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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

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,, 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.

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.


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

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

Strengthening Community Through Stewardship and Service

Please plan to attend the Interest Fair on Sunday, September 10 after service in Fellowship Hall to learn more about how you can enjoy the fellowship of others as you share your time and talent to nurture and support this congregation.

What is stewardship? Merriam – Webster offers the definition: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. This congregation has been entrusted with UUCTC’s legacy. Supporting the foundation laid by our predecessors includes financially supporting the church; it also includes sharing your time and talent to contribute to the vitality of this beloved community.

How many staff and volunteers do you speculate it takes to cover Sunday morning activities at church, five, ten, fifteen, twenty . . .?

Let’s take a look:
• Forum (2)
• RE classes/nursery coverage; two staff and ten volunteers (12)
• Fellowship Team to cover the welcome table and coffee hour/potluck Sundays. There are about 20 people on each team. We all have busy lives so each leader has to hope that enough people on the team are available on the assigned Sunday. (~10)
• Worship, two staff (minister and pianist), worship associate, sound tech, two greeters (6)
• Collection counting (2)
That is about 30 people, just for Sunday morning!

There are numerous moving parts that compose UUCTC. Administering the church and all its moving parts is comprised of elected offices, committees, interest groups, fundraisers and activities that support and nourish this church and its congregants. Whatever gifts and talents you have, they are welcome here! As Program Council chair I can assure you we welcome new faces and new ideas.

Sherry Tripodi, currently chair of the nominating committee and the November Talent Show, also on the Sunday greeter team, has: served on the board, chaired the stewardship campaign, led a fellowship team and been involved in numerous other ways. She describes her UUCTC volunteer experience, "I started volunteering at the church right after we joined. This was the easiest way for me to get to know people. Serving on committees and organizing events has helped me to stay involved and committed to the church and to create relationships with other members."

Fall Goodwill Clothing Drive

Ready to clean out your closet? UUCTC's Fall Goodwill Clothing Drive will be held on November 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All of the clothing collected will be turned into vouchers for purchasing items from Goodwill. All vouchers are donated to Lafayette Urban Ministries. Be sure to use the white 13-gall kitchen bags or similar size. No shoes, belts, or household goods. Early donations can be left in the Upper Room of the Fellowship Hall. Thanks.

Questions: Susanne McConville,
Social Justice Committee:

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon: Roasted Corn booth run by UUCTC

The sign up sheets are on the Membership bulletin board in the hallway outside the Narthex, please sign up! If you work one 4 hour shift you get a weekend pass (Feast Button) but we would appreciate more than one shift. This is a wonderful fundraiser and a chance to really get involved with the Feast. Come in your own period costume or borrow one of ours.

If you are interested in Coordinating the booth or being a cashier please see Jada Haughey or contact her at or 765-430-3214.

The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017. We will also need setup help on September 28th and 29th.

For more information about the Feast of the Hunters' Moon, visit their website.

UUC Service Auction – Save the Date!

gavel  It's not too early to start thinking about the annual service auction, to be held on February 25th, 2017. This always exciting event will include a delicious dinner, live auction, silent auction, and raffle. Also, for those unable to attend or wanting to start the bidding early, we will be making many of our auction items available for online bidding in the weeks prior to the live auction date.
Please help make this event a success by planning to attend. Better yet, consider making a donation for the auction using the attached form or online link. Not sure what you could offer as a donation? Host a party, provide childcare services, guide a canoe trip, lead a nature hike, be a dog walker, host a craft beer brewing workshop, make your ski chalet available for a weekend. Be creative!