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Volunteers Needed for UUCTC booth at OUTfest

Outfest LogoOUTfest is the annual Tippecanoe County Pride celebration in Indiana and is a time for building community, education, and celebrating diversity. It will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 4pm to Midnight.

We need volunteers to staff UU Church's booth at the fest starting at 3pm. Please contact Jack Reynolds to volunteer. Text 765.421.2054 (or call after 2 pm) or reach out via Facebook Messenger. For more on OUTfest, visit http://outfest.pridelafayette.org/

Family Promise Volunteer Training

Logo of Family Promise of Greater Lafayette, IncLooking for a great way to give back to families here in Tippecanoe County? UUCTC will continue to partner with the Family Promise shelter program as it moves its new home at 2010 Elmwood Street in Lafayette. We will still share weeks with Our Savior Lutheran Church, but we will all be working at the new Lafayette location.

We will provide freshly cooked meals and companionship to families who are staying at the new shelter while awaiting more permanent housing.

In order to prepare for the switch, and get everyone on board, Family Promise is asking interested volunteers to participate in a 30 to 45 minute training session this August. We are currently awaiting the announcement of dates and times. Sessions in July that were originally listed on this post have been postponed.

Please contact Jenny Moss, jennymoss207@gmail.com, to let her know that you are interested in helping with Family Promise this year and she will keep you informed as we learn about the schedule for training sessions. On our scheduled weeks, we are looking for volunteers to cook meals for as many as 30 people Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,;visit with families in the evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and to monitor the center Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Our scheduled weeks this fall are September 23rd to the 30th and November 25th to December 2nd.

Make your pledge contribution online!

As you plan your summer out, remember that pledge contributions can always be made online through our website. You can make a pledge with your credit card, or with your bank information gathered from a check, and you can also pitch in to cover the cost of the transaction if you want. To get started, visit our donations page. Reach out to Alice at communications@uuctc.org if you have difficulty or questions. Thanks for your financial support of the church!

Volunteer Coordinator Needed for Family Promise

Logo of Family Promise of Greater Lafayette, Inc

Update: This position has been filled. Thanks to Jenny Moss for stepping up!

Family Promise of Greater Lafayette coordinates with local congregations to provide food, shelter, companionship, and resources for area families experiencing homelessness. UUCTC contributes to this community effort by coordinating volunteers to provide meals and spend time with families for just four weeks out of the year. We are currently seeking a new coordinator, and need to have one in place before July first. To learn more about Family Promise, visit their website.

 

Social Justice Committee May 2018 report

Social Justice is a crucial part of the UUCTC mission and what we value. Every other month the Social Justice Committee reports on recent and upcoming activities. This is the report for May 2018.
The Social Justice Committee’s approach is three-fold.
• Financial assistance to programs and agencies in the community engage in social justice work
• Educating the congregation about social justice issues
• Taking action on issues that are consistent with our UU principles
Financial Assistance:
Change for Change Program: Every Sunday offering of loose change goes to a chosen recipient. These recipients are local organizations that are doing work consistent with the mission of social justice. Anything other than change, such as a check or dollar bills, can be put in an envelope marked “Change for Change”. Every year we chose a theme. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Our Community”. During March and April, Change for Change money went to the Strengthening Ourselves campaign. This campaign was in response to the vandalism done to the church earlier this year. We recognized the need for a better security system. The campaign raised a total of $319. Thank you to those who donated. We had a person generously agree to match whatever was given so now we have $638 to go toward a new security system. During May and June, Change for Change money will go toward Habitat for Humanity.
The Social Justice Committee also regularly supports organizations such as Lafayette Urban Minstries (LUM). LUM has a number of programs that promote social justice. Our support is as follows:
After school program - $100; food pantry - $300; General fund - $600; Homeless shelter - $100; Jubilee - $1000.
Educational Efforts:
The Social Justice Committee hosts documentaries related to social justice issues. On April 22, we showed “Saving Capitalism” which talked about issues related to economic inequities. Stay tuned for our upcoming events.
In the coming months, other members of our committee will share other activities and programs in which we are involved. We meet the second Thursday every other month at 7 PM and we would love to have more come. Hope you consider joining us.

We need your input on our congregation’s needs and strengths!

Dear Members and Friends of UUCTC:

The Interim Task Force values your input. In addition to the recent Visioning weekend and Town Hall meeting, you now have another opportunity to share your views on Congregational Needs and Strengths.

You may answer the 5 questions online at http://bit.ly/UUCTC2018_needs

Hard copies of the survey will also be available on the desk by the office, and in the Narthex. A box will be provided in each area, beginning Sunday March 25th, for the collection of completed surveys. Deadline for completion is April 8th, 2018, but we appreciate quick responses greatly.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the Interim Transition process. The questions are as follows:

  • What are the strengths of this congregation? (List up to 5)
  • What are the areas of focus needed for this next ministry [the Interim Ministry of up to 2 years, not the called ministry that follows]—what needs attention, where is there conflict, what are the challenges? (List up to 5)
  • Desired strengths of your next minister. (List up to 5)
  • Current areas of momentum to be maintained. (List up to 5)
  • What current traditions or programs do you wish to maintain (List up to 5)

Thank you,

Kim Harden, Jean Herr, & Janice Kritchevsky

Goodwill Clothing Drive

Our spring clothing drive will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 10am to 2pm. We will be collecting used clothing which we donate to Goodwill Industries in return for cash vouchers which are then donated to LUM or other service organizations. Please use13 gallon plastic bags, or an equivalent size for ease of handling. No shoes, belts, or household items, please. Early donations can be left in the upper room of the Fellowship Hall.

You can now make donations to the church online!

We are pleased to announce that you can now make your offerings to the church online, using a credit card or setting up an automatic withdrawal from your checking account. You can make one time donations, or set up a recurring schedule. This program offers convenience to you and donation consistency for our congregation. You can start by going to our website, uuctc.org and clicking the "Donate" button. Send questions to Alice Pawley (communications@uuctc.org). Thank you for your continued support of our church!