Meridian Update for March 11, 2013

The Meridian Update, Monday, March 11, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

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

UPDATE ON GAIL DAVIS, Gail had her defibrillator implanted today at noon in a procedure that lasted approximately 1.5 hours. She is doing well, & is talking, her usual self. Excellent news! We are still uncertain as to how long she will be at St. E’s. The cards that have been sent or dropped off at church are very much appreciated, as are the fruit and veggies brought in for the family. By tomorrow an announcement will be sent out regarding how to register for “Lotsa Helping Hands,” a website designed to let people know what types of things might be needed, and how to sign up for specific days/times to help with those needs. Thank you!

UPDATE ON KATHLEEN PEYTON AND NANCY BERGQUIST Kathleen Peyton and Nancy Bergquist are safe, thank goodness, but were in a car accident Sunday evening at Route 26 and Creasy Lane that totaled Nancy’s car. Kathleen is at St. Elizabeth East on the 3rd floor with a fractured sternum. She is in good spirits but is quite painful. Nancy was released from the hospital last night and is doing well. We are thankful that they are both relatively unharmed. We will speak with Kathleen about the possibility of setting up a “Lotsa Helping Hands” registry for her as well. Stay tuned…

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FORUM Sunday, March 17, Ben Alkire, Treasurer, City Foods Food Cooperative, presents Co-Ops: A Cooperative Ideal, Why They’re Started and Where They’re Flourishing Today. Ben has been involved with City Foods Food Cooperative from its organizational beginnings, ~2008. A life-long resident, Ben was also member of West Side Food Co-op and Goodness Groceries that operated in West Lafayette 1975-1994. He is an ardent supporter of cooperative enterprises of all sorts, including employee-owned businesses, cooperative habitations, utilities, and most any ‘pooling-resources-for-mutual-benefit’ sharing activities. He currently works as Seed Analyst at the Office of the Indiana State Chemist. In recent times he worked a year at University of Kabul, Afghanistan. Before that, he was Specialty Crops Research Associate at Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE Please join us Sunday, March 17 as J. Bill Welge presents Procrastination: Time Management is Just the Tip of the Iceberg. Questions relating to morality, psychology and basic human instinct warrant consideration. Notice as well the occasional wisdom of deferred judgment and delayed action. “We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing of being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time.” ~Martin Luther King. Worship Associate is Dianna Poindexter. Pianist is Hunt Wiley. Sound is by Gary Fowler. Pulpit Preparation is by Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader is Suzan Windnagel. Fellowship Team Members are Kat Braz, Virginia & Don Burks, Bill & Sarah Cannon, Toni Davisson, Jason Dufair and Mary Kate McKenna, Verna Emery, Sayed Gaafar, Brian Harley & Deanna Brown, Marge Hood, Bill Kannel & Katie Pope, Kathleen Peyton, Kris & Dan Taylor, Nancy Whiting.

POTLUCK takes place each first Sunday of the month. We gather in the Fellowship Hall following service. Bring a dish to share if you are able, and enjoy good food and company of friends. We were recently treated to a performance by The Tap Lover’s Club (TLC) of Lafayette! Many thanks to this group of wonderful performers and Cheryl Fowler, for providing a unique and fun program for our church March 3 during Potluck!

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION To get us all in a General Assembly state of mind, our March theme is From Promise to Commitment. Our workshops for March 3, 10, and 17 will be based on who /what we make promises to:
• Our UU Faith-making chalices with Tony Pawli
• Our Congregation- rewriting our church covenant with Sherry Tripodi and Lisa Pantea
• One Another- social skills games and thinking about how we interact with one another with Laura Geiger Reid
• **March 24, Spring Break- No R.E.**
• March 31, Easter- This will be our Children’s Chapel Sunday and the focus will be our Commitment to the Larger Community with a canned food hunt to benefit Food Finder’s planned


Where? Unitarian Universalist Church (UU)
333 Meridian Street, W. Lafayette, Indiana 47906
Phone: 765-743-8812
email:, web page:
When? Thursday March 14, 7pm
Thursday April 11, 7pm
Thursday, May 9, 7pm
Note that the doors close at 7pm each session. Please plan to arrive before 7pm


What is Energy Healing? Energy healing is Life Force Energy that is used by the healing professional to re-balance the human energy field. When we are physically, emotionally or spiritually out of balance, that can be seen and felt within our individual human energy fields. A healing professional is trained to use the Life Force Energy to re-balance the field and restor3e an individual into his/her normal state, perfect health.

Where does this Life Force Energy Come From? There are many names for where the energy comes from—you can use whatever name is most comfortable to you. In essence, Life Force Energy is available to all of us and it comes from The Source, The Divine, God, Infinite Intelligence, Mother/Father God, The Zero Point Field, The Cosmic Consciousness, Love. Healing professionals are trained on how to access the energy and how to send it to the receiver for his/her greatest good and healing benefit.

As you arrive for the healing service: You may consider taking a few moments to breathe deeply and center yourself, allowing any of the chaos from the day to pass. Notice any feelings or emotions you are experiences. Notice any “dis—ease” you may be feeling in your body. Take a moment and pause and visualize your body’s natural state as perfect health, an even mind and a calm heart. Now, you are ready to surrender and release anything that no longer serves your greatest good.

What to Expect:
A Call To Worship
An Invocation / Intention/ Prayer
Healing Lecturette (optional)
Love Offering
Healing Meditation (optional)
** Healing Service by Laying On of Hands
Benediction / Closing

Facilitators: Susanne McConville & Joleen Schwier-Walker
Energy Workers: Volunteers from the UU church and from the surrounding Lafayette Area
Contact information: Please contact the UU Church Office for additional details or questions. Thank you.

PROGRAM COUNCIL which generally meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, was cancelled due to snow on March 5. A new meeting will soon be rescheduled—look for further announcements. 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,

GROUNDS CLEAN UP DAY On March 23, from 10-2 we will have a Grounds Clean Up Day. We need volunteers from our congregation to help clean, rake, plant, caulk, repair, install rain barrels, etc. We will have help from 10 Boiler Blast volunteers so we should be able to make a big improvement in a short period of time. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, old clothes and garden gloves if possible. There is a sign-up sheet on the front desk near the office. For more info, call Rae at 714-4829.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH MARCH 3.22.2013 AT PURDUE An exciting event will take place during Women’s History Month at Purdue-that we, as UU’s, will want to be part of. On Friday, March 22 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, there will be a “March at Purdue” to commemorate a major historical turning point in the woman suffrage campaign, the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington D.C. []. The theme of the march is “A Century of Public Action,” and the program includes a brief walk through campus, followed by a rally at the Frances Cordova Co-Recreational Gymnasium with speakers and music. Delegations are forming, each representing a constituency of allies who will celebrate with banners, posters, and our bodily presence in the march. I am happy to serve as a contact person to form a UU delegation to participate in the march. Please contact me if you would like to join us ( Once I get a list together of who wants to participate, we will need to decide how we are going to identify ourselves as a delegation–tee shirts?–may be a bit cold–banner? sashes? suggestions appreciated! Look forward to hearing from you–we have a hundred years of action to celebrate and commemorate! Joan Marshall

UU MEMBERSHIP CLASSES FOR 2013 meet each 2nd Sunday on a rotating basis immediately after service, presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee. Sessions will be held in Rm. 106; lunch will be available at all classes. Child care will be available if requested one week in advance. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to, Linda Prokopy one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for food and child care.
• PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE April 14, 2013. 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 May 12, 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 June 9! 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.

FIBER ARTS Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday 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.

UU MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE The membership committee and Rev. Charlie Davis continue to host second Sunday classes every month. These are a very successful way to introduce both long-time members and new visitors to Unitarian Universalist history, individual spiritual journeys, and what it means to be a member of our church. But holding these classes on a monthly basis takes a considerable amount of time and energy and we need help! If you would like to be added to a list of people who periodically provide either food or child care for these classes, please contact Linda Prokopy, Thanks!

THE 3RD ANNUAL CHILI AND SOUP COOK-OFF will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 6:00 pm. Members and friends are encouraged to enter the contest by bringing their tastiest recipe (soup, chili, or stew). Judges will award prizes to the three best recipes, and a special prize will go to the “People’s Choice Award.” Plus, one or more of the award-winning soups may be featured at next year’s Holiday Art Fair! Members are encouraged to vote with their dollars –$1.00 equals one vote. We will also serve desserts, fruit, and hot dogs for kids (or adults). This will be a time to relax and enjoy the fellowship of your fellow UU’s. There is no charge for the event, but a freewill offering will be taken. Child care provided. Bring a friend! If you would like to enter your soup or chili into the contest contact Laura Geiger at or 838-0339. The Special Events Committee welcomes anyone who would like to work with us to organize fun church activities. You do not need to be a member. Contact Special Events chair Denise Wilson at or 490-7882.

HOMEWARD BOUND, 5K WALK On April 7th, our Church will participate in Homeward Bound, a 5k walk to support Family Promise of Greater Lafayette and several other local agencies working to help the homeless. Homelessness among children is a growing problem in our community. In 2011 our local schools reported that 267 children in Tippecanoe County were homeless. We have one of the highest poverty rates in the state, and one in five families in the county can’t afford to feed their children. Family Promise is one of the only shelters in Greater Lafayette serving homeless families. Since opening their doors in 2009, they’ve provided food and temporary housing to 69 homeless families with 133 children. 80% of those families went on to find permanent housing through our program. Please consider participating in the walk or making a pledge to support our team of walkers and Family Promise. For more information, contact Josh Prokopy at or come by the Homeward Bound table in the Fellowship Hall after service. Go to to make a pledge online. Select Greater Lafayette as your Walk Location, and make a donation to Team UU-Family Promise.

UU ALL-CHURCH RETREAT will be held at Ross Camp the weekend of August 9-11. Please mark your calendars for this wonderful intergenerational event that creates opportunities for personal growth and deeper friendships in the UU Community. Thank you!

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, March 21, 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Rm. 101/103 at the church (please note date change to 3rd rather than 2nd Thursday due to Purdue Spring break). 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 2013 is “Social Justice and Climate Change ” — 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 March and April is Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light. H-IPL is our state affiliate of a national nonprofit whose mission is to call together Hoosiers of faith as stewards of creation in order to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable practices. H-IPL seeks to inspire and equip us to respond to climate

UUC ANNUAL PLANT SALE COMING IN MAY! The annual UUC Plant Sale will take place Saturday, May 11, from 9AM-noon. We are asking for all congregants and friends who are gardeners to donate perennials, vegetable, herbs, shrubs, from your own gardens or greenhouses to defer cost of purchasing plants. As you may recall, last year most plants were donated and the UUC made ~$2000. More details to follow as get closer to the date. Thinking of starting some seeds indoors the end of February? Plant extra to donate to the plant sale–thank you!

UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations General Assembly will take place Wednesday through Sunday, June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. Included in the Wednesday sessions are separately scheduled orientations for Young Adults (ages 18-35), GA Main, & Youth Caucus and Sponsors. There will also be a Welcoming by Region, and an evening Opening Celebration and Plenary 1. GA Sunday Morning Worship will take place June 23 at 9:00 am EDT at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Please see for further information.

General Assembly is an awesome experience but can be a bit pricey, so here are some low cost options:

• There is a FREE Worship Service on Sunday June 23. Come camp out with members of our church on Saturday so we can all worship with UU congregations from across the country on Sunday morning.

• Camping: Deam Lake State Recreation Area (Indiana) is about 20 miles north of the Convention Center where GA will be held. It is in Indiana conveniently located just off I-65. It has great trails, boating, and exciting archeology and fossils. Camp sites are $20 per night with electric. Cabins are $35 per night. Reserve online at or cont
• act Rae Schnapp at or 765-714-4829.

• Home Hospitality: The host churches in the Louisville area are coordinating economical home hospitality for the 2013 GA. “Although our offerings are not professional bed-and-breakfast facilities, we welcome you into our homes to enjoy a friendly environment and meet fellow Unitarian Universalists (UUs). Proceeds collected from your stay will benefit the host’s congregation. Apply for home hospitality through our online registration process, available beginning March 1, 2013.”

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
~Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865

You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

March Calendar

Monday, March 11
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:00 PM Safe Community Committee (106)
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, March 12
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
6:00 PM Child & Youth Religious Exploration Council (Standing, 2nd Tuesday; Youth Room)
6:00 PM Nominating Committee Meeting (106)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, March 13
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, March 14
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH) CANCELLED
2:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain (Upper Room)
4:00 PM “Spanish Singers and Stories” Preschool & Early Grade-schoolers (Nursery)
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
7:00 PM Healing Circle (S-Susanne McConville, Facilitator)

Friday, March 15
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
Saturday, March 16
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM Library Conversation Circle

Sunday, March 17
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/10


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