Meridian Update for April 8, 2013

The Meridian Update, Monday, April 8, 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


April will be a busy month for the Unitarian Universalist Church. On the weekend of April 19-21, we will host our Next Steps workshop. Mary Gleason, a consultant with UUA Stewardship, will lead the workshops, where we will discuss our current strengths and how best to maximize our potential as a congregation.

We have a lot of positive energy here at the moment. The pews are filled each Sunday with many faces, both familiar and new. Our Religious Exploration program is thriving, and our Stewardship campaign was a huge success. It’s time to meet with a consultant and see how to take our church to that next step. Mary Gleason can help us see where our commitment and motivation lie and how we can achieve our best success.

Various workshops are planned throughout the weekend. You are invited to attend the session for a committee on which you are active, and everyone is invited to attend the open session on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, following the service, the entire congregation is invited to stay and hear Mary’s assessment — lunch will be provided. Please try to find some way to be involved — the more input and involvement we get, the more successful the weekend will be.


The UU Nominating Committee is delighted to announce the slate of nominees for church offices beginning in June of 2013:

  • President Elect: Gale Charlotte
  • Assistant Treasurer: Randy Myer
  • Trustee: (2 vacancies): Kris Taylor, Bill Welge
  • Nominating Committee (2 vacancies): Lisa Pantea, Diana Poindexter
  • Endowment Committee: Denise Laussade

Please plan to attend the Spring Congregational Meeting on Sunday, April 28 when the slate will be formally presented to the congregation. A special thanks to the nominees for their willingness to serve our church in these important roles. UU Nominating Committee: Amanda Estes, Gary Fowler, Joan Marshall (chair), Bob Rode

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FORUM Sunday, April 14 Kurt & Hillary Gleichman present Fracking in the Midwest. Kurt and Hillary Gleichman are employed professionally as an engineer and social worker respectively and have become inadvertently engaged in grassroots movements across the state and in coordination with organizations around the country concerning the new oil and gas extraction method known as fracking. We will share what we have learned about this method and the ramifications for individual health, property, the future of our land and its relevance to our present day including what individual communities are doing about fracking. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE Please join us Sunday, April 14 as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents Takayama Mitsuri Sanno. Come learn about this Shinto spring festival. let us express our hopes for a great growing season and give thanks to our ancestors whose efforts have sustained us through the past and into the present day. The choir will sing In This Ancient House. Worship Associate is Janice Thiel. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Gary Mueller. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader is Rae Schnapp. Fellowship Team Members: Renu Bhatia, Sallie Cooke , Joe Hiscox , Beth Hoffman, Erin and JT Hoke, Cliff Sadof and Linda LeMar, Jennifer Schall, Jackie Sloss, Lee Sullivan, Gabriele Weaver and Sergey Savinov, Patty Wood, Joan Zinn.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION 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: (see next page)

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
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

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 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 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 Next Sunday, 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,!

NEW ANNUAL FELLOWSHIP GROUP The New Annual Fellowship group Women’s Night Out now has its own Facebook page: UU Women’s Night Out . Request to join thus closed group for information on upcoming Women’s Night Out events. Not on Facebook? Email Sherry Tripodi at

PROGRAM COUNCIL meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next at 5:30 on Tuesday, May 7.  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,

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 for you to fill out 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 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.

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. (see next page).

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.

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!

April Calendar

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

April 15, Monday

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)

April 16, Tuesday
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)

April 17, Wednesday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
9:30 AM Old Tippecanoe Charity Quilting FH
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
5:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain (Upper Room)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

April 18, Thursday
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH) CANCELLED
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

April 19, Friday
NEXT STEPS ASSESSMENT WEEKEND: BOARD MEETS W/UUA Stewardship Consultant M. Gleason in 101/103
Wabash River Sampling Blitz (Meet at Church 2:30 PM!)
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
2:30 PM Wabash River Sampling Blitz (Meet at Church 2:30 PM!)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

April 20, Saturday
NEXT STEPS ASSESSMENT WEEKEND: BOARD MEETS W/UUA Stewardship Consultant M. Gleason in 101/103
De-Trash the Wabash (Meet at church 8:30 am; sign up on clipboards outside church office!)
8:00 AM Zen M

April 21, Sunday
NEXT STEPS ASSESSMENT WEEKEND: Stewardship Consultant presents results at Forum 101/103
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 101/103

April 22, Monday
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)

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.
~Henry David Thoreau

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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