Membership & Hospitality Committee
UCM’s Membership & Hospitality Committee provides welcoming and outreach to newcomers, members, and friends of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, fostering a sense of belonging in our spiritual home. In collaboration with UCM’s Governing Board, Executive Team (ET), and Staff, we also maintain and keep current our Church Directory of Members & Friends, using Breeze CHMS. We meet monthly, on Tuesday afternoons. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Congregational Life Coordinator, Elaine Ball!
Pre-COVID-19, committee members offered a welcoming presence on Sunday mornings, staffing the Hospitality Table during Coffee Hours, and training volunteers to be Sunday Morning baristas, elevator operators, greeters, kids’ snack table hosts, ushers, and vestry hosts.
During this pandemic time, our Zoom Greeters volunteer to login early to greet and share information during our Sunday Morning Worship Services, using the Zoom Chat feature, and at times to take on hosting Zoom Coffee Hours and Breakout Rooms.
Our new Five Pathways to Membership program offers virtual, online, and self-guided options for learning more about Unitarian Universalism, and who we are here at UCM. Twice a year, we facilitate ‘New UU’ and ‘New Member Sunday’ programs for individuals & families who express interest in learning more about our congregation, and our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith. If this sounds of interest to you, we invite you to peruse our “New UU Videos” playlist on our new YouTube Channel.
Ted Allen, Gale Pekar, Art Stukey, and Pam Walker (Chair) are current committee members; Abby Colihan, Judith Hinds, Dave Peters, and Barbara Thompson are associate/emeritus/recent past volunteers; and Pat Carstensen, Sandal Cate, Diana Chace, Dawn Evans, Jennifer Matthews, Dave & Ellie Peters, and Peter Thoms are just a few of our devoted Hospitality Team Coordinators and Zoom Greeters.
If you are interested in learning more about who we are and what we do, and/or would like to serve on UCM’s Membership & Hospitality Committee, and/or volunteer on our Hospitality Team or as an in-person or Zoom Greeter or Usher, or if you have questions about accessing Breeze CHMS, being included in our Church Directory of Members & Friends, and/or becoming a UCM Member, please contact Elaine Ball, Congregational Life Coordinator.