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Booklet on Getting Involved

November 1, 2004

Replace information below with your own group data as appropriate. Makes a 4½ x 8-inch or 4¼ x 11-inch stapled booklet. Use cover stock for outside cover. Easily assembled in-house. Should be updated and available by September 1 each year. Thanks to the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Community Church of Plano, TX, for the layout.

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Programs & Activities

  • Adopt-A-Highway: Conducts semi-annual clean-ups along an assigned stretch of Custer Road running from Plano Parkway to Parker Road.
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  • Adult Religious Education: Further your own religious growth and learning experience. Classes are led by members, our minister, and staff. Various programs, classes, forums, and discussions held throughout the year.
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  • Bridge Group: Open to anyone interested in playing this game, from beginner to seasoned veteran.
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  • Care Bears: Sponsored jointly by our church and AIDS Network. Our Care Bears Team helps people living with AIDS and their families by offering transportation for medical treatments, help with household chores, prepares and serves meals for Revlon House, and offers companionship. Training is provided by AIDS Network.
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  • Choirs (Adult, Junior, Primary): For all who love to sing, even if you can't read music. The adult choir rehearses on Thursday evenings and the children's choirs practice Sunday mornings before worship.
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  • Circle Suppers: A great, informal way to meet and socialize with other church members and friends. Dinners are monthly in member's homes, the host providing the entrée and 4-8 guests bring food contributions.
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  • Classics Book Group: Meets every two months to discuss, debate, and decipher the great works of Western literature.
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  • Drumming Circle: Offers a monthly opportunity to gather and join in meditation and reflection, through drumming.
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  • Earth Spirit: Provides a spiritual/worship environment where our relationship to the divinity and the rhythms of the natural world can be explored.
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  • Family & Friends Socials: Organizes activities involving parents and children, such as potluck dinners, theme parties, outings, etc. Purpose? To build friendships among our church families.
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  • Friday Night Flicks: Join others on the Second Friday for an evening at the movies. After the film, its off for dessert at a local restaurant.
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  • Friday Night Folk singers: Open to all who want to play, sing, or listen to folk music. Meets once a month on the first Friday to join in fellowship of music.
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  • Gay and Lesbian Concerns: Offers support, affirmation, and socializing for gays, lesbians, and their friends.
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  • Library/Book cart: Take advantage of literature we have for loan or sale relating to our and other religious faiths.
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  • Men's Group: Enjoy fellowship in an informal monthly meeting open to all men in the congregation.
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  • Outdoor Adventures: Organizes, promotes, and conducts outdoor activities, such as family camp-outs (in Oct and Apr), picnics, day trips, etc.
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  • Community Religious Exchange: Opportunity to interface with lay representatives of the many faiths in our community once a month. Large-scale, quarterly activities include: annual prayer breakfast and interfaith choir concert.
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  • Recycling: Honoring our Seventh Principle, our church recycles paper, metal and glass. Responsible for taking recycled materials to the center and maintaining collection bins in the church.
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  • Social Action: Participate in social action programs that address issues and concerns dear to our hearts, for example: Habitat for Humanity, Summer Reading Program, MLK Parade and AIDS LifeWalk.
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  • Women's Alliance: Offers programs, activities, and projects of interest to all women in the congregation.
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 Committees

  • Adult Religious Education: Develops and conducts religious growth and learning experiences that express the church's mission and vision. Recruits leaders, organizes classes, prepares flyers, and oversees the adult RE program
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  • Archives: Collects and maintains materials of historical significance in the life of the church.
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  • Building Maintenance: Responsible for the appearance and maintenance of the church. Organizes scheduled work days.
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  • Canvass: Plans and coordinates the Annual Commitment Campaign (February through April) to support our operating budget. Performs a continuing canvass throughout the year for new members and friends.
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  • Caring: Coordinates support for members and friends in times of personal crises and need, such as transportation, shopping, friendly visits and hugs.
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  • Committee on Ministry: Appointed by the Board of Trustees, the committee keeps a pulse on the overall ministry of our church. Serves as an advisory counsel for the minister and as a channel between the minister and the congregation. Members: Denominational Affairs: Links our church into the efforts of the larger Unitarian Universalist movement, reminds us of upcoming conferences, meetings, and events at the cluster, district, and continental level.
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  • Endowment: Appointed by the Board of Trustees, and works to grow the endowment fund established by the church through savings and investments. Keeps track of contributions made and growth of accounts.
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  • Facilities: oversees and supervises renovations to our physical plant, anticipates and plans for future expansion as needed.
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  • Faith in Action: Identifies, develops and coordinates education and social action programs to address societal issues and concerns of importance to the congregation.
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  • Finance: Works with the Treasurer and other lay leaders to maintain the financial health of the church, prepares the annual operating budget for the congregation, overseeing the commitment campaign, maintains pledge records and help everyone better understand financial stewardship.
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  • Hospitality: Arranges coffee and refreshments for Sunday mornings' fellowship gatherings. May be called upon to help with an occasional reception or special function.
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  • Interior Arts: Responsible for the a esthetics of the church interior, including color coordination, furnishings, and wall treatments. Decorates the church for holidays. Landscape: Responsible for the appearance of the landscaped areas of the church property.
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  • Membership: Provides membership and denominational information to potential and new members. Promotes opportunities to strengthen ties between members and friends with programs like the Inquirer's Class. Provides outreach to and follows up with new visitors. Assimilates new members and friends into the life of the congregation. Contact:
  • Music: Oversees the musical needs of the congregation, maintains instruments, and plans Summer Pops and Fall Concert Music Fund Raisers. Works with our Music Director to plan music for Sunday worship.
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  • Newsletter: Solicits articles, edits and publishes the church's semi-monthly newsletter, The CommUUnity News. Posts newsletter articles to the church's web site.
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  • Nominating: Elected committee, Annually provides slates of nominees to fill church leadership positions, and throughout the year to assist in filling vacancies. Assists with leadership development.
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  • Personnel: Develops personnel procedures covering Church employees. Ensure compliance with existing regulations. Serves the needs of our employees, oversees evaluations, contracts, etc.
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  • Publicity: Coordinates with newspapers and broadcast media to inform the community on who we are and what we are doing.
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  • Social: Plans and conducts social activities throughout the year to provide further fellowship among member and friends.
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  • Sunday Services: Plans, organizes, and oversees Sunday worship when the minister is absent from the pulpit, works with the minister in reviewing effectiveness of our worship experiences.
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  • Technology: Maintains the church's "hi-tech" equipment, Keeps the church computers, web site, email, and other such things operating and up-to-date.
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Ways to Help

  • Administrative: We periodically need help with such things as assembling mailings, computer data entry, filing, phone calling, answering the phone, staffing the office during staff vacations and augmenting the staff with volunteers during projects.
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  • Building Maintenance: We need people with a variety of talents who are willing to help maintain our facility. Carpentry, electrical, HAVC, plumbing, equipment repair, irrigation systems, and other skills are needed.
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  • Canvass: Help make our annual commitment campaign successful by assisting with publicity, presentations, planning the fellowship dinner and by serving as a Canvasser. Normally you will be asked to canvass 4 to 6 other members or friends.
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  • Caring Committee Helper: Provide support to members and friends in times of personal crises and need, such as preparing meals, providing a ride, shopping, friendly visits and hugs.
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  • (Provide) Child Care: We strive to provide child care or parallel activities at all church events. Child care providers are paid for their services.
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  • Hospitality: Come make coffee or provide refreshments for a Sunday morning. At times we may be called upon to help with an occasional reception or special function through food donation, baking, cooking, etc.
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  • Landscaping: We need help maintaining and improving the appearance of the landscaped areas of our ten acres, including cutting the grass back to the drainage ditch.
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  • Library/Book cart: Oversees the church library, including the organization, inventory, and collection development. Maintains supply of books and other materials for sale.
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  • Miscellaneous Support: Don't have lots of "spare" time? There are times when we need someone to do "one shot" projects, or performing a brief, consistent "duty" or run errands. Anyone able to donate furniture, equipment, etc. is always appreciated.
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  • Newsletter Production: Prints and assembles newsletter, The CommUUnity News, on the second and fourth Monday of each month.
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  • Religious Education Support: Often need volunteer help as RE Teachers and Substitutes, assisting with family holiday parties, help with administrative tasks, and playing music for children's classes.
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  • Sound Booth: Are you a "techie"? Join those who oversee our media equipment … the mixers, various inputs, speakers in different rooms, stage lighting, etc.
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  • Technical: Often someone needs help running a software application, and we are continually looking for ways to improve our information technology function to better serve the needs of the congregation.
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  • Ushers: The warm smiles and friendly greetings we get each Sunday morning are from the ushers who are responsible for sanctuary setup, lighting, seating, distribution of the Orders of Worship and offering collection. Ushers work one Sunday a month.
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  • Worship Support: On a weekly basis, we need people to light the chalice, provide flowers, play the prelude, play other instruments either solo or in ensemble, do a reading or even offer the sermon!
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For any areas that interest you, please fill out the "Time & Talent Survey" sheet (available in the foyer) and return it to the church office. If a program, activity, committee or "way to help" is not listed, and you think it should be, and you're willing to make it happen, fill out this box and return it to the church office—it will be routed to the appropriate person.

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Last updated on Friday, December 13, 2013.

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