Meridian Update for April 1, 2013

The Meridian Update, Monday, April1, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

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  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Tuesday-Friday 1-5.
  • 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.

Sunday, April 7 Gus Nyberg, NICHES Executive Director, discusses the Land Trust, “Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive.” A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in 1995 by a diverse group of concerned people acting to protect natural spaces in the face of increasing threat, NICHES recognizes that a strong economy and a continued high quality of life in our area of Indiana is ultimately dependent upon and related to the state of our environment. NICHES is non-adversarial. It works cooperatively with land owners, other nonprofit organizations and government agencies, actively seeking to protect a broad array of natural areas ranging from small green spaces to pristine nature preserves of high biological integrity. NICHES serves Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Pulaski, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White Counties. It is a member of The Land Trust Alliance, the national organization of land trusts. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us Sunday, April 7 as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Our Transcendentalist Heritage.” Unitarian Universalist have been nature lovers since the days of Thoreau and Walt Whitman. How does our love of nature engender our commitment to the world and all its creatures? Joys and Sorrows will be shared. Worship Associate is Bill Welge. Pianist is Yue-Jiang. Sound is by Mike Marsh. Special Music by Denise Wilson. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leaders are Sherry and Mike Tripodi, and Mark VanMeeter. Fellowship Team Members: Mark Cushman and Kathy Coder, John and Mary Finley, Laura Geiger and Mike Reed, Jennifer Higginbottom and Hunt Wiley, Edwin Layer and Virginia Smith, Tim Martinez, Michelle Miller, George and Sara Reichler, Sue Robinson, Rachel Smith, Yiseul Suh, Jessie and Matthew Volovski, Jimmy Derringer, Cheryl and Gary Fowler, Margy Deverall and Jerry Hunley, Cindy Krulitz, Damon and Elizabeth Lincourt, Karl and Joan Lohmann, Jonathan Presti, Jane Schmidt, Shannon Unger.

Easter Sunday, is our once monthly Children’s Chapel Sunday, which, weather permitting, will end with a canned food hunt outside to benefit Food Finders Pantry. Our April Theme is Earth and Renewal. In this month’s workshops, children will be learning about the relationship between population growth and the earth’s resources as they make models with Bob Rode, get their hands dirty as they learn about gardening and potting plants for our church’s upcoming sale with Lisa Pantea and Beth Misner, make percussion instruments from recycled materials with Jason Dufair, and learn about water conservation as they paint a rain barrel with Rae Schnapp. Our schedule for this month is:

Population/Earth Resource Models w/ Bob Rode:
April 7- preschool, Rm 206
April 14- 4th-6th grade, Rm 214
April 21- 1st-3rd grade, Rm 210

Plants and Gardening w/Lisa Pantea
April 7-1st-3rd grade, Rm 210
April 14- prek & K (with Beth), Rm 206
April 21- 4th-6th grade, Rm 214

Making Music from Recycled Materials w/Jason
WAIT! Before tossing it out as trash, think percussion instrument. Kids need to bring anything they could smash, bash, rattle, or swizzle. Metal, plastic, wood, whatever has been hiding in the corner of their basement. Look for the week your child’s class has Jason during the rotation to bring their music maker in! Thanks!

April 7-4th-6th grade, Rm 214
April 14-1st-3rd grade, Rm 210
April 21- prek-k, Rm 206

April 28th- Everyone will start out in the Forum Rm. 101-103 for Children’s Chapel followed by painting rain barrels with Rae Schnapp

PROGRAM COUNCIL meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next at 5:30 on Tuesday, April 2. This meeting will take place in the Fellowship Hall, coinciding with the Leadership Appreciation Dinner for Committee and Event Chairs coordinated by Sherry Tripodi and the Board of Trustees. 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,

ENDOWMENT UPDATE The Endowment Committee oversees UUC endowment funds. Currently, our endowment funds are invested through the Community Foundation of Lafayette. The table below outlines current endowment funds:

Fund Beginning Balance End of 2012 Balance
Building Endowment $33,388.27 $34,141.08
General Endowment $3,275.78 $4,366.52
RE Endowment $18,854.00 $20,297.11
Social Justice Endowment $23,556.25 $24,589.47
TOTALS $79,074.30 $83,394.18

  • We can accept donations to the endowment at any time. Please feel free to contact Janice Kritchevsky, Kirsten Reynolds or Amy French about how to make a contribution.
  • Don and Ruth Ann Ferris have VERY generously offered to match any gifts to the Social Justice Endowment. This means that your contribution would be doubled, so please consider donating to a UUC Endowment Fund. The Endowment Committee.

ENERGIZE INDIANA…ENERGIZE A FRIEND! Many thanks to all who have participated in the Energizing Indiana residential audit. For each member/supporter who completed a Home Energy Assessment, our church has received $25 from the Energizing Indiana community outreach and enrichment program. Bill Welge, who has been instrumental in encouraging participation in this incentive, will be initiating a new phase of the program called “Energize a Friend.” All those who have received a home energy audit will be encouraged to invite one or more friend to schedule a free home energy audit online. Please see, or contact Bill Welge at 765.409.3896 for assistance or further information. Thank you!

UU FLAMES SOFTBALL TEAM PRACTICE All right! Let’s try this again!!
Sunday April 7th at 4 pm
Arni Cohen fields
Hope you all can make it!

On a second note there is an opportunity to go watch a Purdue baseball game. I will bring the flyer to practice. If we have enough interest in doing this I will handle all the details! Thanks and see you all soon. Jess Cook,

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 MEMBERSHIP CLASSES FOR 2013 meet each 2nd Sunday (except for May 19—Mother’s Day is on May 12) 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 Sherry Tripodi, one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for food and child care. Please note date changes.

  • 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 19, 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 July 14! 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.

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 Sherry Tripodi,!

UUC ANNUAL PLANT SALE COMING IN MAY! The UUC Plant Sale/Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 9am-noon at the church. Last year, the plant sale was extremely successful, with the majority of herbs, vegetables and flowers DONATED by congregants who either started seeds in February/March or simply thinned their own gardens and made flats for the plant sale. The UUC made over $2000 and it was a relatively simple fundraiser with all the donations from everyone! Please keep this plant sale in mind; as you tend your own gardens and start seeds, put a few extra in for the UUC.

Plant donation forms are available at church in the office wing on the volunteer desk and attached above for you to fill out (in MS-Word and .pdf), so we know who is donating what and how many we may receive. This will help us plan and know if we need to do any last minute purchasing to fill any voids in common herbs, vegetables and flowers we want to offer the community. Plants need to be brought to the church and left in the playground area the week before the sale, starting Sunday May 5th.

Lisa Pantea and Beth Misner are co-leaders for the sale. Volunteers are needed during the event and for set up and pricing on May 9th and 10th. Please contact Lisa Pantea,, if you can help with this fun and nourishing community event! Poster & Flyers are available at church and attached above, so you can spread the word to your neighbors and co-workers. We will try and make extra pots and flats available in the playground area for folks that need them.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 9, 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 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.

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, for further information.

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 <a></a&gt; 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 contact 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.”

April Calendar
April 1, Monday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor for any Taiji class; 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)

April 2, Tuesday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson 5:30 PM Program Council Meeting & Leadership Appreciation Dinner for Committee & Event Chairs at Program Council (Sherry Tripodi & Board of Trustees Coordinating) Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

April 3, Wednesday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion, 101/103
7:00 PM Choir (S)

April 4, Thursday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson
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

April 5, Friday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

April 6, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
1:00 PM Shellie Johnson: Sanctuary Reserved for Students

April 7, Sunday
Magazine Exchange (Library)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

April 8, Monday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson, FH
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

April 9, Tuesday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson
6:00 PM Child & Youth Religious Exploration Council (Standing, 2nd Tuesday; Youth Room)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

April 10, Wednesday
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
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)

April 11, Thursday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson
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)

April 12, Friday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM SHM/Spontaneous Hopeful Monster (UU House Band) Concert, $5 fee (S, FH)

April 13, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Herb Group

April 14, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
11:45 AM UU Membership Class: UU History (106)
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)
5:00 PM Telugo Private Event

The beginning of Thy word is truth;
and all Thy righteous ordinance endureth forever.
קס רֹאשׁ-דְּבָרְךָ אֱמֶת;
וּלְעוֹלָם, כָּל-מִשְׁפַּט צִדְקֶךָ.
Psalms 119:160

I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!
~Edna Dean Proctor, Easter Bells

The fasts are done; the Aves said; the moon has filled her horn.
And in the solemn night I watch, before the Easter morn.
So pure, so still the starry heaven, so hushed the brooding air,
I could hear the sweep of an angel’s wings if one should earthward fare.
~Edna Dean Proctor, Easter Morning


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