How to Find and Join Church Groups

Many different groups are necessary to accomplish the work and ministries of our church. Participating in one or more groups is a good way to form lasting relationships and help us realize our Mission and Vision. If you want to get involved, peruse the information below and contact the persons listed as the representatives of the groups that interest you. Contact information can be found on the password-protected Directory page – see the Access Information page if you don’t have a username and password. Alternatively, you can call the church office at 573-442-5764 for contact information.

Clicking the links in the table below will take you to descriptions of the groups and names of persons whom you may contact to express interest in joining.

Church Governance
Board of Trustees
Nominating Committee
Fiscal Review Committee
Investments/Endowments Committee
Audit Committee
Committee on Ministry
Personnel Committee
Worship-Related
Worship Associates
UU Singers Choir/Music Program
Chalice Circles
Meditation in Nature
Kaleidoscope
Finance-Related (Ministry)
Budget Team
Stewardship Team

Facilities-Related
Design Team
Facilities and Grounds Team
Memorial Garden Team

Social Action
Social Action Team
Honduras Covenant Group
Fair Trade Sales Team
Green Sanctuary Team
Festival of Sharing Team
Church Service
Communications Team
Caring Ministry Coordinating Team
Hospitality Team
Membership Team
Peace Building Team
Potluck Team
Small Group Ministries
Chalice Circles
Conversations, Etc.
Dining Group
Hook & Needle Group
Life Writers’ Group
Men’s Saturday Breakfast Group
Book-Related
Book Table Team
Book Discussion Group

Education

Children’s Religious Education
OWL – Sexuality Education
YRUU – High School Group
Forum Discussion Group

 

Church Governance

Board of Trustees

The nine-member Board of Trustees is the governing body of the church. New board members are elected at the Congregational Annual Meeting in April, May or June each year and serve three-year terms. The board’s primary responsibilities are setting policies, effectuating the church’s vision and mission as articulated by the members, providing resources, and evaluating programs, while the minister is responsible for supervising staff members and volunteers in the work of the church’s ministries. More information.

Contact: Jeremy Milarsky, 2015-16 President

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee reports to the Board of Trustees. The committee’s primary function is to recruit candidates for election to the board. The committee also may be asked to recruit volunteers to fill board vacancies and to identify candidates for board committees and task forces.

Contact: Jeremy Milarsky, 2015-16 President

Fiscal Review Committee

The Fiscal Review Committee reports to the Board of Trustees. The committee acts as a consultant on financial matters, monitors and compares the church’s financial performance to expectations and goals based on the budget and the church’s financial performance in previous years, recommends changes to policies in light of the church’s financial performance, and provides input and assistance to the board and paid staff on business affairs (e.g. property and liability insurance, budget, etc.).

Contact: Gregg Suhler, Treasurer and Board Liaison to the committee, and Diane Suhler, Committee Chair

Investments/Endowments Committee

The Investments and Endowments Committee reports to the Board of Trustees. The committee’s primary responsibiity is to manage the financial investments of the church and make investment recommendations. The committee also is charged with educating the congregation on financial investing and related matters.

Contact: Gregg Suhler, Treasurer and Board Liaison to the committee, and Pam Springsteel, Committee Chair

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee reports to the Board of Trustees. The committee receives and reviews financial reports from the Church Administrator, conducts regular internal audits of the church’s financial records, and periodically arranges for outside financial reviews.

Contact: Gregg Suhler, Treasurer and Board Liaison to the committee, and Elaine Martin, Committee Chair

Committee on Ministry

The Committee on Ministry reports to the Board of Trustees and the minister. The committee’s goal is to promote the spiritual health and well-being of the church and its members by encouraging congregational ownership and fulfillment of the mission, evaluating the church’s ministries as they relate to the mission and vision, and cultivating open and appropriate communications among the minister, the board, ministry teams and the congregation.

Contacts: Qhyrrae Michaelieu, Chair, and Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Minister

Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee reports to the Board of Trustees and the minister. The committee’s mission is to support the hired staff and volunteers, Board of Trustees and membership by providing consistent and fair definitions and implementation of the church’s personnel policies.

Contact: Mary Beth Schillinger, Convener

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Worship-Related

Worship Associates

The Worship Associates Team meets regularly with the minister to plan and implement stimulating and uplifting worship services. More information.

Contact: Cande Iveson, Team Leader

UU Singers Choir/Music Program

The UU Singers adult choir rehearses at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from September through May. The choir performs at services on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Music Director Desi Long plays the piano and arranges for other musical performances. More information.

Contact: Desi Long, Music Director

Chalice Circles

Chalice Circles are a network of facilitated small group ministries that meet monthly to help Unitarian Universalists connect together and to grow spiritually and intellectually from further shared reflection based on our church’s worship themes. More information.

Contacts: Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Minister; Chalice Circles Leadership Team members: Stephanie Dorman, Allie Gassmann and Peter Holmes.

Meditation in Nature

If you are seeking a more inward expression for practicing your faith, Meditation in Nature may be just for you. Meetings take place at the Gans Creek Wildlife Area the third Sunday each month from 9 to 10 a.m. and are sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Team and Friends of Rockbridge. The group’s focus is being at home in Nature and building a connection between spiritual practice and environmental consciousness. The format of the gatherings is silent meditation with some opportunity to share insights. More information.

Contact: Peter Holmes

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is an eclectic UUCC group seeking to explore our relationship to the earth and the cosmos through the study and practice of shamanic and ancient religious traditions. More information.

Contact: Jeff Ordway (email email)

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Finance-Related (Ministry)

Budget Team

The Budget Team develops a proposed fiscal-year budget for review by the Board of Trustees and ultimate approval by church members at the Annual Congregational Meeting. The team includes the minister, church administrator, church treasurer, and other interested persons.

Contact: Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Minister

Stewardship Team

The Stewardship Team is responsible for the annual canvass and year-round canvassing of members to obtain pledges for the financial support of the church.

Contacts: Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Minister, and Steve Scott, chair

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Facilities-Related

Design Team

The Design Team’s function is to recommend improvements to the interior and exterior of the church to create a welcoming space for all.

Contact: Janet Groat, Team Leader

Facilities and Grounds Team

The Facilities and Grounds Team works to maintain a clean and safe facility and beautiful grounds.

Contact: Peter Holmes, Team Leader

Memorial Garden Team

The Memorial Garden Team maintains and improves the Memorial Garden located in the wooded area behind our church. The garden serves as a tranquil space for meditation and for the internment or scattering of ashes. More information.

Contact: Jeanne Murphy, Team Leader

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Social Action

Social Action Team

The Social Action Team engages in activities to promote social justice. More information.

Contact: Janice Smith, Team Leader

Honduras Covenant Group

The Honduras Covenant Group, a sub-group of the Social Action Team, plans service trips to Honduras and raises funds for the trips. The most recent trip took place in June 2014. Previous trips were made in 2009 and 2011. More information.

Contact: Allie Gassmann, Group Leader

Fair Trade Sales Team

The Fair Trade Sales Team sells fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate before and after worship on the second Sunday of each month from September through June. More information.

Contact: Ellen Thomas, Team Leader

Green Sanctuary Team

The Green Sanctuary Team works to integrate earth-friendly practices into our church’s spiritual and physical realms by fostering awareness of environmental issues, building connections between spiritual practice and environmental consciousness, motivating people to action toward environmental justice, and generating a commitment to environmentally friendly personal lifestyle choices. The team began work in 2013 to achieve official Green Sanctuary Certification from the Unitarian Univeralist Association. More information.

Contact: Lisa Guillory, Team Leader

Festival of Sharing Team

The Festival of Sharing Team coordinates our church’s efforts to collaborate with Festival of Sharing participants from 30 faith groups in identifying critical needs for people in Missouri and around the world and providing resources to trusted agencies for distribution to those in need. More information.

Contact: Marian Hjelmfelt, Team Leader

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Church Service

Communications Team

Our Communications Team is responsible for promoting our church and its events to the larger Columbia and Boone County community and beyond in print, on the web, and by other means. More information.

Contact: Maria Oropallo, Team Leader

Caring Ministry Coordinating Team

The Caring Ministry Coordinating Team serves our congregation by organizing efforts to assist members experiencing life transitions or crisis. A major focus is providing tangible support by coordinating meals for member families who have experienced births, deaths or illnesses. Other forms of support include cards, calls, visits, meals, and assistance with errands, transportation, or other needs. The team also arranges memorial services. More information.

Contact: Meredith Donaldson or Winifred Scott, Team Co-Chairs

Hospitality Team

The Hospitality Team is responsible for serving coffee and refreshments after every Sunday worship service and tidying up the kitchen afterward. More information.

Contact: Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Minister

Membership Team

The mission of the Membership Team is to make visitors feel welcome, to guide people into membership, and to facilitate the integration of new members into the life of this congregation. Every quarter the team conducts a “Membership 101” class for people interested in becoming members. The team also assists the minister with quarterly “in-gathering” services in which people who have decided to join our congregation are formally recognized and welcomed. More information.

Contact: Kevin Fritsche, Team Leader

Peace Building Team

The purpose of the Peace Building Team is to help people or groups solve their own problems. The team envisions a church culture which understands and acts on the belief that conflict between individuals and groups presents an opportunity for constructive dialogue and creative change, both on a personal and institutional level. More information.

Contact: Kakie Love, Team Leader

Potluck Team

The Potluck Team coordinates our monthly Potluck Luncheons on the first Sunday of every month from September through June. More information.

Contact: Julie Baka, Team Leader

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Small Group Ministries

Conversations, Etc.

Conversations, Etc. is a year-round women’s group which holds monthly brown bag luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month at the church. Presentations and discussions on a theme are planned for each month. More information.

Contact: Melinda Farhangi, Co-Chair

Dining Group

The goal of our UU Dining Group is to provide in-home dining opportunities from October through April for groups of eight, with good and often unusual food and pleasant conversation with interesting people. These dinners help us get to know each other better. The couples and singles participating in the dining group prepare and bring food to the gatherings. More information.

Contact: Linda Lou Brown, Coordinator

Hook & Needle Group

The Hook & Needle Group meets at church each Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Participants have fun while working on their chosen projects and enjoy stories and fellowship. Yarn, patterns, instruction and tutoring are available.

Contact: Marian Hjelmfelt, Coordinator

Life Writers’ Group

In the Life Writers’ Group, participants write and share. One does not have to be a published or accomplished writer – just someone who wants to explore his or her life through writing. This is a no-critique group – only positive feedback given! More information.

Contact: Fran Reynolds, Coordinator

Men’s Saturday Breakfast Group

The UUCC Men’s Group meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The group is open to all men. There are no fees and no reservations are necessary. The agenda is an open discussion of whatever is on the minds of those in attendance – and breakfast! More information.

Contact: Wiley Miller, Coordinator

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Book-Related

Book Table Team

The Book Table Team sells books at the book table before and after worship on the second, third and fourth Sundays each month from September through May. The book table is designed as a service for our members, friends and visitors. Its purposes are to have books readily available to enhance current religious education programs in the church and to serve the reading interests of Unitarian Universalists. More information.

Contact: Jenny Bossaller, Bill McMillin and Betty Acree

Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion Group meets on the second Friday of each month at 5 p.m. at ABC Chinese Cuisine, 3510 I-70 Drive S.E. Participants are asked to bring a recently read book to discuss briefly. More information.

Contact: Pam Springsteel, Coordinator

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Education

Children’s Religious Education

The Children’s Religious Education Team plans and implements our R.E. curriculum for children from pre-school through 12th grade. The team also plans and supervises special events and activities for the children. We have about 85 children in our Sunday morning program, with an average attendance this year of 55 children each Sunday. We also have 26 adults teaching in our classrooms, with about 30 others serving as classroom aides, but we can always use more help! More information.

Contact: Shanon Dickerson, Director of Religious Education

OWL – Sexuality Education

OWL (Our Whole Lives) is a course designed to teach teenagers to make responsible choices about relationships, communication and sexuality. The class covers anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, prevention, pregnancy, communication in relationships, and tough issues like abortion. The class is based on science and medicine, not on philosophy. It is not an abstinence-based course. OWL classes are conducted from January through March. The exact schedule may differ from year to year, but it generally involves Sunday afternoons and some long-day sessions. In 2014 an adult OWL class also will be offered. More information.

Contact: Mary Beth Schillinger, Coordinator

YRUU – High School Group

YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) is our church’s educational and social program for high school youths. It is open to all high school age teens, including those whose families are not active in our church. The group is under separate supervision from our children’s R.E. program – more adult helpers are welcome. YRUU meets most Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. and occasionally on other days and at other times. More information.

Contacts: Jamila Batchelder, Advisor

Forum Discussion Group

The Forum Discussion Group is an adult issues-and-answers discussion program which meets year-round from 9 to 10 a.m. each Sunday. Forum looks into community, state, national and international issues, including issues in society, the arts, history, the sciences, and the environment, and occasionally issues within the church. Guests have included musical performers, educational and political leaders, political candidates, representatives of other religions, and leaders in the arts, music, theater, and city and county government. A typical program format consists of remarks by a guest speaker followed by a question-and-answer period. More information.

Contact: Bill Clark, Coordinator

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