Committees and Teams
Serving on a committee or team is a great way to get to know other folks in the church while contributing to the essential operations of the church.
The mission of the Accessibility Committee of UCM is to help the church become more accessible to and inclusive of all persons and to educate the congregation about the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of persons with differing abilities and ages.
This committee arranges camping experiences for families during the mid-summer camping season. Look for opportunities to join in the fun in upcoming newsletters. Click here for more
The Communications Team facilitates dialogue, action, fellowship and welcoming outreach within our church and the broader community. Contact Congregational Life Coordinator, Elaine Ball, with Social Media questions; click here to subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter; Contact, Church Administrator, Sam Rossier with Website questions.
Committee of Chairs
The Committee of Chairs, led by the Executive Team, meets together quarterly as a way for the Chairs of all UCM Committees, Task Forces, Teams, Ad-Hoc groups, the Board, Executive Team, Staff, and active volunteers to check in with each other, update each other about programs and events that are upcoming, coordinate efforts, and communicate with each other about everything happening in our active congregation.
Committee on Ministry
The Committee on Ministry (CoM) supports and nurtures the shared ministry of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.
Current Executive Team members for the 2020-21 Church Year are Rev. Joan Javier-Duval, Ron Cameron, Claudia Clark, and Leslie Parr.
The Finance Committee manages the church budget, special funds, investments, gifts and bequests. It advises the Executive Committee on financial matters. It ensures protection of church property and reports to the congregation on the fiscal health of the church.
Lifespan Spiritual Exploration (LSE) Committee
The Lifespan Spiritual Exploration (LSE) Committee supports opportunities for transformational learning, faith formation, action, and fellowship across the lifespan within our congregation. Our Vision for Lifespan Spiritual Exploration is here. With such a dynamic vision, new members are always welcomed and encouraged to join.
Membership & Hospitality Committee
The Membership & Hospitality Committee welcomes newcomers, visitors, and friends into our loving community. We train and schedule Baristas (Coffee makers), Elevator Operators, Greeters, Hospitality Table Hosts, Kids’ Snack Table Hosts, and Ushers, all of whom help to welcome all every Sunday morning. We also meet monthly to plan events and programs including ‘New UU’ classes, New Member Sunday Services, and Hospitality Team Trainings; we coordinate with UCM Staff and volunteers to maintain and regularly update the UCM Church Directory; and we email and call visitors and newcomers each month to welcome them and connect them with people and committees who share their interests. For details or to volunteer, contact our current Chair, Barbara Thompson here.
Ministerial Internship Committee
The primary goal of the Ministerial Internship Committee is to help the intern to develop and hone the personal and professional skills of ministry. The committee is a caring, resourceful liaison with the congregation and a group to which the intern can turn for information and guidance. A committee is currently being formed for the 2020-2021 church year. Contact Rev. Joan for more information.
The Personnel Committee ensures that our church staff are treated ethically, legally and fairly through implementation of appropriate policies. It advises the Minister and Executive Team on human resource matters as needed. We welcome new members with HR experience. Please contact Rev. Joan if you are interested in being part of our team.
The Property Committee oversees all aspects of church property management, from steeple to foundation. Its members work with our Sexton on routine maintenance and cleanliness. They also develop a long-range plan for upkeep and improvements Please contact Paul Ohlson for more information.
The Safety Committee’s mission is to affirm the belief that our congregation must maintain a safe and secure atmosphere where people will feel welcome. This is a small committee which meets only when issues arise that require our attention.
The Stewardship Committee fosters a spirit of generosity and shared financial responsibility in our church community. We develop ways of raising the revenue necessary to carry out the church’s mission. In 2016 a sub-committee of the Stewardship Committee, “Planned Giving,” was established to support the long-term financial health of the church by encouraging bequests and other planned gifts, and by providing members and friends with the information and tools to facilitate such giving.
Welcoming Congregation Committee
The Welcoming Congregation Committee works to help UCM be ever more friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Committee meets monthly during the church year and welcomes any interested individuals to attend meetings. In addition, the Committee encourages ideas, comments, and questions which can be sent to Committee Chair Nancy Schulz. Other members of the Committee are: Anne Ferguson, Phil Morse, Ellie Peters, Lindsay Wade and Ruth Witte.
Worship & Arts Committee
The Worship & Arts Committee serves as the stewards of the Sunday service. In collaboration with the minister, music director, and director of lifespan spiritual exploration, we strive to ensure that elements of the service — music, meditation and prayer, joys and concerns, readings, announcements, and the sermon — nurture each person’s spiritual journey. This committee is responsible for assuring the pulpit is filled on Sundays when the minister is away, whether by guests or with special services led by members of the church. We coordinate service elements such as flowers, candles, and multimedia offerings with a dedicated budget.