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Committees and Groups

Here at the UUGSB, we pride ourselves in being able to offer many opportunities for you to join a wide variety of groups and committees that will allow you to get involved outside of service. Below is a quick list of some of the programs and groups we offer that, as a member of our congregation (unless otherwise noted), you can join and participate in.

Sunday Service Committee

Mission:  To coordinate Sunday Services which reflect our Unitarian Universalist principles.

Activities:  This committee is responsible for establishing the Sunday Service calendar.  This includes: identifying discussion topics and related speakers, coordinating music, preparing the weekly Order of Service, and advertising these services in the Bellringer. Additional activities include:  establishing and monitoring the successful flow of the various Sunday Service components, coordinating Sunday morning greeters, the distribution of materials, providing welcoming remarks, and general clean-up of the sanctuary at the end of each service.

Meeting Schedule: Meets in the Sanctuary, the second Sunday of every month immediately following the Hospitality Hour.

Co-chairs: Margaret Kiely Montemagno, Marian Russo

Religious Exploration Committee

Mission: To support our children as they develop and explore their religious beliefs.

Activities:  Help choose curricula, plan family get-togethers, help coordinate classroom volunteers on Sundays, help to maintain the Religious Exploration room, solicit participation and support from the congregation, assist in the creation and updating of the program brochure and registration materials, and recommend teacher candidates to the Board in the event of a vacancy.

Meeting ScheduleOn an as needed basis, but will meet no fewer than three times a year.

Co-chairs: Adrienne Weisent-Jones and Erin McManus-Goeke

The Caring Committee

Mission: To care for the members of our congregation.

Activities:  Identify and communicate with members who are in need of support; maintain a list of volunteers who have various skills and services to offer so as to coordinate their support to members in need; send out birthday, get well, and condolence cards.

Meeting ScheduleMeets in the Sanctuary, the first Sunday of every month immediately following the Hospitality Hour.

Co-chairs: Aytac Edwards and Jenny Ahrend

Buildings and Grounds Committee

Mission: To maintain our building and grounds so as to provide a safe and functional environment.

Activities:  Organize clean-up activities and exterior painting, coordinate major and minor renovations, monitor utilities, make minor repairs, purchase maintenance supplies, ensure that seasonal work is completed, etc.

Meeting ScheduleMeets on an as needed basis, but will meet no fewer than three times a year.

Chair: *Vacant*

Interior Design Committee

Mission: To provide an esthetically pleasing and functional environment throughout our building.

Activities:  Make recommendations to the Board for colors, carpeting, and other furnishings; arrange furniture and wall hangings; organize and participate in interior clean-up activities, painting projects, and seasonal decorating project.

Meeting ScheduleMeets on an as needed basis, but will meet no fewer than three times a year.

Chair: Kara Straley

The Hospitality Committee

Mission: To provide refreshments during the Hospitality Hour on  Sunday mornings.

Activities:  Coordinate volunteers to provide refreshments, make coffee and tea; arrive early to help set-up the refreshment table and beverage area; maintain the kitchen, purchase supplies, and clean-up.  On occasion this committee plans special celebrations and/or potluck lunches.

Meeting ScheduleMeets on an as needed basis, but will meet no fewer than three times a year.

Chair: Karen Mengel

The Committee on Ministry

Mission: To facilitate communication among all members of congregation and our Minister.

Activities: The COM is independent of the Board of Trustees and the Minister, and conversations are confidential so we honor everyone’s need for privacy. We are a sounding board for everyone on any issue. From our conversations, we make non-binding recommendations to the congregation. The committee can be reached by email com@uugsb.org or in person by request.

Meeting Schedule: This committee meets on an as needed basis, but will meet no fewer than three times a year.

Members*: Adrienne Weisent-Jones

The Membership Committee

Mission: To facilitate the growth of our membership.

Activities: Welcome visitors during the Hospitality Hour; provide frequent visitors with information regarding membership;  provide nametags; maintain the Membership Book/records; help to plan New Member Sundays.

Meeting ScheduleThis committee meets on an as needed basis, but will meet no fewer than three times a year.

Co-chairs: Jennifer Greene

The Nominating Committee

Mission: To provide the membership with a slate of candidates to be considered for the Board of Trustees.

Note: Membership to this committee is governed by our bylaws. The Board shall appoint one member, the minister shall appoint one member, and those two appointees shall mutually agree on a third member.

Activities: Seek out, promote, and encourage responsible individuals to run for Board positions for which they are qualified; submit a written report, to be included in the Annual Corporate Meeting packet, in which they submit a list of names of individuals they support for election to the Board of Trustees.

Meeting ScheduleThis committee meets on an as needed basis.

Members (To be appointed)