Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
Becoming an Involved, Connected Member
We hope you find a church home with us. We offer many ways to get involved, to make connections, and to find friends, support and inspiration.
Regular attendance on Sunday mornings is a basic way to stay connected. Most members find that missing a few Sundays can make them feel less connected surprisingly quickly! So come and listen and share as often as you can - it's one of the easiest ways to stay part of this engaging community.
During the “Joys and Concerns” portion of our Sunday Services, members and friends are invited to share with the congregation deep, personal joys or concerns affecting them. This sharing and the listening are especially bonding among those in attendance.
Meet and catch up with members and visitors during Coffee Hour, usually held between Services.
There are several groups that offer opportunities to get to know other members better and to grow spiritually.
A good way to get to explore spiritual issues and to better understand ourselves and others is by participating in an In Reach group. In Reach groups meet monthly to discuss a topic or question of a spiritual nature. These small groups are lead by church members who receive training and supervision from our minister. You may contact the In Reach Coordinator for more info.
Families Living Our UU Values (LUUV) is a UUCSS parenting community that gets together to provide fun and spiritual support to our families.
There is a Women’s Book Group that meets monthly in a member’s home (see the Uniter newsletter for info on the next meeting).
You may offer your talents, skills, and commitment as a volunteer for a committee, a social service project, and/or event. More information on commitees and volunteer opportunities can be found on the Volunteer page.
Members receive a weekly All Church Email with announcements for the activities and news of concern to the whole church community for that week.
In addition, there are two Listservs members and friends may sign on to that provide:
- announcements and discussion of church and regional events, such as social action opportunities;
- news on who may need our support and care, and details on how to provide assistance;
- discussion of parenting issues, managed by the Families Living our UU Values, or LUUV group.
Many members connect through Facebook. UUCSS has a Facebook group page for members and friends.
This website also provides news and event information.
The Adult Religious Education committee offers workshops, discussion groups and other enriching activities. Check the Uniter newsletter for upcoming offerings.
Church members organize annual retreats which provide casual, low key, and fun opportunities to get to better know members and their families. There is an all church retreat each fall to Catactin, MD and a women’s retreat is often held in the spring.
We also offer numerous volunteer activities to impact the greater community- tutoring children at Beacon House, helping to feed the hongry through S.O.M.E. and Shepherd's Table, and attending local rallies, festivals or marches as part of a team from the church.
Learning About Church News
Our monthly newsletter, the Uniter, is sent via e-mail to members and visitors who register at the Visitors Table outside the Sanctuary. The Uniter newsletter is also posted on this website on the Uniter newsletter page. You may subscribe to receive a printed version of the Uniter in the mail by contacting the Church Administrator. We request a $25 subscription fee to cover the costs of printing and postage.
The Church sends out a weekly news update by e-mail to all members and friends for whom we have an email address. News and upcoming events are highlighted in this short bulletin.
During Sunday Services, spoken and written announcements are made about the most current news.
The "What's Happening at UUCSS?" guide, published in the early fall, provides an overview of:
- Religious Education programming for Children, Youth, & Adults
- Community Building Events
- Ongoing Groups
- Social Action Activities
Committees post announcements and information on bulletin boards are located throughout the Church buildings.
Someone to Talk To
If a member needs to talk to someone for support, both of our Ministers, Rev. Liz and Rev. Leon, meet individually with people by appointment. Members of our Lay Ministry group, who are trained by and meet regularly with Rev. Liz, are also available.
If You Need Support
Members who are sick or who are going through trying times and need support can contact the Caring Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Caring Coordinator lets other members know of your need for support and helps arrange and coordinate any support you might need. Often a 'Lotsa Helping Hands' website page is set up where members can sign in to help with whatever an individual's needs are, such as having meals delivered, help with chores, or driving to medical appointments, etc.
A Final Note
If you have a question or concern about getting involved, please let us know. We want to help. Contact the Membership Chair or our Senior Minister, Rev. Liz.