Lighted Chalice Weekly for April 11, 2014

Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.

Nursery & Childcare Available.

PDF of newsletter available here.

Sunday 13 April

  • FORUM, 9 AM John Collier discusses “Purdue’s Master Plan: Striving to Enhance the Quality of Place.” This presentation illustrates the history and evolution of campus design at Purdue from the first campus master plan in 1924 until now. It also highlights strategies for enhancing the quality of place on campus in the future. John Collier received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University in 1984 and has worked for the University Architect ever since. He is the Director of Campus Master Planning in the Office of the University Architect and is in charge of Purdue’s Master Plan.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for “From Anger to Action.” Gail Davis and Rev. Charlie Davis perform songs from their upcoming CD, “Mad: Canticles of Justice”—exploring how to transform righteous anger into righteous action. Worship Associate, Gail Davis. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader, Dorothy Hughes. Sound Technician, Mike Marsh.

Sunday 20 April

  • FORUM, 9 AM Jason Rubsam describes “The Home With Hope,” the only facility of its kind in the Lafayette area that provides a continuum of care, often following primary treatment or detox for alcoholism and other drug addictions, for men and women age 18 and older. We help our clients learn how to live their lives as acceptable members of their communities, free from addiction and substance abuse, by providing an environment conducive to recovery. We provide strict monitoring and structure, case management, random drug and alcohol screening, and the opportunity to seek employment and work in the community. Further, we require daily 12-step meeting attendance, acquiring a 12-step sponsor and “home group” within their first 30 days of residency, as well as daily accountability.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for our Easter Sunday service as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Resurrection Stories.” Easter is one of the many stories of new life in the spring. How can we renew our lives over and over again? Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader, Christine Schertz. Sound Technician, Dan Noland.

Child and youth religious exploration

April’s Theme: Interdependent Web.

Preschool and kindergarten will be doing Spirit Play. They now have a sand tray as a potential choice for their work!

Grade School, 1-4: Our featured UUs/workshop rotation/rotation order this week:

  • Transplanting Seedlings- Wabash Riverkeeper, Rae Schnapp (notable UU: Tim DeChristopher):  April 6- grades 1-2, room 110; April 13- 3rd grade, room 112 April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!) April 27- 4th grade, room 114
  • Decorating Pots (potentially for the plant sale)- Tony Pawli.  April 6-3rd grade, room 112, April 13-4th grade, room 114, April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now! *Donations for the canned food hunt will go to Food Finders Community Pantry.)  April 27- grades 1-2, room 110
  • Signs of Spring Hike (*dress for the weather!!)- Barny Dunning.  April 6- 4th grade, room 114 April 13- grades 1-2, room 110. April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!) April 27- 3rd grade, room 112. Please dress appropriately for activities. In the event of inclement weather conditions, an alternate activity will be substituted for Barny’s nature hike. 

Youth 5-8: will continue with Questing Year

High School Youth: will be discussing a variety of self chosen topics and painting a table

All youth: We still need volunteers for Family Promise through June 1st. Contact Sheila dresheila@gmail.com if you can help!!

***Save the Date*** RE Council is sponsoring a parent coffee for parents of preschool- 4th grade aged children on Sunday, April 27th from 9:30-10:15 in the “re corner” of the fellowship hall near the playground. Childcare workers will be on hand to supervise kids on the playground. There will be a pizza lunch and meeting for middle school students, grades 5-8 and their parents immediately after church at noon in 101-03. Please try to come if you can- we need your feedback and in return, we have information for you!

Adult religious exploration

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style are facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique, each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held May 13, from 7:30-9:00 pm in 101/103. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!
  • THE CONVERSATION PROJECT: MAKING OUR WISHES KNOWN – GIVE A GIFT TO YOUR LOVED ONES! What would you want if all of the sudden were taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital? Does your family know? Does anyone know? If you were headed into major surgery and someone would need to “speak” for you afterward even for part of a day…or longer……would s/he know what to say?

There are a million reasons to avoid having the conversation. “I’m not sick!” “I’m too young to think about things like this.” “I’m living to 100!” or, “I just don’t know how to get the conversation started…….it’s uncomfortable.”

We can help with this last one! Join us for The Conversation Project.

Part I May 8th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Part II May 15th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Limited to 30 participants so register by calling Karin Bergman at 765-743-8812 or email her at uuc@uulafayette.org.

We’ll have documents to lead the process, a facilitator from A-REC to manage the time, a couple of short videos, personal stories, activities to help identify our wishes and time to share (if we wish) our thoughts, ideas and questions.

The Conversation Project was started by Ellen Goodman (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist) and colleagues after experiencing the confusion, pain and grief of trying to help a family member or friend during a critical time….not knowing what the person really wanted. They vowed to let someone know their wishes so the same thing wouldn’t happen to others they loved. In doing so they decided to share what they learned and tools for having much needed conversation. They (and we) believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table (or on a walk, or wherever) with the people we love, before it’s too late. Hope you join us on May 8th and 15th. Suzan Windnagel. Sponsored and facilitated by UUC’s Adult Religious Exploration Council.

Social Justice Committee

  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.
  • WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION 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.  (Week 3 and last for announcement for this rotation.)

Membership Information

  • 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.
  • MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES The Membership Committee composes biographies of every church member, placed each month on the Membership bulletin board, published in the newsletter & “archived” in a scrapbook in the library. Concurrent with publishing biographies of new members, we’ll also publish 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.

Principled Group: New book offered for discussion.

The Principled Group will be starting a new book discussion on Wednesday, April 30 and consecutive Wednesdays subsequent to that at noon in Room 101/103. The new selection is, “A Brief History of Everything” by modern philosopher, Ken Wilber. This “is an altogether friendly and accessible account of men and women’s place in a universe of sex, soul and spirit, written by an author of which New York Times reporter Tony Schwartz says: ‘No one has described the path to wisdom better than Ken Wilber.’ ” If you would like to join us for discussions of this book, please contact Peggy Martin at OLDCROW2643@yahoo.com to register no later than April 16th. Peggy can also order a copy of the book for you for $14.

UU Flames softball team!

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to start thinking about softball! If you are interested in joining the UU Flames co-ed softball team, please contact Mark VanMeeter (765-448-9807 or mvanmeeter@comcast.net). The League play will begin on May 5th. Last season the UU Flames finished an exciting run in 4th place, winning 4 games as well as 2 in the closing tournament! Come help start this season out right with an exciting tie-dye party Sunday, April 27 immediately after church in the Fellowship Hall! For further information about the tie-dye party, contact team artist Cindy Krulitz, ckrulitz@gmail.com.

April 13: Film “Nebraska” to be shown at church

Please join the UU Film Group this Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 pm in Room 101/103 to watch the much discussed Academy Award nominated film, “Nebraska.” This event is brought to you by the UU Film Group Troika, Joan Marshall, Chuck Reynolds, and Verna Ritz. For further information please contact Joan Marshall at jmarshal900@yahoo.com.

April 19: De-Trash the Wabash. 9am-1pm

Meet at Riverside Skate Center in Tapawingo Park. There is FREE PARKING in the Wabash Landing Garage. Volunteers get a FREE T-SHIRT! New this year – Photo Contest! Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes or boots. Bring your own refillable water bottle. Who Can Participate? EVERYONE! Neighborhoods, Businesses, Schools, Girl & Boy Scouts, 4-H Groups, Churches, Families, Individuals, Fraternities, Sororities…Pizza Party at NOON at the Riverside Skate Center! For more information, visit the website at: www.De-TrashtheWabash.us, call the Wabash Riverkeeper at 765-714-4829 or find us on Facebook. Thanks for your help in getting the word out! Rae Schnapp, Ph.D., Wabash Riverkeeper, 765-714-4829.

May 4: All Church Spring Cleaning Work Day, noon-3 pm.

This will mainly be an outdoor activity, taking place after potluck Sunday May 4 from noon until 3pm or thereabouts. We want the grounds to be as attractive as possible before the plant sale so that our visitors will be extra impressed. We will clean up and spruce up the church grounds and do some building maintenance as well. Please bring or wear old clothes and work gloves if you can. We can use: rakes, leaf blowers, trowels, paint brushes, paint rollers, hacksaw, drill, and caulk guns. For further information, contact Exteriors Committee Chairperson, Rae Schnapp, Ph.D., Wabash Riverkeeper at raeschnapp@gmail.com, 765-714-4829.

May 10: Rummage Sale.  Now Accepting Items for Rummage Sale!

The youth will begin accepting donations of gently used baby and toddler clothes, toys, books, power tools, sporting equipment, bicycles, electronics, jewelry, furniture, household items, and unused beauty products for the UU Rummage Sale beginning Sunday, April 13. We will be storing donations in the attic room above the Fellowship Hall in preparation for the sale. If you need assistance unloading anything from your vehicle, youth will be on hand to help immediately following service on April 13, 27, and May 4. Deadline for donations is Wednesday, May 7. If you have more valuable items or larger items/furniture to donate, please make arrangements with Kat Braz before dropping it off at the church. We hope to see everyone at the sale in the UU Fellowship Hall on Saturday May 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.! If you would like to help sort and price items, set-up, work the sale, tear-down, and/or haul away please contact Kat Braz at kat@purdue.edu or 532-9678.

May 17: UUC Plant Sale

The UUC plant sale will be Saturday, May 17 from 9am-noon, in the front yard of the UUC. We will have vegetables, herbs and flowers. This is a total church effort that relies on church members donating plants from their gardens, or seeds that have been started indoors. Please begin planning for your donations, so we have a successful fundraiser. Please pass the word to friends and family. Plants are to be dropped off the week before the sale. Pots will be available in the playground area. More details to follow as we get closer to the date. We will need volunteers the day of the sale and a few days before to help sort and price plants. Contact Lisa Pantea, lisapantea@gmail.com, or Beth Misner, misner13@frontier.com.

June 1: All church picnic/potluck at Happy Hollow Park

Come join us immediately following service on Sunday, June 1 at the Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1 for the annual all church picnic (in lieu of the potluck regularly scheduled for first Sundays). Bring dish to pass , we will supply drinks and hot dogs, cutlery, plates. Bring friends, family, dogs, Frisbees, balls, bats, croquet, whatever to help us have fun! Fellowship group that Sunday will be asked to help at the picnic. The picnic will disperse at 3pm. For further information contact Lisa Pantea, event coordinator, at Lisapantea@gmail.com. Thanks—hope to see you there!

June 1-8: UU Goodwill clothing drive

Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning our homes top to bottom. As Unitarian Universalists, this ritual also means sharing our abundance with those in need. As you sort through your closets and drawers this spring, put your gently used garments aside for the UU Goodwill Clothing Drive, held this year from JUNE 1 to JUNE 8. The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to LUM, Carey Home for Children, the YWCA Woman’s Shelter, and Family Promise. For more information contact Susanne McConville, 765-477-0344 or mcconville1200@comcast.net.

Monday Meditation

The Monday Meditation group meets each Monday evening at the UU Church from 7pm until 8:15ish. Details of the current “routine,” which includes a 40 minute group meditation in silence, are available. The group ranges from 3 to 20 attendees. Many thanks to Jody Tishmack for stepping forth to become a new Meditation Group Leader. Thanks also to Janice Schuster and Larry Hicks, who have facilitated the group for years and continue to serve as mentors, as well as to others, most recently Joe Peters, who have volunteered as leaders as well. Further information is available from jrschust@gmail.com.

UU Church name change for marketing/social media purposes

The official name of our congregation is “Unitarian Universalist Church, Inc.” This is not specific enough for marketing. For marketing purposes we are trying to add a locator to our name. We want this to be unique and specific. “Greater Lafayette,” which has been used in the past, is not unique because there are so many Lafayettes. “West Lafayette” is too specific, as it excludes people from outside of West Lafayette. “Tippecanoe County” may be the right balance of uniqueness and specificity. For a trial period, beginning immediately and ending in December 2014, we will be increasingly using the name “Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County” in our outreach. We will reassess at this time. We invite your comments. Please email Rev. Davis (uurevcharlie@aol.com); Alice Pawley (alicepawley@gmail.com); and Karin Bergman (uuc@uulafayette.org). Thank you.  (3rd and last week of announcement.)

Adding events and announcements to this newsletter

To submit information for inclusion on the church’s Facebook PageGoogle + pagenewsletterblog, or to have an announcement made before service, please complete this form.  Send feedback to Alice or Karin.  Thanks!

April 2014

April 11, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:30 PM PETE SEEGER COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT (Doors open at 7pm)

12, Saturday
UU MIDAMERICA “HUNGER FOR JUSTICE” REGIONAL ASSEMBLY, Bloomington IN or Ann Arbor MI, April 12 ONLY (2 other sites as well: Topeka KS or Wausau WI, April 11 & 12)
8:00 AM Zen M

13, PALM SUNDAY
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)
3:00 PM UU Movie Group: “Nebraska” (101/103)

14, Monday
Passover/Pesach (begins at sunset)
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Hold for possible Qi Gong session, 5:30-7:00 pm 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

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

16, 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)

17, Thursday
MAUNDY (HOLY) THURSDAY
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM IVOW Dream Study Group (101/103; enrollment filled)
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

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

19, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Meditation Workshop with Jason Kniola (101/103)
20, EASTER SUNDAY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)

21, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 101/103
5:30 PM Hold for possible Qi Gong session, 5:30-7:00 pm 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:00 PM Summer Planning Group (102)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

22, Tuesday
Passover/Pesach (ends at sunset)
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

23, Wednesday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
10:00 AM A-REC Meeting (101/103)
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

24, Thursday
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)

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

26, Saturday
Possible Young Adult Coffeehouse/Open house (Playground & 210)
8:00 AM Zen M
6:00 PM IRN (Inter-Religious Network) Conversation Circle of the Abrahamic Faith Traditions: All Church Invitation, 101/103.

27, Sunday
UU FLAMES SOFTBALL TEAM TIE-DYE PARTY following service (FH)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
1:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)

“You can’t cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.”

~Rabindranath Tagore

“When you make a choice,
you change the future.”

~Deepak Chopra

“We are the cosmos made conscious
and life is the means by which
the universe understands itself.”

~Brian Cox

Lighted Chalice Weekly for April 4, 2014

Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
Nursery & Childcare Available.

PDF of April monthly newsletter available here.

Sunday 6 April

  • FORUM, 9 AM Doug Paprocki presents “A Lake Michigan Coastal Environment: Its Scenery and Ecology.” A photo essay from the recent book, “Beside the Inland Sea,” by the late Gretchen Paprocki, will offer insight into the unusual as well as the attractive. This is a repeat performance of Doug’s 3/2 Sunday Forum that was lightly attended due to weather. Included will be new images from Doug’s recent trip back to Michigan to do the forum in the area of its origin. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “The Interdependent World Wide Web.”British Unitarian Sir Timothy Berners-Lee is often credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Find out how his theories on interconnectedness dovetail with the UU principle of the interdependent web of which we are a part. We will share Joys and Sorrows during service. Children will meet in 101/103 rather than in the sanctuary, for RE Spirit Circle Sunday . Children will have their Annual Food Finders Hunt. Potluck will take place in the Fellowship Hall after service. Those attending “UU History” membership class are encouraged to select a meal from the Potluck to bring to room 101/103. Worship Associate, Bill Welge. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Michael Lewis. Fellowship Team Leaders, Cheryl Fowler, Josh and Linda Prokopy. Sound Technician, Dan Lybrook.

Sunday 13 April

  • FORUM, 9 AM John Collier discusses “Purdue’s Master Plan: Striving to Enhance the Quality of Place.” John Collier received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University in 1984 and has worked for the University Architect ever since. He is the Director of Campus Master Planning in the Office of the University Architect and is in charge of Purdue’s Master Plan.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us for “From Anger to Action.” Gail Davis and Rev. Charlie Davis perform songs from their upcoming CD, “Mad: Canticles of Justice”—exploring how to transform righteous anger into righteous action. Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader, Christine Schertz. Sound Technician, Dan Noland.

Child and youth religious exploration

  • Our church theme for April is Interdependent Web.
  • Preschool and kindergarten will be doing Spirit Play. They now have a sand tray as a potential choice for their work!
  • Grade School, 1-4: Our featured UUs/workshop rotation/rotation order this month:

Transplanting Seedlings- Wabash Riverkeeper, Rae Schnapp (notable UU: Tim DeChristopher)

  • April 6- grades 1-2, room 110
  • April 13- 3rd grade, room 112
  • April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!)
  • April 27- 4th grade, room 114

Decorating Pots (potentially for the plant sale) Tony Pawli (notable UU- Charles Darwin)

  • April 6-3rd grade, room 112
  • April 13-4th grade, room 114
  • April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!)
  • April 27- grades 1-2, room 110

Signs of Spring Hike (*dress for the weather!!)- Barny Dunning (notable UU- Henry David Thoreau)

  • April 6- 4th grade, room 114
  • April 13- grades 1-2, room 110
  • April 20- Spirit Circle/ Canned Food Hunt (**collecting donations in the foyer now!)
  • April 27- 3rd grade, room 112
  • In the event of inclement weather conditions, an alternate activity will be substituted for Barny’s nature hike

**Donations for the canned food hunt will go to Food Finders Community Pantry

  • Youth 5-8: will continue with Questing Year
  • High School Youth: will be discussing a variety of self chosen topics and painting a table
  • All youth: We still need volunteers for Family Promise through June 1st. Check out the slots on sign up genius, or contact Sheila dresheila@gmail.com
  • Parents: Sometimes the service concludes before our classroom activities do. As a courtesy to our R.E. volunteers and students, your patience in waiting to collect your child is greatly appreciated. Guides and advisors: Reminder that this Sunday is potluck. RE generally tries to dismiss slightly earlier, at 11:30. Thank you.

Adult religious exploration

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style are facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique, each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held April 8, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm in 101/103. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!
  • THE CONVERSATION PROJECT: MAKING OUR WISHES KNOWN – GIVE A GIFT TO YOUR LOVED ONES! What would you want if all of the sudden were taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital? Does your family know? Does anyone know? If you were headed into major surgery and someone would need to “speak” for you afterward even for part of a day…or longer……would s/he know what to say?

There are a million reasons to avoid having the conversation. “I’m not sick!” “I’m too young to think about things like this.” “I’m living to 100!” or, “I just don’t know how to get the conversation started…….it’s uncomfortable.”

We can help with this last one! Join us for The Conversation Project.

Part I May 8th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Part II May 15th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Limited to 30 participants so register by calling Karin Bergman at 765-743-8812 or email her at uuc@uulafayette.org.

We’ll have documents to lead the process, a facilitator from A-REC to manage the time, a couple of short videos, personal stories, activities to help identify our wishes and time to share (if we wish) our thoughts, ideas and questions.

The Conversation Project was started by Ellen Goodman (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist) and colleagues after experiencing the confusion, pain and grief of trying to help a family member or friend during a critical time….not knowing what the person really wanted. They vowed to let someone know their wishes so the same thing wouldn’t happen to others they loved. In doing so they decided to share what they learned and tools for having much needed conversation. They (and we) believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table (or on a walk, or wherever) with the people we love, before it’s too late. Hope you join us on May 8th and 15th. Suzan Windnagel. Sponsored and facilitated by UUC’s Adult Religious Exploration Council.

Social Justice Committee

CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.  (Week 2 of announcement)

WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION 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.  (Week 2 of announcement)

Membership information

  • 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. (Week 2 of announcement.)
  • 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.  (Week 2 of announcement)

UU Church name change for marketing/social media purposes

The official name of our congregation is “Unitarian Universalist Church, Inc.” This is not specific enough for marketing. For marketing purposes we are trying to add a locator to our name. We want this to be unique and specific. “Greater Lafayette,” which has been used in the past, is not unique because there are so many Lafayettes. “West Lafayette” is too specific, as it excludes people from outside of West Lafayette. “Tippecanoe County” may be the right balance of uniqueness and specificity. For a trial period, beginning immediately and ending in December 2014, we will be increasingly using the name “Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County” in our outreach. We will reassess at this time. We invite your comments. Please email Rev. Davis (uurevcharlie@aol.com); Alice Pawley (alicepawley@gmail.com); and Karin Bergman (uuc@uulafayette.org). Thank you.  (Week 2 of announcement)

Social Justice Committee

CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.  (Week 2 of announcement)

Volunteer Opportunity for Meditation Group Leader

We’re looking for a volunteer to take over the leadership of the established Monday Meditation group which meets every Monday evening at the church. If you would be interested in facilitating this group on an ongoing basis or would like more information, please contact Janice at jrschust@gmail.com. Details of the current “routine” which includes a 40 minute group meditation in silence, are available. The group, which ranges from 3 to 20 attendees, has been meeting on Mondays from 7 pm until 8:15ish.  (Week 2 of announcement.)

April 11: Pete Seeger Memorial Concert

Several Lafayette area musicians are gathering together Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm, to pay tribute to legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who passed away at the age of 94 on January 27, 2014. The concert will be held in the UU Church sanctuary. Doors open at 7:00 pm. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit the Wabash Riverkeeper non-profit organization. For further information contact Denise Wilson, dm2wilson@gmail.com.

May 4: All Church Spring Cleaning Work Day, noon-3 pm.

May 4, after potluck, noon-3pm.  This will mainly be an outdoor activity. We want the grounds to be as attractive as possible before the plant sale so that our visitors will be extra impressed. We will clean up and spruce up the church grounds and do some building maintenance as well. Please bring or wear old clothes and work gloves if you can. We can use: rakes, leaf blowers, trowels, paint brushes, paint rollers, hacksaw, drill, and caulk guns.  Contact Rae Schnapp with questions.

May 10: Rummage sale, start pulling aside your contributions!

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…

May 17: UUC Plant Sale

The UUC Plant Sale will be Sat., May 17th from 9am-noon, in the front yard of the UUC. We will have vegetables, herbs and flowers. This is a total church effort that relies on church members donating plants from their gardens, or seeds that have been started indoors. Please begin planning for your donations, so we have a successful fundraiser. Please pass the word to friends and family. Plants are to be dropped off the week before the sale. Pots will be available in the playground area. More details to follow as we get closer to the date. We will need volunteers the day of the sale and a few days before to help sort and price plants.   Contact Lisa Pantea with questions.

June 1: All church picnic/potluck at Happy Hollow Park

UUC picnic/potluck at Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1!  Bring dish to pass , we will supply drinks and hot dogs, cutlery, plates. Bring friends, family, dogs, frisbees, balls, bats, whatever to help us have fun! Fellowship group that Sunday will be asked to help at the picnic. Starting after church until 3 pm. Contact Lisa Pantea with questions.

June 1-8: UU Goodwill clothing drive

Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning our homes top to bottom. As Unitarian Universalists, this ritual also means sharing our abundance with those in need. As you sort through your closets and drawers this spring, put your gently used garments aside for the UU Goodwill Clothing Drive, held this year from JUNE 1ST to JUNE 8TH. The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to LUM, Carey Home for Children, the YWCA Woman’s Shelter, and Family Promise. For more information contact Susanne McConville, 765-477-0344 or mcconville1200@comcast.net.

Adding events and announcements to this newsletter

To submit information for inclusion on the church’s Facebook PageGoogle + pagenewsletterblog, or to have an announcement made before service, please complete this form.  Send feedback to Alice or Karin.  Thanks!

April 2014 Calendar

APRIL 4, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
5, Saturday
PURDUE BOILER BLAST!
8:00 AM Zen M

6, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: UU History (104)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

7, 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

8, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 104
6:00 PM RE Council (Youth Room) CANCELLED
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

9, 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)

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

11, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:30 PM PETE SEEGER COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT (Sanctuary Doors open at 7pm)

12, Saturday
UU MIDAMERICA “HUNGER FOR JUSTICE” REGIONAL ASSEMBLY, Bloomington IN or Ann Arbor MI
8:00 AM Zen M

Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 29, 2014

Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
Nursery & Childcare Available.

No pdf of newsletter yet available.

March 30 Forum and Service

  • FORUM, 9 AM. T. Graham Morrow: A Brief History of Surveillance and Privacy Issues, and Where We Go from Here? Graham will relate some of the basic ideas underlying cryptography and privacy throughout history, and the modern challenges to individuals and organizations in preserving their own digital security. Graham is managing director of Blackwire, a startup company dedicated to providing a cryptographically secure service to compliment email.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Sherry Tripodi presents “When to Lead and When to Follow: Who’s In Charge Here Anyway?” In each of our lives there are times to lead and times to follow. Some of us love to be in charge while others are afraid to make decisions. We’ll explore the spiritual aspect of these roles and why it’s important to both lead and let yourself be led. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, tba. Fellowship Team Leaders, Noemi Ybarra for Randy & Lorraine Myer. Sound Technician, Gary Fowler.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

  • Safety Committee Reminders: Parents, there will be a tornado drill during R.E. classes March 30th. Guides will go over the procedures during class-time on March 23rd.
  • Walkie talkies: It is crucial that we use them. Teachers/Guides are asked to pick up a walkie talkie from the charging station in the office work room before class starts and please put it back on the charger when R.E. is over. We are on channel one. Safety committee members will now be conducting regular checks on Sundays.
  • Our featured UU’s/workshop teachers/rotation order this month are:

Health and First Aid: Alanna Steffan-Nelson
(Notable UU: Clara Barton)
March 30th- 4th grade, room 114

Poetry and Music: Jason Dufair
(Notable UU: Julia Ward Howe)
March 30th, 3rd grade, room 112

Community Puzzle: Elizabeth Lincourt
(Notable UU: Jane Addams)
March 30th- 1st, 2nd grade, room 110

Adult Religious Exploration

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style are facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique, each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held April 8, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm in 101/103. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!

Membership information

  • 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.
  • 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.

UU Church name change for marketing/social media purposes

The official name of our congregation is “Unitarian Universalist Church, Inc.” This is not specific enough for marketing. For marketing purposes we are trying to add a locator to our name. We want this to be unique and specific. “Greater Lafayette,” which has been used in the past, is not unique because there are so many Lafayettes. “West Lafayette” is too specific, as it excludes people from outside of West Lafayette. “Tippecanoe County” may be the right balance of uniqueness and specificity. For a trial period, beginning immediately and ending in December 2014, we will be increasingly using the name “Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County” in our outreach. We will reassess at this time. We invite your comments. Please email Rev. Davis (uurevcharlie@aol.com); Alice Pawley (alicepawley@gmail.com); and Karin Bergman (uuc@uulafayette.org). Thank you.

Social Justice Committee

CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.

Volunteer Opportunity for Meditation Group Leader

We’re looking for a volunteer to take over the leadership of the established Monday Meditation group which meets every Monday evening at the church. If you would be interested in facilitating this group on an ongoing basis or would like more information, please contact Janice at jrschust@gmail.com. Details of the current “routine” which includes a 40 minute group meditation in silence, are available. The group, which ranges from 3 to 20 attendees, has been meeting on Mondays from 7 pm until 8:15ish.

March 30: Meeting regarding Family Promise

Our church is a member of Family Promise, an interfaith nonprofit organization that works with churches throughout Greater Lafayette to provide food and housing to homeless families. Four weeks each year, we help our partner church, Our Savior Lutheran, which provides overnight accommodations to families in the program. Individual volunteers can help out by simply cooking a dinner and dropping it off, serving as host (at the OSLC) for a few hours in the evening, or even by staying overnight. The UU team is very dedicated but would welcome new volunteers, since spreading the work makes things easier for everyone. We will be having an informational session for about 20 minutes after service on March 30. You can come and find out more about the program to decide if it is something you would like to be involved with. Or, if you would like more information you can contact one of the UU Family Promise coordinators, Mike Tripodi (mtripodi@girtz.com) or Gabriela Weaver (gweaver@purdue.edu).

April 11: Pete Seeger Memorial Concert

Several Lafayette area musicians are gathering together Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm, to pay tribute to legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who passed away at the age of 94 on January 27, 2014. The concert will be held in the UU Church sanctuary. Doors open at 7:00 pm. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit the Wabash Riverkeeper non-profit organization. For further information contact Denise Wilson, dm2wilson@gmail.com.

May 4: All Church Spring Cleaning Work Day, noon-3 pm.

May 4, after potluck, noon-3pm.  This will mainly be an outdoor activity. We want the grounds to be as attractive as possible before the plant sale so that our visitors will be extra impressed. We will clean up and spruce up the church grounds and do some building maintenance as well. Please bring or wear old clothes and work gloves if you can. We can use: rakes, leaf blowers, trowels, paint brushes, paint rollers, hacksaw, drill, and caulk guns.  Contact Rae Schnapp with questions.

May 8, May 15: The Conversation Project (parts 1 and 2)

Making Our Wishes Known – Give a Gift to Your Loved Ones! What would you want if all of the sudden were taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital? Does your family know? Does anyone know? If you were headed into major surgery and someone would need to “speak” for you afterward even for part of a day…or longer……would s/he know what to say? There are a million reasons to avoid having the conversation. “I’m not sick!” “I’m too young to think about things like this.” “I’m living to 100!” or “I just don’t know how to get the conversation started…….it’s uncomfortable.” We can help with this last one!

Join us for The Conversation Project.

  • Part I May 8th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Part II May 15th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Or 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Limited to 30 participants so register by calling Karin Bergman at 765-743-8812 or email her. We’ll have documents to lead the process, a facilitator from A-REC to manage the time, a couple of short videos, personal stories, activities to help identify our wishes and time to share (if we wish) our thoughts, ideas and questions.

The Conversation Project was started by Ellen Goodman (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist) and colleagues after experiencing the confusion, pain and grief of trying to help a family member or friend during a critical time….not knowing what the person really wanted. They vowed to let someone know their wishes so the same thing wouldn’t happen to others they loved. In doing so they decided to share what they learned and tools for having much needed conversation. They (and we) believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table (or on a walk, or wherever) with the people we love, before it’s too late. Hope you join us on May 8th and 15th.

Suzan Windnagel
Sponsored and facilitated by UUC’s Adult Religious Exploration Council.

May 10: Rummage sale, start pulling aside your contributions!

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…

May 17: UUC Plant Sale

The UUC Plant Sale will be Sat., May 17th from 9am-noon, in the front yard of the UUC. We will have vegetables, herbs and flowers. This is a total church effort that relies on church members donating plants from their gardens, or seeds that have been started indoors. Please begin planning for your donations, so we have a successful fundraiser. Please pass the word to friends and family. Plants are to be dropped off the week before the sale. Pots will be available in the playground area. More details to follow as we get closer to the date. We will need volunteers the day of the sale and a few days before to help sort and price plants.   Contact Lisa Pantea with questions.

June 1-8: UU Goodwill clothing drive

Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning our homes top to bottom. As Unitarian Universalists, this ritual also means sharing our abundance with those in need. As you sort through your closets and drawers this spring, put your gently used garments aside for the UU Goodwill Clothing Drive, held this year from JUNE 1ST to JUNE 8TH. The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to LUM, Carey Home for Children, the YWCA Woman’s Shelter, and Family Promise. For more information contact Susanne McConville, 765-477-0344 or mcconville1200@comcast.net.

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March 2014 Calendar

30, Sunday
RE TORNADO DRILL DAY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

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

April 1, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:00 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

2, 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)

3, 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

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

5, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

Volunteer Opportunity for Meditation Group Leader

We’re looking for a volunteer to take over the leadership of the established Monday Meditation group which meets every Monday evening at the church. If you would be interested in facilitating this group on an ongoing basis or would like more information, please contact Janice at jrschust@gmail.com Details of the current “routine” which includes a 40 minute group meditation in silence, are available. The group, which ranges from 3 to 20 attendees, has been meeting on Mondays from 7 pm until 8:15ish.

Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 21, 2014

  • Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
  • Nursery & Childcare Available.

Read this newsletter as a pdf.

With deepest sorrow, we inform you of the death of Fritz Smith, UU Church Board of Trustees President from 2008-2009. Fritz had very recently been ill and was undergoing tests which were inconclusive. Friends took him to St. Elizabeth E.R. Sunday, March 16 where he was admitted to the hospital and taken to I.C.U. On Monday morning, March 17 test results revealed that he had metastasized cancer throughout. He passed away at 7:30 Tuesday morning, March 18, 2014. A memorial service is planned at the UU Church for Sunday, May 18, 2:00 pm.

SUNDAY MARCH 23

  • FORUM, 9 AM The UU Writers’ Group will read some of their work, and leave time for questions and comments. Forum Co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “UU Service Committee.” Martha Sharp and her husband, Rev. Waitsell Sharp, went to Czechoslovakia in 1939 to rescue Jewish refugees. Their efforts led to the formation of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an agency that continues to help marginalized people around the world. Worship Associate, Bill Welge. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, tba. Fellowship Team Leaders, tba. Sound Technician, Dan Noland.

SUNDAY MARCH 30

  • FORUM, 9 AM. T. Graham Morrow: A Brief History of Surveillance and Privacy Issues, and Where We Go from Here? Graham will relate some of the basic ideas underlying cryptography and privacy throughout history, and the modern challenges to individuals and organizations in preserving their own digital security. Graham is managing director of Blackwire, a startup company dedicated to providing a cryptographically secure service to compliment email.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Sherry Tripodi presents “When to Lead and When to Follow: Who’s In Charge Here Anyway?” In each of our lives there are times to lead and times to follow. Some of us love to be in charge while others are afraid to make decisions. We’ll explore the spiritual aspect of these roles and why it’s important to both lead and let yourself be led. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, tba. Fellowship Team Leaders, Noemi Ybarra for Randy & Lorraine Myer. Sound Technician, Gary Fowler.

TALK & TOUR Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday, next April 13, for Talk and Tour. 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!

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • Safety Committee Reminders: Parents, there will be a tornado drill during R.E. classes March 30th. Guides will go over the procedures during class-time on March 23rd.
  • Walkie talkies: It is crucial that we use them. Teachers/Guides are asked to pick up a walkie talkie from the charging station in the office work room before class starts and please put it back on the charger when R.E. is over. We are on channel one. Safety committee members will now be conducting regular checks on Sundays.
  • Our featured UU’s/workshop teachers/rotation order this month are:

Health and First Aid- Alanna Steffan-Nelson
(Notable UU: Clara Barton)
March 23rd- 3rd grade, room 112
March 30th- 4th grade, room 114

Poetry and Music- Jason Dufair
(Notable UU: Julia Ward Howe)
March 23rd- 1st-2nd grade, room 110
March 30th, 3rd grade, room 112

Community Puzzle- Elizabeth Lincourt
(Notable UU: Jane Addams)
March 23rd- 4th grade, room 114
March 30th- 1st, 2nd grade, room 110

ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style are facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique, each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held April 8, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm in 101/103. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

  • 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.
  • 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.

UU CHURCH NAME CHANGE FOR MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA PURPOSES
The official name of our congregation is “Unitarian Universalist Church, Inc.” This is not specific enough for marketing. For marketing purposes we are trying to add a locator to our name. We want this to be unique and specific. “Greater Lafayette,” which has been used in the past, is not unique because there are so many Lafayettes. “West Lafayette” is too specific, as it excludes people from outside of West Lafayette. “Tippecanoe County” may be the right balance of uniqueness and specificity. For a trial period, beginning immediately and ending in December 2014, we will be increasingly using the name “Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County” in our outreach. We will reassess at this time. We invite your comments. Please email Rev. Davis (uurevcharlie@aol.com); Alice Pawley (alicepawley@gmail.com); and Karin Bergman (uuc@uulafayette.org). Thank you.

FAMILY PROMISE Our church is a member of Family Promise, an interfaith nonprofit organization that works with churches throughout Greater Lafayette to provide food and housing to homeless families. Four weeks each year, we help our partner church, Our Savior Lutheran, which provides overnight accommodations to families in the program. Individual volunteers can help out by simply cooking a dinner and dropping it off, serving as host (at the OSLC) for a few hours in the evening, or even by staying overnight. The UU team is very dedicated but would welcome new volunteers, since spreading the work makes things easier for everyone. We will be having an informational session for about 20 minutes after service on March 30. You can come and find out more about the program to decide if it is something you would like to be involved with. Or, if you would like more information you can contact one of the UU Family Promise coordinators, Mike Tripodi (mtripodi@girtz.com) or Gabriela Weaver (gweaver@purdue.edu).

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

  • 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, May 8 at 7:00 pm in Room 101-103. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com, &Tom McConville, tmcconville1200@comcast.net.
  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.
  • WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION .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.

PETE SEEGER MEMORIAL CONCERT COMING TO UU APRIL 11
Several Lafayette area musicians are gathering together Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm, to pay tribute to legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who passed away at the age of 94 on January 27, 2014. The concert will be held in the UU Church sanctuary. Doors open at 7:00 pm. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit the Wabash Riverkeeper non-profit organization. For further information contact Denise Wilson, dm2wilson@gmail.com.

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…

UU GOODWILL CLOTHING DRIVE
Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning our homes top to bottom. As Unitarian Universalists, this ritual also means sharing our abundance with those in need. As you sort through your closets and drawers this spring, put your gently used garments aside for the UU Goodwill Clothing Drive, held this year from JUNE 1ST to JUNE 8TH. The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to LUM, Carey Home for Children, the YWCA Woman’s Shelter, and Family Promise. For more information contact Susanne McConville, 765-477-0344 or mcconville1200@comcast.net.

UUC PLANT SALE
The UUC Plant Sale will be Sat., May 17th from 9am-noon, in the front yard of the UUC. We will have vegetables, herbs and flowers. This is a total church effort that relies on church members donating plants from their gardens, or seeds that have been started indoors. Please begin planning for your donations, so we have a successful fundraiser. Please pass the word to friends and family. Plants are to be dropped off the week before the sale. Pots will be available in the playground area. More details to follow as we get closer to the date. We will need volunteers the day of the sale and a few days before to help sort and price plants.   Contact Lisa Pantea with questions.

March 2014 Calendar

March 21, Friday
Purdue Spring Break
VERNAL EQUINOX
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

22. Saturday
Purdue Spring Break Ends, March 22
8:00 AM Zen M

23, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

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

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

26, 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)

27, Thursday
5:30 PM A-REC
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)

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

29, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:00 PM IRN (Inter-Religious Network) Conversation Circle of the Abrahamic Faith Traditions: All Church Invitation, 101/103. Double Click for More Information.

30, Sunday
RE TORNADO DRILL DAY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

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

April 1, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:00 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

2, 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)

3, 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

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

5, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
~Anne Frank, “Diary of Anne Frank”

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character.
These are the qualities that define us as human beings,
and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
~R.J. Palacio, “Wonder”

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful,
to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”
~Rabindranath Tagore

Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 14, 2014

  • Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
  • Nursery & Childcare Available.

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It is with regret that we inform you of the death of Thomas Elmer Gaston, Sr., on March 7, 2014 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Tom, his first wife Dorothy, and second wife Nancy, both of whom preceded him in death, were active members of the Unitarian Universalist Church during the 1980s and early 90s. He was a retired Purdue Professor Emeritus of English, and a magician. He often performed magic tricks at church, much to the congregation’s delight. Condolences may be offered online at www.glennfuneralhome.com.

SUNDAY MARCH 16

  • FORUM, 9 AM Forum Co-chairs James Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge present “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” a review of past forums and looking ahead to future forums.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Unitarian Universalists in India.” Margaret Barr was born in England. She devoted her life to working with the Unitarians in the Khasi Hills in northeast India. Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leaders, Alice Pawley and Stephen Hoffmann. Sound Technician, Noemi Ybarra.

SUNDAY MARCH 23

  • FORUM, 9 AM The UU Writers’ Group will read some of their work, and leave time for questions and comments.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “UU Service Committee.” Martha Sharp and her husband, Rev. Waitsell Sharp, went to Czechoslovakia in 1939 to rescue Jewish refugees. Their efforts led to the formation of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an agency that continues to help marginalized people around the world. Worship Associate, Bill Welge. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, tba. Fellowship Team Leaders, tba. Sound Technician, Dan Noland.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • Happy Spring Break!! – No R.E. classes Sunday March 16. Child care is offered in the nursery for preschool aged children and under. “Busy hands” kits with coloring sheets and pipe cleaners are available in the narthex for older kids.
  • Safety Committee Reminders: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week: March 2-8, 2014. Parents, there will be a tornado drill during R.E. classes March 30th. Guides will go over the procedures during class-time on March 23rd.
  • Walkie talkies: It is crucial that we use them. Teachers/Guides are asked to pick up a walkie talkie from the charging station in the office work room before class starts and please put it back on the charger when R.E. is over. We are on channel one. Safety committee members will now be conducting regular checks on Sundays.
  • Our featured UU’s/workshop teachers/rotation order this month are: 

Health and First Aid- Alanna Steffan-Nelson (Notable UU: Clara Barton)

  • March 2nd- 1-2, room 110
  • March 23rd- 3rd grade, room 112
  • March 30th- 4th grade, room 114

Poetry and Music- Jason Dufair (Notable UU: Julia Ward Howe)

  • March 2nd- – 4th grade, room 114
  • March 23rd- 1st-2nd grade, room 110
  • March 30th, 3rd grade, room 112

Community Puzzle- Elizabeth Lincourt (Notable UU: Jane Addams)

  • March 2nd- 3rd grade, room 112
  • March 23rd- 4th grade, room 114
  • March 30th- 1st, 2nd grade, room 110

ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style are facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique, each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held April 8, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm in 101/103. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

  • 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.
  • 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.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE 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, May 8 at 7:00 pm in Room 101-103. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com, & Tom McConville, tmcconville1200@comcast.net.

  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In March and April, all coins in the collection plate will be donated to the YWCA’s “Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.” Domestic violence can take many forms: verbal, emotional, intimidations, threats, isolation, economic, sexual, physical, and the abuse of neglect. The YWCA’s 501(c)3 Domestic Violence Program operates with assistance from both public and private funds.
  • WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION 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.

LIBRARIAN
Many thanks to Linda Prokopy (Josh Prokopy’s mother), who recently moved to town and has become a member of the church, for volunteering to be our church librarian.

PETE SEEGER MEMORIAL CONCERT COMING TO UU APRIL 11
Several Lafayette area musicians are gathering together Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm, to pay tribute to legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who passed away at the age of 94 on January 27, 2014. The concert will be held in the UU Church sanctuary. Doors open at 7pm. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the Wabash Riverkeeper non-profit organization. For further information contact Denise Wilson, dm2wilson@gmail.com.

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…

UU GOODWILL CLOTHING DRIVE
Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning our homes top to bottom. As Unitarian Universalists, this ritual also means sharing our abundance with those in need. As you sort through your closets and drawers this spring, put your gently used garments aside for the UU Goodwill Clothing Drive, held this year from JUNE 1ST to JUNE 8TH. The vouchers we receive for each bag of clothing go to LUM, Carry Home for Children, the YWCA Woman’s Shelter, and Family Promise. For more information contact Susanne McConville, 765-477-0344 or mcconville1200@comcast.net.

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.

March 2014 Calendar

March 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
12:00 AM Open House for Kathy Willowoode, UU Room 106

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

17, Monday
Purdue Spring Break Begins, March 17-22
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)

18, Tuesday
Purdue Spring Break
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

19, Wednesday
Purdue Spring Break
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)

20, Thursday
Purdue Spring Break
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

21, Friday
Purdue Spring Break
VERNAL EQUINOX
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

22. Saturday
Purdue Spring Break Ends, March 22
8:00 AM Zen M

23, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

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

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

26, 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)

27, Thursday
5:30 PM A-REC
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)

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

29, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:00 PM IRN (Inter-Religious Network) Conversation Circle of the Abrahamic Faith Traditions: All Church Invitation, 101/103. Double Click for More Information.

30, Sunday
RE TORNADO DRILL DAY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

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

April 1, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:00 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

2, 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)

“Love and service have always come first in my experience. And though my life has been solitary in so far as congenial companionship on an intellectual and spiritual level has often been lacking—always there have been children…children have been my salvation, each an individuality to be respected, developed and loved, each with his and her own special gifts, defects, needs and potentialities…”

~Rev. Margaret Barr, Unitarian Minister
from “A Dream Come True: The Story of Kharang”

Lighted Chalice Weekly for Feb 28, 2014

  • Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes begin at 10:30 am
  • Nursery Childcare Available.

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Lighted Chalice monthly columns:

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

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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”