Meridian Bulletin for Nov 14, 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.

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

NOVEMBER 24 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM
Jennifer Shook, M. Ed., will discuss Meals on Wheels of Tippecanoe County, Inc., for which she is Executive Director. The Meals on Wheels mission is to deliver hot meals to those who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves—an inability organizers say is quickly growing. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NOVEMBER 24 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. 24 Worship Leader Kat Braz will present “Sharing Our Gratitude.” During this season of Thanksgiving, members and friends of the congregation are to invited to reflect how we show gratitude for the bounty of our lives–that which inspires our minds, brings comfort to our bodies, and nourishes our spirits. Whether you sow seeds to celebrate the miracle of Mother Nature, donate volunteer hours to share your love of community, or create art and music to show appreciation for the gift of creativity–or anything else you do to show thanks–we want to hear from you! We’re looking for speakers (3-5 minutes) and musicians, so please contact worship leader Kat Braz at kat@purdue.edu if you¹d like to participate. Worship Committee Chairperson is Dianna Poindexter. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Mike Marsh. Sanctuary preparation is by Michael Lewis. Fellowship Team Leaders are Randy & Lorraine Myer.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • This Sunday, 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 (http://www.fpglinc.org/index.html) 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.
  • Oops- looks like there was a typo in last week’s announcement. Practice for this year’s holiday pageant begins next Sunday, November 24th– more info coming soon. Guest at Your Table boxes will also be collected today.
  • 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 DRE, Sheila Garrett. Email: (dresheila@gmail.com).
  • 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.

A-REC: WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING SESSIONS: Next held Dec 10 7:30-9:30.  Read more…

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. 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…
  • MAYBE BABY INDIANA:  At the Freedom Indiana HJR-6 Community Meeting held at UU Tuesday, Nov. 12 (~90 people attended!), we learned of an educational event sponsored by Pride Lafayette & YWCA to be held at the Lafayette YWCA this Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 from 1:30-5:30pm  Experts in the field of LGBT family formation will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and resources for LGBT persons who are thinking about growing their family. Family Equality Council,  http://www.familyequality.org/get_involved/events/midwest_events/, connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in this country and their six million children.  The YWCA is located at  605 N. 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.  The Pride website for the event is:  http://www.pridelafayette.org/2013/10/maybe-baby-indiana/.  Registration is free but space is limited, so sign up soon.  For further information contact Kim Simes, Midwest Regional Manager for Family Equality Council, 608.576.8257.  Tom McConville, Social Justice Co-chair.
  • Please contribute critically-needed personal care supplies to our church’s collection for the local women’s shelter.  Learn more…

LUM CHRISTMAS JUBILEE! 
This year’s LUM Jubilee celebration will take place on Saturday, December 14, time TBA.  We will again be partnering with the Church of the Brethren and the Lafayette Friends Meeting.  Jubilee will be held at the Church of the Brethren in Lafayette. Please mark your calendars and consider volunteering and/or donating a gift to help make this year’s LUM Jubilee Christmas the best ever! We will start signing up volunteers in November. More information to follow—stay tuned.  Mary Finley, Co-coordinator LUM Jubilee Christmas

BOARD MEETING, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Board meetings take place each 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns.

MAKE YOUR AMAZON.COM PURCHASES HELP THE CHURCH!  Should you be shopping through Amazon.com, please consider going through this page.  Learn more about this program here.

ABUNDANT HEARTS, ABUNDANT LIVING: Please return your pledge cards for this year’s stewardship campaign! Learn more…

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…

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Newsletter articles are due the 3rd Thursday of each month, next November 21 for the December issue of the “Lighted Chalice.”  If you have a major “Big Rock” event coming up, please announce it as soon as Program Council approves the event so that the optimal number of people will be aware the schedule.

CHURCH ADVERTISING: 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 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
RE Pillow Project for Family Promise
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM RE Council Meeting HS/Middle School Room
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
6:30 PM UU Book Group (101/103)

November 18, Monday
Karin on vacation Mondays (4) 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

November 22, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:30 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal 6:30-10:00 pm (S)

November 23, Saturday
PURDUE HOME GAME: ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI TBA
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal 9:00AM-1:00PM (S)

November 24, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
1:00 PM Rehearsal, Lafayette Chamber Singers,
3:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert (S); Reception follows in Fellowship Hall

November 25, Monday
Karin on vacation Mondays (5)in November
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

November 26, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (101/103)
6:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

November 27, 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 28, Thursday
THANKSGIVING (OFFICE CLOSED)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Publicity Committee

November 29, Friday
DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING, OFFICE CLOSED
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

“To every people the land is given on condition.
Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the
constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee,
beyond the nation’s sweetest dreams of itself.”
~Leonard Cohen, b. 1934

“In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members,
and also respect for the community as such.”
~Aldo Leopold, 1887-1948

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