Building and Grounds Committee (BAG)
This committee watches over the church building and grounds, the infrastructure, and coordinates the hands-on volunteer efforts (painting, remodeling, etc.). BAG meets the last Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. and is currently chaired by Paul Kloth.
Community Investment Team (CIT)
The Community Investment Team is charged with the following:
- Develop strategies for and carry out the church’s community investment/give away the plate efforts.
- Engage the congregation in submitting Sunday offering recipient nomination.
Co-Chairs: Deb Soulen and Jeff Snyder
Nominating Committee (NomCom)
NomCom is a committee established in the Bylaws. The Nominating Committee shall continuously seek persons whom it determines are willing and able to serve the Church. The Nominating Committee shall nominate Members to each office to be filled at each Annual Meeting. NomCom encourages self nominations for the elected positions of the church – Board of Trustees, Foundation and NomCom. We welcome conversation throughout the year as people consider ways they may be of service to First Universalist. We know service is a way to deepen one’s relationship with the church and the church community and we appreciate the opportunity to help make that happen. The Nominating Committee generally meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m.
Chair: Suzann Willhite firstname.lastname@example.org
Members: Sharon Ramirez, Greg Hoelzer, Pat Gottschalk, Suzann Willhite, Marcia Watson, Jim Ramnaraine, and Board of Trustees representative: Karin Wille
Planned Giving Committee
The Planned Giving committee encourages members and friends of the congregation to include the Church in a will or estate plan. To learn how to give a legacy gift to the church, contact a minister or the financial administrator, or click here.
The Pledge Team works with minsters and staff to plan and oversee the annual giving campaign. Annual giving accounts for 80% of the church’s annual budget.
Chair: Jeanne Guignon
Members: Jane Baudelaire, Tim Gluszak
Space Planning Improvement Facilities and Furnishings Committee (SPIFF)
SPIFF seeks to make our church building attractive, welcoming, functional, and adaptable in meeting the needs of the many people and groups who use it. SPIFF helps church staff evaluate possible changes and improvements to our building and assure its ongoing maintenance. SPIFF’s recommendations are shaped by aesthetic, practical, and environmental considerations. SPIFF generally meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.
Chair: Lynne Stanley email@example.com
Members: Bette DeMars, Bob Friedman, and Kristen Mengelkoch
Visual Arts Committee
The Visual Arts Committee is comprised of individuals who are interested in enhancing the beauty of our church. Members select ways to be involved including:
- Arranging flowers for Sunday services
- Selecting and hanging art exhibits in the Social Hall
- Decorating for special events
- Developing winter holiday decorations throughout the building
- Making social hall table center pieces
- Creating artificial floral arrangements for several areas within the church
- Planting exterior pots
- Designing exterior and interior banners
- Coordinating with Congregational Care flower distribution following services
- Consulting with groups who are interested in visual aspects of the church
The Visual Arts Committee meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Library. The committee doesn’t meet during the summer. In August, the committee has a potluck dinner to socialize. Meeting attendance is not required for participation but is encouraged since it is an opportunity to offer ideas and input and because we enjoy our time together.
To learn more about becoming involved in the Visual Arts Committee, contact Membership Chair Cheryl Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-216-1631
To discuss having an art exhibit, contact Exhibit Chair Bette DeMars email@example.com or 612-991-3657
To donate flowers for Sunday services, contact Flower Chair Dick Rueter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-280-4816.
Members include: Maren Ahlberg, Cheryl Anderson, Averil Bach, Jody Beresford, Bette DeMars, Pat Foulkes, Rita Franchett, Anne Frenchick, Carol Hiniker, Karen Johnson, Mary Johnson, Candace McClenahan, Linda McNary, Janet Mills, Dawn Nelson, Steve Oakley, Sylvia Rudolph, Dick Rueter, Meredith Sims, Lisa Sinclair, Marjie Smith, Lena Vdakes, Ruthann Wood
Over the years, the building has been permanently enhanced through projects developed by the Visual Arts Committee. Exterior Banners selected by the committee highlight the exterior of our building. The oak leaf triptych created by Roger Junk to honor those who have given funds to the church through their wills was commissioned by Visual Arts many years ago and was just recently given a more prominent place in the sanctuary. Another sculptor, Heidi Hoy, was commissioned by the committee to create the UUs and a chalice for the Cummins Room. Years later, for the sesquicentennial celebration, the committee hired Heidi again to create a much larger UU so the sanctuary would finally have an element representing Unitarian Universalism. The committee also provided glass pieces, a lectern cloth, and stoles for ministers for child dedication services. Most recently, the committee created three banners for our Give, Receive, Grow mission statement and with the same design made attractive mission statement cards for staff to use and to accompany Sunday flowers and comfort shawls being delivered to congregants. Each holiday Visual Arts Committee members join together to create unique decorations to celebrate the season… it is the committee’s yearly gift to our congregation.