Meridian Bulletin for Nov 8, 2013

HOURS:

  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1-7pm, or by appt.
  • DRE Sheila Garrett: Sunday morning, Monday, Tuesday 1-5 pm, or by appt.
  • Office Administrator Karin Bergman: Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm, 4 additional; lunch hour variable.

MERIDIAN BULLETIN NEW FORMAT: reminder and how to send feedback is posted online here.

NOVEMBER 10 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM
Please join us as Jody Tishmack, founder and owner of The Soilmaker on South River Road, West Lafayette, presents Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice. Jody has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology, a Master’s Degree in Soil Science and in Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue. She has worked in the environmental science and engineering field for more than 20 years. She focuses on recycling of waste materials, resource conservation, and reclamation of disturbed lands. One of the projects she developed as a graduate student at Purdue was a soil manufacturing process using waste materials. She developed this project into a full-scale soil making operation at Purdue, and ran it for 6 years. She also taught composting courses in the Agriculture and Biological Engineering Department at Purdue. In 2003, Jody commercialized the soil making operation and started a new business called Soilmaker. Soilmaker is Lafayette’s largest yard waste-recycling operation, selling compost, organic soil, and composted mulch. For more information visit www.soilmaker.com. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NOVEMBER 10 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
During November, worship and religious exploration will focus on the second principle of Unitarian Universalism: Justice, Equity and Compassion For Rev. Davis, that is summarized in the word “sharing.” On Nov. 10 Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Sharing the Work.” A congregation survives on voluntary contributions of time and money. Different households have differing amounts of both. But when each of us share our gifts, this congregation thrives as a cathedral of religious freedom. Worship Associate is Michael Lewis. Choir Director and Pianist tba. Sound Technician is Jerry Hunley. Sanctuary preparation is by Janice Thiel. Fellowship Team Leaders are Beth Misner and Barny Dunning.

NOVEMBER 17 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM  Ashley Smith, Media Liaison/OUTfest ’13, presents HJR6 & Marriage Equality in Indiana.  Ashley is the Assistant Manager/Laser Specialist at AUI, Inc. She was born and raised in the Lafayette area. She was removed from the military under the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. She has been part of Pride Lafayette’s family since 2008. She has been a Board Member, Vice President, 2011/2012 President, Volunteer Coordinator, and Entertainment Chair for OUToberfest. She has served as Chair of OUTfest since 2010. Ashley enjoys spending her spare time with her family and believes in equality for all. One of her favorite quotes is “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ~ Mother Teresa.  Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NOVEMBER 17 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE  During November, worship and religious exploration will focus on the second principle of Unitarian Universalism: Justice, Equity and Compassion  For Rev. Davis, that is summarized in the word “sharing.”  On Nov. 17 Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Sharing the Land.”  The pale skinned northern European immigrants displaced the Native Americans who lived here. Now many whites are frightened by a migrating population of people with ancestors from southern Europe and southern America. Climate change is likely to displace many of the world’s peoples in the next 50 years. We need to plan to share the land.  Worship Committee Chairperson is Dianna Poindexter.  Worship Associate is Bill Welge.  Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson.  Sound Technician is Dan Lybrook. Sanctuary preparation is by Gail Davis.  Fellowship Team Leader is Christine Schertz

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • This Sunday, November 10th, 1st-8th grade R.E. classes will be visiting the Black Cultural Center at Purdue.  Families are asked to drop their children off between 10-10:15  and pick them up between 11:45-noon directly at the center that day.  Enter through the doors nearest the parking lot.  In order to participate, children need to have a signed permission slip and current 2013-14 R.E. registration on file.
  • Guest at Your Table is an annual tradition in which congregation members learn about several people with whom the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is working and to highlight social justice issues.  GAYT boxes were distributed to take home for the month of November last Sunday.  It is suggested that the box be placed in a prominent place in your home (one idea is the dining room table) and coins be placed in the box each day for a month as a way to remember others in the world who are struggling. The boxes will be collected November 24th, the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. By participating in Guest at Your Table, everyone can be reminded of how deeply UUs believe in working toward a just and peaceful world.
  • On November 17th all R.E. classes will meet directly in the fellowship hall at 10:30 (no time for all ages) for Spirit Circle and to learn about the work done at Family Promise, a local non-denominational non-profit organization devoted to assisting families in transitional living circumstances. Josh Prokopy, a member of our congregation, youth advisor, and Family Promise volunteer will share a little about Family Promise and the work he does there. Children and youth will end the morning working together to create pillows to be donated to the organization, which will then be distributed to children of the families they serve.
  • Practice for this year’s holiday pageant begins November 27th- more info coming soon.
  • 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.
  • Questions? You can ALWAYS speak with a member of the R.E. council (Kathy Coder, Cheryl Fowler, Frank Arnold, Kirsten Reynolds, Beth Hoffmann, Rae Schnapp) or email me (dresheila@gmail.com).

A-REC:

  • video and discussion, Letting Go of God with Julia Sweeney on Nov 4 and 11.  Learn more…
  • WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING SESSIONS: Next held Nov 12, 7:30-9:30.  Read more…

STEWARDSHIP 2014: Abundant Hearts, Abundant Living
Please be ready to turn in your heart-felt pledge this week.  Our goal is to have 100% of members’ pledge cards returned.  Last year we received $229,258 in generous pledges!  What will 2014 bring?  The sky is the limit through your abundant hearts!  If you have any questions, please contact Laura Geiger 838-0339; laura.lbg@gmail.com or Mark VanMeeter markvanmeeter@comcast.net.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT TO SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY!  7 pm Nov 16 at our UU Church. Read more…

INTER-RELIGIOUS NETWORK (IRN) CONVERSATION CIRCLES.  Learn about twice-monthly conversation dinners, whether hosted at the UU Church or elsewhere in our community.  Read more…

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE.  The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Room. 101/103 at the church—please note date changes! Professor Michelle Alexander will be speaking at Purdue University November 14 (see “UU Book Group”). 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.” Our November and December recipient of C4C is NICHES, “Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive.”  Read more…
  • Get organized against HJR6, the proposed amendment to Indiana’s Constitution, would severely limit civil rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and is likely to cause significant problems for unmarried straight couples. Read more…
  • Stand Down Nov 9 to help homeless veterans in our area.  Learn more…
  • Please contribute critically-needed personal care supplies to our church’s collection for the local women’s shelter.  Learn more…
  • Freedom Indiana Community meeting Nov 12 at the UU Church.  Learn more…

HEALING SERVICE THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2013, UU SANCTUARY, 7PM
Please join us for a monthly healing service at the UU Church, 2nd Thursdays of each month for an Energy Healing Service with trained practitioners. Energy healing has been known by varied names and styles throughout thousands of years—it is a way in which one human being can affect the health and well-being of another. Energy healing has but one mandate: to speed up or enhance an individual’s personal growth, and physical healing process.  These services begin promptly at 7pm, so be sure to arrive early and enter the sanctuary prior to the start time.  For more information see page 16 of the November issue of the “Lighted Chalice” newsletter.

BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE & JUSTICE THROUGH THE UU-UNO
Learn more…

UU BOOK GROUP will meet Sunday Nov 17 6:30-9 to discuss The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Learn more…

MEMBERSHIP CLASSES: Learn about our rotating membership classes; next class is “Discovering your spiritual path” on  December 1.  Learn more here…

PROGRAM COUNCIL next meets Dec 3 at 6:30 in 101/103.  Send items for the agenda one week in advance.  Learn more…

CHURCH INTEREST GROUPS: Get involved in our church interest groups!  They gather monthly and there are fun and interesting activities for all types of folks.  Or, start your own group! Learn more here. 

FOOTBALL SATURDAYS: Help with church fundraising by volunteering to park cars on football Saturdays! Learn more.

ENERGIZE INDIANA: Learn about improving your home’s energy efficiency and support the church financially at the same time.  Energize Indiana… Energize a Friend!  Learn more…

STEWARDSHIP 2014: ABUNDANT HEARTS, ABUNDANT LIVING
Our 2014 Stewardship Pledge Drive is off to a great start, thanks to those members invited to the Annual Leadership Dinner Thursday, October 24. With just 16% of our total pledge cards returned, we have $85,206 in committed pledges.  But, we’ve only just begun to see the abundance of our hearts. Sunday, November 3rd, we distributed everyone’s pledge cards. Please take the time now to look into your hearts to determine the abundance you can share. Think about all that is important to you in our church community. What do you want to continue to support? What would make you heart broken if we could no longer provide it? Below is a suggested giving guide from the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Supporter, Sustainer, Visionary, or Chalice Lighter — Which one are you?

  • Supporter- 2-3%: The congregation is a significant part of your life and it promotes your spiritual growth. If your income is $50,000, your fair-share commitment is ~$125/month, or $1000- $1500/yr.
  • Sustainer- 4-6%: The congregation is central to your identity, and you are committed to sustaining the programs and ministries of the church. If your income is $50,000, your fair-share commitment is $167/month, or $2000/year.
  • Visionary- 7-9%: You are committed to both the present and future growth of the congregation. If your income is $50,000, your fair-share commitment is $208/month, or $2500/year.
  • Chalice Lighter- 10%+: You designate 10 per cent of your income as a way of living out your spiritual principles. If your income is $50,000, your fair-share commitment is $417/month, or $5,000/year.

Please be ready to turn in your heart-felt pledge this week. Our goal is to have 100% of members’ pledge cards returned.  Last year we received $229,258 in generous pledges! What will 2014 bring? The sky is the limit through your abundant hearts!

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, alicepawley@gmail.com.

NOVEMBER CALENDAR

November 8, Friday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

November 9, Saturday
PURDUE HOME GAME: IOWA HAWKEYES
Veterans “Stand Down;” UU Social Justice, Sponsor
8:00 AM Zen M
11:00 AM UU Service Auction Yoga Class (101/103)

November 10, Sunday
RE Trip to Purdue Black Cultural Center
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:00 AM West Lafayette Buddhism Group (106) Skype to Rinpoche Medicine Healing
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology: Series of 10 Classes Sundays 4-6pm (101/103)

November 11, Monday
VETERAN’S DAY (Office Closed)
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:00 PM A-REC PRESENTS: “LETTING GO OF GOD” with Lee Sullivan (S)
6:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (106)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

November 12, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 106
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:00 PM RE Council (Youth Room)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (101/103), 2nd Tuesdays each month

November 13, Wednesday
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)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (101/103)

November 14, Thursday
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Healing Service (S-Susanne McConville, Facilitator)

November 15, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

November 16, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Freedom Indiana Marriage Equality Fundraising Concert (S, FH)

November 17, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
6:30 PM UU Book Group (101/103)

November 18, Monday
Karin on vacation Mondays in November
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

November 19, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

November 20, Wednesday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

November 21, Thursday
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own
in the midst of abundance.”
~Buddha

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray
in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
~Kahlil Gibran

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