Daily Archives: May 9, 2014

Lighted Chalice Weekly for May 9, 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.  The slate of new candidates for the Board of Trustees, Nominating and Endowment Committees, will be voted upon.  Please plan to attend as Quorum of 25% total membership is necessary to pass vote.  Candidates include:

  • President-Elect:  Bill Welge (already on Board as Trustee, so we will be backfilling his Trustee position)
  • Treasurer:  Kim Smith
  • Trustee:  Tim Martinez
  • Nominating Committee:  Beth Misner and Laura Geiger
  • Endowment Committee:  Eric Thiel

The Nominating Committee has not yet completed filling every position.  We are waiting to hear back from some people and still searching to fill other vacancies. We will continue our search and make nominations from the floor on May 18th for positions not yet filled.  Thank you.
-- Nominating Committee, Bob Rode, Lisa Pantea, Amanda Estes, Dianna Poindexter

A Memorial Service will be held for Frederick (Fritz) W. Smith, past President, Board of Trustees, in the Sanctuary at 2:00 pm Sunday, May 18. A reception will take place in the Fellowship Hall immediately after service. Fritz’s family will be arriving late the night before. The congregation has offered to provide food for the reception. We are still in need of items for the reception, including something from the following possibilities: veggies, dip, fruits, crackers, cheese, finger sandwiches, deviled eggs, luncheon meats, 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 11: Forum and Service

  • 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 “The Mother of All Stereotypes.”  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.

May 18: Forum and Service

  • FORUM, 9 AM Chris Funk and Bill Welge present “The Future of Artificial Intelligence.”
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM  Please join us May 18 as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Are You Transgendered?” As being gay and lesbian are becoming more acceptable in society, the transgender community is starting to be heard. They are telling us that gender is not binary.  Each of us is proclaimed to be male or female at birth. Yet, the truth is more complex. What is your physical gender? What is your cultural gender? What is your psychological gender?  How are your various genders related?  Worship Associate is Michael Lewis.   Pianist is Richard Maddux.  Sound is by Jason Dufair.  Fellowship Team members are Lorraine and Randy Myer.  Pulpit Preparation is by Michael Lewis.

Child and youth religious education

  • 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 (with a surprise for mamas!).  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 18th-  While high school youth and their chaperone(s) travel home from a weekend youth con (side note: has your youth turned completed registration and let Sheila know they are going yet???), 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.  (Rumor has it, there's to be a Maypole??  Better check it out...)
  • May 25th- Happy Memorial Day!  RE Break- No classes or planned activities today.
  • June 1- Flower Communion- All Ages Service, Annual Church Picnic at Happy Hollow Park afterwards.

As always, a huge thanks to everyone who helps out with R.E.- we have lots of moving parts, and it takes lots of hands!

Wedding of Julia Seese and Oscar Deutsch

Julia Hoover Seese (daughter of Carl and Beverly Seese of our congregation) and Oscar Joseph Deutsch are joining together in marriage on Saturday afternoon, May 10, 2014, at Congregation Beth Evergreen in Evergreen, Colorado.  Bev, Carl and Martin Seese are celebrating with the couple this week, along with their friends in Colorado and relatives from across the country.  Congratulations to the bride, groom, and families!

-- Carl & Beverly Seese, cnbseese@frontier.com

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. (Second week for announcement.)

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 began the week of May 5. Last season the UU Flames finished an exciting run in 4th place, winning 4 games as well as 2 in the closing tournament! (Second week for announcement.)

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.

Monday Meditation

Have you wondered what it might be like to meditate with a group?  Here's an easy way to test the waters - come and give it a try with the friendly group that gathers on Monday nights at 7 pm in room 101/103.  Monday Meditation is sponsored by the Adult Religious Exploration Council.  You'll find more information on the Monday Meditation Facebook page and also at http://www.meetup.com/west-lafayette-buddhist-study/.  Contact Janice Schuster, jrschust@gmail.com with questions.

Adding events and announcements to this newsletter

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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: Adult Religious Exploration, The Conversation Project (Part 2)

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 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 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: UUC Plant Sale (needs volunteers, please!)

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.

PLANT SALE VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP  We need volunteers on May 15,16 and 17 to make The UUC Plant Sale May 17 (9am-noon at the UUC) a successful fundraiser. There is a volunteer sign-up sheet for Thursday evening, Friday , noon-5pm and Sat. 7:30am-1pm, in the Fellowship Hall on the counter by the windows.  Also, an electronic Excel Plant Sale Volunteer sign-up sheet was sent out to the congregation. Please consider helping with this fun, community event.  Thanks!

Contact Lisa Pantea, lisapantea@gmail.com, or Beth Misner, misner13@frontier.com with questions.

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 in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. This meeting will begin at 6 pm.  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 7: UU Goodwill Clothing Drive

The Unitarian Universalist Church is holding their annual Goodwill Clothing Drive on Saturday, June 7th, from 10am to 2pm. Please bring your bags to the side door on Smiley Street. There will be helpers to assist you with your bags.

Members of the church can bring their bags to the Upper Room of the Fellowship Hall any time between June 1st through June 8th.

The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to Lafayette Urban Minestry, Carey Home for Children, the YWCA Woman’s Shelter, and Family Promise.  Thank you. 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 20: UU Service Auction! (NEW DATE)

The UU Service Auction is quickly approaching. This year we are holding our Service Auction on June 20th (NEW DATE),  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

May 2014 Daily Calendar

May 9, Friday

RE Youth Lock In Pre Rummage Sale Festivities!!!
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson

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)
7:00 PM Choir (S)
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

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

18, Sunday

Purdue Summer Session Begins
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:45 AM Spring Congregational Meeting (S)
2:00 PM Fritz Smith's Memorial Service 2pm, Reception to follow
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
6:00 PM R.A.D. (Rebuilding the American Dream) Writing Group (101/103)

19, Monday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
1:30 PM Writers' Group 101/103
5:30 PM Hold for possible Qi Gong session, 5:30-7:00 pm 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Meeting (anon FH)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation MEETS TONIGHT (101/103)!

20, Tuesday

12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

21, Wednesday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
9:00 AM Old Tippecanoe Quilting Guild
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
6:00 PM Meeting (anon.), 101/103
7:00 PM Choir (S)

"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 left,)
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 your self."

From "Songs of Myself," by Walt Whitman