Celebrations Team

Sunday Celebrations are the time when we as a congregation join together for mutual support and inspiration. Carefully planned Celebrations are essential to the wellbeing of our community and support the many other activities that are an important part of our congregational life.

Celebration Associates work with the minister and director of music to design Sunday services. Together we consider how we can assist the minister to produce services that are stimulating, inspiring, and spiritually uplifting.

The Associates meet monthly with the minister and director of music to evaluate recent services, assign an Associate to upcoming services, and consider ways to enhance those services.

Each Sunday one Associate assists the minister in delivering the service, typically opening with announcements and a chalice lighting, doing a reading, and sometimes sharing a personal reflection.

Mission

Assist the minister and director of music to design Sunday services that are stimulating, inspiring, and spiritually uplifting. Design and carry out Sunday Celebrations in collaboration with our minister or invited speaker.

Contact

Mark Piechota (markpiechota45@gmail.com), Carol Nickerson (carolnickerson@yahoo.com)

 

 

Membership & Outreach Team

The Membership team is composed of lay leaders, Hospitality Team Coordinator and the Minister. We provide support for the Membership Coordinator, welcome newcomers— including get acquainted newcomers brunch, coordinate a Hospitality Team to cover Sunday morning support—e.g. greeting, ushering, kitchen prep and cleanup and after service snacks, and work with other teams to provide publicity for events of interest to the broader Ithaca community. The Outreach efforts promote the congregation’s mission within the larger Ithaca community.

Mission

Engage newcomers and guide them toward a path to membership and promote the congregation to the broader Ithaca community.

Contact

Jim Skaley: JESkaley@aol.com or 256-1617

 

Building & Grounds Team

The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca is  responsible for the care, preservation, and protection of all real property of the Society.

We work to provide our congregation with an attractive and well-cared for environment. Working together to achieve that goal builds fellowship and community.

We are a loose group of volunteers, with a small core that shows up to meetings, and a larger group that helps with specific jobs and work days. We perform all the maintenance and repairs not done by the sexton. When we can’t do a job ourselves, the chair works with the administrator to hire an appropriate contractor. According to the bylaws, The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca “shall be responsible for the care, preservation, and protection of all real property of the Society.”

Mission

We keep the physical church in good condition, we save the congregation money, and by working together we build community.

Contact

Sara Catterall, team chair, sarafmc@hotmail.com

 

Endowment Team

The Endowment Team manages the FUSIT endowment funds, discusses investment strategies, makes investments, and discusses support of operating. We work to ensure the preservation of endowment principal for future use of the society. We invest in socially responsible investments without jeopardizing return. and monitor our investment with the UU Common Endowment Fund.

Mission

The endowment team preserves the principal and grows the funds with minimum risk. Support to operating is decided by the team, discussed with the board of trustees without reducing principal.

Contact

Rich Dolge, rdolge@yahoo.com.

 

Stewardship Team

The Stewardship Team is dedicated to ensuring the financial health of the congregation. It is also dedicated to having fun! We meet over pizza and beer (that we pay for ourselves!) to devise and develop out the annual pledge drive. During the pledge season we meet regularly, often once a week, to create the various documents and events used to solicit and collect pledges.

We work with other teams to establish the pledge goal for the year; create a theme for the pledge drive; generate  the written and graphic materials that are sent out to our members to solicit their pledges; organize  an event or events during the pledge season to celebrate our community’s generosity; analyze pledge data and trends.

Mission

The Stewardship Team is dedicated to ensuring the financial health of the congregation.

Contact

David Salomon, dsalomon01@gmail.com