Daily Archives: May 2, 2014

Lighted Chalice Weekly for May 2, 2014


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

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May 18: Congregational meeting, memorial service for Fritz Smith

Please join us in the sanctuary immediately following service on Sunday, May 18 for the Spring Congregational Meeting. Quorum of 25% total membership is necessary to pass vote. The Congregational Meeting will be followed at 2:00 pm by a Memorial Service in the sanctuary for Frederick (Fritz) W. Smith, past President, Board of Trustees.  A reception will take place in the fellowship hall immediately after the service.   Fritz’s family will be arriving from the east coast late the night before.  The congregation has offered to provide food for the reception.  We are hoping people will be able to bring something from the following possibilities:  veggies, dip, fruits, crackers, cheese, finger sandwiches, deviled eggs, hummus, assorted nuts, peppermints, cookies, desserts.  If you are able to bring something, please send an e-mail to Karin in the office, uuc@uulafayette.org.  Thank you.

May 4: Service and Forum

  • FORUM, 9 AM Denise Laussade presents Tour the Town. CityBus runs the Tour the Town on city buses from May to October, coincident with the Farmer’s Market. The tour starts at the corner of 5th and Main, crosses over to West Lafayette through a portion of Purdue, comes back through the Levee and then into Lafayette back to Main Street. The guided tour is narrated by volunteers, most of whom do not work for CityBus but enjoy the history and culture of our community. Whether you have lived in the community for a short or long time, the stories of the AAEA’s founding and development will entertain – and maybe surprise – you! Come test yourself on just how much you know about the area we call “home.”
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM We have an exciting celebration planned for this Sunday! Please join us for our Religious Exploration Sunday service with DRE Sheila Garrett, Worship Associate, Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and our Youth Advisors with presentations and performances by our Religious Exploration students. We honor our graduating seniors Andrew Brainard, Jill Cornell, Bobby Dunning, John Duvall, Elena Escudero, Brian French, Keegan Helms, Ariel Laukins, Nathaniel North & Jack Reynolds with the bridging ceremony. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Kat Braz. Fellowship Team Leaders, Barny Dunning, Beth Misner, Mark VanMeeter. Sound Technician, Mary Finley.Please plan on coming to church early this week at 9:30 am, so that we can get one last practice in and test our sound system with the kids prior to the service. Preschool-4th grade should report to the sanctuary so kids can practice on stage. Fifth grade-High School youth should start out in their classrooms (and may move to the stage a little later). Seniors- if you haven't done so already, please let Sheila know if your will be participating in the Senior Bridging Ceremony. (dresheila@gmail.com) Donations requested. We would like to have some fresh fruit and bagels available for the kids between practice and the service this Sunday. Please let Sheila know if you can help out. See you Sunday!

May 11: Service and Forum

  • FORUM, 9 AM Members of UU Church Youth Group Youth Group and Their Activities. The youth group will have an overnight lock-in at the church the night before their forum during which they will plan their forum
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM  Please join us for our Mother’s Day service as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents What Type of Mother Are You?  Parents need to be breadwinners, caregivers, comforters and protectors. Some of these roles are culturally assigned to women or men. But the lines between fathering and mothering are breaking down.  Please join us for TALK & TOUR immediately after service. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sound Technician, Carl Seese. Sanctuary Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader, Andrea and Gary Burniske.

Child and youth religious education

Thanks to everyone who attended the parent meetings last Sunday!  We  had a good turnout, great questions were asked, and the R.E. council gathered some valuable feedback and information to use in future planning. One small point of clarification: There was some discussion in the morning meeting on how difficult planning for summer can be given the unpredictability of kid attendance and the availability of our adult volunteers.  The decision was made to, at a minimum, make sure there is child supervision, and Beth Hoffmann followed up with sending out a volunteer sign up sheet to people on the "families with kids" group list  (please contact Beth to get on this list for this and future announcements of social and other events pertaining to UUC families (elizabethhoffmann1@mac.com). We do need volunteers to sign up to help on Sundays!   However, Rae Schnapp has been working on developing summer gardening activities as part of an all church multi-generational project this summer, and "most Sundays" will have an "in the garden with Rae" activity for kids and the adult R.E. volunteers to help with on Sunday morning during our usual R.E. time.  Please check the announcements in the order of service for further info on what to look for in coming weeks:

  • May 11th—Happy Mama’s Day! The kids will begin in the sanctuary for  time for all ages, led by Gail Davis (story) and Beth Misner (something extra special).  Afterwards, Rae Schnapp will be leading a special R.E. day with everyone, preschool-8th grade, meeting together in the fellowship hall for an intro to the summer gardening project and to cook up something delicious using fresh ingredients.
  • May 18thWhile high school youth and their chaperone(s) travel home from a weekend youth con, Beth Hoffmann is coordinating the R.E. activities for todayKids start in the sanctuary for a time for all ages story to be read by Josh Prokopy, and then retire to the fellowship hall for further instruction from Beth.
  • May 25th—Happy Memorial Day!  RE Break—No class
  • June 1- Flower Communion—All Ages Service, Annual Church Picnic at Happy Hollow Park afterwards

Purdue University International Programs

The International Programs Office at Purdue University is recruiting host families to extend a welcome to our new guests. These families would not be expected to house new students, rather just to meet informally and welcome the new international students coming from over 120 countries. Some host families have invited new students for a lunch or dinner, while others have arranged a time to show the new students around the campus and community. We offer convenient times for training of new host families or to just discuss this topic of being a good host. For more information about the International Friendship Program, please contact David Ayers, Ph.D., Associate Dean of International Programs. Purdue University, Young Hall Room 120, 155 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114. Phone: 765-494-8463, Fax 765-494-2546, Email: davidayers@purdue.edu.

Change for Change recipients

CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” The May/June C4Crecipient is Home with Hope. The Home With Hope is the only facility of its kind in the Lafayette area that provides a continuum of care, often following primary treatment or detox for alcoholism and other drug addictions, for men and women age 18 and older. “We help our clients learn how to live their lives as acceptable members of their communities, free from addiction and substance abuse, by providing an environment conducive to recovery.  We provide strict monitoring and structure, case management, random drug and alcohol screening, and the opportunity to seek employment and work in the community.  Further, we require daily 12-step meeting attendance, acquiring a 12-step sponsor and ‘home group’ within their first 30 days of residency, as well as daily accountability.”

Join the UU Softball Team!

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it's time to start thinking about softball!  If you are interested in joining the UU Flames co-ed softball team, please contact Mark VanMeeter (765-448-9807 or mvanmeeter@comcast.net). The League play will begin on May 5th. Last season the UU Flames finished an exciting run in 4th place, winning 4 games as well as 2 in the closing tournament!


May 3: Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert

The Lafayette Chamber Singers Flowers of Joy, Spring Concert is this Saturday, May 3rd,  8PM at the UUC. Please come if you can—it’s always fun to see a familiar face in the crowd. The music is quite fun and varied, from many parts of the world. Come celebrate spring with us!  We are doing the entire series of Love Songs for Springtime by Paul Halley.  Tickets are $12 for seniors, $15 adults.  Lisa Pantea.

May 4: All Church Spring Cleaning Work Day

This Sunday after potluck has been designated as a work day.  This collaboration will help make our church more beautiful, enduring, energy efficient, sustainable and functional.  It will also help us look our best for upcoming events like the rummage sale and plant sale.  It is Potluck Sunday so wear/bring some old clothes, grab some lunch and plan to stay a few hours to help.  We have jobs for all ages and skill levels, indoors and outdoors (depending on the weather).  If you have tools that might be useful, please bring them.  If your fellowship team would like to take on certain tasks, please let us know.  Contact raesschnapp@gmail.com or at 765-714-4829. Some tasks we hope to complete include:

  • Roto-till a small plot for kids' pizza garden for summer RE (Tom Mc.)
  • Install Rain Barrels (Joe H.)
  • Build benches for the playground area.  (Michael L., Bill W.)
  • Painting fence and other things (need volunteers)
  • Pull weeds, Transplant, Spread Mulch  (Rae S.)
  • Remove broken limb from birch tree (need volunteers)
  • Create Compost Bin (need volunteers)
  • Caulk windows (need volunteers)
  • Scrape flaking paint from exterior windows (need volunteers)
  • Install AC cover (need volunteers)
  • Pull Garlic Mustard (need volunteers)
  • Install exterior lights (need volunteers)

May 4: Exploring Membership: Participating at UUC, Tippecanoe County.

UU Membership Classes now meet each first Sunday on a rotating basis after service, presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee. Sessions will be held in Rm. 101/103; please select your meal from the potluck and bring your food to the class.  Child care will be available if requested one week in advance. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sallie Cooke, Membership Chairperson (sallie@frontier.com) one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for child care. Learn more about the history of our UU church and what it means to be a member. This course is intended for visitors who are interested in learning more about membership.

May 7: UU Flames softball game, 7 pm, Blessed Sacrament fields.

May 8 or 15: Adult Religious Exploration, The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project: Making Our Wishes Known - Give a Gift to Your Loved Ones!

What would you want if all of the sudden you were taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital? Does your family know? Does anyone know? If you were headed into major surgery and someone would need to “speak” for you afterward even for part of a day...or longer...would s/he know what to say?

There are a million reasons to avoid having the conversation.  “I’m not sick!” “I’m too young to think about things like this.” “I’m living to 100!” or, “I just don’t know how to get the conversation started...it’s uncomfortable.” We can help with this last one! Join us for

The Conversation Project

  • Part I  May 8th  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Part II May 15th 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Limited to 30 participants, so register by calling Karin Bergman at 765-743-8812 or email her at uuc@uulafayette.org.

We’ll have documents to lead the process, a facilitator from A-REC to manage the time, a couple of short videos, personal stories, activities to help identify our wishes and time to share (if we wish) our thoughts, ideas and questions.

The Conversation Project was started by Ellen Goodman (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist) and colleagues after experiencing the confusion, pain and grief of trying to help a family member or friend during a critical time....not knowing what the person really wanted.   They vowed to let someone know their wishes so the same thing wouldn’t happen to others they loved. In doing so they decided to share what they learned and tools for having much needed conversation. They (and we) believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table (or on a walk, or wherever) with the people we love, before it’s too late. Hope you join us on May 8th and 15th. Suzan Windnagel. Sponsored and facilitated by UUC’s Adult Religious Exploration Council.

May 8: Social Justice Committee meeting.

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, jmarshal900@yahoo.com, &Tom McConville, tmcconville1200@comcast.net.

May 8: Leadership Lafayette Volunteer Expo

FREE community event Presented by Bison Financial. Hosted by YWCA Greater Lafayette. Engage with Greater Lafayette nonprofit organizations to give back and make a difference in our community. Expo is May 8, from 4- 6 pm at YWCA, 605 N. 6th Street, Lafayette.  Kitty Campbell, Executive Director, Connect@LeadershipLafayette.org.  Find us on Facebook.

May 10: Rummage sale!

Drop off your donations May 4 following service or from 5:30–8:30 p.m. on May 6, 7, & 8. Acceptable items: gently used baby and toddler clothes, toys, books, power tools, sporting equipment, bicycles, electronics, jewelry, furniture, household items, and unused beauty products. If you have more valuable items or larger items/furniture to donate, please make arrangements with Kat Braz before dropping them off at the church. Help is needed for set-up from 5:30–8:30 p.m. May 6, 7, 8, and clean-up from 4–6 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Contact Kat Braz at kat@purdue.edu or 765-532-9678 with questions.

May 11: Talk and Tour

Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on May 11. 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!

May 12: UU Flames Softball game, 6pm Arni Cohen South Field #1

May 13: A-REC: Drumming Sessions

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 May 13, 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: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!

May 15: Veggie Drop Call-out and Potluck Dinner

Veggie Drop is creating new community gardens in low income communities.  Steve and Jenny Moss are participating and invite more UU's to join.  A potluck dinner and a discussion about food insecurity in our community and what you can do about it, will be held Thursday, May 15 at the Federated Church, 2400 Sycamore Lane, West Lafayette, 6 p.m.  Share in fellowship as we discuss the work Veggie Drop is doing in 2014.  Contact Molly Birt, theveggiedrop@gmail.com or see website facebook.com/veggiedrop.

May 15: Membership Committee Meeting

The UU Membership Committee meets every third Thursday of the month, next May 15 at 6:00 PM in Room 106. If you have questions, please contact Sallie Cooke, salliec@frontier.com.

May 17: The UUC Plant Sale

The UUC Plant Sale will be Saturday, May 17 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, lisapantea@gmail.com, or Beth Misner, misner13@frontier.com.

May 18: Congregational meeting

Please join us in the sanctuary immediately following service on Sunday, May 18 for the Spring Congregational Meeting. Quorum of 25% total membership is necessary to pass vote.

May 19: UU Flames softball game 7pm Blessed Sacrament Fields

May 20: Board Meeting

Board Meetings take place each third Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns.

May 27: UU Flames softball game, 6:30, Blessed Sacrament fields

June 1: Flower Communion, New Member Recognition

Reverend Charlie Davis will introduce and welcome the newest members of our church during the 1 June 2014 Sunday morning service which begins promptly at 10:30 am. The UU Picnic will take place in lieu of the potluck immediately after service that day.

June 1: UU Church Picnic

Come join us immediately following service on Sunday, June 1 at the Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1 for the annual all church picnic (in lieu of the potluck regularly scheduled for first Sundays). Bring dish to pass , we will supply drinks and hot dogs, cutlery, plates. Bring friends, family, dogs, Frisbees, balls, bats, croquet, whatever to help us have fun! Fellowship group that Sunday will be asked to help at the picnic. The picnic will disperse at 3pm. For further information contact Lisa Pantea, event coordinator, at Lisapantea@gmail.com. Thanks—hope to see you there!

 June 1-June 8: UU Goodwill Clothing Drive

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 1 to JUNE 8. 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 mcconville1200@comcast.net.

June 2: UU Flames softball game, 6:00, Arni Cohen Fields South #1

June 11: UU Flames softball game, 7:00, Blessed Sacrament fields

June 18: UU Flames softball game, 7:00, Blessed Sacrament fields

June 21: UU Service Auction!

The UU Service Auction is quickly approaching. This year we are holding our Service Auction on the Summer Solstice, June 21st,  6:00 pm-10:00pm. Tickets are $10 per person and will include dinner. Child care will be provided. Service Auction donation forms, which will soon be available, can be submitted to Julie Rubsam. Donation items need to be dropped off to the “Upper Room” of the Fellowship Hall by June 13th to be included in event program. Contact: Julie Rubsam, 765-412-2967, julie@rubsam.net

June 25: UU Flames softball game, 7:20, Arni Cohen Fields South #1

July 2: UU Flames softball game, 7:20, Blessed Sacrament fields

Adding events and announcements to this newsletter

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 May 2014 Daily Calendar

May 1, 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

2, Friday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:00 PM Wedding Rehearsal
6:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

3, Saturday

8:00 AM Zen M
2:00 PM Emily Grey WEDDING
6:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal
8:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert (S);l Rehearsal at 1pm, concert at 3, reception in Fellowship Hall and Kitchen

4, Sunday


9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship: RE SUNDAYChild Dedication Rose Ceremony for Meenakshi Chawla during worship
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Exploring Membership: Participating at UUC, West Lafayette (104)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

5, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson (101/103)
1:30 PM Writers' Group 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)!

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

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

8, Thursday
10:00 AM "The Conversation Project" (101/103)
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM "The Conversation Project" (101/103)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (104)

9, Friday

RE Youth Lock In Pre Rummage Sale Festivities!!!
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson (101/103)

10, Saturday

Purdue Spring Semester Ends

8:00 AM Zen M
7:00 PM Black Stallion DVD (101/103) Unwind with Family Movie & Popcorn OPEN TO ALL

11, 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)

12, Monday

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

13, Tuesday

1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 102
6:00 PM RE Council (Youth Room)
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (Fellowship Hall: Note Date Change! One week earlier than usual)
6:30 PM Finance Committee (104)
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

14, 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)
9:00 PM Old Tippecanoe Quilting Guild

15, Thursday

Purdue Spring Commencement
10:00 AM "The Conversation Project" (101/103)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM "The Conversation Project" (101/103)
6:30 PM IVOW Dream Study Group (102)
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

16, Friday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Black Stallion DVD (101/103) Movie & Popcorn OPEN TO ALL

17, Saturday

Purdue Spring Commencement
8:00 AM Zen M

“Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun (there are millions of suns lef)t,
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand,

nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.”
~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass: The First (1855) Edition

"Let yourself and not your words preach for you."
~Henri Frederic Amiel

"There are so many dawns that have not yet spread their glow."
~Rig Veda

"The blossoms of today draw strength from
the roots of a thousand years ago."
(Anon., Japanese)