Meridian Bulletin for June 30, 2013

HOURS:

  • 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.

SUNDAY MORNING FORUM, JULY 7
Harry R. Targ, Purdue University Professor of American Studies; Coordinator, Committee on Peace Studies, presents United States/Cuban Relations in the 21st Century. Professor Targ, Ph.D., Northwestern University, has teaching and research interests in U.S. and international political economy, U.S. foreign policy, organized labor and class struggle, plant closings and unemployment, and U.S. foreign policy in Central America. He has authored International Relations in a World of Imperialism and Class Struggle; Strategy of an Empire in Decline: Cold War II; and co-authored Plant Closings: International Context and Social Costs. His book, Cuba and the United States: A New World Order? was published in 1992. A co-edited volume, Marxism Today, was published in 1996. Also, he has co-authored children’s books on Guatemala and Honduras. More recently he published Challenging Late Capitalism, Neoliberal Globalization, and Militarism and Diary of a Heartland Radical. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE, JULY 7
Please join us next Sunday as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents Layat Al-Qdar: Night of Destiny. This holiday celebrates the night that the Quran began to be revealed to Mohamed. It marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. Excerpts of the Quran will be read and a guided meditation on the 99 names of God will be offered. Worship Associate is Kat Braz. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Dan Noland. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader is Christine Schertz.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION ***IMPORTANT***
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!

  • Beginning in July, we return to our normal Sunday morning routine, with children K-5th grade starting out in the sanctuary with parents through the Time For All Ages segment of the service. After that, they will be dismissed for supervised play in the fellowship hall or playground. We are still in need of volunteers for summer to provide child supervision during the service for July and August. There is a sign up sheet in the library (near the newcomers table). It’s an easy gif and a great way to get to know some of our great kids.
  • Peace and Nature Camp!! August 5-7! First child- $45, $30 additional child, same family (Includes cost of materials, t-shirt, & snack- scholarship assistance available on request), dresheila@gmail.com
  • 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.
  • 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.

MESSAGE FROM THE COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY 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.

COMMUNICATION OVERHAUL
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 21 Meridian Update, please email Alice Pawley at alicepawley@gmail.com and copy Karin Bergman at uuc@uulafayette.org. Thank you!

UU CHURCH ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION COUNCIL (A-REC ) PRESENTS

  •  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, info@circAfrique.com, 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 http://goo.gl/2gw2I to register.

ONGOING!

  • 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

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!

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, cjgerlach@gmail.com.

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!

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
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, 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 loose coins in the Sunday offering will go to organizations striving to address social justice issues in these areas. Banks of the Wabash, Inc., the C4C recipient for July and August, is dedicated to preserving, enhancing and promoting the significant historical and natural resources of the Wabash River Corridor. Banks of the Wabash, Inc. works to improve the quality of life for residents and enhance visitor experiences for guests from outside the corridor. The organization’s focus is the central section of the Wabash River Heritage Corridor, including portions of Carroll, Cass, Fountain, Parke, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warren counties in Indiana. This organization supports efforts to improve the quality of life for all residents in the corridor and helps to enhance the visitor experience for visitors from outside the corridor, providing a venue for citizens living in the region to voice opinions and concerns about the corridor. Also, to provide a mechanism to help us work together to achieve common goals. With its non-profit status and citizen membership base, the Banks of the Wabash, Inc. works with other organizations such as the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission to make things happen. Banks of the Wabash, Inc. hosts the Wabash Riverkeeper & brings together a variety of individuals interested in conservation, historic preservations, economic development, community education and heritage tourism, preserving the important historical, natural, and cultural resources of the area. Regional programs and events raise an awareness of the Wabash River Heritage Corridor for residents and visitors alike, creating an appreciation of the Wabash River as a recreational resource and supporting the improvement of communities in the corridor.

UU MEMBERSHIP CLASSES FOR 2013 presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee will reconvene on September 8, and meet each 2nd Sunday on a rotating basis after service (following Talk and Tour). 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, sherrytripodi@yahoo.com 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.

FIBER ARTS
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, amandamestes@gmail.com 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 www.tinyurl.com/energizeuu, or contact Bill Welge at 765.409.3896 for assistance or further information.

HOW TO USE OUR CHURCH WEBSITE CALENDAR
A complete daily/monthly calendar of events can be seen at our church website. On the main webpage, select “Events” and then “Calendar.” On the Calendar Page, select “You can view our monthly calendar here.” To access a complete description of any event scheduled (if the information has been provided to the office), double click on the event and a second screen will appear to you. UU Church-specific events are scheduled in black (e.g. Forums, Worship Services). Outside-the-church events are scheduled in blue (e.g. Pujas, weddings, graduations). Co-sponsored events appear in violet (e.g. ACLU Board, Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, PRYSM, PFLAG, Drumming Workshops, Tai Chi, Qi Gong). “Big Rock” events–term taken from UUA Consultant Mary Gleason’s report to indicate major annual events appear in red (e.g. UU Plant Sale, Service Auction, etc.). Newsletter deadlines, Congregational Meetings, and UUA Heartland District/General Assembly Meetings also appear in red. Holidays are scheduled in fuchsia. We thank you for your patience as the Office Administrator continues with completing this calendar conversion.

June–July Calendar

Sunday, June 30

9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, July 1
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)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, July 2
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
5:30 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:30 PM SHM/Spontaneous Hopeful Monster (UU House Band) Rehearsal (S)
Wednesday, July 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)
5:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain Cancelled for summer

Thursday, July 4
INDEPENDENCE DAY (OFFICE CLOSED)
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
4:30 PM Zazen (M)
5:10 PM Zen Chanting & Reading
5:30 PM Zazen 2nd Sitting (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:30 PM PFLAG (102 High School Room) First Thursdays
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, July 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, July 6
Rev. Davis performs wedding at the Trails: Rachel Milligan
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, July 7
Magazine Exchange (Library)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:45 AM POTLUCK FOLLOWING SERVICE
12:00 PM FIELD TRIP TO DELPHI CANAL CENTER
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

Monday, July 8
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 (S)

The next best thing to being wise oneself
is to live in a circle of those who are.
~C.S. Lewis

Wherein lies happiness? In that which becks
Our ready minds to fellowship divine,
A fellowship with essence; till we shine,
Full alchemiz’d, and free of space. Behold
The clear religion of heaven!
~John Keats

How shrunk, how dwindled, in our times
Creation’s mighty seed –
For Man has broke the Fellowship
With murder, lust, and greed.
~Margaret Atwood

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