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Worship Committee
The Worship Committee’s mission is to bring diversity to the worship service, build community through the fostering of lay participation in the service, enhance the spiritual growth of the church community and be attuned to what is worshipful. Members act as Worship Associates, supporting the minister and professional staff with worship services and collaborate with them in securing replacement speakers for the pulpit, as needed. They plan and lead the program of summer services, selecting and collaborating with presenters, musicians, ushers, and childcare providers.

Music Committee
The Music Committee sets goals for a music program that enhances and complements the worship services of the church, including summer services. They recruit choir members, assure protection and maintenance of the organ and musical instruments, act as a resource for the music program for children and youth, assist with provision of music and musicians for summer services, maintain the hymnal collection, formulate the music budget, facilitate special fund raising for the benefit of the music program and coordinate presentation of the LIVE on Benefit! concert series in the Meeting House with the Music Director, Fred Jodry.

Ushers
Each Sunday and at special services, ushers greet the congregants as they arrive, distribute orders of service, answer questions, assist with special needs, and provide name tags. During the service, they collect the offering and take attendance. Four ushers are recruited for each regular service; everyone is invited to sign up.

Adult Religious Education Committee
The goals of adult religious education are to provide opportunities for spiritual growth, foster a sense of community in and beyond the congregation, explore issues of social justice, enrich and expand intellectual horizons, develop and encourage creativity and have fun. The Adult R.E. Committee selects, supports, and evaluates adult religious education courses and gatherings. The Director of Religious Education is an ex-officio member.

Religious Education Committee for Children and Youth
The Religious Education Committee consists of up to nine members of the congregation with three-year terms. The group meets monthly during the school year and participates in church governance and fellowship events. As representatives of the congregation, this committee has the ultimate responsibility for the religious education program. They see their role as advocating, advising and aiding implementation of the program. Members work closely with the Director of Religious Education in addressing responsibilities such as curriculum planning (including worship), volunteer teacher recruitment and support, family support, outreach and education, space, supplies and equipment, and congregational communication. They advocate for and support the church school and intergenerational activities, set goals and policies for the religious education program for children and youth and act as liaisons to teachers, providing support, appreciation and training opportunities.

Small Group Ministry
Small Group Ministry (SGM) is for those seeking connections as part of an intimate community that lifts people out of the everyday, to reflect on and deepen their spiritual and ethical journeys. The SMG Steering Committee plans, promotes, and oversees the SMG program and recruits, trains, and supports church members as group facilitators. Currently, some dozen groups of six to ten participants meet twice a month.