Meridian Bulletin for August 2, 2013

[Apologies for the delay on getting this on the web – your webspinner has been on vacation. However, it was emailed out on time; this is just for the web archive.]


  • 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.

To be determined…Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us next Sunday as Reverend Daniel Charles Davis presents Behavioral Psychology and Religion. B.F. Skinner suggested that human behavior can be explained by rewards and punishment. What reinforces peoples’ beliefs in religion? What are the rewards and punishments offered by Unitarian Universalism? Worship Association is Dianna Poindexter. Music by Rev. Charlie and Gail Davis. Pulpit Preparation by Robin Poindexter. Sound Technician is Chap Flack. Fellowship Team Leaders tbd.

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!


  • Nursery Workers: There is a short, mandatory training scheduled Sunday, August 4 in Rooms 101-103 at noon. It’s potluck Sunday, so grab a plate first! In the event that you are unable to attend, please speak with Liz to make alternative arrangements. Topics include: Health and Safety: Sign in and out—before it was good practice, now it is part of our new safe congregations church policy; Supervision—two staff rule, new policy; Walkie-talkie use; Emergency Evacuation and Tornado Procedures; Abuse awareness; Choking Hazards; Hand-washing & Toileting; First aid & kits.  Professionalism: Attire; Time card; Schedule (what to do if you can’t cover your shift); Conduct.
  • Reminder for Youth Group (and anyone else who would like to join in on the fun!): Decorating party, Sunday, August 4, 6 pm. Come help transform the Fellowship Hall in preparation for Peace and Nature Camp! Pizza and drinks provided! Let Sheila know if you plan to be there so enough pizza can be ordered.
  • Attention Peace and Nature Campers! Monday is a day of potentially messy activities, so. Please. Wear old clothes that are okay to get stained or bring an old large sized tee to slip on over your regular clothes.
  • Have you registered your child(ren) for R.E. for the 2013-14 church year? Forms are located in several places at church, including the library. Your cooperation in helping us make sure every child is accounted for on our rosters is much appreciated!
  • Parents, please make sure you sign your children in and out on the clipboard when dropping them off in the nursery for childcare during the service or during church events. This information is vital for child safety and program tracking/planning purposes.

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, August 4 when the UU Movie Group will be showing “Quartet” at the church (Room 101-103) at 3:00 pm. The film, starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courteny, is Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut and has received much critical praise. Look forward to seeing you on the 4th! UU Movie Group Coordinators, Chuck Reynolds, Verna Ritz, and Joan Marshall.

Congratulations to the UU Flames on a great season! Next game is this Monday, August 5, 7 pm at Blessed Sacrament Field. It is double elimination so we get to play one more game & hopefully more! Please plan to be at the field by 6:45 for line up. Let Jess Cook,, know of your availability, YES or NO. Thanks all, and see you then.

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

Join us at Ross Camp the weekend of August 9-11 for the UU All-Church Retreat! There is an ingathering and a bonfire with music and songs Friday evening, workshops throughout the day on Saturday followed by folk dancing with a band and caller in the evening, and a service on Sunday morning presented in Native American style by Martha Gipson. There will be plenty of time for informal chats and discussions, meals and snacks, hikes and naps in the sun (weather permitting). Please register and mark your calendars for this wonderful intergenerational event that creates opportunities for personal growth and deeper friendships in the UU Community. More information can be obtained from Eric Thiel,

Board Meetings take place each 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, 20 August 2013. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns. Board President is Mark VanMeeter; Board President-Elect is Gale Charlotte; Immediate Past Board President is 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 Bulletin 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 donor receive a Friday Meridian Bulletin (previously Update), please email Alice Pawley at and copy Karin Bergman at Thank you!

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,

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.

There have recently been several church doors left unlocked, or otherwise open/not pulled tightly shut so the latch mechanism engages. People have been entering the building unexpectedly from the front of the church. PLEASE be sure to pull all doors tightly shut; even if a door looks as though it is locked, try the mechanism to be sure it is secured. Especially check all doors going into the Fellowship Hall, and be sure the doors onto the playground from the RE Classrooms are locked. Hex-bolt doors need to be checked as well—do not screw the inner bolt completely down or the mechanism will not lock. Try the door when finished using the hex-bolt. Thank you.

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.

Newsletter articles are due the 3rd Thursday of each month, next August 15 for the September “Lighted Chalice.” If you have a major “Big Rock” event coming up, please try to announce it two months in advance so the optimal number of people will be aware the schedule.

August Calendar

Sunday, August 4

Magazine Exchange (Library)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM Nursery Worker Training (mandatory for all nursery workers; 101/103)
3:00 PM UU Movie Group: “Quartet” 101/103
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

Monday, August 5
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

Tuesday, August 6
5:30 PM Program Council (101/103)

Wednesday, August 7
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
7:00 PM Music Group Practice (S)

Thursday, August 8
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Healing Service (S-Susanne McConville, Facilitator)

Friday, August 9
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson

Saturday, August 10
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, August 11
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

Monday, August 12
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Tuesday, August 13
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 106
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

Wednesday, August 14
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
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, August 15
5:30 PM Zazen (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, August 16
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Saturday, August 17
8:00 AM Zen M
7:30 PM Denise Wilson CD Release Concert: “A Song the Birds Believe,” S, FH

Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplated by men´s eyes, because they know–or think they know–some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.

~Bram Stoker, Dracula

I used unexpectedly to experience a consciousness of the presence of God, or such a kind that I could not possibly doubt that He was within me or that I was wholly engulfed in Him. This was in no sense a vision: I believe it is called mystical theology. The soul is suspended in such a way that it seems to be completely outside itself. The will loves; the memory, I think, is almost lost; while the understanding, I believe, though it is not lost, does not reason—I mean that it does not work, but is amazed at the extent of all it can understand; for God wills it to realize that it understands nothing of what His Majesty represents to it.

~Teresa of Ávila, The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself


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