Meridian Bulletin for July 7, 2013


  • 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.


Join us for Canal Days at the Wabash and Erie Canal Center in Delphi from noon ‘til 4:30 on Sunday July 7. We will stay for the potluck after church and then carpool at noon to Delphi on the new Hoosier Heartland Highway SR25. We can enjoy a live music, a quilt show, tours of the historic Reed Case house, a historic flag show and live demonstrations in the Pioneer Village including a blacksmith shop, a cooper making barrels and buckets, basket and broom making, and more. Many items will be for sale. We can also experience a 35-minute floating trip on a replica 19th century canal boat. Boat Tour is optional – tours are at 1:30 and 2:30 & tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for kids under 18. Tour guides share adventures and stories of everyday life as it was 150 years ago. The Canal Days event is free (except for the Boat Tours), however, you must let us know if you plan to attend with the Outdoor Group. Please, please RSVP by contacting Rae Schnapp at or 714-4829 by Friday, July 5.

Gary Burniske, Josh Prokopy & Bob Rode present Community Service in Thailand from Three Perspectives. Gary Burniske is the Managing Director at The Center for Global Food Security, Discovery Park/Purdue University. Mr. Burniske is a specialist in international relief and development, with a technical focus on sustainable agriculture. Josh Prokopy is a stay-at-home dad and fiction writer with masters degrees in Sociology and Social Work. His education focused on community development and before coming to West Lafayette he spent several years working in the field of affordable housing. Bob Rode is the lab manager of the Aquaculture Research Lab (ARL), located at the Animal Science Research and Extension Center (ASREC) just outside of West Lafayette. Bob is responsible for coordinating research activities and users of the lab as well as routine maintenance. All three are members of the UU Church. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us next Sunday as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents Decalogue: Liberal Interpretation of the ten Commandments, Part I. The first 4 commandments are about human duty to God. Gail & Charlie Davis sing original songs to explore the meaning of God and what it might mean to be connected to God. Worship Associate is Janice Thiel. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Mary Finley. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader is Laura Helms.

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!

The month of 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 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! First child- $45, $30 additional child, same family (Includes cost of materials, t-shirt, & snack- scholarship assistance available on request),

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.

ALL-CHURCH RETREAT will be held at Ross Camp the weekend of August 9-11—only one month from now! Please mark your calendars for this wonderful intergenerational event that creates opportunities for personal growth and deeper friendships in the UU Community. Eric and Janice Thiel are coordinating this event. There are registration forms in the narthex. More information will be forthcoming. Thank you!

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.

THE WOMEN’S NIGHT OUT GROUP (along with a few supportive men) will be sponsoring the UU table at the Mosey Down Main Street on Saturday, July 13, 6-10 pm. If you’d like to work a one or two-hour shift, answering questions for interested folks, please contact Cindy Gerlach,

We have moved the church email list to Google Groups to help streamline communications from the church office. 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 Meridian Bulletin (previously Update) by email, please email Alice Pawley at and copy Karin Bergman at Thank you!


  •  JULY 9 DRUMMING WORKSHOP, 7:30-9PM. (NEXT WEEK!!) 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

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!

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 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, one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for food and child care. Please note date changes.
• UU HISTORY Next tba in Fall.

PROGRAM COUNCIL meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next at 5:30 on Tuesday, August 6. 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,

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.

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.

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.

July Calendar

Sunday, July 7
Magazine Exchange (Library)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
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)

Tuesday, July 9
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (101/103), 2nd Tuesdays each month
7:30 PM SHM/Spontaneous Hopeful Monster (UU House Band) Rehearsal (S)

Wednesday, July 10
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” (101/103)
5:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain Cancelled for summer
6:00 PM RE Peace & Nature Camp Planning Meeting (106)

Thursday, July 11
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
4:30 PM Zazen (M)
5:10 PM Zen Chanting & Reading
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen 2nd Sitting (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Healing Service (S-Susanne McConville, Facilitator)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (101/103)

Friday, July 12
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, July 13
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, July 14
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:45 AM UU Membership Class CANCELLED
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

Monday, July 15
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 16
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)

None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother
what he loves for himself.

The best richness is the richness of the soul.

Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.

True modesty is the source of all virtues.

Prophet Muhammad
Abu al-Qasim Muhammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim
570-632 AD


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