Meridian Update for November 19, 2012

The Meridian Bulletin, Monday, November 19, 2012
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

PDF posted 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.


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 experienced an increase in crime this past summer.  Thank you.

 Board Meetings

Board meetings take place each 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, Tuesday November 20, 2012. Members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns. The next Congregational Meeting takes place on Sunday, December 16 immediately following worship.  Discussion and Vote on 2013 budget. Please plan to attend as a 25% quorum of all voting members is needed to pass any vote. Thank you.

November 25 Forum

Sunday, November  25, as Steve Koehler presents Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.  Steven Kohler has been the Managing Director of Civic Theatre of Greater  Lafayette since June, 2006.  Prior to that he was Managing Director of Actors Guild of Lexington, a small professional theatre in Kentucky. Previous administrative experience included time as the Manager of Operations at Theatre IV/Barksdale Theatres (now Virginia Rep Theatre) in Richmond VA.    He is married to the very talented Shellie Johnson and proud father of Elena, James & Mollie.  Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Sunday Service, November 25

Please join us on Sunday, November 25 as Worship Leader Kat Braz presents “Naming Our Blessings,” an intergenerational service.  In the midst of a hectic holiday season, we may often feel pulled in too many directions. It is important to pause and take note of our blessings. What are you thankful for? Music? Family? Good friends? Health? Our church community? The Worship Committee is looking for members and friends to speak briefly during the November 25 service about what they are thankful for in their lives. Please contact Kat Braz at to volunteer or learn more. Pianist & Choir Director: Shellie Johnson. Sanctuary Prep: Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound:  Gary Mueller. Greeters, Fellowship Team Leader:  Suzan Windnagel.  Team Members: Kat Braz, Deanna Brown, Virginia & Don Burks, Bill & Sarah Cannon, Toni Davisson, Jason and Mary Kate Dufair-McKenna, Verna Emery, Sayed Gaafar, Brian Harley, Marge Hood, Bill Kannel, Kathleen Peyton. Katie Pope, Kris & Dan Taylor, Nancy Whiting.

Child and youth religious exploration

Guest at Your Table Boxes were distributed at the November 4th Stone Soup service. If you didn’t get one, there are more on the table just before you enter the sanctuary in the narthex- please feel free to take one.  The idea is to set the box on your dining table at home and take a few moments at mealtime to remember the people in this world who are less fortunate than we are and the kinds of issues they face.

  • Children’s RE  for November will be spent examining the justice issues highlighted by GAYT and working on our holiday pageant.
  • November 25th: Children will remain in the sanctuary during worship service
  • 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.

Celebrate the holidays with Heifer!

Worried about what to get the friend who has everything? Want to acknowledge your loved ones without contributing to the commercialization of the season? Consider a contribution to the UU Youth Fill the Ark campaign for Heifer International! Choose a meaningful gift that will help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. For each gift donation you contribute to the UU Youth Fill the Ark campaign for Heifer International, we’ll provide you with a greeting card featuring artwork by one of our youth that share our goals for Heifer and lets the recipient know that you have honored them with a Heifer gift. And, like all gifts made to the UU Church, your gift to our Heifer campaign is tax deductible. Select your gift of choices from this list:

 $5 — Flock of Chicks

$10 — Trio of Rabbits

$25 — Pig

$50 — Sheep

$75 — Camel

$100+ — Heifer (that’s a cow, folks!)

Whether it’s Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Solstice, or Yo Saturnalia, nothing says “I’m thinking of you” like a flock of chicks! Please consider donating to the UU Youth Fill the Ark campaign for Heifer this holiday season. Cash/check accepted. Please make checks out to the Unitarian Universalist Church and designate Heifer in the memo line. For questions or to place an order, contact Kat Braz.

Youth Bake Sale December 16

Please join us before and after our Holiday Pageant December 16, for a bake sale held by our youth in the Fellowship Hall following the service.  More information to soon follow.

Fiber Arts has resumed!

Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday, next on December 9  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, for further information.

Program Council

Program Council  meets each first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., next on December 4 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 membership classes

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  Next meeting tba. 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.

Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities.  Our next meeting is Thursday, January 10, 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.
  • 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!

Finance committee update

September Year-To-Date               Budget

Revenue             $191,304.67                   $261,540.00

Expenditures       $198,559.44                   $272,317.00


Thanks to the very generous close-the-deficit gifts, the success of some of our fundraising efforts, and control of spending, we MAY end the year on a positive note. There is a SLIGHT CHANCE that we may not have to transfer funds from the capital fund this year.

On a less positive note, as we begin planning for next year’s budget, the deficit from this year will haunt us. We are committed to having a balanced budget, thus we are working up options to address any shortfalls; possibilities include, but are not limited to:

Eliminating paid nursery staff and moving to a rotating schedule of members to work on Sunday mornings • Cutting cleaning services, using instead congregational volunteers for weekly cleaning • Terminating outside contracts for mowing and snow removal, relying on volunteers for these services as needed • Instituting usage/supply fees for certain programs (RE, OWL) • Restricting copier access to staff only, for pre-approved use.  We are hoping that these difficult decisions will not be necessary, but want to be transparent about ongoing discussions.

Holiday Art Fair

The UUC’s Holiday Art Fair is quickly approaching, November 30 and December 1. This is the church’s largest fundraiser of the year and we still need many volunteers to help make it a success. We have 50 artists in the community that will be donating 30% of the proceeds to the UUC. Thank you artists!

Many volunteer slots are available—and were sent out by Excel spreadsheet last week.  These jobs range from pre-sale artist’s inventory to cashier, shopkeepers, food servers in Trudi’s cafe. There are 3 tabs on the bottom left of the Excel sheet—one for presale needs, one for Friday and one for Saturday. Whatever suits you fancy, there is a volunteer job for you, so please consider volunteering 2 hours of your time to make this a successful event for the UUC and larger community. In particular we need a lot of help on Saturday and final inventory, and cleanup is always a challenge.  Please send your volunteer choices to Lisa Pantea ( or Karin Bergman ( and we will continue to update the spreadsheet. We only have 2.5 weeks until SHOWTIME, so please help out. Thank you from the Art Fair Committee!  Lisa Pantea

November Calendar

LUM Jubilee Christmas collection all month!

Sunday, November 18
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
7:00 PM Joan Baez: 53 Years of Song and Protest for Human Rights, presented by Lafayette Area Peace Coalition and UU Social Justice. Live music by Denise Wilson of Travelers Dream!(101/103)

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

20, Tuesday
12:00 PM Pastoral Care 106
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

21, Wednesday
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” CANCELLED TODAY!
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

22, Thursday
Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

23, Friday
Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

24, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

25, Sunday
DON & RUTH ANN FERRIS’ 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY! Celebration Cake in Fellowship Hall after service
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE

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

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, May 29, 1917-November 22, 1963


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