Meridian Update for December 10, 2012

The Meridian Update, Monday, December 10, 2012
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana 

PDF is found 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.


TOYOTA KEY/SENSOR DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE:Please call office if found, or drop them off at the office. They’ve been lost since the Art Fair.  Thank you!


Sunday, December 16, Craig Martin presents Purdue University Galleries. Martin has been Director of Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana since 2000.  He previously served as Coordinator of the Wright State University Galleries in Dayton, Ohio.  He has a Masters in Fine Arts in printmaking and drawing from Illinois State University, Normal Illinois, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  Craig is a practicing artist and received the Individual Artists Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission in 2012.  In recent years he has completed three public mural commissions in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area, including “Mythic Wabash” on River Road in West Lafayette and a mural in the amphitheater at the West Lafayette Library. He has designed and painted a number of sets for Lafayette Jeff HS and Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette stage productions, and he has taken to the stage as a performer in a half-dozen Civic Theatre productions Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.


Please join us on Sunday, December 16, as Reverend Daniel Charles Davis presents Santa Sunday, a Service for All Ages.  Children and adults will explore the history of Santa and the magic of generosity.  Worship Associate:  Bill Welge. Pianist & Choir Director: Shellie Johnson. Sanctuary Prep: Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound:  Jason Dufair. Fellowship Team Leader:  Dorothy Hughes.  Team Members: Todd Barton, Carolyn Cook, Larry and Margaret Dunkle, Jill Edwards, Adriela Fernandez, Laura Furseth, Elaine Gareis, Jim Gitzen, Don Gresham, Kim Harden, Linda Harp, Tom Hertel, Bob Kozak, Janice Kritchevsky, Jamie Metzinger, Doug Paprocki, Chuck Reynolds, Verna Ritz.


  • We will again rehearse for the annual holiday pageant at 9:15 a.m. this Sunday, December 16 in the sanctuary for a last minute run-through of the play, which takes place during worship that same day.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Please return any Guest at Your Table Boxes to the office between 9-5 Monday-Friday (call in advance if coming near lunchtime).

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.

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

Intergenerational Winter Solstice Worship Service


Come join us in a circle of love and respect for the earth, the seasons, the stars; come and walk with us. In the center there is a lit candle around which a spiral of greens is laid. Spots marked with tinfoil prepare a place for walkers to set down their individual candles after having lit them from the one in the center of the spiral. Each walker is given a candle positioned inside a fresh apple (to serve as a candle holder) and people sing and pray and chant and speak poetry or readings as the congregants walk the spiral – one person at a time. It is a ritual for renewal of the spirit of people who are walking, one at a time, around the spiral to light their own individual candle from the one in the center of the spiral. It is advised that children wear their hair tied back and people not wear long or flowing clothing, to avoid anxiousness or accidents in working with lit candles. 

We will need help with…

  • buying the apples
  • cutting little holes in the tops of the apples to make a place/hole for the candles
  • acquiring the candles (we might already have some)
  • obtaining the greenery of cedar, spruce, pine, fir, and holly
  • finding the tinfoil
  • preparing the spiral in the fellowship hall
  • arranging the chairs
  • chalice for center candle

After everyone has walked the spiral, the electric lights will be turned off so that we can behold the beauty of the candlelit spiral. There will be a prayer, then silence, then a chant. After that, we will close the ceremony and carefully, respectfully, extinguish the candles. Spiced cider, mulled wine, cookies and baked goodies would ideally be on hand to accompany this festive event—if you are able to bring beverages and cookies, please contact Martha Gipson at


Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday, next January 13 after church in 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.


Membership classes resume on a rotating basis immediately after service, presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee.  Sessions will be held in Rm. 106; 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  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.
  • PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE tba. 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.


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!


Program Council meets each first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next on January 8.  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 and present your plans to the council for discussion. Send agenda items at least one week in to Program Council Facilitator, Suzan Windnagel, .

December Calendar

Monday, December 10
6:30 PM Meeting Workshop Rotation Planning Subcommittee  CANCELLED
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)

Tuesday, December 11
6:00 PM Child & Youth Religious Exploration Council CANCELLED
6:00 PM Membership Committee Meeting (106)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union)

Wednesday, December 12
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, December 13
2:00 PM Tai Chi Class (Upper Room)
5:30 PM Nominating Committee Meeting (101/103)
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M

Saturday, December 15
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, December 16
Youth Bake Sale Before & After Service!
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 am Worship & RE Holiday Pageant!
11:45 AM Congregational Meeting
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)

December 17
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
6:30 PM Workshop Rotation Planning Subcommittee (106)
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)

December 18
12:00 PM Pastoral Care 106
6:30 pm Board Meeting (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

December 19
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

December 20
2:00 PM Tai Chi Class (Upper Room)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

December 21
12:00 PM Adult Religious Exploration Council (101/103)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 pm Solstice Service (FH; Martha Gipson & Janice Thiel coordinating)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Therefore, Ananda, be a lamp unto yourself, be a refuge to yourself. Take yourself to no external refuge.

Hold fast to the Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the Truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourself.

And those, Ananda, who either now or after I am dead shall be a lamp unto themselves, who take themselves

to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge,

shall not look for refuge to anyone beside themselves, it is they who shall reach the highest goal…

let me repeat…appa deepo bhava; be a light upon yourself.

~Mahaparinibbana Sutta, scripture belonging to the Sutta Pitaka of Theravada Buddhism, concerning the end of Gautama Buddha’s life and his instructions to his disciples.

Now Maccabeus and his followers, the Lord leading them on, recovered the temple and the city; 2 they tore down the altars that had been built in the public square by the foreigners, and also destroyed the sacred precincts. 3 They purified the sanctuary, and made another altar of sacrifice; then, striking fire out of flint, they offered sacrifices, after a lapse of two years, and they offered incense and lighted lamps and set out the bread of the Presence. 4 When they had done this, they fell prostrate and implored the Lord that they might never again fall into such misfortunes, but that, if they should ever sin, they might be disciplined by him with forbearance and not be handed over to blasphemous and barbarous nations. 5 It happened that on the same day on which the sanctuary had been profaned by the foreigners, the purification of the sanctuary took place, that is, on the twenty-fifth day of the same month, which was Chislev. 6 They celebrated it for eight days with rejoicing, in the manner of the festival of booths, remembering how not long before, during the festival of booths, they had been wandering in the mountains and caves like wild animals. 7 Therefore, carrying ivy-wreathed wands and beautiful branches and also fronds of palm, they offered hymns of thanksgiving to him who had given success to the purifying of his own holy place. 8 They decreed by public edict, ratified by vote, that the whole nation of the Jews should observe these days every year. 9 Such then was the end of Antiochus, who was called Epiphanes.                                    ~II Maccabees 10: 1-9.


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