PCUUC Volunteer

Committees and Teams

 

Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation is a community full of involved, engaged citizens. Our teams make up the fabric of our organization, both inside and outside of Sunday services. You need not be a Member of PCUUC to participate on a team. It is through the teams that PCUUC can offer a full menu of options to find your fit or stretch you from your comfort zone. 

Education

CHILDREN'S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEAM

RE@PrairieCircleUUC.org

The goals of Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation (PCUUC) Children’s Religious Education program are to provide a place where children can: feel welcome and have a sense of belonging, explore religious ideas in an open-minded community, define and redefine their beliefs and ask questions. We hope to create an environment that respects and celebrates diversity while offering children opportunities to translate their ideals into actions.

Team Leaders: Mary Honegger & Sarah Grover

WELCOMING CONGREGATION TEAM

WelcomingCongregation@PrairieCircleUUC.org
 

​This team was  formed in the fall of 2017 as a result of a June 2017 Annual Congregation Meeting decision.  The group is tasked with helping PCUUC navigate becoming certified as a Welcoming Congregation.  We thank the team for contributing their time, interest and conviction and they can be identified with a rainbow chalice on their name tag. 

The team organized and facilitated a TRANS101 class held in November and February. This was an important educational experience to support our status as a Welcoming Congregation. 

 

If you were not able to attend either session, you may want to view this UUA webinar of similar content here.

 

Key content covered includes:

  • Various aspects of gender, including gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex, as separate from sexual and romantic attraction/orientation

  • The range of identities along all aspects of gender; gender is not binary!

  • Challenges and discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community, and the impact of intersecting identities

  • What we can do as a UU community to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ people.

 

If you’d like the handouts from the class you can access them here:

The Genderbread Person 

LGBTQ  - Inclusive Language Dos and Don’ts

Tips for Transallies

 

Team Leaders: Pam Mix  & Chuck Teeter

Sunday Essentials

MEMBERSHIP TEAM

Membership@PrairieCircleUUC.org

The Membership Team Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation (PCUUC) helps to enable and assist the congregation in growing and maintaining its membership base. It does this by facilitating new visitor greeters, relaying visitor information to the church administrator, following up with first-time visitors as well as absent visitors and members, maintaining the official registration of members, new member ceremonies and brunches, the UU101 Classes, Pathway to Membership classes and all activities relating to visitors.

Team Leader: Currently Committee led.

MUSIC TEAM

Music@PrairieCircleUUC.org 

Choir@PrairieCircleUUC.org

​Music is an incredibly important part of the Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation (PCUUC) worship experience.  Musicians performing on a range of musical instruments, as well as the PCUUC Choir are beloved aspects of the PCUUC community and worship.The Music Team supports the Choir Director and assists with the musical aspects of the worship service.To get involved or learn more about the PCUUC Choir or music selection during Sunday services, please contact us!  Joyce DeWitt is our PCUUC Choir Director and can be reached at Choir@PrairieCircleUUC.org 

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:15 from September to May in Libertyville.

WORSHIP TEAM

WorshipCoordinator@PrairieCircleUUC.org

Worship@PrairieCircleUUC.org

The mission of the Worship Team is to provide services that are inspirational, intellectually challenging, and in keeping with Unitarian Universalist principles. The Worship Team members each take a month to be the liaison for services. The Worship Coordinator is the primary contact for putting the details together and supports the liaison as they wish.  As a team they establish themes and worship directions based on the needs of the community, review recent services, plan and create appropriate ritual services, assuring that the worship space is set up on Sunday mornings and interfacing with the Music Team to effectively integrate music into each service. 

WorshipTeam Leader: Mike Merritt

Worship Coordinator: Justin DaMetz

SETUP TEAM and SUNDAY MORNING HOSPITALITY TABLE

Each Sunday, the setup team creates the environment we all embrace.

Those interested to help on occasion or a regular basis should talk with Dave Bates or David Bozek.

Community

SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM
SocialJustice@
PrairieCircleUUC.org
 

In harmony with UU Principles, the Social Justice Committee strives for social, environmental, and economic justice within our church, in the community, and around the world with a commitment to the restoration of our planet and the quality of life for all its inhabitants. Congregational support toward fulfilling its mission takes the form of financial contributions and/or hands-on activities.

Financial Support 

Each month an organization is chosen to be part of the Shared Plate cycle.

Hands-On Support

Active participation in PCUUC Meet-Up, Lake County Green Congregations, Veterans Closet contributions, Adopt-a-Highway cleanup, packing lunches for the needy, collecting school supplies and books, collecting recyclables, voter registration and assisting green card holders in the completion of applications to become legal citizens further enhance our goals.

Lake County Green Living Fair - March 16th, 2019

PCUUC participates each year.  This year's focus is purging unnecessary plastic. It's held at Libertyville Civic Center from 10an-2pm.

Team Leaders: Kala Wright and Jan Kirch

CARING TEAM

Caring@PrairieCircleUUC.org

 

Mission Statement

  • To offer nurturing, supportive assistance as needed while honoring requests and respecting the privacy of PCUUC members and friends.
  • To celebrate the joys and recognize significant milestones of PCUUC members and friends.

The Caring Team does this by:

  • Noting when Joys & Concerns are announced and followup if needed.
  • Facilitating meal delivery, transportation, and errands for members/friends in need.
  • Sending cards/notes in response to specific illnesses, injuries, hospitalization, and for milestone joys.
  • Participating in Worship Procedures such as Memorials, Baby Dedications, Chalice Decorations.
  • Ordering & distributing Easter Honorarium & Memorial Dedication Flowers.
  • Researching, updating, and posting a Health Care & Counseling Resource List on the PCUUC website.

Click for Health Care & Counseling Resources

Team Leader: Fran Bates

SOCIAL EVENTS TEAM

SocialEvents@PrairieCIrcleUUC.org

Picnic@PrairieCircleUUC.org

CircleDinner@PrairieCircleUUC.org

 

The Social Events Team at Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation (PCUUC) helps to foster the social life of the church.  In general, sub-Teams are organized by event.  The events are to bring church members and visitors together to socialize and build community. Additional details will be shared closer to the event. Team Chair is Deb Reinemann

  • Day of the Dead Gathering - 11/2
  • December Holiday Party -12/14  
  • Circle Dinners coordinated by Sally Merritt and Carol Niec
  • September All-Church Picnic held 9/2019 coordinated by Cassie Harrison

Administrative Teams

FINANCE TEAM

Finance@PrairieCircleUUC.org 

 

The Finance Team  supports Sunday collection procedures and Fundraising events to ensure fiscally sound practices.

2018-2019 Financial Stewardship Form

2018-2019 Volunteer Time Stewardship Form

Debit Form - Autowithdraw of Monthly Pledge

 

2019-2020 Financial and Volunteer Stewardship forms will be available online thru BREEZE in late February/March.

FUNDRAISING TEAM

 

The Fundraising Team is currently staffed by the PCUUC Board.

There are 3 initiatives for the 2019-2020 year to support the Building Fund Reserves:

  1. Fall Auction-Nov. 3rd

  2. 13th Month Match-December

  3. Chili Cook-off Gathering-TBD

2019-2020 year Fundraising will go to the General Fund as determined by the congregational priorities established at the annual meeting June 2nd.

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

​Assist with Social Media Posts: Facebook, Meetup, and other. Coordinate with office, membership, Facebook editors and meetup facilitator.

NOMINATING TEAM

Nominating@PrairicCircleUUC.org

The Nominating Committee is comprised of 4-6 members each serving a 2 yr. term.  The committee works with the Board to identify openings for the following church year and then seeks candidates considering: Member Status, Availability - minimal travel, Ability to in the area for the entity of the two year term, and Maintaining Balance on the Board in representing the PCUUC Community in whole.

PCUUC BOARD

Board@PrairieCircleUUC.org

Read more about the Board here

Teams organize and implement various functions, activities and tasks throughout the church year.

PCUUC Services

1561 Jones Point Road

Grayslake, IL 60030

 

CONTACT PAGE

 

847-604-1908

Office@PrairieCircleUUC.org

 

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