Lighted Chalice Weekly for Nov 30, 2014

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

  • Sunday Forum 9 am; Sunday Service and Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 am.
  • Nursery and childcare available.
  • Read or print this bulletin as a pdf.  Some additional information is posted here, including the monthly calendar of events at the church.

Sunday November 30

FORUM 9am "The potential for solar energy in Indiana"

Terry R. Usrey presents “The Potential for Solar Energy in Indiana.” Terry earned a B.S. in Mathematics from IU in 1972 and began teaching middle and high school math and science. An M.A.T. degree in Mathematics from Purdue came in 1978, and an M.S. in Computer Science from IU came in 1983, along with a career change from public school teaching to I.T. professional. Terry worked in I.T. and I.T. management for 21 year before opting to return to the classroom in 2004, this time as a Lecturer at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Terry retired from IU/SPEA in 2011, but continues to teach part-time at SPEA. In 2008 Terry, along with Alex Jarvis of Solar Systems of Indana, founded the Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network, an all volunteer nonprofit advocacy group. The original purpose of SIREN was to promote solar technology as an important and practical renewable energy alternative for south-central Indiana. SIREN continues to pursue this goal by conducting a variety of workshops and presentations, and by consulting directly with individuals considering solar for their home or business. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

SERVICE, 10:30 AM When is enough, enough?

Worship Leader Jody Tishmack presents “When is Enough, Enough?” Americans consume more goods and resources per person than any other country. How can we learn to consume less? When our basic needs are met, living a simple life can offer more happiness than acquiring more things. Worship Associate, Dorothy Hughes. Sound, Jason Dufair. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader, Kat Braz.

Sunday, December 7

FORUM, 9 AM Sadie Harper-Scott, NAACP

Sadie Harper-Scott, District President of the NAACP, will present. More information to follow.

SERVICE, 10:30 AM: Bodhi Day

Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Bodhi Day.” This day celebrates the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is part of this season of light. Amid the hustle and bustle of a greedy world craving for consumer goods, how can we find enlightenment within?  Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Noemi Ybarra. Pulpit Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team: Andrea and Gary Burniske. Sharing of Joys and Concerns.

Child and Youth Exploration

Last Sunday, we had our first annual Giving Tree fundraiser and it was a huge success. There were games, stories, cookies, and crafts! There was face painting, drumming, and balloon making! The best part is we raised $370 to buy gifts for the LUM Christmas Jubilee. A huge thank you to everyone who helped and came out to support the event.

Next Sunday, the 9th-12th graders will be leading a spirit circle on Chalica. For more information about Chalica, visit:

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule:

  • RE Guide Schedule for November 30th: All students will begin in sanctuary and then move to rooms 101/103 for the Chalica Spirit Circle led by the youth. Guides: Lorraine, Amy, Josh, Rae, Lola (shadow)
  • RE Guide Schedule for December 7th: Lola (sub), Beth H., Yiesul, Neil, Susannah, Andrea, Rae (sub), Jason, Julie

Important Reminders:

  • We are in need of RE guides, shadows, subs, workshop teachers, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall.
  • Remember to fill out a permission slip if your 5th-8th grader is attending the shopping trip for the LUM Jubilee. I have copies in my office.
  • I am updating the website for RE. Check it out and give me your feedback.
  • Materials Needed (can be dropped off in DRE office): reindeer antlers (to fit prek/k class), baby doll to represent baby Jesus, Santa hat, cat stuffed animal, potato, small garden gnome, fake beard, bells, straw basket of fruit (can be fake fruit), straw mat, ear of corn, handmade book or gift, Unity cup
  • We are collecting donations of gifts ($30 suggested value) and stocking stuffers ($5 suggested value) for the LUM Christmas Jubilee.
  • The OWL program will be starting up in January for 7th-9th grade. Please let me know if you’d like more information.
  • The “disguise the turkey” projects are hanging in the fellowship hall above the water fountain. Check it out and feel free to add your own.
  • Please e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at

Upcoming Events:

  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30) giving tree shopping field trip
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (holiday program)

Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at

-- Nicole Rice, Director of Religious Exploration

Stewardship committee news

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Stewardship Drive a success. Many hands contributed to the Lead Donor Dinner, the Rising Member event, designing and printing pledge materials, etc. I had a fantastic committee with great ideas and dedicated energy. By mid-November, pledges were near $200,000 with another $29,000 expected. Thank you to all the church members and friends who have pledged, including several new pledgers. There are still over 30 members who have not returned their cards. Please understand how important it is for financial planning that all members return their pledge cards. Please contact me if you need a card or have any questions about pledging. Sherry Tripodi, Stewardship Chair.  (Also posted on the blog here.)

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