Church Groups

Our ministries are accomplished through a variety of church groups that are open to all members and friends and that provide opportunities to serve and become acquainted with others who share similar interests.

In the listing below, links are provided for groups that have a dedicated website page where you can read more. Within categories, groups are listed alphabetically. Click the following links to jump to specific categories.

Spiritual/Social Ministries

Book Discussion Group – The group meets for dinner monthly to discuss books. Contact Pam Springsteel at 573-445-0642 or by email.

Chalice Circles – Chalice Circles are groups of 7 to 10 members who meet once or twice a month to deepen and strengthen interpersonal connections and encourage spiritual growth. Contact by email.

Conversations Etc. – Women’s group that meets monthly at church for lunch and conversation. Contact Pam Springsteel at 573-445-0642 or by email.

Dining Group – Dining Group suppers are scheduled for groups of eight in members’ homes from October through March, with a break for the all-member Holiday Party in December and the all-member dinner at the church in the spring. Contact Linda Lou Brown at 573-446-3939 or by email.

Grieving Circle – Grieving Circle is a safe, affirming place for those with broken or aching hearts to give voice to their grief, whether out loud or in silence. Contact by email.

Hook & Needle Group – The group meets at church at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. Yarn, patterns and tutoring are available. Contact Marian Hjelmfelt at 573-449-5118 or by email.

Kaleidoscope – Kaleidoscope is an eclectic pagan group seeking to explore members’ relationship to the earth and the cosmos through the study and practice of shamanic and ancient religious traditions. Contact by email.

Life Writers – Life Writers write mini-memoirs telling stories of their lives and enjoy hearing others’ stories. Contact Fran Reynolds at 573-881-3828 or by email.

Men’s Group – The Men’s Group meets at 8 a.m. on the second, fourth (and fifth) Saturdays each month in the sports bar/restaurant at the Holiday Inn Executive Center for breakfast and conversation. Contact Wiley Miller at 573-864-8574 or by email.

Mindfulness Meditation – Mindfulness Meditation takes place every Sunday morning at church. Meditators of all levels of experience are welcome. Contact Peter Holmes at 573-239-7789 or by email.

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Sunday Worship Ministries

Choir (UU Singers) – Our choir, the UU Singers, practices on Wednesday evenings and frequently performs during Sunday worship services. Contact Marques J. Ruff, Interim Director of Music Ministry, by email.

Teller Team – Tellers count and secure the Sunday collections after worship. Contact Usher/Teller Coordinator Steve Scott at 573-442-1865 or by email.

Usher Team – Ushers help prepare the Sanctuary, greet worshipers, hand out the order of service, circulate the collection plates, and generally assist in making worship run smoothly. Contact Usher/Teller Coordinator Steve Scott at 573-442-1865 or by email.

Worship Associates Team – The Worship Associates assist in planning and conducting worship services. They meet with the minister for planning sessions on a quarterly basis. Contact by email.

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Education Ministries

Adult Religious Education Team – The team plans and organizes adult religious education programs. Contact by email.

Children’s Religious Education Team – The team, led by Jamila Batchelder, Director of Religious Education, helps plan and assist in our children’s R.E. program. Contact Jamila at 573-442-5764 or by email.

Forum Discussion Group – The Forum Discussion Group is an adult issues-and-answers discussion program that meets year-round from 9 to 10 a.m. each Sunday. Contact Bill Clark at 573-474-4510.

Junior Youth Group – The Junior Youth Group, for 6th-8th graders, meets monthly for social and service activities. Contact Lisa Fritsche at 573-289-4162 or by email.

OWL – OWL (Our Whole Lives) is a course for elementary and secondary school students designed to address a wide range of topics and issues associated with sexuality and sexual expression. Contact DRE Jamila Batchelder at 573-442-5764 or by email.

YRUU – Young Religious UUs is our high school age youth group that meets early Sunday afternoons for educational, social and service activities. Adults who help plan and supervise activities are members of the Youth Advisory Council. Contact DRE Jamila Batchelder at 573-442-5764 or by email.

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Serving the Church Ministries

Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Team – The AIM Team seeks to create an inclusively designed environment, free from ableism, where all individuals feel welcome and are able to participate in every aspect of our church. Contact either co-chair, Gretchen Maune (573-489-0986 or email) or James Cutts (573-489-0879 or email).

• Audit Committee – The committee conducts an annual audit of church financial records and assists the Board of Trustees in arranging periodic outside audits. Contact through the board by email.

Board of Trustees – The board is the governing body of the church. Its responsibilities are making policies, effectuating the church’s vision and mission as articulated by the members, providing resources, and evaluating programs. Contact the board by email.

Caring Ministry Team – The team provides support in times of celebration and challenge. Support may include cards, calls, visits, meals, and assistance with errands, transportation, or other needs. Contact either co-chair, Meredith Donaldson (573-289-3018 or email) or Winifred Scott (573-234-1959 or email).

• Committee on Ministry – The committee meets regularly with the minister to help evaluate the church’s ministries and to promote open and appropriate communication among the minister, the board, ministry teams and the congregation. Contact the minister at 573-442-5764 or by email.

• Facilities Team – The team helps keep our physical facilities in good condition. It is responsible for maintenance and repair of the church building. Contact Peter Holmes at 573-239-7789 or by email.

• Fiscal Review Committee – The committee acts as a consultant on financial matters as requested by the Board of Trustees and monitors and compares the church’s financial performance based on the budget and the church’s financial performance in previous years. Contact through the board by email.

• Fundraising Team – The team plans and executes fundraising activities to supplement the church’s income. Contact the minister at 573-442-5764 or by email.

• Grounds Team – The team works to develop and maintain our church’s grounds in an earth-friendly and sustainable way and to encourage people of all ages to interact with the beautiful outdoor space around our church. Contact either co-chair, Jeanne Murphy (573-219-8974 or email) or Patty Daus (573-529-9691 or email).

• Investments and Endowment Committee – This Board of Trustees committee manages the financial investments of the church and makes recommendations to the board. Contact through the board by email.

• Member Connect Team – The team assists church members and friends in finding their place in our church community through deeper connection, service, and spiritual exploration. Connectors are available to have a conversation with every member/friend who is interested. Contact either co-chair, Peter Holmes (573-239-7789 or email) or Rosie Geiser (920-470-2818 or email).

Memorial Garden Team – The team maintains and plans improvements to the Memorial Garden in the wooded area behind the church. Contact Jeanne Murphy at 573-219-8974 or by email.

• Nominating Committee – This Board of Trustees committee is responsible for (1) nominating church members to serve on the Board of Trustees, (2) recruiting members for board committees, and (3) recruiting delegates to the MidAmerica Region Assembly and UUA General Assembly. Contact through the board by email.

• Office Volunteer Team – Team members work in teams of two or three to copy and collate the weekly Order of Service and announcement inserts. They also assist with other church office tasks as needed. Contact Church Administrator Kathie Bergman at 573-442-5764 or by email.

Peace Building Team – The team seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts by providing education about conflict resolution and facilitating conflict resolution in an atmosphere of openness, respect and trust. Contact Dave Gibbons at 573-864-2161 or by email.

• Personnel Team – The team assists the minister in developing and implementing personnel policies, advising on hiring and personnel practices, and resolving personnel issues. Contact the minister at 573-442-5764 or by email.

• Publicity – The team works to communicate about the church through the monthly newsletter and website and assists church staff with public relations. Contact Steve Scott at 573-442-1865 or by email.

• Safer Congregation Committee – The committee’s primary responsibility is to develop, update and monitor the implementation of the safer congregation policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees and related administrative policies and procedures adopted by the minister. The committee also serves as a review and response team when a person participating in the church has a history of one or more sexual offenses or has been accused of a sexual offense. Contact the minister at 573-442-5674 or by email.

• Stewardship Team – The team plans and manages the annual campaign to obtain financial pledges from church members and friends to fund the church budget. Contact the minister at 573-442-5764 or by email.

• Technology Team – The team works to maintain the church’s computer, sound and other technological systems and recommend improvements. Contact Larry Lile at 573-397-5414 or by email.

Welcoming Team – The team’s mission is to make visitors feel welcome, to guide people into membership, and to facilitate the integration of new members into the life of the congregation. Contact Kevin Fritsche at 573-289-4536 or by email.

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Serving the Larger Community Ministries

Festival of Sharing – We participate annually in the Festival of Sharing, an interfaith project to collect supplies needed by people living with injustice, poverty, hunger, high infant and maternal mortality and crises. Contact Marian Hjelmfelt at 573-449-5118 or by email.

Green Sanctuary Team – The team engages in environmental justice and climate justice activities that seek to live fully our seventh principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Contact Ellen Thomas at 573-999-4615 or by email.

Honduras Ministry Team – The team raises funds to assist the people of the Cangrejal River Valley in Honduras and has organized four trips to the area to build latrines and provide other assistance. Contact Allie Gassmann at 573-356-1210 or by email.

Sanctuary Congregation Team – The team works to protect immigrants facing deportation by literally offering sanctuary to people at risk of being deported and seeks ways our congregation can support immigrant and refugee communities in this area. Contact Rev. Dottie Mathews at 920-378-4013 or by email.

Social Action Team – The team’s mission is to mobilize the congregation in support of social justice by bearing witness to and protesting social injustice, providing service to those in need, and raising funds for groups whose activities are consonant with our social justice mission. Contact either co-chair, Andrew Twaddle (573-449-4407 or email) or Margaret Tyler (573-875-2486 or email).

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