Deepening Your Involvement
You’ll discover that the more you get involved at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, the more you’ll get back in return. Many volunteer organizations exist in our church that work to keep UUCE an active and welcoming community.
Our church operates in large part through the volunteer efforts of our members and friends, often through the work of committees and teams.
The Building Team maintains the church building. Members volunteer to take on specific maintenance jobs in the church. Individual team members are responsible for ensuring that routine tasks are performed on a regular basis.
The Care Team reaches out to church members to offer support and assistance in times of illness, bereavement and need. The Care Team offers support to members during short-term health and other challenges. This team provides outreach by conversations, phone calls, email, or cards. They assist the family with memorial services held at the church. The Care Team has medical equipment free to borrow including wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower seats, and more in storage for anyone who has short term medical needs.
For information or support please send email to Care@uuce.org or phone the coordinator Chris Davis at (847) 695-4215.
The Green Team coordinates actions that support a healthy environment, including recycling of batteries, light bulbs, printer cartridges, and Styrofoam. Contact GT@uuce.org for more information.
This team coordinates activities to help visitors, friends, and members feel welcome and comfortable in our church. Activities include coordinating Sunday morning greeters, Fellowship Hour, and special activities such as our “Face-to-Face” events.
Members, friends, and families: please sign up to help out on Sunday mornings! A more detailed description of the tasks is available at the provided link.
To become a member of the Hospitality Team and help coordinate these activities, send an email to Welcome@uuce.org or call (847) 207-6473. [Coordinator: Kathie Wachholder]
The IT Team manages the hardware and software used by the church staff and volunteers. This includes email, cloud-based applications and storage, and the UUCE website. For more information, send email to IT@uuce.org.
Landscape and Grounds Team
The Landscape and Groups Team creates and maintains the prairie, the garden, the foundation beds and grounds. Activities include planning for new gardens and plantings and overseeing grounds maintenance. Members suggest work for the professional landscape crew for their monthly maintenance work. Our church grounds have been designated a Wildlife Sanctuary!
The Membership Team, along with the minister, facilitates the process of becoming a member by providing the Path to Membership class and the New Member Ceremony.
To join the Membership Team and help coordinate these activities, email Membership@uuce.org. [Coordinator: Kathie Wachholder]
Religious Education Team
To support the work of our Religious Education (RE) teachers, this team meets as needed to help plan for our children’s programs. Activities may include preparing RE classroom materials, assisting or leading lessons, and recruiting RE teachers and assistants.
For more information, send an email to RE@uuce.org. [Coordinators: Diana Heizer, April Swain, and Michelle Sweeney]
Small Group Ministry Team
The Small Group Ministry Team’s primary mission is to provide opportunities in the community for our members and friends to live their commitment to the principles of our faith through interaction in small group activities. The Team will support increasing membership in existing groups and creating new small groups, and work to increase communication between church members and friends through their participation in small groups in our congregation.
Please visit our Small Groups page to learn more about what small groups are currently active.
If you are a member of the church and are interested in organizing a new group or program, all you need to do is find two other people who would like to participate, and then contact the Small Groups coordinator at SG@uuce.org. [Coordinators: Dan and Kathy Hislip]
Social Justice Team
The Social Justice Team coordinates our church’s outreach to live out our values in the world and effect social transformation. A number of teams work to reach out to the larger Elgin community through social action activities. The Unichord Newsletter and Bulletin Board have regular invitations for members and friends to donate clothing and diapers, or help the homeless through PADS.
To learn about more opportunities, send emails to SJ@uuce.org. [Coordinator: Elizabeth Olson]
This team greets, welcomes, and provides information to visitors to our church. Activities include serving as greeter assistants and providing information to new and returning visitors. No meetings. Each team member volunteers to serve approximately six times per year.
Contact our volunteer coordinator by email at Welcome@uuce.org or call (847) 345-0897. [Coordinator: Andrea Budasi]
Special Annual Events
Don’t miss our best annual fundraiser! Members and friends donate a variety of items and activities that are sold to the highest bidders by our hysterical professional auctioneer. Come and buy your favorite sponsored things-to-do-with-your-church-friends for the coming year! THis is an evening adult party which includes a variety of beverages and hors d’oeuvres. This event takes place in October.
For more information, send email to Auction@uuce.org. [Coordinator: Mike Moutrie]
These are teams and committees with appointed, elected, or limited membership that work to manage various aspects of the church’s overall functioning.
The Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees (BOT) is elected by members of the congregation. At the annual meeting held in May each year, new trustees are elected to replace those rotating off their three-year terms. The BOT consists of the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Trustees. The BOT has general charge of the property of the church, the conduct of all its business affairs, and the control of its administration. The Board of Trustees meetings monthly.
For more information, see the By-Laws of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin. To contact the Board of Trustees, send email to BOT@uuce.org.
The Committee on Ministry
The purpose of the Committee on Ministry (COM) is to monitor and assess the ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin and to suggest and advocate for ways to increase their alignment with our Covenant, Mission, Vision, and Ends. Members serve three-year terms and are replaced by internal nomination with nominees approved by the Board of Trustees.
To contact the committee, send an email to COM@uuce.org.
The Endowment Fund Committee
The Endowment Fund Committee manages and controls the assets of the fund held in the name of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin Operational Endowment Fund.
The Committee makes decisions to hold, sell, exchange, rent, lease, transfer, convert, invest, reinvest all assets of the Fund including stocks, bonds, debentures, mortgages, notes, or other securities, as in their judgement and discretion they deem wise and prudent.
The three members of the committee must be voting members of UUCE, and they serve staggered three-year terms elected at the annual meeting. Additionally, the minister and president of the Board of Trustees are advisory members.
For more information, see the By-Laws of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin. To contact the committee, send email to Endowment@uuce.org.
The Executive Team
The Executive Team serves at the request of the Board of Trustees. It consists of three to six members meeting with the minister and church administrator to provide support and oversight of all church Committees and Teams, helping to ensure successful outcomes.
To contact the team, send email to ET@uuce.org.
The Finance Committee
The Finance Committee serves the Board of Trustees. Its purpose is to ensure the financial well-being of the church by overseeing all church financial activities through a number of specific duties. These include: oversight of annual budgeting process, monitoring and reporting on status of expenditures relative to budget, financial record-keeping, creating financial policy and procedure, and producing semi-annual contribution statements to congregation.
To contact the committee, send email to FC@uuce.org.
The Leadership Development Committee
The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) nurtures and encourages participation in the teams and committees service UUCE, supports lay leaders by promoting leadership development, and nominates members to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees, the Endowment Committee, and other committees and teams as needed. The LDC has four members all in good standing at UUCE, serving staggered three-year terms. The LDC reports to the Board of Trustees.
Team and committee leadership can come to the LDC for resources, events to promote leadership development, and assistance in finding good candidates to fill vacancies across the UUCE organization.
For more information, send email to LDC@uuce.org.
The Personnel Committee
This committee supports the Board of Trustees and the Executive Team in matters related to staff, job descriptions, and hiring.
To contact this committee, please email PC@uuce.org.
The Stewardship Team
The Stewardship Team focuses on insuring the future of the church by embracing generosity as a spiritual practice. During the annual pledge campaign, the team share the message of “joyous giving” with the congregation while canvassing for contributions from members. Team members rotate on a three-year cycle with most of their work being done in February and March.
For more information send email to Stewardship@uuce.org.
The Worship Team
At the invitation of the minister, this team meets once a month to review and coordinate our worship services. Members are called up on to both assist and lead worship, as they are willing and available.
If you are interested in learning more, please email WT@uuce.org.