Meridian Update for December 17, 2012

The Meridian Update, Monday, December 17, 2012
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana 


  • 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.


Sunday, December 23, UU Church members Bill Welge & Jody Tishmack present Update on Energizing Indiana Home Audit Program, and Living Sustainably in a Changing World. Bill attended Ball State University and for 25 years held various positions in large power transformer manufacturing, including shop supervision, planning and purchasing.  He had a twenty year second career in home improvement and is now retired. Jody is the founder and owner of “The Soilmaker” on South River Road, West Lafayette. Jody has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology, a Master’s Degree in Soil Science and in Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue.  She has worked in the environmental science and engineer field for more than 20 years.  She focuses on recycling of waste materials, resource conservation, and reclamation of disturbed lands.  Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.


Please join us on Sunday, December 23, as Reverend Daniel Charles Davis presents Tales of the Nativity:  A Service for All Ages.  There are many tales of the birth of Jesus, some biblical and some not.  Did the animals speak?  Did the drummer boy drum? How do the Jesus stories compare to other birth legends?  Worship Associate:  Dianna Poindexter.  Pianist & Choir Director: Shellie Johnson. Sanctuary Prep: Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound:  Chapman Flack.  Fellowship Team Leader:  Mark VanMeeter.  Team Members: Cindy Krulitz,Cheryl and Gary Fowler, Margy Deverall and Jerry Hunley, Phyllis Day, Brent and Elizabeth Ladd, Karl and Joan Lohmann, Jane Schmidt, Richard and Angie Shamo. Shannon Unger.


  • Please return any Guest at Your Table Boxes to the office between 9-5 Monday-Friday (call in advance if coming near lunchtime).
  • 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.


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


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.


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 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.


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.
  • Tom McConville, UUSJ co-chair, recommends the following video on family homeless in America (originally shown Thursday, November 29, 2012, NBC):


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. 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—TIPMONT is not a participant), 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 such 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!


Membership classes for 2012 & 2013 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 March 10, 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.


Program Council meets each first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next  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,


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

Tuesday, December 18
12:00 PM Pastoral Care 106
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)

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

Thursday, 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 

Friday, 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)

Sunday, December 23
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Christmas Eve Service (S)
7:00 PM Meeting (101/103 tonight rather than FH)

Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (106)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, December 26
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)
7:00 PM Choir (S) 

Thursday, December 27
2:00 PM Tai Chi Class (Upper Room)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
7:00 PM Publicity Committee

Friday, December 30
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

~Clement Clarke Moore, The Night Before Christmas


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