Meridian Update for November 4 2012

The Meridian Bulletin for Monday, November 5, 2012
Unitarian Universalist Church,West Lafayette, Indiana 

PDF is here.

Office Hours:

  • The Reverend Daniel Charles Davis, Minister: Sunday Service; Tuesday-Friday, 9am-1pm.
  • Sheila Garrett, Director of Religious Exploration:Sunday Service; Monday by appointment, Tuesday 1-5, Wednesday 1-4.
  • Karin Bergman, Office Administrator: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; lunch hours variable.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT BUILDING SECURITY:  Please be sure to lock all doors, and turn out all lights when you leave the building.  We have had several instances of doors being left open and lights being left on the past several weeks.  The neighborhood has also experienced an increase in crime since this past summer.  Thank you.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FORUM  Sunday, November  11, Trish Maxwell, Director of the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy, will discuss “LARA.” LARA’s vision statement, Skills for Tomorrow Delivered Today, reflects the program’s emphasis on advanced skill development. In addition to many awards and recognitions, LARA received twice the prestigious United States Department of Education Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Adult Education and Literacy Program, once in 1988 and again in 1999. Administrators, teachers, and volunteers have been recognized locally, state-wide, and nationally for their outstanding contributions to adult education. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE  Please join us on Sunday, November 11 as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Discovering Our Responsibility: Remembering What is Owed to Native Americans.” Pianist & Choir Director: Shellie Johnson. Sanctuary Prep: Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound:  Mike Marsh. Greeters, Coffee, Sextant Procedures:  Mike and Sherry Tripodi Team:  Mark Cushman and Kathy Coder, John and Mary Finley, Laura Geiger and Mike Reed, Jennifer Higginbottom and Hunt Wiley, Edwin Layer and Virginia Smith, Tim Martinez, Michelle Miller, George and Sara Reichler, Rachel Smith, Yiseul Suh.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION  Today is an Intergenerational Service.  Nursery will be held as usual.  Fellowship teams will offer child care during coffee time until noon.  It is important for parents taking advantage of this service to introduce themselves and sign their children in and sign out, so the volunteers know who they are responsible for.  On nice days, the group will be outside on the playground.  On days when the weather is too hot, cold, or otherwise inhospitable, the group will meet upstairs in the loft near the fellowship hall.  Parents, please take your children to the restroom, etc  prior to signing them in.

PROGRAM COUNCIL  meets each first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., next on November 6 in 101/103. All committee chairs are encouraged to attend as are leaders of upcoming church sponsored events. In accordance with UUC by-laws, individuals planning church-sponsored events or new programs need to attend to present your plans to the council for discussion. Send agenda items at least one week in to Program Council Facilitator, Suzan Windnagel, .

UU AUTUMN COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT–GYPSY JAZZ!  Mark your calendar for a night of great entertainment, refreshments, and fellowship.  On Friday, November 9 at 7:30 we will feature the talented gypsy jazz/swing quartet BLEU DJANGO in Fellowship Hall.  The band’s instrumentation is comprised of violin, guitars, and bass.  UU member Hunt Wiley is the violinist with this group and describes the music as “exhilaratingly up-tempo, passionate, and steeped in the jazz traditions that were created in Paris, France by the Quintette du Hot Club de France during the 1930’s.”  The concert is sponsored by the Special Events Committee.  A freewill donation will be collected.  For more information, contact Denise Wilson at

HEALING SERVICE THIS THURSDAY AT 7PM  This fall, a new service has been offered at the Unitarian Universalist church, initially for a 3-month period.  The next and last of these three introductory sessions will  meet this Thursday November 8 at 7pm inthe sanctuary, with Joleen Schwier-Walker, facilitator, and other practitioners. Joleen and Suzanne McConville presented a Forum on Healing recently.  Science has come to understand that the human organism is not just a physical structure made of molecules; but is composed of energy fields vibrating, refreshing and exchanging information within and around the body.  The biofield is an energy picture of the physical body. It is alive with information to regulate all our biological functions, and can be adjusted to allow the body to heal itself.

UU MEMBERSHIP CLASSES FOR 2012 resume this fall on a rotating basis immediately after service, presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee.  Sessions will be held in 101/103; child care and lunch will be available at all classes.  Please RSVP if possible to so we know approximately how much food to prepare:

  • UU HISTORY  Next meeting tba.  This class will cover topics such as: How did this denomination get where it is today and how did Unitarian Christianity and Universalist Christianity evolve into the free religion we have today?  By reviewing some of the controversies of the past we see how they shape our present.  Intended for everyone new and old to UU congregations.
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH  November 11.  What gifts have you kept from your religious heritage? What have you discarded? How do you wish to improve yourself and the world?  Come explore and share your stories with others. By speaking our truth and listening to others, we can deepen the meaning of community.  Intended for everyone.
  • PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE  December 9. Learn more about the history of our UU church and what it means to be a member. This course is intended for visitors who are interested in learning more about membership.

FIBER ARTS HAS RESUMED! Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday, next on November 11 after church for Fiberarts in the Conference Room, 101/103.  Bring the fiber of your choice—quilting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, lacework, tatting, quillwork, basketry…and enjoy the fellowship of friends being creative together!  Please contact Amanda Estes,, or Rachel Smith,, for further information.  The next session meets Sunday, November 11 at noon.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE  The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities.  Our next meeting is Thursday, November 8, 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Rm. 101/103 at the church. We would be delighted to have you join us.  If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact  co-chairs Tom McConville, or Joan Marshall,

CHANGE FOR CHANGE  The theme for Change for Change in 2012 is “Justice, Fairness and Equality ” — all the loose coins in the Sunday offering will go to organizations striving to address social justice issues in these areas

The C4C recipient for November/December is “LARA,” the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (please see Forum speaker for November 11).

LUM JUBILEE CHRISTMAS will be held at our Unitarian Universalist church this year on Saturday, December 8.  Lafayette Urban Ministry has sponsored this holiday event for 30 years through area church host sites, helping financially challenged Lafayette area parents make their children’s Christmas special.  Each host church provides a selection of new gifts for varying ages of children and youth.  A ham is also provided for each family, along with food certificates and a gift certificate for each teenager.  Collection of gifts will begin in November, in Room 212.  More information will soon follow—thank you!

LIGHTED CHALICE NEWSLETTER.  December issue deadline Thursday, November 15.

MEETING ROOM SCHEDULING  Meeting Room Scheduling (including Fellowship Hall, Sanctuary & Classrooms) – to schedule any meeting or event at UUC please contact Office Administrator Karin Bergman at or call 765-743-8812.  She will review the calendar for availability plus provide information on any additional approval requirements that may be necessary.

ROOM OR BUILDING RENTAL  All or parts of our building can be rented by members (for private events), non-members and organizations.  Examples include non-member weddings, community activities, fundraisers, etc.  We have a building use policy and fee schedule that is available from Karin Bergman at or call 765-743-8812.  The approval process is coordinated by Mark VanMeeter, President-Elect, Board of Trustees.

 November Calendar

Sunday, November 4


LUM Christmas Jubilee Collection All Month (212)
Magazine Exchange (Library)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Intergen. Worship Stone Soup Service
Guest At Your Table boxes distributed
11:45 AM POTLUCK following service
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

5, Monday
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

6, Tuesday
5:30 PM Program Council (101/103)

7, Wednesday
LUM Christmas Jubilee Collection (212)
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

8, Thursday
4:00 PM “Spanish Singers and Stories” Preschool & Early Grade school (Nursery)
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
7:00 PM Healing Service (S-Joleen Schwier-Walker, Facilitator)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (101/103)

9. Friday
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)
7:30 PM UU Autumn Coffeehouse Concert–GYPSY JAZZ with Hunt Wiley and Bleu D’Jango (FH)!!!

10, Saturday
Private Family Event (FH)
PURDUE at Iowa Hawkeyes Time TBA
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Herb Group

11, Sunday
Veterans Day
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM Membership Classes: Discovering Your Spiritual Path (106)
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)
3:00 PM Circle of Friends Art Show (Fellowship Hall; set up 1:00, done by 6pm)

12, Monday
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

13, Tuesday
5:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)
6:00 PM Child & Youth Religious Exploration Council (Standing, 2nd Tuesday; Youth Room)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

14, Wednesday
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
9:30 AM Old Tippecanoe Charity Quilting FH
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

15, Thursday
Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH)
5:30 PM Personnel Committee (106)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

16, Friday
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

17, Saturday
Fellowship Hall Reserved for Private Group Kali Puja
LUM Christmas Jubilee Collection (212)
PURDUE at Illinois Fighting Illini Time TBA
8:00 AM Zen M

18, Sunday
Interfaith Thanksgiving
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
3:00 PM LAPC Joan Baez Film Event (101/103)
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Teresa 1910-1997


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