Meridian Update for March 18 2013

The Meridian Update for Monday, March 18, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

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HOURS

  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Tuesday-Friday 1-5 (please note change to afternoon hours).
  • 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.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FORUM Sunday, March 24 Jessica Rush & Eric J Yee: Net Impact: An International Non-Profit Organization with a Network of More than 30,000 New-Generation Leaders Committed to Using the Power of Business to Improve the World. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE Please join us Sunday, March 24 Rev. Daniel Charles Davis returns to the pulpit–topic tba. Spring Break: No RE. Worship Associate is Kris Taylor. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Jerry Hunley. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader is Dorothy Hughes. Fellowship Team Members are Todd Barton, Carolyn Cook, Larry & Peg Dunkle, Adriela Fernandez, Laura Furseth, Jim Gitzen, Don Gresham, Kim Harden, Linda Harp, Tom Hertel, Bob Kozak,& Janice Kritchevsky, Jamie Metzinger, Doug Paprocki, Chuck Reynolds & Verna Ritz, Kim Smith.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • Reminder: Next Sunday, March 24th is Spring Break for our R.E. guides, teachers, and students. No class.
  • Easter Sunday, March 31- This is our once monthly Children’s Chapel Sunday, which, weather permitting, will end with a canned food hunt outside to benefit Food Finders Pantry. A collection box for donations will be in the narthex the next two Sundays.
    • 100% Fruit Juices
    • Baking items
    • Beans
    • Boxed rice and potatoes
    • Canned fish and meats
    • Canned fruits
    • Canned vegetables
    • Cereal
    • Drink Mixes
    • Laundry products
    • Macaroni & cheese
    • Meals in a can/box
    • Paper products
    • Pasta and meat sauces
    • Peanut Butter
    • Personal care products
    • Soups and stews
  • Our April Theme is Earth and Renewal. Watch for more details coming soon!

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 (jmarshal900@yahoo.com). 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, jmarshal900@yahoo.com.

THE 3RD ANNUAL CHILI AND SOUP COOK-OFF will take place this 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 laura.lbg@gmail.com 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 dm2wilson@gmail.com or 490-7882.

FLAME ON! UU SOFTBALL TEAM SPRING TRAINING BEGINS
When: Sunday March 24th at Noon
Where: Arni Cohen Fields at Cumberland Park (on Salisbury St. near Cumberland Ave)
Team Coach: Mike Tripodi mtripodi@girtz.com or (574) 870-6379
Team Coordinator: Jess Cook jcook8008@gmail.com
It’s just $20 to be part of the fun (and wins!). The funds go to pay the city Parks & Recreation team fee.

INTRODUCTION TO DAILY MEDITATION TECHNIQUES WITH JASON KNIOLA Come join and participate in a dynamic workshop teaching various daily meditation techniques, including Vipassana Meditation, Mantra Meditation, and other techniques to aid in stress relief, relaxation, and helping to maintain a calm and centered mind.

Saturday, March 30, 10:00am—Noon,  Unitarian Universalist Church,  333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette. Room 101/103.

To register, email jrschust@gmail.com.  $10 Requested Donation. (No one will be turned away.  Please note in your email if finances are a concern.) Sponsored by: Adult Religious Exploration Council (A-REC)

Jason Kniola is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with training in Hakomi Body-centered Psychotherapy, Lomi Lomi Massage Therapy, Healing Touch Energy Work, Shamanic Journeying, Zen Meditation, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, and a Year-long Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training. He has been a student of Qi Gong for over 15 years. He is also owner/operator of Transitions Counseling Services in Lafayette, IN, where he has conducted multiple yoga, meditation, vibrational healing, and group energy workshops.

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, tmcconville1200@comcast.net or Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com.

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 change.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR APRIL 12–SPONTANEOUS HOPEFUL MONSTER CONCERT! Please join us for the SHM (previously known as the UU House Band) opening concert, Friday, April 12. Doors will open at 6:30, music begins at 7:00. Admission Fee $5.00.

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, suzan_windnagel@yahoo.com.

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 lprokopy@gmail.com, 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, next April 14 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, amandamestes@gmail.com 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, lprokopy@gmail.com. Thanks!

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 josh@prokopyfamily.com or come by the Homeward Bound table in the Fellowship Hall after service. Go to http://www.homewardboundindiana.org to make a pledge online. Select Greater Lafayette as your Walk Location, and make a donation to Team UU-Family Promise.

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!

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!

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 http://www.uua.org/ga/programming/ 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 http://www.camp.in.gov or contact Rae Schnapp at raeschnapp@gmail.com 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.”

March Calendar

Today, Monday, March 18
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, March 19
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
12:00 PM Pastoral Care 106
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, March 20
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 21
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
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)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (101/103)
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, March 22
11:00 AM-1:00 PM March at Purdue planned by Women’s Studies Program to celebrate public activism during the past 150 years. Please see “Lighted Chalice” Newsletter March 2013 issue pg. 10
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, March 23
10:00 AM Boiler Blast Volunteers Ground Works Day. Rae Schnapp, Ph.D., Coordinator
6:00 PM SOUP & CHILI COOK OFF!!! FH

Sunday, March 24
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, March 25
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, March 26
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (106)

Wednesday, March 27
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, March 28
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 Gradeschoolers (Nursery)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
7:00 PM Publicity Committee

GOOD FRIDAY, March 29
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, March 30
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Buddhism Meditation Studies with Jason Kniola (Adult “Religious” Exploration Committee)101/103

EASTER SUNDAY, March 31
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, March 1
APRIL FOOL’S DAY!
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, March 2
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
5:30 PM Leadership Appreciation Dinner for Committee & Event Chairs at Program Council (Sherry Tripodi & Board of Trustees Coordinating)
5:30 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, March 3
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 4
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)
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, March 5
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 6
8:00 AM Zen M

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