Whatever level of engagement you're comfortable with, there are many ways to get involved, whether social action, religious exploration, governance and finance, taking care of our facilities, or more general activities of congregational life. Everyone—newcomers and friends included—is welcome to get involved in our activities and committees. Very few committees require membership in UUFCO.
Art Resources Team (ART)
The design of our new home is a wonderful setting and inspiration for visual art. Our Art Resource Team (ART) focuses on ways of using art to engage our congregation and the greater community. The team coordinates art shows in our Linus Pauling Hall, sponsors Family Art Nights, and promotes the acquisition of permanent art from the 1% for art designated from the building budget. To date, we have installed an outdoor bronze sculpture of two cranes and two fiber art hangings for our Pete Seeger Gathering Hall.
The UUFCO Care Committee strengthens connections in our community by serving UUFCO members and friends in times of need. Caring volunteers are available to provide cards and calls, meals, transportation, and home visits. Care Committee chairs provide community resource information and referrals.
The Communications Team helps us stay informed and in touch within our congregation and promotes the presence of UUFCO in the greater Central Oregon community. Internal communication tools include our weekly All Congregation Email (ACE) and Fresh Sheet, monthly newsletter, website, kiosk, and brochures. A new online information management tool—Breeze—has facilitated the creation of a digital membership photo directory that includes information about members’ activities, interests, and areas of contribution. The team handles press releases and announcements and publicity in local print and electronic media.
The Good Times Committee coordinates many activities that bring our congregants and newcomers together, fostering friendships, understanding, and knowledge of the wider world. Monthly Circle Suppers are small group potluck gatherings at a host’s home. Card and movie nights, hiking, kayaking, biking and skiing groups, and camping trips all give small groups opportunities to have fun, get to know each other better, and explore the natural world.
The Healthy Congregations Team focuses on building and maintaining a collaborative community in our congregation by promoting open, respectful and productive communication. The team coordinates learning opportunities for effective communication and is available to support a conflict resolution process.
Library & Archives
The Founders Fireside Room houses a lending library of books and resources focusing on our UU principles, sources, spiritual traditions, and values. Our Library Committee organizes, manages, and promotes the use of the collection and orders books for adults and children.
The Membership Team warmly welcomes newcomers, invites them to participate in congregational activities, and encourages them to consider the path to membership. The team offers three orientation series each year, and membership ceremonies are held in the fall and spring.
These groups give men an opportunity to advance their own spiritual and personal journeys within a supportive, empathetic group of peers. The seven principles of Universalism inform and underpin confidential discussions. There are four groups of 8 to 12 men each.
Music & Choir
Music is vital to the spirit of UUFCO. Our choir enriches Sunday services with vocal music twice a month. All interested singers are welcome to join the choir. In addition, instrumentalists, small group ensembles, soloists, and our house band contribute their musical gifts to Sunday services and other events. Our Music Advisory Committee helps plan and coordinate special music events and concerts.
Special Events and Programs
Special events throughout the year inspire our creativity, generosity, and fun-loving spirit. Our fall service auction, featuring donated dinners, trips, services, tickets to events, and handmade items, contributes significantly to the UUFCO operating budget. Our yearly talent show, summer picnic, and back-to-church potluck in the fall bring members and friends together to laugh, play, and deepen our fellowship. Our annual budget drive kicks off with a festive all-congregation potluck and program.
All members and friends take turns doing everything that makes our Sundays so welcoming—greeters, welcome table, hospitality (coffee, occasional treats), cleanup. This is an easy and fun place for anyone to jump in. If you don't know what team you are on, or would like to be assigned to a team, contact Congregational Life Facilitator.
Works with the minister and provides coordination for the content of the services.
Children & Youth
Oversees our Religious Exploration program, ensuring our children and youth build a foundation in Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes. Volunteer opportunities include assisting staff teachers with Sunday curricula and activities. Provides childcare for infants and toddlers.
Adult RE & Spiritual Growth
Encourages spiritual growth and promotes a free and responsible search for truth and meaning through a variety of groups, classes and activities grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles and traditions. Offered throughout the year, programs include Soul Matters, meditation, yoga, UU curricula, book clubs, and more.
Guides and supports the UUFCO Social Justice Program, authorizing, empowering, affirming and promoting issue teams who work independently on Social Justice issues.
Bethlehem Inn Dinners
Prepares and serves a monthly meal at Central Oregon’s largest homeless shelter.
UUFCO's Early Learning Team, a sub-group of the Social Justice Committee's GRACE project works with teachers and administrators to provide new books for 200 children at a Title 1 school in Bend.
Greater Community Collections
Helps our fellowship reach out to others and learn more the about needs in our community, by selecting nonprofit organizations to receive our monthly offering based on our UU principles.
Jericho Table Dinners
Purchases, prepares and serves monthly meals at Jericho Table, serving those in need in Redmond.
Project GRACE (Giving Respect and Choosing Equality)
Focuses on escalating inequality, our congregational study and action issue.
Wildcat Wizards Tutoring Program
Work with a teacher-referred elementary age student weekly throughout the year. Training provided.
Board of Trustees
Represents and acts for the congregation in setting policy and conducting church business
Identifies resources that will nurture and grow the long-term health and vitality of our volunteers who take on all levels of responsibility to fulfill our congregation’s mission.
Assists the Board with setting and managing staff salaries, benefits, and relations.
Safety & Security
Works to ensure the safety of our congregation and security of our building.
Helps fulfill dreams of Pacific Northwest District UU congregations by encouraging small donations quarterly. (UUFCO was recipient of grant for play area.)
Encourages gifts and manages funds responsibly to ensure a healthy financial future. Advises the Board on managing our investments.
Leads and guides our budget, spending and approval processes, and annual audits.
Ensures our financial health and conducts our annual pledge drive.
Operates the mechanical systems such as HVAC, plumbing, etc.
Cares for the inside of our building, including maintaining our aesthetic vision.
IT / AV
Manages our computer system and network. Operates our audio and projection systems.
Maintains and ensures that our kitchen is fully operational and functions well. Trains volunteers.
Landscaping & Site
Takes care of everything outside our building—planting, weeding, snow removal. Organizes work parties.
Maintains energy records and leads environmental efforts to ensure that our building is as sustainable as possible.