Building, Aesthetics, and Grounds (BAG)
The care and maintenance of the UUCSV church building and grounds is under the supervision of this Committee and its subcommittee, the Aesthetics Committee. These committees welcome volunteers with an interest in the appearance and functioning of our physical surroundings, and who also may have special skills that apply. The volunteers need not be professionals, but it helps if they have a basic working knowledge of carpentry, electricity, roofing, painting, plumbing, interior design, art, or just handiness with a hammer or the color wheel.
The UUCSV Congregational Care Committee provides short-term help and support for our fellow members and friends in their times of need. When called upon, care team members represent the church as they provide personal, confidential, compassionate care and support for our entire community. The kinds of support provided (generally up to 10 days) include:
- Pastoral care (in direct coordination with our minister Michael Carter)
- Hospital or home visits where caring listening is needed
- Urgent transportation assistance or rides to church
- Preparing and delivering meals to the home in times of crisis
- Short term cooking, pet care or light housekeeping
- Urgent yard work, fixing things, or moving assistance
- Help with shopping or running errands.
- Linking members or friends in need with longer term community resources (United Way 211 line and other community referrals).
When a member or friend of our church has any such short term need please call the Care Team Coordinator who will understand what support is required and arrange Congregational Care Committee support for such members in need. Currently the Care Team Coordinator is Deb Vingle who can be contacted at (828)674-4290 or at email@example.com.
This committee is responsible for reporting to the Board on the financial health of the church and the yearly canvass. Those with experience in accounting or who just like numbers are invited to contact treasurer Lee Reading regarding serving on the finance committee. It is a fun group and important work.
Our mission is to enhance membership for all of us at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley–charter members and newer members alike. Our committee is responsible for having greeters available to welcome everyone who attends Sunday morning services. We provide name tags for members and visitors and distribute orders of service on Sunday. We also encourage visitors to complete an interest card if they wish to receive more information about the church. We keep on hand for distribution informational pamphlets from the Unitarian Universalist Association.
We guide people who are interested in becoming members of UUCSV through the joining process. “Orientation to UU” classes are held periodically for those people who are interested in knowing more about UUism, our congregation, and possible membership.
We welcome members to join the Membership Committee at any time. Membership co-chairs are Pam Sain and Carol Sheeler.
This committee is responsible for selecting paid staff, other than the Minister, to recommend to the Board for hiring. Currently these positions are the Office Administrator, RE Director, Custodian and Choir Director. The committee also makes recommendations about the hours of work, days off (including holidays), and the salaries of the staff, and deals with any other personnel issues. Jim Carillon chairs the committee.
The Youth Religious Education (RE) Committee works in conjunction with the Director of Religious Education (DRE) to set policy and guidelines for the operation of the youth RE program. Beata Ball is the committee chair. The committee’s goals are:
- To ensure that Unitarian Universalist principles are incorporated into the RE program.
- To plan and support the activities of the RE department.
- To recruit and support teachers and childcare workers.
- To maintain communication among members of the committee, teachers, parents, the DRE, the minister, and the congregation as a whole.
- To provide input to the DRE, the minister, and the Sunday Service Associates regarding intergenerational (IG) events and worship experiences which include children and youth.
The Adult Education Committee, in cooperation with the Director of Lifespan Religious Education, sponsors a variety of programs geared to the interests of our adult members. The popular Luunch Buunch is an informal discussion with Rev. Carter on a specific topic. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at noon. Other recent offerings have included a series on UU History, and viewing and discussion of TEDx presentations. Click here for current offerings.
The Social Action Committee leads and coordinates church initiatives in social service and social justice. High priorities of the congregation have been identified as Peace Advocacy, Protecting the Environment, Homelessness/Affordable Housing, Racial Oppression and Racial Bridging, and Hunger.
We meet on the third Wednesday of alternating months at 5:30 pm at the church. The committee chair is Diane Hutchins. Please also visit the Social Action page for a fuller desciption of our activites.
Sunday Coffee Hour
The mission of the Sunday Coffee Hour Committee is to oversee the beverage service after each Sunday service. From April through October a table is set up outside for the placement of finger food snacks, contributed by church attendees, to be shared after the Sunday service. Carolyn Shorkey is the chair of the committee.
Sunday Service Associates
This team is responsible for scheduling and producing the Sunday morning services, including selecting guest speakers and working with them to create orders of service. Members take turns presiding at services when there is a guest speaker. Meetings are currently held at 9:30 am on the third Sunday of each month. Ginny Moreland chairs the committee.
This committee will design and maintain the UUCSV web site. Emory Underwood chairs the committee.