UUMH Chatham Committees and Interest Groups
For more information about any of these committees and groups, check announcements in the Newsletter and the Events and Activities Page on this website or contact the Chairs or the Administrative Office using this link.
Art (Beth Avery, Chair)
To showcase and celebrate the creativeness of the congregation through changing exhibits of paintings, drawings, textiles, and photography.
Building & Grounds (Joe Zahka, Chair)
To develop plans and execute projects relating to the physical facilities and grounds of the Meeting House in order to provide members of the congregation with a comfortable and safe place for worship and meetings. To contract major maintenance items and perform minor maintenance on a volunteer basis.
Committee on Shared Ministry
To serve as a liaison between the congregation and the minister, assisting in congregational assessment and serving as a conduit in conflict resolution.
Denominational Affairs (Robin Hubbard, Chair)
To encourage the congregation’s interest and participation in events that tie us to our regional and national organizations and to increase our awareness of being part of a larger liberal religious movement.
Endowment (Dave Van Wye, Chair)
To manage the Endowment Fund which helps guarantee the Meeting House’s long term financial stability. The committee informs and guides members on the process of planned giving and also encourages and promotes gifts to the fund. The group seeks to preserve and grow the Endowment Fund’s assets.
Finance (Joe Zahka, Chair)
To advise the Board of Trustees on financial matters dealing with budgets, budget projections, book-keeping, audits, and any other fiscal issues or concerns.
Fundraising (Mary Parsons, Chair)
To explore potential and innovative avenues to increase the revenues of the Meeting House.
The Gathering (Sue Bauer, Chair)
To meet and socialize for fun and friendship one evening a month. All women are invited to join this group.
Hospitality (Janet Jansson, Chair)
To provide refreshments for the Coffee Hour after the Sunday service.
Learning for Life
To provide opportunities for lifelong learning, intellectual stimulation, and spiritual growth. To organize a variety of lectures, classes, and workshops that are of interest both to members of the congregation and to the wider community.
Meditation Group (Joan Konopka, Chair)
To relax, improve health and increase a sense of well-being, this group meets each Saturday morning through Zoom to practice a science-based mindfulness approach. All are welcome.
Membership (Elizabeth Van Wye and Bonnie Brydges, Co-Chairs)
To be responsible for welcoming newcomers, contacting potential new members, and helping to integrate new members into the life of the congregation.
Music (Joan Caputo, Chair)
To work with the music director and minister to maintain high standards for the music of the Meeting House; to coordinate all musical activities, including special music events presented by the choir or by outside groups.
Outreach (Beth Avery, Chair)
To inform the public and the congregation about UUMH, attract potential new members, and build a vibrant presence on the UUMH website, Facebook, and other social media.
Pastoral Care (Sue Bauer, Chair)
To assist the minister in meeting the pastoral care needs of the congregation through home and hospital visits, meals, occasional special events for specific groups of congregants, and collations after memorial services if requested.
Personnel (Danielle Jeanloz, Interim Chair)
To facilitate hiring and training of staff, provide direction and support for staff, and act as a liaison with the congregation as needed.
Pledge Campaign / Stewardship (Ralph Bauer, Chair)
To organize and carry out an annual pledge drive which is the principal source of funding for the needs and activities of the UUMH.
Program Council (Sue Bauer, Chair)
To support current programs and to plan and carry out new ideas to involve both the congregation and the larger community
To build connections and to support and encourage each other in spiritual growth. Groups of 8 – 10 persons meet once or several times a month, morning, afternoon, or evening to encourage sharing and discussion of various topics. Discussion topics have included: right and wrong, humor, racism, fear, friendship, and spirituality. Anyone interested in joining a group may speak with the minister.
Social Activities (Mary Parsons and Joan Konopka, Co-Chairs)
To plan and implement social activities to involve the entire congregation at the Meeting House or other venues. These might include potlucks, picnics, and cultural events.
Social Justice and Community Outreach (Joan Caputo and Margaret Tompsett, Co-Chairs) To serve as a liaison or support for individuals or groups in the congregation who would like to pursue social justice issues. To educate the congregation and the wider community about social justice issues. To financially support other non-profit organizations and initiatives in the community.
Third Monday Book Group (Mary Parsons, Chair)
To discuss a book suggested by members, the group meets on the third Monday of each month. All are welcome to attend any or all meetings.
Thrift Shop (Mary Parsons, Chair)
To provide a major fundraising effort that supports the Meeting House. It also provides a service to the public offering a welcome and friendly place to buy donated merchandise. The shop is managed and staffed by volunteers.
The Women’s Luncheon Group (Sue Bauer, Chair)
To meet and socialize - an informal group that gets together for lunch on the second Wednesday of each month at a local restaurant. All women are invited to attend at any time.
Worship Services (Naomi Turner, Chair)
To advise and work closely with the minister on matters that affect worship. A major responsibility of this committee is to provide special services for Sundays when the minister is away.