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Giving Guide PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 20:48
CCUU is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). But this is not a top-down church.  There is no higher denominational entity giving us money. To the contrary, in addition to our operating budget, we give a percentage of our budget to the UUA and to non-profits that are doing work that is in line with our values.
 
CCUU’s annual budget drive is held yearly in October and November.  Every member of CCUU is asked to fulfill the expectations of membership by giving generously of their time, talent, and treasure.  Nothing in this church exists without the generosity of our membership.
 
During the annual budget drive, each of us is asked to pledge financial support for the church’s operating budget for the following year.  To do this, a Financial Commitment Form is completed.  We ask that each member give the UUA’s suggested Fair Share Giving Guide his or her full consideration in deciding his or her financial commitment to our church. 
 
Generosity is not about a number. It is not about an amount or a quantity of time given (giving of your talents is a form of generosity). A generous person lives with a sense of trust and abundance, and each person will know what the “right” amount to give is.
 
As each of us decides on our financial commitment for the next Annual Budget Year, we are asked to consider the broader mission and ministry of the congregation: our personal connection and engagement, the warmth of authentic community, the opportunities for personal and spiritual growth, the nurture of our children in Religious Education, our congregation's support to the surrounding community, the support for people who need caring, and our consistent availability for people who seek welcome in our congregation.
 
The church is only as strong as its members and friends are generous. The more time, talent and treasures the church receives, the farther our message can reach.
 
The UUA’s suggested Fair Share Giving Guide and a sample of CCUU’s Financial Commitment Form are available using the links below.


Fair Share Giving Guide

CCUU’s Financial Commitment Form


 
Getting Involved is Easy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 22:04
 We encourage you to attend Sunday worship services and experience the sacred connection that comes from communal worship at the Community Church Unitarian Universalist. Most members find deeper and more enriching spiritual growth and community connection though active engagement in other aspects of our congregation’s programming. This list is just a sample! 
 
·      Chalice Circles – small group ministries
·      Religious Education for adults and children
·      Music – adult choir, concert series, guest musicians
·      Dinners for Eight - in home potluck dinners
·      Second Sunday Offertory & Outreach
·      Ministry teams:  Community Outreach and Social Justice, Web/Social Media, Building and Grounds, Caring, Hospitality,  Children's Religious Education, , Finance, Worship, Membership, Adult Small-Group Religious Education, Endowment, Library
·      Lay Ministry as a Worship Associate
·      Women's Book Group
·      Coffee Hour post-Service and Potlucks in Fellowship Hall throughout the year
·      CCUU Stitchers

Children & Youth

 

CCUU uses the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Tapestry of Faith Lifespan Curriculum K-8.  Our Religious Education Director has put together a “Family Handbook for Children and Youth” to inform parents on the curriculum being offered at the church for their children, along with other guidelines and helpful information.  The early lifespan curriculum’s goals are to:

·      Engage the children in meaningful exploration through simple interactions with their surroundings; and,
·      Develop a  sense of their UU identity and a personal commitment to living our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles
 
Romper Room

Located in the back of the sanctuary, this separate room with a glass wall and a view of the sanctuary is sound proof.  However, it has speakers to allow a respite area for parents to listen to the service while comforting their children.

 
Bridging Ceremonies

These are congregational worship services devoted to recognizing, honoring, and celebrating the youth who have been in our religious education program for many years and are now moving on.

 

Youth who are at least sixteen years of age may become members by signing the membership book. Youth between the ages of thirteen and sixteen may sign after completion of a pre-membership religious education program provided by the church.

 
Path to Membership PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 21:46
 In our tradition, membership requires one simple commitment – a commitment to the covenant to walk together in love.  We need not always agree with one another, but we are dedicated to our commitment and have developed a Covenant of Right Relations.  To formalize membership in this church all that is required is to sign our membership book.  We hold no creed—nothing need be recited.  Membership in this church can sometimes be challenging because you join a community searching for truth when truth can be elusive. Membership in Community Church means you are part of a congregation struggling for justice, knowing that the struggle can be long.  Membership means that you have joined with a people who strive to live in loving relationship with each other.  

With membership come an expectation of contributions of time, talent and treasure. Time cements your connections with the people and the institution. Contributions of talent provide an opportunity for you to grow your gifts, as well as provide for the church’s needs. Finally, regular financial contributions ensure that the church will survive and thrive, able to pay staff and utilities, and grow programs.
 
Joining a church is but a beginning.  Each time someone joins, we become a new and more diverse congregation. Please know that churches aren’t perfect. A time may come when the church disappoints you. A time may come when through action or inaction you fail the church. Please know that the covenant between us offers the hope of healing as long as we stay in relation with each other. The power of covenant does not mean it doesn’t matter what happened—it does assert, though, that what is important is what happens next.

As you consider membership with Community Church Unitarian Universalist, we invite you to:

1.   Attend Sunday worship and coffee hour, get to know others, see if you feel at home.

2.   Complete the Visitor Information Card and sign-up for email updates and monthly newsletter at http://box420.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/ccuumail_communitychurchuu.org.

3.    Complete a Time & Talent Survey and make a commitment of your time, talent, and treasure to the congregation. NEEDS CORRECTION

4.  Attend one of our exploring CCUU and Unitarian Universalist sessions. Get involved in educational or service opportunities that interest you.

5.    Meet with our minister, and when you are ready, you can sign the membership book.

You are welcome to contact Reverend Jim VanderWeele (at revjvanderweele@gmail.com or (504) 913-5672) with any questions.

Members of Community Church Unitarian Universalist receive:

·      A religious home for yourself and your family offering life-span religious education

·      A path toward deepening matters of your soul through our Chalice Circles

·     Ministerial services for weddings, child dedications, and memorial services at no cost

·      Full voting rights regarding the annual budget and other important church issues

·   All congregational publications: Community Matters (the CCUU Newsletter), church directory; as well as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s magazine, the UUWorld.

 


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