The work of the Fellowship is a shared ministry of all its members and friends. Much of this work is carried out through the Fellowship’s committees and councils. The UUFC Bylaws and the Board of Trustees have established a number of formal committees to assist in Fellowship operation and governance. These committees meet regularly and report to the Board of Trustees or Minister. The Program Council oversees and supports a variety of other committees that carry out our programs and activities. Descriptions of some of these are provided above under Programs and Activities. For more information contact the UUFC Office at 541-752-5218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORSHIP, RELIGIOUS SERVICES, AND MUSIC
Choir Lift up your voice and sing! No audition necessary. Join us one evening a week for practice and sing at most Sunday services. Also on second Sundays there is a Drop-in Choir at 8:45 AM. Anyone who wants to sing with Drop-in Choir is welcome to join. We learn a song to sing that same day at the Sunday services. It’s great for people who might like to be in choir, but are looking for a smaller commitment. We welcome everyone to come join in the singing.
Flowers We are fortunate to have exquisite flower arrangements in the sanctuary each Sunday and at special services. If you enjoy creating beauty with cut flowers, consider volunteering to help.
House Managers Who makes sure the lights and sound system are working, the hymnals are ready and the offering goes smoothly each Sunday? We do. Join us. We’ll be happy to train you.
Music Committee Help support the Music Director and staff and encourage and advocate for the music program of UUFC. We serve as a sounding board for the Music Director, provide material support for the music staff, and plan fundraising activities to supplement the music budget.
Worship Committee Help us oversee and coordinate the many diverse worship experiences at the UUFC, working closely with the Minister and Music Director to create integrated Sunday worship services which appeal to all ages. We arrange all of the Summer worship services, and serve as a liaison for guest speakers and UUFC Lay Leaders. We organize Worship Associates to assist in the Sunday services.
Wheel of the Year The Wheel of the Year group at the Fellowship organizes gatherings to celebrate eight special points in the Earth’s annual dance around the sun. Besides the two solstices and two equinoxes, we celebrate the four cross quarter days half-way in between. In ancient times the cross-quarter days were the beginnings and endings of the traditional seasons that were based on the light of the sun.
LIFESPAN RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
Lifespan Religious Exploration Council (LREC) The Lifespan Religious Exploration Council (LREC) of the UUFC is an advisory group, whose purpose is to support, coordinate, and evaluate programs for inclusive lifespan religious growth and learning. The LREC consists of volunteers, parents, and RE support staff. Under the LREC are three Religious Exploration (RE) Steering Committees, focused on specific programs for different age groups: children, teenage youth, and adults.
Coming of Age (COA) Help plan the Coming of Age activities and be actively engaged with youth, in grades 7 and 8, as they participate in a challenge course, a wilderness retreat, social action projects and other activities while exploring their religious beliefs.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Join the OWL teachers. We attend formal training to learn how to lead sex education classes at age-appropriate levels to our children and youth. OWL is offered every other year and requires a commitment of several weeks for teaching the classes.
RE Teacher and Substitutes Be part of a team working with children or youth two Sundays per month. We’ll provide training and materials. You’ll learn more about UU’ism and our values as you help guide our children or youth in exploring their spirituality and what it means to be a UU. Being an RE teacher or advisor is just plain fun! Also, join the pool of people available to substitute for teachers in the RE program on an occasional basis.
Chalice Groups We can help you get connected with others in existing or new small groups focused on sharing thoughts and beliefs about questions and values important to you.
Classes and Discussion Groups Join us for classes (including Exercise/Aerobics), discussion groups, and meditation throughout the year.
Men’s Network Explore issues about our shared experiences as men, foster new friendships with men of all ages and have fun! Activities include the annual Fall Retreat (see below), regular Monthly Gatherings, informal lunches, singing events, service projects, and outdoor adventures. Here’s the flyer and registration form for the 2016 Men’s Retreat – check it out and join us if you can!
Women’s Retreat An informative, uplifting and nurturing yearly retreat for the women of our Fellowship.
Young Adult Group Connect with other UUs under 35(ish) at potlucks, on hikes, and at other activities where we share discussion and community. You are welcome at any level of involvement, from attending occasionally to planning activities for the group.
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND OUTREACH
Adopt-a-Highway Clean up our local environment! Quarterly we pick up trash along the stretch of Hwy 20/34 between Corvallis and Philomath.
Climate Justice Committee (CJC) Guided especially by our Seventh Principle, the work of the Climate Justice Committee (CJC) addresses the climate crisis as a serious threat to the wellbeing of our world—to human communities and all other species.
Dining for Women Dining for Women is a US-based international non-profit organization. Our Fellowship hosts the Corvallis group. We have a monthly potluck dinner where we share camaraderie and learn about that month’s featured programs. The programs support and educate girls, teach women skills, help develop markets for their products, and fight the prevalent gender inequality in the world.
Environmental Action Council (EAC) The EAC engages the UUFC in preservation and stewardship of the Earth. Areas of action include: sustainability of the Earth’s resources, public education and action on climate change, the protection of biodiversity, environmental justice around the Earth and the interweaving of spirituality and environmental action.
The EAC hosts a monthly movie or lecture on the fourth Sunday of the month at 7:00 PM. They also host a twice monthly Book Reading Group on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at a member’s house. For more information contact the Office at 541-752-5218 or at email@example.com.
Living the Welcoming Congregation Committee (LWC) We plan and organize programming focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues and help make sure that our Fellowship is inclusive and welcoming to all. Everyone is invited to join.
Microcredit Committee Join us as we empower people by making microloans through Kiva.org to small businesses around the world. We have put a special emphasis on supporting the Ted Guild Village Bank, which is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines.
Partner Church Committee (PCC) Come join the PCC as we build a bridge between the UUFC and our Partner Church congregation in the village of Körispatak, Transylvania, land of Unitarian roots. Our major project is to enable youth in Körispatak to attend high school and college.
Peace Action Council (PAC) Created by a vote of UUFC congregation, the PAC lead UUFC activities to end the Iraq War and to make public witness for peace, and leads to petition the government, to educate, to organize and to support men and women of conscience.
Social Concerns Committee We involve the congregation in social concerns by raising funds and awareness for different local and international charities each month. Activities include monthly action lunches, weekly bake sales, fund-raising dinners, blood drives, holiday card sales, food and hygiene supply drives.
Social Justice Action Group (SJAG) We work for peace and social justice. We plan and organize events that focus on living our values through concrete social action projects such as raising money to clear a mine field and to help Iraqi refugees, staffing a homeless shelter, organizing workshops on global warming, making a green sanctuary and more.
South Corvallis Food Bank Help alleviate hunger here in our community. We help staff the food bank, organize special projects and remind UUFC members to fill the food baskets.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) The UUSC advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. It helps people resurrect their lives after humanitarian crises and works with grassroots organizations to defend their rights to relief and recovery. Funds are raised also through the sale of holiday cards.
We Care We Care is a council of local religious organizations that provides one-time assistance to people in need. The UUFC supports We Care financially and with two volunteer representatives.
Program Council The Program Council’s charge is to foster connections within the UUFC community, and to support the on-going infrastructural work of the Fellowship such as physical maintenance, fundraising, and some administrative tasks.
Connect Up Informal one-time social events offered by members for small groups to gather and share in something of interest. Sign up in the foyer after services once each quarter.
Labor Day Help with the Tuna Roast at Avery Park Lion’s Shelter. Great food! Great fellowship! Great fun!
Thanksgiving Fest Event Join us for a social hour, Thanksgiving Dinner, and after dinner board games at the Fellowship on Thanksgiving Day.
Weekly Potlucks Join us every Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM to share a meal.
Women’s Lunch Bunch The weekly women’s lunch meets at the North Coop at 1:00 PM every Wednesday except holidays. All UUFC women are warmly invited to join us.
Caring Connection We are UUFC’s pastoral care committee. Members can call on us for help in the event of a death of a loved one, major illness or accident, hospitalization, new baby, other life transition, depression, or if they need someone to talk to. Training is required. Help the Caring Connection to reach out to UUFC members during times of personal change or crisis. We send cards to UUFC members to express concern, support, or celebration during major life events.
Casseroles Volunteers prepare and deliver casseroles to UUFC members and families to help them through demanding times.
Shawl Ministry We make healing shawls for members who are in physical or emotional need of comfort or have experienced a major joy. Join this fun group that knits and crochets together twice a month. We also work on other service projects as the need for shawls allows.
Memorial Services We provide a hospitality service to bereaved UUFC members and friends. We organize volunteers to be compassionate greeters, punch and coffee servers, and cookie providers, for a memorial service. We are an arm of the Caring Connection Committee and we work in cooperation with our minister.
Membership Committee The Membership Committee’s goal is to establish the smooth transition of newcomers and new members into active participation in the life of the Fellowship. Do you enjoy meeting new people and helping them feel at home? Join us and contribute toward an inclusive and welcoming community. We organize many diverse events throughout the year to welcome and support all new members and the UUFC community.
First Steps Class Once a month, we offer a one-hour First Steps orientation session. If you are new to UUFC, exploring Unitarian Universalism for the first time, and trying to find your way around the Fellowship, this is for you. At our First Steps class, you’ll find out more about us, how we connect, and get a tour of the building. First Steps is held every 4th Sunday during the school year at 9:30 AM.
Path to Membership (UU Path) In this quarterly class, the minister will discuss history and principles of our liberal faith, and we will get an understanding of our Fellowship’s programs.
Membership Class This class is a requirement for anyone who is considering membership. It will explore the rewards and responsibilities of membership, and provide understanding of how this Fellowship functions as an institution. For those who are ready to sign the Membership Book, a brief Enrollment Ceremony will follow.
Coffee and Refreshments We make sure there is coffee and tea ready on Sunday mornings, a much appreciated task that helps create fellowship in the Fellowship.
Greeters We staff the Welcome Table and hand out the Orders of Service on Sundays.
UUFC BOARD COMMITTEES AND ADMINISTRATIVE
Committee on Ministry We work to enhance the total ministry of the UUFC. We conduct formal evaluations and provide feedback and recommendations.
Nominating Committee We put forth the slate of candidates for the congregation to vote on for positions on the Board of Trustees. We are elected by the Congregation.
Personnel Committee We oversee issues that affect paid staff and organize hiring committees when needed. The Board of Trustees selects our members.
Newsletter Folders Participate in monthly newsletter folding. We meet mostly on the last Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM to fold, tab, and label the newsletters while enjoying company and conversation.
Office Volunteers Office Volunteers are always welcome. Please contact the Office Administrator for opportunities.
FINANCE AND STEWARDSHIP
Budget Committee Our mission is to draft an annual budget, present, discuss and revise it with the Board and present it to the congregation for adoption.
Finance Committee We oversee and report to the Board about financial matters of the UUFC.
Investment Committee Our purpose is to review the UUFC’s mutual-fund investments and make timely recommendations to the UUFC Board for possible changes. We are elected by the Congregation.
Holiday Bazaar Do your holiday shopping with a conscience because you can feel good about the purchases you make at the Holiday Bazaar. You support local artists, craftspeople, and businesses, good causes, recycling, home cooking, and the UUFC. You can feel even better by helping to make it happen.
Rummage Sale Step forward to help organize this summer event, a great way to reduce, reuse, and recycle and make money for the Fellowship.
Services Auction Build community, have fun, and raise money for the UUFC. One of our biggest and most fun events! An evening of food, entertainment, table decorating, and enthusiastic bidding at the oral and silent auctions. Join the auction committee, made up of co-chairs who start meeting once a month, three months before the auction (which is usually in April or May of each year).
Stewardship Committee We foster a culture of generosity, appreciation, and clear communication about money and financial issues, inspiring generous, consistent, and sustainable giving. We promote planned giving as well as organizing and running the Annual Pledge Drive. The annual pledge drive (which sometimes includes a canvass with one-on-one conversations about the value of the UUFC) is the process by which all UUFC members commit—on an annual basis—to support the financial well- being of our Fellowship and provide the revenue that the UUFC depends on, central to supporting the life of our congregation.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS
Art Exhibit Committee If you have an eye for art, help us display the work of local artists every sixth week. You must be able to come consistently. We will train you.
Building Management Committee We serve the congregation and community by maintaining the beauty and function of our Fellowship building. Help us oversee keeping our building up and running. Assess needs regarding painting, electrical systems, plumbing, carpentry, roofing, heating, etc. and organize work parties to maintain our facilities.
Grounds Committee We maintain and enhance the natural beauty of the UUFC grounds and provide attractive and safe access around the Fellowship. We share routine responsibilities and planning, and implementing improvements that enrich the beauty and utility of our outside environment.
Library Committee Help organize, catalog, shelve books and keep the UUFC library clean and orderly.
Memorial Plaque and Garden We see to it that the memorial plaque is engraved with the names of those whose loved ones would like them to be so honored. And we maintain the garden just outside the Gallery Door from the Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall.