Co-chaired by Ellen Kelley and Betty Slesinger, the Membership Committee promotes the growth and well being of UUFB by educating and embracing members, friends, guests and the greater community.
Presently, 100 members and 116 friends support our Fellowship. Living in a community with a high transient population (military and snowbirds!) has not kept us from growing. In fact, within the last 2 years we have expanded our family by about 25%.
This committee conducts a wide range of activities to uphold its mission including welcoming, education, fundraising and social activities.
- Each Sunday members of this committee greet and welcome an average of 60 members and guests through our fellowship doors.
- Twice annually the group collaborates with the Minister and other committee chairs to conduct informational classes on both Unitarianism and our Fellowship, which are open to everyone. A Joining Sunday Ceremony is then held to celebrate the newest members of our congregation. In addition, the committee conducts a class for Greeters (for both committee and non-committee members and friends) to expand our welcome at services.
- To further our mission and the mission of the fellowship, the Membership committee annually coordinates and plans an extensive yard sale. The greater community as well as our fellowship and its friends richly attend this daylong event. Furthermore, Membership has expanded its assistance by sponsoring the Silent Auction portion of the congregation’s annual auction, our biggest fundraiser.
- Monthly brunches for members and visitors-is scheduled at various locations in order to promote fellowship and further our connection to the broader community.
- New Member Dinners coordinating by Membership in conjunction with the Board are fun, and enhance our commitment to not only new members but all who attend.
All events and activities serve as opportunities to build our community spiritually and physically.
Twice annually the group collaborates with the Minister and other committee chairs to conduct new member classes. The classes focus on both Unitarianism and our Fellowship, and while they are geared towards members interested in joining, they are open to everyone. Our Pathway to Membership class teaches prospective members about the organization of our fellowship; its leadership, stewardship, committees and affinity groups. Recently, leaders and representatives from all committees and affinity groups have been invited to attend and share information about their committee or group. This has been a popular addition to the class, and a successful one as members get to learn about opportunities for service, they are able to meet committee chairs and/or members, and get a feel for what might spark their interest. Personal stories are shared by the various committee representatives highlighting how they contribute of their own time, talent and/or treasure to promote UUFB’s mission and their own “spiritual and intellectual growth.”
Upon joining the Fellowship, new members are asked to complete a form which includes areas they might like to get involved with. They are then given the contact information of the committee chair matching their areas of interest. This has proven to be a helpful tool in allowing new members a way to quickly get involved, if that is what they want.
If you have been attending worship services at UUFB for awhile and feel a commitment to our community, if you are ready to give of your Time, Treasure and Talent and to receive the Time, Treasure and Talent of others, if you are in agreement with our Covenant, contact Ellen Kelley or Betty Slesinger at firstname.lastname@example.org