Lighted Chalice Weekly for Feb 28, 2014

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MARCH SERVICES: Our theme this month is the sixth Principle of Unitarian Universalism: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. Also, since March is Women’s History Month, we will focus on UU women who embodied this principle.

MARCH 2
“Clara Barton”
Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis; Worship Associate: Kris Taylor; Pianist: Richard Maddux; Sound: Carl Seese. Sharing of Joys & Sorrows, R.E. Spirit Circle, Potluck, Membership Class & Fundraising Forum Following Service.  Clara Barton was a Universalist who believed God’s love should be shared with everyone. She founded the American Red Cross to help heal the ravages of war.

MARCH 9
“Celebrating Girls and Women”: A Service for All Ages
Worship Leader:Sheila Garrett, DRE; Worship Associate: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis; Pianist: Richard Maddux; Sound: Jason Dufair.  In keeping with the calendar, March has been designated as the month to celebrate Girl Scouts, Women’s History, and International Women’s Day. So we shall. Please join us for this special all ages service

SUNDAY MORNING FORUM

  • Sunday Morning Forum meets at 9:00 am in 101/103. Everyone is welcome! Childcare is provided.  Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.
  • MARCH 2 Doug Paprocki: A Lake Michigan Coastal Environment: Its Scenery and Ecology
  • MARCH 9 Garrett Zambrows: Riding Against Traffic: Global Problem in Trafficking Human Beings.

BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, March 18, 2014.  Board Meetings take place each 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2014. Please join us in the sanctuary immediately following service on Sunday, May 18 for the Spring Congregational Meeting. Quorum of 25% total membership is necessary to pass vote.

RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • March Theme: World Community and Peace
  • Notable UU’s: Clara Barton, Jane Addams, Julia Ward Howe
  • Workshop Rotation Teachers: Jason Dufair, Elizabeth Lincourt, Alanna Steffan-Nelson
  • Workshops: Poetry & Music, First Aid, Community Puzzle

UNDER OUR ROOF: CONGREGANT UPDATES

A memorial service was held at our church in honor of Brenda Diane Wilson, sister of Denise Wilson, on Saturday, February 15, with Rev. Charlie officiating. Afterwards, a dinner was provided for family and friends in our Fellowship Hall. Most of the food was provided by the family but was supplemented by food contributed by congregants. Pastoral Care Committee members, as well as others in the church family, helped with set-up, serving, and clean-up. Our sympathy goes out to Denise in the loss of her sister.

Lorraine Myers, after suffering a very serious fall on the ice, is now at the Lafayette Regional Rehabilitation Hospital where she is receiving physical therapy to help her fully recover. If you choose to visit her, please call ahead to find a convenient time when she is not in therapy. Get-well cards would be welcome.

Submitted by Mary Ann Foley, Acting Co-chair, of Pastoral Care along with Amy French

LIBRARIAN NEEDED!

George Wulff, our trusted and true librarian for several years, last year declined continuing with cataloguing acquisitions/donations to our library. We miss George and are very grateful for his many years of wonderful service both indoors and outside at Meridian Street and 7th Street. We are desperately in need of a librarian, and have been hoping for someone to step forth and fill this important volunteer role for more than a year or. We have several donated titles that are not on the shelves as they are awaiting processing. If someone would step forth to take this important task on, we would be so very appreciative. Please call Karin at the office, 743.8812, if you would like to volunteer for this post.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

“Lighted Chalice” newsletter articles are due the 3rd Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted. Although we have switched to a weekly “Lighted Chalice” newsletter, the last Sunday of the month Bulletin distributed with the Order of Service will still be the largest newsletter of the month, with set deadlines. If you have a major “Big Rock” event coming up, please schedule it on the calendar and announce it in the Bulletin as soon as Program Council approves the event so that the optimal number of people will be aware the schedule.

CHURCH FUND RAISING

  • RUMMAGE SALE COMING SOON!
    Mark the calendar for Saturday, May 10—the UU Rummage Sale will be held in the Fellowship Hall that Saturday, so start planning to bring in your well-loved but no longer needed items. This year the UU Youth will be coordinating the sale as a fund raiser for their planned trip to Cedar Point! Help sponsor their activity, and bring your “nearly new” and other previously treasured items to the UU Sale! More information to follow regarding drop off locations, times, dates…
  • THE EASY WAY TO EARN MONEY FOR UUC AT PAYLESS/KROGER.
    Filling up the gas tank? Stop at Payless and use your UU Payless Gift Card!  Need to buy a gift certificate? Stop at Payless and use your UU Payless Gift Card! Groceries? Yep, stop at Payless and use your UU Payless gift card. 3% of the value of your purchases is sent directly to our UU. It’s a great way to support the church while just doing those routine things like filling up the car.  Need a gift card? Check with Karin Bergman, Office Administrator, during the week. Each card is pre-loaded with $25 and you can buy the card for $25 with cash or check. Can’t I just stop at the service desk at Payless to get a new one? Unfortunately, no; they have to be ordered & paid for by the church in advance. The amount on the card CAN be reloaded, however, for any amount you wish to add, at any time, for continued purchases. Please be sure to re-load your card at the beginning of your shopping trip so the computer can update your information in time for purchases made that day—this update time usually takes at least 10 minutes. Thank you!
  • ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS: Your online purchases at Amazon.com can now benefit the church.  Clicking here will take you to Amazon.com, where your online shopping experience will be the same as usual – with one key difference. Amazon will pay the UUC a 6% commission on all purchases made in the session. You pay the same Amazon prices and use your normal Amazon account information when checking out. This program has the potential to be a significant revenue source for the church. All you need to do is remember to use the link on the UUC website. Once you’ve navigated to Amazon from the UUC website, you may also bookmark the page in your browser for later use. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Mark VanMeeter, President, Board of Trustees – mvanmeeter@comcast.net.

COMMITTEE AND GROUP NEWS: MEMBERSHIP

  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE VISION 2013-2014. The Membership Committee’s vision is to nurture and support members through all stages of their membership journey. As a part of this vision we would like to encourage the entire church to participate in growing and sustaining our congregation.
  • MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES. The Membership Committee is composing biographies of every church member, placed each month on the Membership bulletin board and then published in the newsletter. As new biographies are added to the membership board, old biographies will be “archived” in a scrapbook in the library.  New members will be a priority for biographies so we can get to know our newest congregants quickly. Concurrent with publishing biographies of new members, we’ll also be publishing biographies of “old” members.  If you have not yet completed a biography or are a new member/friend of the church, notify Joshua Prokopy, josh@prokopyfamily.com and he will contact you regarding how to contribute your information for publication in the Lighted Chalice Newsletter. Many thanks to Joshua for writing these biographies!  Sarah Cooke, Membership Chairperson, sallie@frontier.com.
  • UU MEMBERSHIP CLASSES, FIRST SUNDAYS, 2014. UU Membership Classes now meet each 1st Sunday on a rotating basis after service, presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee. Sessions will be held in Rm. 101/103; please select your meal from the potluck and bring your food to the class. Child care will be available if requested one week in advance. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sherry Tripodi, sherrytripodi@yahoo.com one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for child care.
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH March 2 What gifts have you kept from your religious heritage? What have you discarded? How do you wish to improve yourself and the world? Come explore and share your stories with others. By speaking our truth and listening to others, we can deepen the meaning of community. Intended for everyone.
  • UU HISTORY April 6 This class will cover topics such as: How did this denomination get to where it is today and how did Unitarian Christianity and Universalist Christianity evolve into the free religion we have today? By reviewing some of the controversies of the past we see how they shape our present. Intended for everyone new and old to UU congregations.
  • EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP: PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE May 6. Learn more about the history of our UU church and what it means to be a member. This course is intended for visitors who are interested in learning more about membership.

TALK AND TOUR ON SECOND SUNDAYS AFTER SERVICE
Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on March 9. 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!

PHOTO DIRECTORIES
We will be printing another edition of our UUC picture directory soon, hoping for an April production date. If you would like your picture added or updated, contact Rosemary Leary at 463-4246 or rleary207@aol.com. We will be taking pictures at church on Sunday mornings, or you can send her a jpeg format digital picture that you would like to have us use.

COMMITTEE AND GROUP NEWS: SOCIAL JUSTICE
The UU Social Justice Committee continues to be extremely busy engaging in activities with other community groups to oppose HJR-6, subsequently HJR-3, a bill that would amend the Indiana constitution to state that marriage in our state must be between a man and a woman. There is much to be done in the social justice arena; if you are interested in becoming involved in our activities, please join us at our next meeting–Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in Room 101-103. Joan Marshall, Co-Chair, Social Justice Committee

  • MINIMUM WAGE CAMPAIGN. UU Social Justice has co-sponsored a series of programs related to the Minimum Wage Campaign along with: Rebuild the Dream Coalition—Greater Lafayette Chapter; Lafayette/West Lafayette Branch 3056 of the NAACP; the Northwest Central Labor Council; Tippecanoe Building Trades and the UAW-CAP Council. The final of these programs is: March 2, a screening of the DVD Inequality for All, Robert Reich’s recently released video. This event takes place from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette, Room 101/103. Enter building thru double glass doors off Smiley Street.
  • CONGREGATIONAL FOOD DRIVE, LUM/ST.JOHN’S FOOD PANTRY. During the month of February, the Social Justice Committee sponsored a food drive in coordination with Lafayette Urban Ministry. The UU Church donated a total of 116 pounds of food. Thank you for helping donate to this much needed community resource.
  • WOMEN’S SHELTER. The UU Church at all times has a bin located in the Fellowship Hall to collect items for the local Women’s Shelter . Please consider donating new underwear for women and children (all sizes), shirts for women (all sizes), pens, hand sanitizer, small pocket memo pads. Thank you.

BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE & JUSTICE THROUGH THE UU-UNO.  More after the jump.

COMMITTEE AND GROUP NEWS: OTHER

  • HERB INTEREST GROUP.  Come join the herb interest group and fellow gardeners at Beth Misner’s house on Saturday, March 1st at 1pm to plant seeds. Watch them grow and get excited about spring coming! Plants can be for your own garden and also for the annual UU plant sale/fundraiser in May. This event at Beth’s will be a potluck too, so please bring dish to pass. Bring seeds from your own gardens or purchased seeds, pots, dirt. Call/email Lisa Pantea (lisapantea@gmail.com) or Beth Misner (Misner13@frontier.com) if you have questions. The Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 17 outdoors, or in the Fellowship Hall if it rains.

MONTHLY AT UUC: ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
(A-REC) PRESENTS…

  • Monthly Drumming Session (2nd Tuesdays) 7:30 pm-9:00 pm, March 8, 2014.  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. Some scholarships available so let us know of your needs. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan at 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!

ONGOING A-REC AT UUC!

  • Monday Meditation: Mondays at 7:00 p.m. with Larry Hicks & Guests
  • Zen Meditation: Thursday 5:30 pm, sitting, chanting & reading; Saturday 8:00 am, with Russ Flynn
  • Taiji Qi Gong: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 7:30 am with Lisa Petersen.

Suzan Windnagel, A-REC Chair, Suzan_windnagel@yahoo.com, 765-714-6173

FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 15 CALENDAR 2014

February 28, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson

March 1, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
1:00 PM Seed Planting Day at Beth Misner’s for UU Plant Sale!

2, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM Fundraising Forum ( 101/103)
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Discovering Your Spiritual Path (104)
3:00 PM “Inequality for All” by Robert Reich, DVD (101/103)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

3, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

4, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:00 PM Finance Committee (104)
6:30 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

5, Wednesday ASH 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)

6, Thursday
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM PFLAG meets at PRIDE Now on First Thursdays
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

7, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

8, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

9, Sunday
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS AT 2AM; “SPRING AHEAD” ONE HOUR
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

10, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

11, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 104
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

12, 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)

13, Thursday
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (104)

14, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson

15, Saturday
Purim (begins at sunset)
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM 101/103 Private Rental 9-5

Newsletter articles are due on the 3rd Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted. E-mail articles to uuc@uulafayette.org with “Newsletter” in subject box or place items
in Office Admin. mailbox, Office Workroom.

O, wind, if winter comes,
can spring be far behind?

~Percy Bysshe Shelley

And Spring arose
on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love
felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb
on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams
of its wintry rest.

~Percy Bysshe Shelley
“The Sensitive Plant”

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