Committees and Ministries at HUCC
The Communication team, Roger, Pastor Chelsea and Moderator Jim, with the able assistance of Peter and Connie, hopes that our series has inspired you to be an active participant in the life of HUCC. We need your creative energies! Please contact the office or pastors to get involved!
Many of you know that the past decade has brought many changes to the Communications Team at HUCC. We’ve gone from a monthly printed “Tidings” newsletter to a weekly electronic version that contains many more photos and links which serve our ministries and programs. We also post abundant church-related information on our social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Follow us on these social media accounts to learn what’s happening in the Rocky Mountain Conference, the United Church of Christ and with our many partners in social and environmental justice.
The communication team consists of Pastor Chelsea, Roger Lamoni, Peter Christensen, Connie Nomann and Jim Bale. The elected position of Communications Officer, who oversees the work of the communications team, sits on Council and serves on the Executive Committee, is currently vacant. Want an influential HUCC leadership position as Communications Officer? Contact Carol Copene. The team also welcomes members and friends who can help with Tidings and our social media accounts. If you are interested, please let Roger Lamoni or Jim Bale know!
The Compassionate Action team is a busy group of folks! Led by Scott Smith, our Compassionate Action team coordinates numerous outreach activities annually at HUCC. In recent years, these have included Operation Sandwich, the Giving Tree, and diaper drives; ‘Undie Sunday’ and ‘Sock-it-to-Me’, which benefited the Geraldine E. King Women’s Center; and the Golden Celery Challenge in which nearly one ton of food was donated by HUCC members and friends to the Crossroads Urban Center. In ongoing activities, HUCC members deliver meals weekly via Meals-on-Wheels and cook or serve lunches at the Volunteers of America Youth Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The Compassionate Action team helped submit a successful Rocky Mountain Conference ‘In-the-Mud’ grant that enabled the HUCC worship and communication teams to purchase a new iPhone and hard drive to record and store our worship services.
Although the pandemic severely curtailed many formal HUCC outreach activities during the past year, HUCC members continue to display the creative spark that helps them make a difference in the lives of others. Our members led food and school supply drives for the Rose Park neighborhood and coordinated a ‘reverse Advent’ calendar that collected much-needed food for the Crossroads Urban center pantry. We look forward to the time when our members and friends can meet in-person and safely resume group activities, such as Operation Sandwich, and march together in the Pride Parade. Please consider joining this wonderful group of volunteers who enjoy their time together as they help others!
The Human Resource Committee (HR) provides oversight for all salaried and non-salaried staff of HUCC except for the Holladay Preschool personnel. HR is responsible for a formal hiring process as well as reviewing and updating personnel policies and job descriptions. HR conducts exit interviews, resolves disputes among paid staff and gathers information from the congregation for use in reviews. The Committee works closely with the Pastors in conducting performance reviews of other staff members and advises Council regarding compensation and benefits.
The Human Resources Committee reports to Council and is comprised of four Church members who are selected by Council to serve two-year, renewable terms. The Moderator is an ex-officio member with vote. HR members enjoy their roles and work well together. Current members include: Kate Palmer (lead), Amy Spratling, Chuck Dillard, Dale Berreth, and Jim Bale (ex officio). Members of HR are selected by Council with advice from the Spiritual Gifts (nominating) team. Interested in joining the team to help HUCC run well? Contact Carol Copene, Chair of the Spiritual Gifts team, and she will forward your name to Jim Bale, HUCC Moderator.
One of the downloadable resources available from Creation Justice this year is a 2021 Lenten “Calendar for Creation”. The calendar has loads of ideas and actions you can take for each day of Lent. You are invited to get your copy of the calendar here.
Fr. Richard Rohr, director of the Center for Action and Contemplation, recently wrote a beautiful and inspiring reflection for Lent titled, “All Creation Has Soul”. Read it here.
We have about 20 copies of last year’s Lent devotional, “For the Beauty of the Earth”. If you would like a copy sent to you, just contact Peter at the church office!
In the 1980’s Pastor Harvey Buer told a group of retired HUCC members that he would provide a healthy breakfast in exchange for some chores around the church. The chores included dusting, washing windows, changing light bulbs and mowing lawns. The members couldn’t refuse, and so it all began!
The Holladay Preschool kids referred to our group as Top of the Stairs! By changing one word, we became the Top Of The Hill! Many adjustments in our schedule and activities were made through the years as needs arose. For the past several years we have met on the second Thursday of the month at noon for a pot luck lunch. Prior to the pandemic, a variety of guest presenters were featured. We now meet via Zoom at the same time and date. Sharing our joys and concerns remains an important part of our time together, and we all look forward with great anticipation to the day when we can meet again in person.
We eagerly look forward to meeting Pastor Brent and his wife, Valerie; the Top Of The Hill plans to be a huge supporter in his ministry at HUCC. The Top Of The Hill welcomes anyone who wishes to join our group. Interested persons should contact Ruby Hammel.