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Caring Ministry

Category : Transitions

HUCC Caring Ministry, led by Edith Gates and composed of many generous volunteers, actively supports our clergy’s pastoral care system. Caring Ministry responds to the needs of our church family during times of crisis through visitations, meals, cards, holiday baskets, phone calls, emails, texts and prayers. In addition, the Caring Ministry team provides family support by helping make funerals and memorial services meaningful and memorable.


The team meets monthly via Zoom at 9:30 AM on the fourth Thursday except for July. The team eagerly anticipates the day when it can meet again in person in the church conference room! Team members include Pastor Chelsea Page, Jean Boyack, Becky Burrage, Laurel Davey, Jan Foutz, Kathy Gamble, Dianne Gaschler, Edith Gates (team lead), Keith Guernsey, Ruth St. Martin, Laura Osburn. Ruby Ostermann, Kate Palmer, Becky Reed (Colorado), Diane Stallings (North Carolina), Nan Sturgeon, Jean Wallberg, Debbie Wilkerson and Karen Young. Interested in joining the Caring Ministry team? Contact Edith.


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Pastoral Relations Committee

Category : Transitions

The Pastoral Relations Committee (PRC), an HUCC standing committee, supports healthy relationships between the pastors and congregants. The PRC serves as 1) an advisory group to the pastors: sharing ideas, dreams, expectations, and concerns of the congregation; and 2) as a support group for the pastors’ leadership: interpreting roles, functions, boundaries, opportunities, and needs of the pastor to the congregation. In essence, the PRC provides a pathway for effective communication between the pastors and the congregation.The Pastoral Relations Committee consists of six members; all must be members of HUCC. Two members are selected by each Pastor, and approved by Church Council; and two members are appointed by the Council. All PRC members serve renewable two-year terms. The PRC meets approximately once monthly. The current PRC members are Tiffini Adams, Pam Erickson (chair), Chris Gamble, and Jono Centurier-Harris; Pastor Brent and Church Council will be recruiting two additional members during the coming year.


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Spiritual Gifts and Nominating Committee

Category : Transitions

The Spiritual Gifts (Nominating) Committee consists of the recent past moderator (an ex-officio member with vote) and four other voting members, one of whom serves as chair. The committee’s principal task is to select candidates for the moderator, vice-moderator, finance officer, communications officer, and other elected church positions, such as a pastor search committee and the members of HUCC ministries. The Spiritual Gifts Committee also nominates delegates to the Intermountain Association and the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ. The committee works closely with the moderator and Council to identify HUCC members who lead or participate in HUCC ministries, some of whom also serve on Council. The Spiritual Gifts Committee members are nominated by Council and approved annually at the winter congregational meeting. The current members are Carol Copene (chair), Marilyn Dillard, Linda Hilton, Ruby Osterman and Carl Adams (past moderator). Each member serves a 2-year term and is eligible to serve a second term.


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Faith Formation Team

Category : Transitions

The Faith Formation Team organizes activities in which God calls young people, with their families and communities, to love in action as a way of life. We currently meet one Saturday morning per month via Zoom to create intergenerational events, evaluate and plan programs and curriculum for youth and children and guide the adult volunteers in our programs. We begin each meeting with personal support and sharing, and the leaders of adult faith formation activities are welcome to join us before we shift the focus to children and youth. Our team reports to the Council Officer for Faith Formation, customarily the parent of a child in our programs, who relays information from Pastor Chelsea to Council at its monthly meeting.  This position is currently vacant, and the officer will be nominated by the Spiritual Gifts Committee this spring.  Please consider serving! The Faith Formation Team actively recruits new members to assist in the planning of activities for our children and youth.  We are also recruiting new teachers for the fall to work one hour twice a month. Please contact any current member of our team! (Pastor Chelsea, Trent Parkhill, Sara Schneider, Becky Burrage, Kyla Asmar, or Kate Palmer)


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Green Justice Team

Category : Transitions

The Green Justice Team seeks to embody God’s extravagant love by caring for Creation while seeking justice for the oppressed and vulnerable.
Our goals include:

• Support sustainable improvements in the facilities and operation of our church;

• Inspire members and friends to embrace sustainable practices where possible in their homes and personal lives;

• Advocate for the protection of ecological and human health in the wider community, in solidarity with those who are most vulnerable and impacted.
Last year the Green Justice Team hosted educational events on composting, recycling and electric cars. Members of our group are focused on air quality, renewable energy and the proposed inland port.
We meet every other Wednesday at 5pm over Zoom; our next meeting is scheduled for February 10th. To join the HUCC Green Justice Team email list, please contact Christopher Thomas.


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Worship Team

Category : Transitions

The Worship Team currently consists of: the Senior Pastor; the Associate Pastor; Music Director (Eric Richards); Worship Representative (Shesh Tipton through May); Connie Nomann, our tech guru; and at-large church members, Martha Moler and Teri Jewell. Our task? To create worship experiences for our congregation and community that provide motivating and loving spiritual guidance in word and music, all in the name of God.
We write liturgy, choose themes, and evaluate how each service fulfills the needs of the church. What can we do better? What shall we repeat? The pandemic presented a unique challenge for us, and virtual church has dramatically changed how we present the message. We have learned to adapt to these challenging circumstances and provide inspiring worship opportunities for the congregation. We look forward to working with our new senior pastor, Pastor Brent, and incorporating his style as our worship services and opportunities continue to evolve.
Our team gets along well, and we respect each other immensely. If you would like to contribute to this team, please contact Shesh Tipton. We always love new ideas!


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HUCC Council

Category : Transitions

The Church Council is the principal policy-making and governing body of HUCC. Council consists of twelve voting members which include the four officers of the Executive Committee (Moderator, Vice Moderator, Finance Officer and Communication Officer), four members who support areas of ministry (Faith Formation, Caring Ministry, Compassionate Action, and Worship), a preschool board representative, a youth representative, a clerk and an at-large member. The Pastors of the Church are ex-officio members without vote. Council members serve one or two years and with the exception of the moderator, can be re-elected for a second term. Council’s far-ranging responsibilities include preparing an annual operating budget, ensuring appropriate compensation for pastors and staff, safeguarding HUCC’s assets, identifying resources for our missions, and working collaboratively with the pastors and staff to support the congregation and advance the overall mission of HUCC. Inspired? Are you a church member and willing to serve in a leadership role? If so, contact the Spiritual Gifts Committee which annually nominates candidates for officer and council positions at HUCC’s Spring Congregational Meeting.
 Jim Bale, Moderator 2020-2022


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Committees and Ministries at HUCC

Category : Transitions

Winter Church Rally Series
During our transition, Tidings published several short articles describing the various committees and ministries of HUCC. Publishing the articles had a two-fold goal, to help orient Pastor Brent to our church and to encourage participation by our members and friends. The Communication Team, Pastor Chelsea, Roger and Jim, with help from Peter and Connie, hope that you will find these articles informative and that they will motivate you to identify new ways in which to contribute. HUCC has a wonderful history of service to the church and our community. Think of these articles as a virtual Rally Sunday! – Moderator Jim Bale


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