This page lists our committees and social programs in alphabetical
order. (We put sub-committees and task forces under their umbrella
organization.) Our purpose is two-fold; first, we wanted visitors to
see what we offer, and second, we wanted to invite new members to
participate. As with most organizations, you get more out of our
church if you put more of yourself into it. Someone who shows up
every month or two for a sermon, doesn't work on a committee and
never stays for a potluck is not likely to make new friends or to
find membership particularly rewarding. On the other hand, to take
just one example, if you spend four hours in our yard on a work day,
then go out for pizza afterwards with the crew, you are likely to
have some interesting conversations and meet a great bunch of
people. Circle Dinners, to take another example, are a wonderful
way to meet new people over great food and wine.
Groups with * are particularly "newcomer friendly" but no committee
we have has ever turned down a willing volunteer. Buildings and Grounds
and Circle Dinners have two stars.
The link "Annual Report" after a committee descriptions will
give you a better (longer, at least) idea of what the committees do.
Adult Religious Education (ARE)
The ARE Program offers a variety of religious education
classes. They may be continuing classes, classes with limited
number of sessions or one time workshops.
[Children's Religious Education, CYRE, is several entries down by
virtue of the alphabet.]
Volunteers plan and produce our annual Auctions: The spring
event includes dinner, a silent auction and a verbal live
auction of many items and services provided by our members.
The fall event includes a craft and gift auction.
Building and Grounds Committee **
Oversees, recommends and effects the maintenance and capital improvements
for the buildings and grounds projects of the Fellowship.
[Ed. Note: this is the fastest way for a newcomer to bond
with the fellowship. Hard work and lunch afterwards!]
Caring and Concerns
The Caring and Concern Committee provides short-term assistance,
encouragement and support to members and friends.
Choir / Music *
The Choir / Music Program enhances and compliments worship services
by providing a variety of music and musicians. The choir usually
sings twice a month. The Choir rehearses each Wednesday from
6:30 - 8:30 pm at the UUFSC. We welcome new voices!
Circle Dinners **
Groups of eight (8) members and friends of the UUFSC meet monthly
for a potluck meal. We rearrange groups three times a year.
You can join the substitute list any time.
Circle Dinner FAQ
[Ed. Note: this is the easiest way for a newcomer to get a feel for
the fellowship. Good food, good wine, good conversation!]
Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) is dedicated to
offering quality education programs for the children and youth
of our congregation. We design classes to help our young
people explore their own spiritual beliefs through education
about the UUism and the sources from which we draw inspiration.
Special activities take place throughout the year.
Our covenant group ministry consists of groups of about 10 who meet to
enhance their relationships and consider life's deeper questions.
This committee keeps track of the UUFSC budget and finances. We are always
looking for someone with experience in accounting or a great mind for budgets.
Green Sanctuary Committee
We build awareness of societal environmental issues,
generate commitment for personal lifestyle changes, motivate UU's
on environmental issues, and build connections between spiritual
practice and environmental consciousness.
The Membership Committee fosters growth in membership of the Fellowship,
assists new members to integrate into the church community and encourages
an atmosphere in which people can develop their spiritual path. It also
assures the accuracy of membership records. We meet monthly.
New Facilities Committee
This is an ad hoc subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, established in March
2003. It is charged with advising and guiding the Fellowship through the
process of establishing and implementing a campus-wide growth plan. This
involves a comprehensive integration of both existing and new buildings and
the grounds that connect them.
OWL Oversight Committee
The Our Whole Lives (OWL) Oversight Committee facilitates the
introduction, growth, and maintenance of a comprehensive
sexuality education program for children, youth, and adults.
Potluck Committee *
We schedule potlucks after the second service four times a year.
This is a great opportunity to share a meal and socialize. We always
need volunteers to set up before and clean up afterward.
Public Relations / Marketing
The Public Relations committee supports the Fellowship's outreach
activities, plans public events and develops effective modes of
Social Action Council
The Council coordinates our response to social issues and concerns.
It acts mainly through Task Forces. Task Forces include: Family
Promise, Habitat for Humanity, Welcoming Congregation and
Family Promise Task Force
This is a Homeless families volunteer program. Members
volunteer throughout the year to chaperone homeless families
spending the night at The Church of the Brethren.
Habitat for Humanity Task Force
A volunteer program of members who work on the first Saturday
of each month to build Habitat for Humanity homes and/or
provide lunches to Habitat work volunteers.
Welcoming Congregation Task Force
This Task Force seeks to educate our members and friends about Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer or Intersexed (LGBTQI) people, and
about the oppression and issues that concern them. In addition, we are
involved in the community, supporting the struggle for dignity, equality,
and further resources for the LGBTQI community.
[Ed Note: The lady who advises me on lesbian matters said "LGBTQI" was
preferred over plain "LGBT".]
Winter Shelter Task Force *
Once a month, six months a year, a team of volunteers prepare and serve
dinner for about 150 people at the Modesto Winter Shelter. The shelter
is open November to April. Our children assemble Hygiene kits, which we
distribute on the evenings we serve food. We welcome volunteers and donations.
Web Site Committee
The Web Site Committee meets via e-mail. It suggests improvements
to the web site, acts as a sounding board for new ideas and
votes on major changes. It promotes electronic communications for
members of the Fellowship, and between our Fellowship and the world.
Women and Religion *
Supports and enhances the religious experiences of the women in our Fellowship.
Women and religion nurtures and empowers women to share wisdom and responsibility
for our lives, our denomination and the world.
This group plans Sunday Services when the Minister is not in the
pulpit and coordinates volunteer support for all our services.