Organization

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Standing Committee

The Super Standing/Stewardship 2015-16 Committee.This congregation has established a “Standing Committee” to manage its affairs in between congregational meetings. Our Standing Committee is charged with managing the congregation’s business and property and providing recommendations to the congregation for further action. It also appoints all other committees and makes policies. It calls annual and special congregational meetings and receives reports from other committees. The Standing Committee meets monthly.

Trustees of the Trust Fund (Endowment)

The Trustees administer all endowment funds of the church, both unrestricted and those restricted by the donors, currently invested through the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund. They authorize disbursements from endowment funds to church for authorized purposes, and effect the transfers. The Trustees accept and deposit any new contributions to the endowment funds. They work closely with the Finance and Property committees. The three trustees are elected by the congregation for three year terms, one new trustee each year over three years, providing continuity.

Nominating Committee

This committee presents a slate of nominations to Annual Meeting for all elected positions and fills occasional vacancies during the year. It ensures membership of committees fairly represent diversity of age, gender, duration of association, and interests of the congregation.

Caring Committee

This committee facilitates the congregation’s ability to offer compassion and support in times of illness, death, celebration of significant milestones, and short-term emergencies. The committee identifies those in need of meals, visitation, or transportation, and connects member-volunteers who provide the needed services to them.

Finance Committee/Treasurer

The duties of the Treasurer and Finance committee are to prepare annual budget; to oversee and manage congregational finances; and to submit annual financial report. They liaise with Trustees concerning endowments, report monthly to the Standing Committee. This committee also purchases and services office equipment.

Membership/Publicity

This committee fulfills congregation’s membership growth goals, welcomes and assimilates new members, and arranges a periodic New Member Welcome Service. It maintains the name tag board, maintains parish lists and records in compliance with church by-laws, and reports to the Standing Committee.

Personnel

This committee reviews staff performance annually; oversees staff contracts and terms of employment; deals with staff grievances; recommends annual salary awards for staff; and reviews evolving staffing needs of congregation. It is an ad hoc committee, made up of members from committees which have staff reporting to them, such as Music and RE. It reports annually, and as needed to Standing Committee.

Music Committee

This committee assumes responsibility for the music program of the church in coordination with the minister and the Worship Committee. It also assists the Music Director in planning the music program, outside of Sunday morning worship, such as Open Stage, Kirtan, organ concerts and chamber music events.

Property

The Property Committee proposes the annual maintenance schedule at beginning of church year and coordinates property budget. It oversees routine cleaning, snow removal, and maintenance and repairs, arranging occasional working parties for church projects. It reports to Standing Committee in June on maintenance performance for year.

Religious Education

This committee prepares for and holds monthly RE meetings. It collaborates with the Director of Religious Education regarding the children’s religious education program and with special events for children and families. Its members act as liaison to the Sunday School classes, and assist with teacher recruitment. The committee advises, assists, and evaluates the DRE, and has a level of involvement in the hiring of the DRE. It oversees the RE budget and reports to Standing Committee.

Social Justice

The Social Justice committee coordinates social outreach programs, educates the congregation on matters of social concern, and implements social policy as determined by congregation.

It establishes and oversees ad hoc working groups on particular issues, organizes occasional letter writing and other campaigns, and coordinates response to UUA resolutions. This committee sponsors the congregation’s 1% program.

Stewardship

This committee is charged with running the annual canvass ‘fund drive’ to support the church budget with pledges from members and friends. It promotes support of our church community with time, talent and treasure.

Fundraising

This committee plans and promotes regular events for fun and fundraising within the congregation and out in the community. Subcommittees are formed for the Rummage Sales and BBQ and Blues.

Grant Committee

This committee is very active in securing funds for ongoing projects such as the Community Supper and greening efforts for our sanctuary, supporting property committee projects.

Worship

The Worship Committee is responsible for providing non-ministerial led Sunday worship. We create collaborative, creative lay-led worship, support congregants who wish to deliver sermons or entire services, and arrange for and support guest ministers and speakers. We also provide welcome and hospitality to ministers who come to PUUC via pulpit exchange with the minister as well as those seeking a neutral pulpit. When needed or requested, we support the minister in preparation and delivery of regular, minister-led Sunday worship. The Worship Committee seeks and welcomes feedback and suggestions regarding all Sunday worship.

Lyceum Committee

The Lyceum Committee stands a bit outside the main committee structure; it has the responsibility to research, plan, and engage 8-10 speakers for the Monadnock Summer Lyceum series, which happens Sunday mornings from late June through August each year. It functions autonomously, raises funds independently, and manages its own budget. Half of the committee members must be PUUC members, to ensure PUUC oversight. According to its bylaws, it is the only committee that recruits and holds committee members from outside our congregation with the intent to invest the Lyceum purpose with a broader community focus. This combination of church members and others from the broader community has worked very well, as reflected in the wealth of intellectual content that appeals to the large attendance on summer Sunday mornings.