Nov 30 2016

Church Council November Reports

Church Council

Committee Reports

November 2016


Committee on Ministry

The Committee on Ministry is chosen by Rev. Ellen to serve as a sounding board and general advisors. We offer assistance to Ellen in whatever form she needs including offering her feedback. The committee meets with Ellen monthly during the church year. Other roles of the committee are to help other committees connect with the spirit of ministry that guides our work and to work with the Standing Committee on Ellen’s evaluation.  The committee met on October 28th to discuss how to help Ellen juggle her time.  New church programs and the accessibility project were also discussed.


Grounds Committee

We have had difficulty having a mini fall cleanup. A mild Indian Summer during the week. Chilly, damp, and wet with almost winter temps on weekends. We have a few plants and bulbs left to plant. We are working with RE on 11/6 to clean out the bark from the soil of the maple tree area, in preparation for a new tree to be planted. If we do not finish during RE Grounds would love any and all help on this after church, during the week or next weekend which will be really chilly!!! There have been second thoughts on the donation of the Parrotia tree. Samantha Sager and I are looking into other interesting trees. We have not reached a decision on that yet. Grounds still intends to spread loam and get grass seed down.  Last minute weeding! Do we have any hearty souls who would like to volunteer? The Japanese Maple needs a little TLC before Winter.


Membership Committee Report 11/4/16

Church Family celebration was held on 10/16/16.  7 new members and 7 10-year members were recognized and given gifts.

The committee met 10/18/16.  Next meeting is 11/15/16.

A Newcomer session was held on 10/30/16.  Three more sessions are planned for the church year.

We have begun making an effort to recruit volunteers for Social Hour, so that the responsibility does not lie entirely on Edith’s shoulders.

Membership is doing Announcements for the month of November.

The New UU class will be co-taught January-February 2017 by Peggy Stephens-North and Justine Sullivan.  We will begin recruiting students this month.


The Women’s Alliance provided the flowers, light the chalice, and ran social hour Sunday, November 6th. For social hour we hosted a mini-social with the silver and “real” china cups and dishes. It went well and we had great feedback. We are planning to host another social at some point in the future. Our December meeting will be either lunch or dinner as well as piano music by Steve. We will be deciding on a date within the next week. Finally, we will he hosting a gathering for people interested in learning more about Women’s Alliance after the holidays.


RE Council helped to host the Halloween Parade and Carnival last week. Fun was had by everyone! We held our first Parents Night Potluck and will be hosting the next one this upcoming Sunday.


The Young Adults are planning on meeting before Thanksgiving, once schedules even out. We are in the process of figuring out what day and what format work for our meetings, as well as how to recruit new members.



Caroline McMullin


Music Committee update:

Steve gave a spectacular concert on Sat, Nov 5th, raising close to $1000 for the Capital Campaign. Music committee hosted the reception following the concert. The next concert is scheduled for March 25th. Janice Tervo and others will perform. The sanctuary piano was tuned recently. Steve will determine whether to have both the piano and the organ tuned before Christmas.



Welcoming Congregation Committee has been busy organizing our annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil, which will be held Saturday November 19.

This year we’ll begin with a procession at 6 pm and have already talked to the Police Department about it (no permit needed and they already have the details). To remain as welcoming as possible, we will have music in the Chapel for those who do not participate in the procession. The vigil itself, which includes the reading of the names of those killed around the world during the past year as a result of anti-transgender violence, and the lighting of a candle for each person, will begin at 6:30pm.


NOLA  – WE have decided to try to find housing near Baton Rouge so we can work there this year.  SBP is over-scheduled in NOLA for the week we are there , but they need workers in Baton Rouge, where over 50,000 homes were destroyed in unprecedented flooding in August.

CFAM – our first meeting is scheduled for Nov 20th.  Equal Exchange is up and selling already, Linda Horn and Rebecca Gore are working on getting a group started to look at multi-racial and multi-cultural discussion this yea.  You will be hearing more from them later in the year. We’ve had  2 split the plate so far, and will be setting the rest of our STP schedule at our next meeting. We are still looking for suggestions for organizations for 2017. I have been in touch with a member of the Concord church who is interested in working with local congregations  on the new SAIC, reclaiming our democracy (an anti-Citizens United effort). Hopefully I’ll have more about that after Christmas.



Nominating Committee is actively searching for a canvass chair.


Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the Church's governing board. The Standing Committee works to ensure the vitality of our community of faith. There are 10 members of the Standing Committee – nine voting members elected by the congregation and the minister, who is a non-voting member of the Committee. Standing Committee members serve a 3 year term.

The Standing Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Time is set aside at the beginning of every SC meeting as an open forum for members to bring forward any issues they would like to discuss.

The Standing Committee is responsible for the health and well being of First Parish. This includes maintaining communication among members and committees, managing Church property, and planning for the Church's short and long-term future. And of course members of the Standing Committee develop and manage the budget approved by the Congregation at the annual meeting.
The Human Resources Committee is a sub-committee of the Standing Committee.