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2014 Mission Statements and Descriptions
Mission Statement :
Our purpose is to monitor and maintain the Sanctuary sound system. We also record Sunday services as well as other significant events in CD format and have them available to purchase through the Book Store. We also forward the Sunday meditation and lesson to the Webmaster. They are available for listening through CCU’s website.
Committee: Volunteers are needed to help with the activities described above. Please contact the minister to learn more.
The Beautification ministry supports the “nurturing environment” of CCU, as well as Unity principles, by maintaining conditions and standards of beauty and order in our physical environment. The Beautification Ministry has joined with Earthkeepers Ministry to be one group. Co-chairs are Carol Cafalone and Nancy Hicks.
Co-chairs: Carol Cafalone and Nancy Hicks
Ministry: We meet frequently throughout the year to both plan and carry out tasks and projects that support our ministry goals.
To make available for purchase, books and materials that reflects Unity’s teachings and principles. Also available for sale are The Daily Word, Unity Magazine and other New Thought journals.
Manager: Joan Miller
Committee: A small group of people is trained to handle sales and service on Sunday mornings, and other times as needed. To support the bookstore or get involved, see Jeanne Gagne or Joan Miller.
The bylaws committee is an adhoc committee whose mission is to review the bylaws and make any necessary changes as required by the bylaws themselves. Once this is accomplished and presented to the congregation, the adhoc committee will no longer exist, until it is formed again in five years.
Chairperson: Mary Ann Ruganis
Church Directory/Name Tags
To make sure the information in the directory is kept current and requests for name tags are fulfilled on a regular basis.
Chairperson: Marie Hedrick
To capture the beautiful moments of our church so that others may experience with their eyes what is felt in the heart.
Photographer: Mike Gacek
This ministry serves CCU by caring for the gardens and grounds.
Co-chairs: Carol Cafalone and Nancy Hicks
Committee: Volunteers adopt gardens to plant, weed and tend. Clean up days are scheduled to address raking, trimming, and general grounds maintenance. The chairperson also manages our hired groundskeeper who mows and shovels snow. To help out, call the church office. The Beautification Ministry has joined with Earthkeepers Ministry to be one group. Co-chairs are Carol Cafalone and Nancy Hicks.
The Financial Prosperity Ministry clarifies, teaches and implements financial stewardship practices which support the enfoldment of Unity Church of Greater Rochester as a divinely prosperous center inspiring human transformation.
Chairperson: Larlene Fyles
Committee: Meets monthly to develop the annual budget, investigate and develop our financial practices, explore fund raising, etc. To get involved, see Leslie Wright.
We collect nonperishable food and personal care items and share them with a nearby community organization called Community Place which distributes them to those in need. Your contributions of food and personal care items are welcome and valued. We also appreciate drivers who can transport these gifts from the church to the agency on a periodic basis. To get involved, please contact the church office.
Mission Statement: To welcome, provide hospitality, and directions to all who enter Unity Church of Greater Rochester.
Chair person: Jackie McCullough
Committee: The Greeting committee at CCU has the honor of greeting each person as they come in the door on Sunday morning. We offer you a warm smile and warm hug or handshake. We answer questions and when there are new people we have them put their names and contact information in the registration book and give them a nametag so others can address them by name. We help them find their way around and answer questions about Unity and our church. Greeters sign up for particular Sundays and work as a pair. To get involved, contact Jackie.
To maintain records of our church so that future generations may enjoy, be inspired by and learn from the legacy of Unity in Rochester. The Historian also works with the Church Photographer to amplify printed sources with photos of church events. The Historian position is now open.
To provide materials on Unity, New Thought and New Age philosophy and history for free circulation.
Librarian: Carol Baumeister
Church members may sign out materials and are asked to return them in a timely fashion. Donations to the library can be made through Carol.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to bring spiritually uplifting music to the congregation. The church has a song leader, who joyfully leads the congregation in hymns.
Our goal is to expand our Music Ministry. Music resounds in the souls of us all.
Chairperson: Jane Faust
Committee: Meets periodically, as needed. To get involved, please see Jane.
To communicate with our membership and friends the joy, happenings, inspiration, and teachings of our church.
Editor: Bernie Bowie
A Nominating Committee, formed at least three months prior to the Annual Membership Meeting, shall initiate a search for at least two qualified candidates for the Board of Trustees.
2013-2014 Chairperson: Kathy Vidas; member, Thomas Warfield; Alternate, Joan Yaeger
The committee consists of the Minister, three other active members selected at the Annual Meeting by the membership, and a representative of the current Board of Trustees.
To serve the congregation at Sunday Service by providing concise announcements regarding church activities in an inviting and connected manner.
We have worked to streamline the announcements while maintaining the key elements in sharing vital information of church activities.
Chairperson: Donna Ries
Team: Volunteers are trained and scheduled by Donna. To be a platform assistant, please contact her. The group meets on an as needed basis.
Policy & Procedure Manual
To ensure that all facets of the church are nurtured and implemented with clarity, consistency, understanding and love.
Secretary: Marie Hedrick.
To bring prayer to the people.
Chairperson: Jane Faust
Chaplains: Our Prayer Chaplains visit members in their homes, hospitals, or other settings to provide prayer and spiritual support. Chaplains must receive extensive training. If interested, please see Jane Faust.
Awakening to the Christ within ourselves through prayer, we affirm the Divine Identity in others, so they can see it in themselves and receive its blessings.
Team: Volunteers are available each Sunday after the service to provide one-on-one prayer. The team meets regularly to pray and plan activities that support the prayer life and spiritual well being of the congregation. To get involved, please see Reverend Eleanor.
The Prosperity Projects group is so named to underscore the Unity principle that we are prospered through giving. Through the leadership of this group the church gives food baskets and gifts for children at Christmas to individuals and families in need. We also collect and send gift boxes of personal items to our troops overseas in the spring. These items are collected as gifts from our congregation members and other donors.
Ministry: Members currently meet, plan and carry out activities to support this mission in the fall and early winter, leading up to Christmas. Projects to support our troops are carried out in February and March.
Mission Statement: To reach out to the community and publicize our church teachings, activities, and events.
This committee is in the early stages of development and welcomes new people to give ideas and help.
The Remembrance Ministry contributes to creating a nurturing environment at Unity Church of Greater Rochester by reaching out with expressions of love and support to our congregation in times of joys and challenges.
Chairperson: Marilyn Hampton
Committee: Meets as needed to plan and implement initiatives to meet the needs of our homebound members as well as general congregation. See Marilyn Hampton to become involved.
Safety and Security Committee
Mission Statement: As a Board advisory committee, this group has an overall goal to assess and improve the safety and security of our grounds and facility.
Chairperson: Sue Dunn
To maintain a sacred atmosphere which promotes serenity and love. To assist the minister with Sunday services, special services and holiday observances by making material preparations for the sanctuary.
Chairperson: Eleanor Celentani
Ministry: This group does not have meetings but serves as needed. More new people are invited to join and help. Please contact Rev. Eleanor if you would like to be a part of this.
Sign Ministry Team
Mission Statement: Our purpose is to change the message on the sign in the parking lot each week as an effective way to communicate with passersby. Weekly changing of the message causes more people to look at our sign each week. We are looking for messages that serve to awaken people to their Divine Identity. This is our opportunity to be of service to the Vision Statement of Unity Church of Greater Rochester.
Chairperson: Mike Gacek
Committee: A small group of volunteers works with Mike to schedule weekly message changes.
To plan and implement social events, involving set-up, food preparation and serving. Refreshments for Sunday coffee hour are provided by Social Committee members and the congregation at large through a sign up system. Love offerings from the congregation for refreshments supplement the church’s budget for the Social Fund which helps to pay for large events such as our Thanksgiving Dinner and Summer Picnic. The Social Committee organizes a number of holiday events each year, and also assists with occasional luncheons after Sunday service before Congregational meetings or special events.
Chairperson: Paula Fletcher
Committee: Volunteers work with Paula to support a variety of events. See Paula to be involved.
Social Media Ministry
The purpose of the Social Media Ministry is to: (1) Shine the light of Unity and Unity Church of Greater Rochester as far as possible in the world; and (2) Foster communication among members in their personal spiritual journey.
Chairperson: Bruce Benton
Sunday Offering Counters
To oversee the inflow of love and prosperity that our church brings forth when we gather as one.
Chairperson: Marilyn Hampton
Volunteers: Our counters work in pairs and are scheduled by Marilyn Hampton. To become a counter, contact either Marilyn, Reverend Eleanor, or the church office.
Sunday Service Special Roles:
On the display table in the lobby there are folders where you may sign up to read the Daily Word during our Sunday services, or to provide flowers for the sanctuary. We welcome more people in these roles.
There is Only God: Studies in Nonduality
This group is investigating and discussing teachings and writings from both the traditional major spiritual sources, and the inspiring and transformational offerings of many contemporary nondual teachers. The primary objective of the group is to provide a free and open exchange of spiritual ideas and information in a spirit of fellowship and reverence for the One Divine Nature ever present in all beings. Saturdays,10 a.m. to noon; facilitated by Les Collins. New people welcome. More information on this group may be obtained at their website: http://thereisonlygod.com
The ushers provide a welcoming and facilitating presence during worship and special services.
Chairperson: Helen Lutz
Volunteers: The ushers are to make sure the sanctuary is warm and welcoming looking. The lights are adjusted during the meditation. They welcome congregants as they come into the sanctuary with a warm smile and perhaps a hug as they present them with a bulletin. They take up the Sunday offering at the end of the service. Most importantly, the ushers are part of a team with the greeters to welcome people to a spiritual experience at Unity Church of Greater Rochester. Volunteers are trained and work in pairs. They are scheduled through Helen. To become an usher, please see Helen Lutz.
To greet all those who seek out our church on the internet with information about us, and what we stand for; to provide resources such as audio files of our Sunday messages, prayers and related links.
Webmaster: Emily Carpenter
Mission Statement: The mission of the Welcoming Ministry is to reach out to visitors and new congregants, offering a warm welcome to our services, facilitating the growth of relationships and offering the opportunity for deepening involvement in church life. The Welcoming Ministry works in concert with the ministers and other church volunteer ministries, including Greeters, Ushers, Platform Assistants, Publicity, etc.
Provide a caring, nurturing, friendly, welcoming environment for children of all ages and teens. Help our youth develop by teaching Unity principles and curriculum through prayer and the arts: story, drama, puppets, and visual arts. Help teens grow through discussion and study with peers.
Youth Ed Director and Lead Teacher: Marna Rossi
Teen Group Teacher: Leslie Wright
Volunteers Assistants: Volunteers assist Marna in the Sunday School on an as needed basis. To get involved, see Marna or Mary Jo TenEyck.