Meridian Update for June 14, 2013

Meridian Update, Friday, 14 June 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

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  • Rev. Davis on vacation month of June; otherwise: 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: Summer Hours Tuesday-Friday, 8am-6pm, lunch hour variable.

Marion Moore Hill writes two series of novels, the Scrappy Librarian Mysteries (published titles: Bookmarked For Murder and Death Books A Return) and the Deadly Past Mysteries (published titles: Deadly Will and Deadly Design). Her talk will focus on the research done for her two mystery series, especially the Deadly Past Mysteries, which have plots that revolve around Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. She will also speak about her process of creating characters and plots in both series. She welcomes questions and interaction with attendees about any aspect of writing, researching, publishing, or promotion of books. She is a former legal secretary, college teacher of English and Journalism, and owner of an ethnic/gourmet grocery in Durant, OK, where she and husband Elbert (a retired teacher of children’s literature at Southeastern Oklahoma State U.) have lived for more than 40 years. They are charter members of Red River Unitarian Universalist Church in Denison, TX; he is currently president of the congregation, and she has acted as church treasurer, finance & endowment chair, and membership chair. The Hills attend UU General Assembly each year, having discovered that wonderful experience in 2004. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us next Sunday as Worship Leader Gale Charlotte presents Sharing Insights on the Importance of Reading. Over the years, Gale has appreciated more and more her ability to read. Educated, challenged, enlightened, and entertained; she would like to share some of her insights with you. And, she wishes to invite you to share something you’ve read with the rest of us. Please bring a favorite short passage to read to the rest of the congregation if you would like. Worship Associate is Dianna Poindexter. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Musical selections will be performed by Sharon McKnight & Elena Escudero. Sound Technician is Mike Marsh. Pulpit Preparation is by Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leaders are Lorraine & Randy Myer.

Time to register for the upcoming year of R.E.!!! Plans and class assignments for next year’s R.E. are being made now! We need a registration form from every family with children or youth who are cared for or participate in church programming or activities, including the nursery. Forms are available in classrooms, the narthex, or on the desk just outside the office doors. There is a basket in the narthex to collect the forms once complete. Your cooperation in getting registrations completed as soon as possible is much appreciated!

  • GA Youth & Parent Meeting in 101/103 at noon this Sunday, June 16
  • All through the month of June children entering kindergarten-5th grade are meeting in the fellowship hall to learn about creation stories from various cultural traditions. This Sunday, Linda Prokopy and Wendy Schmitzer-Torbet will be teaching the Slavic creation story . Parents: children start out in the fellowship hall right away at 10:30 for the month of June only while we are doing the Passport to Creation curriculum.
  • We are still seeking volunteers to help out with child supervision in July and August. This is an easy gig and a great way to get to know some of our kids—simply interacting and providing supervision while the children play. Games and activities for both outside and inside are available, and either the DRE or a member of the R.E. Council will be around to provide assistance if needed. There will be a sign up sheet in the library near the newcomer’s table on Sunday.
  • Peace and Nature Camp!! August 5-7! Watch for details and registration coming soon!!
  • Parents, please make sure you sign your children in and out on the clipboard when dropping them off in the nursery for child care during the service or during church events. This information is vital for child safety and program tracking/planning purposes.

Josh and Linda Prokopy have offered to host a “campfire gathering” for the members of our congregation who are attending GA on Saturday evening, June 22 at their Deam Lake Cabin Campsite Section F, Site #8 right across from the nearest “Comfort Station” (, about 20 miles from downtown Louisville. Please rsvp to Josh ( prior to Wednesday the 19th to allow adequate time for planning. It would be appreciated if you can chip in a small amount to help cover the cost of food and drinks.

This September will mark three years that Reverend Charlie has been a part of our family which means that we, as a congregation, need to take a moment to evaluate his ministry. We are asking for the input of the congregation through a survey being made available online and on paper that will be available in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday in June during coffee hour starting June 16th. We ask that all surveys be returned by July 1st. The paper surveys need to be returned during weekdays to the green metallic papered box with Karin in the office; on Sundays the box will be made available in Fellowship Hall . We encourage your participation and welcome your constructive comments. Janice Thiel, Chair.

We have moved the church email list to Google Groups to help streamline communications from the church office. Beginning June 13, all Lighted Chalice and Meridian Update emails will be sent through this group. This should NOT increase the number of emails you get from the church. If you would like to receive these communications and did not receive the June 14 Meridian Update, please email Alice Pawley at and copy Karin Bergman at Thank you!


  • JUNE 29 QUARTERLY MEDITATION WORKSHOP, 10:00 AM-NOON. Workshop teaches various techniques to aid in stress relief, relaxation and helping to maintain a calm & centered mind. Workshop leader is Jason Kniola, Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapist. $10 requested donation.
  • JULY 9 DRUMMING WORKSHOP, 7:30-9PM. Held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Structured drumming sessions! Learn about drumming in the West African style, facilitated by Sundeep Rao,, and Robin Pickett,, of the local West African percussion ensemble circAfrique. Bring your drum, or ask if a drum is available for use (there are about 6-8) for a small, extra donation. Your drum will need to make at least two distinct sounds. Bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments are welcome! $10 requested donation per session. See to register.


  • Monday Meditation: 7:00 pm every Monday with Larry Hicks
  • Zen Meditation: 4:30 First Sitting; 5:10 Chanting & Reading; 5:30 2nd Sitting; 6:00 Chanting & Reading each Thursday evening; also 8:00 am each Saturday with Russ Flynn
  • Tai Chi 7:00 am Monday – Friday with Lisa Petersen
  • Qi Gong 7:30 am Monday/Wednesday/Friday with Lisa Petersen
  • Tai Chi with David McCain on hiatus until fall, tba

UU MEMBERSHIP CLASSES FOR 2013 meet each 2nd Sunday on a rotating basis after service (following Talk and Tour), 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.

  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH July 14 CANCELLED. Meets next on September 8. 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 in Fall. 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 Next tba in Fall. 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.

TALK AND TOUR ON 2ND SUNDAYS AFTER SERVICE, FOLLOWED BY MEMBERSHIP CLASS Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next Sunday, July 14. This 15 minute guided walk through the building is designed to familiarize newcomers with our congregation and facilities. Participants do not need to sign up in advance—simply gather at the Newcomers Table outside the Fellowship Hall at 11:45. Thanks!

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!

PROGRAM COUNCIL meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next at 5:30 on Tuesday, July 2. 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, Cindy Gerlach,

The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, July 11, 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,

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 June, as in May, is Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Good Samaritan Fund, which assists local families facing emergency financial needs. This special fund is separate from LUM’s operating fund, and 100% of the donations to GSF goes directly to these needy families. The majority of the GSF clients are facing utility disconnects: gas, electric or water. The program also assists with housing needs (rent, past rent, deposits), medications, employment related expenses and, through LUM’s ID Clinic, birth certificates to obtain benefits or IN identification. In 2012, the Good Samaritan Fund assisted 2,315 families for a total of $106,623 in assistance. Clients are seen by volunteers every morning, with other hours available by appointment. About 10-12 clients are seen every day; about 40% of them return for a 2nd visit at some point in the year. When the GSF dollars are not enough to “solve” the problem, the volunteers work with the clients, utility companies or landlords to work out payment arrangements or deferred payments.

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations General Assembly will take place this coming 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. Friday morning worship service June 21 (Solstice!), our very own Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson of Travelers Dream will be playing music! See their website, Congratulations, Denise and Michael! 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 contact Rae Schnapp at or 765-714-4829. See GA FUN! notice above; the Prokopys are hosting a cookout Sat. evening 6.22!
  • 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.

Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday after church, next Sunday, July 14, 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.

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!

June Calendar

Rev. Davis on vacation month of June.

Sunday, June16, FATHER’S DAY
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

Monday, June 17
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 Monday Meditation (101/103)

Tuesday, June 18
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)

Wednesday, June 19
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2013, Louisville KY
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)

Thursday, June 20
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2013, Louisville KY
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
4:00 PM “Spanish Singers and Stories” Preschool & Early Grade-schoolers (Nursery)
4:30 PM Zazen (M)
5:10 PM Zen Chanting & Reading
5:30 PM Zazen 2nd Sitting (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, June 21
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2013, Louisville KY
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

Saturday, June 22
Camping Trip to GA, Deam Lake IN; UU Church Cookout at Prokopy’s Cabin Campsite this evening
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2013, Louisville KY
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, June 23
Camping Trip to GA, Deam Lake IN
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2013, Louisville KY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103): Marion Moore Hill, U.U. Mystery Author, gives a special presentation about her works including “The Deadly Past Mysteries,” and “The Scrappy Librarian Mysteries.”
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, June 24
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal

A man never stands as tall
as when he kneels to help a child.

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
~William Shakespeare

To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in
peaceful occupation: this is greatest blessing.
~Buddha from Mangala Sutta


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