Meridian Update for December 5, 2012

The Meridian Update
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

PDF available here.


  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Tuesday-Friday 9-1.
  • DRE: Sunday morning, Monday by appt., Tuesday 1-5 pm; Wednesday 10am-5pm.
  • Office Administrator: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, lunch hour variable.

December 9 Forum

Anita L. Werling presents The Delphi Preservation Society. Anita is former president of the Delphi Preservation Society, Inc., and is currently the chair of the DPS Opera House Advisory Board. She has been active with DPS since 2005. She has written numerous grants for the restoration and analysis of the opera house. She spearheaded the committee in 2007 to develop the plans for the restoration of the opera house and the subsequent revision of those plans in 2011. She is active with the Carroll County Historical Society. She has a BA in English Literature and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from IU, Bloomington. She has worked in publishing and small business consulting. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

December 9 Service

Please join us on Sunday, December 9, as Reverend Daniel Charles Davis presents Eight Days of Enlightenment. Bodhi Day and the first day of Hanukah occur on December 8 this year. What do Judaism and Buddhism have in common? How do they differ? Special Music: UU Church Men’s Choir with Asher Trout, clarinetist. Worship Associate: Kat Braz. Pianist & Choir Director: Shellie Johnson. Sanctuary Prep: Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound: Carl Seese. Fellowship Team Leader: Laura Helms. Team Members: Jim and Marilyn Anderson, Nathan Reiss, Cliff & Bev Cox, Beth Misner & Barney Dunning, Mary Ann Foley, Eric & Meg Howlett, Rick Irvine, Rob & Amanda Lempke, John Neal, Dan Noland, John Wilms, Wallace & Jean Tyner, Nancy Patchen.

Sunday morning announcements

Worship Committee has renewed the policy of having the worship associate read announcements during the Welcoming. Exceptions will be made for special events that involve all of the congregation (such as Stewardship), but most announcements will be read by the worship associate. A basket with announcement forms and pens is kept at the front of the sanctuary behind the table of candles. If you have an announcement that you would like read during the Welcoming, please print on the form and give to the worship associate as early as possible. Thank you! Dianna Poindexter, Worship Committee Chairperson

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

  • Guest at Your Table Boxes were collected Sunday during service; alternate plan—drop off in the office between 9-5.
  • The annual holiday pageant will take place December 16. Parents—there is no need for special costumes this year, but a special practice may be scheduled depending on how well we do next Sundays during our time together in R.E. classes, so please keep watching for an announcement of that in the Monday Meridian Update.
  • December 16, Both before and after the service, our youth will be having a bake sale in the fellowship hall. Proceeds will go towards their Heifer Project goal, which is within sight! As of this writing, they only have about $1000 left of the original $5000 goal to go! Similarly, Youth Parents: Watch for the announcement of a youth group baking party
  • Fellowship teams will offer child care during coffee time until noon. Parents, please introduce yourselves and sign your children in and out, so the volunteers know who they are responsible for; 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.

Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert Sunday Dec 9 3:00 PM

The Lafayette Chamber Singers begin their 41st season at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette with Pastyme with Good Companye!, a concert exploring the madrigal and part-song tradition in English from the sixteenth century to the present. Featured composers include King Henry VIII, Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, Ned Rorem, Samuel Barber, and Morten Lauridsen. Tickets will be available at Von’s Bookshop, TAF, and at the door ($15.00; $12.00 for Students and Seniors; $30.00 for family). For further information call 765-743-8087.

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. January 1 meeting will be rescheduled, tbd. 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 take place on a rotating basis immediately after service on 2nd Sundays, 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:

  • PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE December 9, 2012. 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.
  • UU HISTORY January 13, 2013. 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 February 10, 2013. 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.

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. We can still use some help with the following!
    • Someone to help Mary pick up toys and hams at LUM on Thursday afternoon
    • Help with set-up on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
    • Volunteers to help on Saturday with a variety of tasks (9:30 a.m. through clean up)
    • Any Social Justice members/friends who are able to pitch in this week, please let Mary know ( Mary will be able to provide specific details about what is needed in a return message. Thanks so much!
  • Tom McConville, UUSJ co-chair, recommends the following video on family homeless in America (originally shown on Thursday, November 29, 2012, NBC):
  • A meeting to discuss the “Nix 6” campaign re: HJR-6 will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 P.M. at the U.U. Church, in Rooms 101/103. This will be PFLAG program for December. Information regarding HJR-6, the proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution to ban same sex marriage, can be found via a link to this Journal & Courier article

Home Energy Assessment Opportunity!

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!

“Lighted Chalice” Newsletter articles due

Articles for the January issue of the “Lighted Chalice” Newsletter are due next Thursday, December 13th at 5:00 p.m. The December issue of is now online here. Many thanks to Alice Pawley for maintaining our website and posting all the various forms of communication for all to see!

December Calendar

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

Thursday, December 6
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH)
2:00 PM Tai Chi Class (Upper Room)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
6:30 PM PFLAG (102 High School Room) First Thursdays
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, December 7
LUM Christmas Jubilee Collection (All RE Wing Rooms, M, Library, FH)
6:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Saturday, December 8
LUM Christmas Jubilee (Social Justice Coordinating)
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal
10:00 AM Herb Group

Sunday, December 9
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Participating at UUC, West Lafayette (101/103)
Lafayette Chamber Singers (1:00 Rehearsal) 3:00 Concert (S)

The moment we indulge our affections,
the earth is metamorphosed;
there is no winter and no night;
all tragedies, all ennui, vanish,
– all duties even

~Ralph Waldo Emerson
American Poet, Lecturer and Essayist, 1803-1882

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.

Yoko Ono, b. 1933

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

~John Muir


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