.


Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday, next April 13, for Talk and Tour. This 15 minute guided walk through the building is designed to familiarize newcomers with our congregation and facilities. Participants do not need to sign up in advance—simply gather at the Newcomers’ Table outside the Fellowship Hall at 11:45. Thanks!


  • Safety Committee Reminders: Parents, there will be a tornado drill during R.E. classes March 30th. Guides will go over the procedures during class-time on March 23rd.
  • Walkie talkies: It is crucial that we use them. Teachers/Guides are asked to pick up a walkie talkie from the charging station in the office work room before class starts and please put it back on the charger when R.E. is over. We are on channel one. Safety committee members will now be conducting regular checks on Sundays.
  • Our featured UU's/workshop teachers/rotation order this month are:

Health and First Aid- Alanna Steffan-Nelson
(Notable UU: Clara Barton)
March 23rd- 3rd grade, room 112
March 30th- 4th grade, room 114

Poetry and Music- Jason Dufair
(Notable UU: Julia Ward Howe)
March 23rd- 1st-2nd grade, room 110
March 30th, 3rd grade, room 112

Community Puzzle- Elizabeth Lincourt
(Notable UU: Jane Addams)
March 23rd- 4th grade, room 114
March 30th- 1st, 2nd grade, room 110


  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style are facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique, each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held April 8, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm in 101/103. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: or information email or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!


  • PHOTO DIRECTORIES We will be printing another edition of our UUC picture directory soon, hoping for an April production date. If you would like your picture added or updated, contact Rosemary Leary at 463-4246 or We will be taking pictures at church on Sunday mornings, or you can send her a jpeg format digital picture that you would like to have us use.
  • MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES The Membership Committee is composing biographies of every church member, placed each month on the Membership bulletin board and then published in the newsletter. As new biographies are added to the membership board, old biographies will be “archived” in a scrapbook in the library. New members will be a priority for biographies so we can get to know our newest congregants quickly. Concurrent with publishing biographies of new members, we’ll also be publishing biographies of “old” members. If you have not yet completed a biography or are a new member/friend of the church, notify Joshua Prokopy, and he will contact you regarding how to contribute your information for publication in the Lighted Chalice Newsletter.


The official name of our congregation is "Unitarian Universalist Church, Inc." This is not specific enough for marketing. For marketing purposes we are trying to add a locator to our name. We want this to be unique and specific. "Greater Lafayette," which has been used in the past, is not unique because there are so many Lafayettes. "West Lafayette" is too specific, as it excludes people from outside of West Lafayette. "Tippecanoe County" may be the right balance of uniqueness and specificity. For a trial period, beginning immediately and ending in December 2014, we will be increasingly using the name "Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County" in our outreach. We will reassess at this time. We invite your comments. Please email Rev. Davis (; Alice Pawley (; and Karin Bergman ( Thank you.


Our church is a member of Family Promise, an interfaith nonprofit organization that works with churches throughout Greater Lafayette to provide food and housing to homeless families. Four weeks each year, we help our partner church, Our Savior Lutheran, which provides overnight accommodations to families in the program. Individual volunteers can help out by simply cooking a dinner and dropping it off, serving as host (at the OSLC) for a few hours in the evening, or even by staying overnight. The UU team is very dedicated but would welcome new volunteers, since spreading the work makes things easier for everyone. We will be having an informational session for about 20 minutes after service on March 30. You can come and find out more about the program to decide if it is something you would like to be involved with. Or, if you would like more information you can contact one of the UU Family Promise coordinators, Mike Tripodi ( or Gabriela Weaver (


  • 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, May 8 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: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.
  • WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION .The UU Church at all times has a bin located in the Fellowship Hall to collect items for the local Women’s Shelter . Please consider donating new underwear for women and children (all sizes), shirts for women (all sizes), pens, hand sanitizer, small pocket memo pads. Thank you.


Several Lafayette area musicians are gathering together Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm, to pay tribute to legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who passed away at the age of 94 on January 27, 2014. The concert will be held in the UU Church sanctuary. Doors open at 7:00 pm. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit the Wabash Riverkeeper non-profit organization. For further information contact Denise Wilson,


Mark the calendar for Saturday, May 10—the UU Rummage Sale will be held in the Fellowship Hall that Saturday, so start planning to bring in your well-loved but no longer needed items. This year the UU Youth will be coordinating the sale as a fund raiser for their planned trip to Cedar Point! Help sponsor their activity, and bring your “nearly new” and other previously treasured items to the UU Sale! More information to follow regarding drop off locations, times, dates…


Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning our homes top to bottom. As Unitarian Universalists, this ritual also means sharing our abundance with those in need. As you sort through your closets and drawers this spring, put your gently used garments aside for the UU Goodwill Clothing Drive, held this year from JUNE 1ST to JUNE 8TH. The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to LUM, Carey Home for Children, the YWCA Woman's Shelter, and Family Promise. For more information contact Susanne McConville, 765-477-0344 or


The UUC Plant Sale will be Sat., May 17th from 9am-noon, in the front yard of the UUC. We will have vegetables, herbs and flowers. This is a total church effort that relies on church members donating plants from their gardens, or seeds that have been started indoors. Please begin planning for your donations, so we have a successful fundraiser. Please pass the word to friends and family. Plants are to be dropped off the week before the sale. Pots will be available in the playground area. More details to follow as we get closer to the date. We will need volunteers the day of the sale and a few days before to help sort and price plants.   Contact Lisa Pantea with questions.

March 2014 Calendar

March 21, Friday
Purdue Spring Break
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

22. Saturday
Purdue Spring Break Ends, March 22
8:00 AM Zen M

23, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

24, Monday
Purdue Spring Semester Resumes
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

25, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

26, 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)

27, Thursday
5:30 PM A-REC
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)

28, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson

29, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:00 PM IRN (Inter-Religious Network) Conversation Circle of the Abrahamic Faith Traditions: All Church Invitation, 101/103. Double Click for More Information.

30, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

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

April 1, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:00 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

2, 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)

3, Thursday
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM PFLAG meets at PRIDE Now on First Thursdays
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

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

5, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
~Anne Frank, “Diary of Anne Frank”

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character.
These are the qualities that define us as human beings,
and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
~R.J. Palacio, “Wonder”

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful,
to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy."
~Rabindranath Tagore