Meridian Bulletin for July 21, 2013


  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Tuesday-Friday 1-5. On vacation July 22-August 6.
  • 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.

Please join us next Sunday as Noemi Ybarra, lighting specialist for performance theatres, presents Lighting for the 21st Century: Where We Are With LEDs. We’re hearing more and more about LED lighting as it makes advances in the lighting market. What is it? For what is it suitable? What are the ecological implications? When should we throw out all our old bulbs and shell out money for LEDs? With over thirty years as a lighting designer for theatre and dance productions, art installations, and buildings, Noemi will share her expertise and befuddlement with the state of the art in lighting. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us next Sunday as Worship Leader Kat Braz presents “Family Matters.” During this service we will reflect on the family relationships that shape our lives and how our definition of family is ever-evolving. Special Music will be performed by Joe Peters. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Jason Dufair. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leaders are Mike and Sherry Tripodi.

Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next August 11. 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!


  • HURRY!! The deadline to register for Peace and Nature Camp is TODAY, July 21! Hard copies of the registration form can be found at church or online here.
  • Volunteers Still Needed: We need to cover a few more weeks of summer until the regular church year resumes September 8th. This is a really easy gig—you can teach a lesson (provided by Sheila or of your own choosing) or opt to just supervise the kids on the playground or doing a craft inside-it’s your choice! A sign up sheet can be found on a clipboard in the library area, just before you enter the fellowship hall.
  • In the coming weeks, members of the CYREC (child and youth religious exploration council) will be working on lining up volunteers to help with r.e. for every age level for the coming year. Whether you are interested in forming a deeper bond with the children and youth of this church by volunteering as a substitute nursery supervisor, workshop rotation guide, or youth advisor (all ask for app. one Sunday per month for the year) or a shorter term gig as a workshop teacher (three Sundays in a row, but only for one month), please consider how you can help us keep the program going strong and growing.
  • Is your child registered for the R.E. 2013-14 year yet?? I know, I know. Filling out those darn forms again is a pain, but ALL kids, whether in the nursery, youth group, or somewhere in between need to be registered for the upcoming R.E. year. Not only does the information you provide on those forms us help with planning our program and staffing needs, it also helps us make sure we have the latest health, safety, and contact information. Your prompt attention to this matter is greatly appreciated!
  • 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.

If you have events being hosted at our church to which you would like to invite congregants via our website and Facebook page, please send details and any appropriate photos to Webspinner Alice Pawley,

Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday after church, next August 11, in 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.

ALL-CHURCH RETREAT will be held at Ross Camp the weekend of August 9-11—only 3 weeks 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 entryway. More information will be forthcoming. Thank you!

Greater Lafayette’s annual pride celebration, OUTfest, will be held this year on Saturday, August 3 from 4:00 pm to midnight. The event features live bands, food, information, dancing, entertainment, and a family area. It is always a fun filled afternoon and evening! Our UU Social Justice Committee will host a booth as we have in past years and we will need volunteers for three shifts (4 to 6 pm; 6 to 8 pm, and 8 to 10 pm). We also need help setting up earlier in the afternoon and the last shift usually takes the booth down at 10. To volunteer for a shift, contact Joan Marshall, And, if you aren’t able to help with the booth, just plan to attend–it’s a wonderful event!


  • AUGUST 13 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. These sessions have been highly praised by the many participants—please join us for an enjoyable evening!
    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
    Taiji Qigong 7:30 am Monday/Wednesday/Friday with Lisa Petersen
    Tai Chi with David McCain on hiatus until fall, tba

West Lafayette Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a Fall Softball League. Games will be played on Sundays beginning at noon, the last game will start at 7 pm; all games will have a one hour time limit. Games will be played: August 17, 24;September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5 – then a double elimination tournament will start. The fee will be $350 if you had a team in our summer league; if not the fee will be $375. We will accept the first 10 paid teams. If anyone is willing to put a team together and play, please contact Jess Cook,

September 21, 2013, 5:30-10:00 pm. Tickets $10 each. Interested in volunteering or making a donation? Please contact Julie Rubsam, Service Auction Chairperson.

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 Friday, July 5 Meridian Bulletin (previously Update), please email Alice Pawley at and copy Karin Bergman at Thank you!

The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, September 12, 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.

  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH Meets next on September 8.
  • 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, 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,

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 –August Calendar:

Rev. Charlie on vacation through August 6

Monday, July 22
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, July 23
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (106)

Wednesday, July 24
7:30 AM Taiji 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 25
4:30 PM Zazen (M)
5:10 PM Zen Chanting & Reading
5:30 PM Zazen 2nd Sitting (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL

Friday, July 26
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, July 27
8:00 AM Zen M
11:00 AM Private Group Picnic

Sunday, July 28
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, July 29
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Wednesday, July 31
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
11:00 AM YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention: Prostituted Children in the United States: Understanding the Problem and Implementing a Solution (At YWCA, 605 N. 6th Street, Lafayette; Registration Required;
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
5:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain Cancelled for summer

Thursday, August 1
Rev. Charlie on vacation through August 6
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
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, August 2
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Faith means belief in something concerning which
doubt is theoretically possible.
William James, 1842-1910


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