Meridian Update for November 26, 2012

The Meridian Bulletin, Monday, November 26, 2012
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

PDF available 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.

Board Meetings take place each 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday December 18, 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 at 11:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Among items to be discussed are changes to the Endowment and the proposed 2013 budget. Please plan to attend as a 25% quorum of all voting members is needed to pass any vote. Thank you.


Sunday, December 2, Margot Marlatt, Executive Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, presents What is Chamber Music and the History of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society. Margot Marlatt has been playing the cello since the age of seven. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Toronto under the guidance of Denis Brott and received her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Butler University where she studied with Dr. William Grubb. During her studies Marlatt participated in master classes with Janos Starker, Lorne Munroe, Gyorgy Sebok, the Cleveland Quartet and the Orford Quartet. Margot is also owner of the Classical Music Agency, a musical resource for weddings, events & parties. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.


Please join us on Sunday, December 2, as Reverend Daniel Charles Davis presents Waiting for the End of the World. Some say that an ancient Mayan Calendar predicts the end of the world on December 21. Politicians warn of a fiscal cliff on December 31. Global warming and Armageddon are always looming over us. What is the human fascination with the doom that is to come? Pianist & Choir Director: Shellie Johnson. Sanctuary Prep: Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound: Suzan Windnagel. Greeters, Fellowship Team Leaders: Kathy Willowoode and Bill Welge. Team Members: Ashley Achgill-Cooper, Nancy Bergquist, Keith Brown, Neelu Chawla, Margaret Deedon, Chris & Beth Garretson, Steve Koehler, Elena Koehler, Judith Klockzim, Shivani Rao, Chad & Ellen Phelps, Lisa Pantea and Dan Lybrook, Janice Schuster, Larry Sellers and Laurie Sparks-Sellers, Raine Shearer, Fritz Smith, Hallie Vavrus.


Children will be decorating the Jubilee Tree on Sunday, December 2nd during the Time For All Ages portion of the worship service. Please consider donating gloves, hats, and scarves for the children to use to make our tree festive! The warm clothing will then be donated to distribute to families participating in LUM’s Jubilee Christmas.

Mark your calendars now for our annual holiday pageant, which will be during the service on December 16th. No special costumes are needed this year, but kids can choose to dress up or wear their fun holiday clothing or accessories.

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
  • $50 – Sheep
  • $10 – Trio of Rabbits
  • $75 – Camel
  • $25 – Pig
  • $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.

The UUC’s Holiday Art Fair will be here IN FIVE DAYS!!! 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 earlier this 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 5 days until SHOWTIME, so please help out. Thank you from the Art Fair Committee! Lisa Pantea


Presently the Unitarian Universalist Church is engaged in an Indiana Energy Community Outreach and Enrichment Program. For each individual/family residence that has a free energy assessment the UU church has the opportunity to earn $50 (this is an increase over the previous $25 non-profits were eligible to receive for each energy assessment performed). The energy assessment includes evaluation of light-bulb types; faucet and shower head flow changes; insulation recommendations; etc.

Once the assessment is completed by your local energy provider (Duke, NIPSCO, Vectren), a report will be provided to you with recommendations for changes to help you achieve savings in your energy payments.

ALL THIS IS FREE OF CHARGE! This is a benefit to you, the homeowner; to the environment; and to the church, which receives a $50 donation from the energy provider per assessment. There is no easier way to earn money for our church!

The number of assessments we have done through the UU church may also help us to obtain grant monies and other opportunities for solar panel programs/etc. down the road, should we pursue those possibilities. Please, consider having an energy assessment done so that our church will receive $50 per home assessed! “Energizing Indiana” forms are available on the volunteer desk outside the office–for further information please contact church member Bill Welge, Thank you!


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,, or Rachel Smith,, for further information. The next session meets TODAY, Sunday, November 11 at noon.


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,


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 January 13. 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 February 10. 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.


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. Gifts are being collected in Room 212. More information will soon follow-thank you!


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.

Lost and found

A small black leather coin purse (2.5″ x 3.5″) with a silver-tone clasp was lost most likely in the vicinity of the parking lot or near the office at church. The purse contained 3 new dichroic glass pendants and one thin leather necklace with silver clasp. If you have seen this, please return to the office or call 743-8812. These were gifts for people and the coin purse likely fell out of one of the owner’s bags. Thank you!

November Calendar

LUM Jubilee Christmas Collection all month

Monday, November 26
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
Art Fair Decoration Night!!!

Tuesday, November 27
5:30 PM Stewardship Committee Meeting (101/103)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (106)

Wednesday, November 28
12:00 PM “The Principled Group”(101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, November 29
2:00 PM Tai Chi Class (Upper Room)
5:30 PM Stewardship Committee Meeting (101/103)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M

Friday, November 30
UU HOLIDAY ART FAIR (Margie Deverall Chairperson)

Saturday, December 1
UU HOLIDAY ART FAIR (Margie Deverall coordinating)
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, December 2
Magazine Exchange (Library)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. — Meister Johannes Eckhart, (1260-1328); Theologian, Mystic

May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.

May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones,

and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

— Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910-1997, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun.


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