Meridian update for April 15, 2013

The Meridian Update Monday, April 15, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

HOURS: 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


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 21, Jennifer Layton, Executive Director, discusses Lafayette Transitional Housing Center, Inc.. This non-profit organization began in 1988 to develop housing, offer supportive services, and other opportunities to foster self-sufficiency for the homeless, particularly families with children, in our community. LTHC is comprised of four separate programs: The Self-Sufficiency Program, Family Program, Singles Program and the Lincoln Center Supportive Housing Program. The goal of all of the programs is to help the homeless learn the needed skills, so they may be able to maintain employment and housing. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE Please join us Sunday, April 21 as Joe Peters, Performing Songwriter and Recording Artist, presents “Living in Community.” In the spring of 1976, a group of long-haired young dreamers bought 304 acres of rolling woodlands southwest of Bloomington, Indiana, and moved into canvas teepees. They slept on dirt floors, cooked over campfires, raised chickens and goats and tended an organic garden. Their mission was to create and nurture community based on respect for each other, nature, & responsible stewardship of their land. Now celebrating its 37th year, May Creek Farm is an example of what is commonly called an intentional community. Joe and his wife Dai joined May Creek in 1998, offering poignant insights into the unique connection between these exceptional people and this remarkable place, as well as the resulting environmental stewardship. The Creekers combination of democratic decision-making and common property governance even attracted the research interests of the late Indiana University Nobel Prize-winning economist, Elinor Ostrom. Contrasting in both mission and approach is Kindness House, an intentional community near Durham, North Carolina, run by The Human Kindness Foundation, founded by Bo and Sita Lozoff, a non-profit organization which stresses a way of life based upon three common principles taught by the great sages of all religions: Simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to personal spiritual practice. Joe and Dai spent extended periods of time at Kindness House as resident volunteers during graduate school and subsequent years. By means of comparative analysis, Joe shares thoughts and experiences about what it means to be living in community, and the diverse ways that intention is manifested. A native Hoosier, Joe holds degrees from Indiana University (Religious Studies & East Asian Languages & Literatures), University of Idaho and North Carolina State University (both in Forest Resources). He has lived and worked extensively overseas in Taiwan and China (overseas studies), Ecuador (Peace Corps), Madagascar (Ph.D. research), Vietnam (Fulbright) and Kenya (songwriting) with his wife, Dai. Joe was assistant professor of natural resources management at Grand Valley State University before embarking on a life as a folk singer-songwriter, releasing eight CDs of original songs since 1998. Special Music by Linda Hicks & Company, and Spontaneous Hopeful Monster. Worship Associate is Dianna Poindexter. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Dan Noland. Pulpit Preparation is by Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader is Christine Schertz . Fellowship Team Members: Amy Bauer and family, Andrew and Jesse Bowen, Ed and Kathy Bowen, June Cohen, Adrienne Field, Chap Flack, Larry Guentert, Susannah Hall-Justice, Mary and Robert Lempke, Martha Lempke, JoAnn Mullen, Alice Pawley and Steve Hoffmann, Wendy and Neil Schmitzer-Torbert, Eric and Janice Thiel.

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:

•Population/Earth Resource Models w/ Bob Rode:
April 21- 1st-3rd grade, Rm 210

•Plants and Gardening w/Lisa Pantea
April 21- 4th-6th grade, Rm 214

•Making Music from Recycled Materials w/Jason
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



1st Quarter Finance Report

2013 Budget 1st Qtr. Actual % of Budget

Revenue $283,396.00 $62,384.03 22.01%
Expenditure $283,396.00 $60,834.37 21.47%


• Revenues are coming in pretty close to target. PLEASE check to make sure your pledge payments are up-to-date. If you have any questions about your pledge or where you stand contact Steve Hoffman (

• Expenditures are under control so far this year. Committee Chairs should be receiving quarterly reports a little later in April.

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.

• 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.
• EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP…PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE Next tba. 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 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,!

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 May 12 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.

GOODWILL CLOTHING DRIVE: It’s time again to gather up those clothes you no longer need, put them into 13 gallon bags or the equivalent, and donate them to our Goodwill Clothing Drive. Please drop off your bags of clothing at the UU Church on Saturday June 8 between 10am and 2pm, and there will be someone to assist you at the playground entrance to Fellowship Hall. Members of the congregation are welcome to bring their bags in anytime Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm (lunch hour variable) and leave them in the Upper Room of the Fellowship Hall. Only clothing is accepted. No shoes, belts, hangers, or toys. Overfilling the bags creates more work for those of us who manage the bags, as do broken bags. Goodwill gives us $5 vouchers for each bag collected, which are then donated to the YWCA, LUM, Cary Home for Children, and Family Promise. The vouchers can then be used at any Goodwill Store. Last year we collected 1200 bags worth $6,000 in vouchers, so we’ve set the bar pretty high. So open your hearts and clean your closets. Goodwill will pick up our collection on Tuesday, June 11 Any questions or volunteers, call Susanne McConville @ 477-0344.

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.”

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 sherrytripodi

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 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 CANCELLED (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 (FH, NOTE Day/Time change)
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
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 Mary Gleason 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


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