Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 1, 2015

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

Sunday March 1

  • FORUM, 9 AM Johanna Merritt Wu presents, “The Baha'i Faith: Its Principles and How it Addresses Problems in Today's World.” Johanna Merritt Wu, a member of the Bahá'í Faith, is an organizational psychologist specializing in leadership and team work. She is a co-author of “Marriage Can Be Forever==Preparation Counts!” She served at the Bahá’í World Center in Israel, and has also enjoyed other Bahá’í capacities, in Ireland, England, Barbados, and
    Romania. Johanna and her husband, Steven Wu, live in West Lafayette, where Steve is a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue. They have a nine year old daughter, Haley Grace. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Baha'i 19 Day Fast,” sermon description forthcoming. Worship Associate & Pulpit Preparation, Michael Lewis. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Jason Dufair. Fellowship Team Leader, Julia Colby. Joys & Sorrows will be observed.

Sunday March 8

  • FORUM, 9 AM “Spontaneous Hopeful Monster” currently includes Eric and Janice Thiel, Larry Guentert, Noemi Ybarra, Christine Mitchell Schertz, Julia Colby and Mary Finley. For five years, first as the "House Band" and later as Spontaneous Hopeful Monster, this group has been providing a modern, electric take on music for UU services. The various members of the band will speak to the meaning playing and singing music in the church has for them, why they choose the music they do, and what they feel it has to offer for the UU worship service. They will play one or two tunes, and may try to rope you into a play-along, but there will be plenty of time for questions and comments throughout.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for this multi-generational service with Worship Leaders Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and Director of Religious Exploration Nicole Rice, who present “Purim.” This Jewish festival is based on the book of Esther. It is typically celebrated with a melodramatic play. Come prepared to cheer for the heroine Esther and boo the villainous Haman. Worship Associate, Dorothy Hughes. Sound, Eric Thiel. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick, Fellowship team leaders, Alice Pawley and Stephen Hoffmann. Children begin and remain in sanctuary for the entire service.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration Weekly Notes

Last week we learned about how to reduce our carbon footprint. This week, we’ll learn about the Bahá'í religion.

Connecting Resources

  • I Am Baha’i By, Ana Sage
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type By, Doreen Cronin
  • Katz and Tush By, Patricia Polacco
  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon By, Eric Carle
  • The Cow That Went Oink By, Bernard Most
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day By, Judith Viorst
  • The Rainbow Fish By, Marcus Pfister
  • (This website has great lesson ideas, information, crafts, and activities on the Bahá'í religion.)

Connecting Questions

  • Who are some important people in the Bahá'í religion?
  • How is a “door” or “gate” used as a symbol in the Bahá'í religion?
  • Why is unity so important in any religion? What does unity mean to you?
  • Service is an important part of the Bahá'í religion. What are some ways you can serve your church and your community?

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • RE Guide Schedule for March 1st: (children begin in service)
    • Prek/k: Lorraine and Alison
    • 1st/2nd: Lola and Andrea
    • 3rd/4th: Yiesul
    • 5th: Susannah
    • 6th-8th: Sarah
    • 9th-12th: Jason and Julie
    • Shadows: Lynn and Michelle
  • RE Guide Schedule for March 8th: (all ages service on Purim- children begin and stay in service)

Important Reminders

  • Please see the RE bulletin board in the fellowship hall and for important RE information and announcements.
  • We are in great need of guides, subs, and shadows for the RE program. We only need 11 more volunteers to allow guides to only commit to one Sunday a month. Please find me at the volunteer table following service if you’re interested in volunteering or getting more information.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you…
  • Sunday, March 1st- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) Volunteer callout and RE parent informational meeting!!! Come learn more about the RE program and find out about ways to help out and volunteer in the RE classroom
  • Sunday, March 8th- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) Nursery volunteer and employee training (Please note that you must be at least eleven years old to volunteer and thirteen years old to work in the nursery.)
  • Sunday, March 22nd- (9:45-10:15) Responsive classroom as it relates to the RE classroom (strategies for community building, holding classroom meetings, social curriculum)
  • Please let me know if you have a special interest in any of the following topics: trees, gardening, and/or pollution. We will be doing monthly spirit circles and would love some experts to share information and lead the lesson.
  • I am beginning to plan RE programming for the summer. Anyone interested in teaching a workshop or helping out, please let me know.

Upcoming Events

  • March birthday celebration- March 22nd following service
  • March fundraiser- March 25th at Buffalo Wild Wings on Creasy

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