Meridian Update for July 28 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.

Please join us next Sunday as Laura Geiger-Reed, Bill Welge, Chris Funk, Susanne & Tom McConville present Crisis in Antibiotic Treatment. This will be a two-part Forum, with the second part on August 18. The threat from antibiotic-resistant bacteria keeps growing, with little in drug development to replace the drugs that have become the last lines of defense in the medical toolbox. Healthcare practitioners are at times relying on antibiotics with harsh side effects for common infections that were previously reserved for life threatening situations. In our Forum, we will have panel reporting and group discussion about the current state of affairs in antibiotic treatment, including alternative treatments and strategies for avoiding infection. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us next Sunday as Worship Leader Ellen Germann Melosh presents, Are You A Freethinking Mystics with Hands? Rev. Tom Owen-Towle, Minister Emeritus of the UU Church of San Diego, wrote a book that describes UUs with this phrase. When Ellen Germann Melosh discovered this book, she was in the middle of defining her own personal spirituality as a UU. It quickly became an integral part of that defining process. Hear what Rev. Owen-Towle means by this definition and how it might help each of us to understand what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. Worship Association is Dianna Poindexter. Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation is by Robin Poindexter. Sound Technician is Noemi Ybarra. 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 next Sunday, August 4 in the 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.
  • Peace and Nature Campers: If you’ve told us you are participating, but have not 1) registered for r.e. for the 2013-14 year and 2) submitted the completed camp form and fee, please do so a.s.a.p! We need to have both things on file absolutely no later than noon Monday, July 29th. Hard copies of both forms are available at church—unfortunately the online form for camp doesn’t work properly.
  • Reminder for Youth Group (and anyone else who would like to join in on the fun!): Decorating party, next 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.
  • We are still in need of help with our K-5th grade school aged children during service for the few remaining summer Sundays until September 8th, when our regular church year will kick off with our traditional multi-generational Water Communion Service.
  • 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 next 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

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 (4-6 pm; 6-8 pm, and 8-10 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!

ALL-CHURCH RETREAT will be held at Ross Camp the weekend of August 9-11—only 2 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!

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 did not 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,


  • DRUMMING WORKSHOP HELD 7:30-9PM THE 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, NEXT AUGUST 13! 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 Nancy Kauper, Patty Deejay, 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,

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.

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.

SAFETY TRAINING MEETING AUGUST 25 immediately following service. All congregants are invited. Noemi Ybarra will walk us through procedures for opening and closing the building, operating AED machine, and other safety procedures. The orientation for new fellowship team leaders will follow immediately. Childcare will be available.

This will begin directly after service with a safety talk and walk-through led by Noemi Ybarra. All congregants are invited to this portion of the meeting. After this portion, only the new team leaders will stay. We’ll provide lunch and go over the team leader tasks. Please let Sherry Tripodi know ASAP if you need childcare during the meeting. If you were a leader last year, please try to come to at least the safety portion of the meeting, although your experience and insight would be appreciated at the entire meeting (plus, there’s food!).

  • September 1: Not a potluck. The last Sunday of the current Fellowship Team rotation (the Myer’s team)
  • September 8: Potluck Sunday. All of the team leaders will work together as a team for a dry run through all of the tasks of a Sunday morning service and potluck.
  • September 15: The first Sunday of the new team rotation.


  • We are only having 11 teams. Last year’s team leaders requested that we have more people on each team and serve more often. This increases your service to 5-6 times/year rather than 4. Please let me know if this is an issue and I will try to assign your team 5 times rather than 6.
  • We will assign 2 teams on potluck Sundays. If there becomes a problem of too many cooks in the kitchen, we’ll adjust.
  • We will have all new, reshuffled teams from last year. This year I’ll simply give you a list of who is on your team rather than us picking members ourselves.

I make the schedules quarterly, beginning with September 15 through December 29. I’ll start working on the first schedule in mid-August, so when you know the dates that you won’t be available between September 15 and December 29, please let me know.

Thanks so much for your service. I look forward to working with all of you. SherryTripodi, Interim Membership Chairperson.

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.

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.

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.

July—August Calendar

Rev. Davis on vacation through August 6

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)

Tuesday, July 30
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson

Wednesday, July 31
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)

Thursday, August 1
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)

Saturday, August 3
8:00 AM Zen M

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
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)

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)

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
~Walt Whitman

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
~Mother Teresa

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
~George Bernard Shaw, Immaturity


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