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Not a traditional committee, the church's elected Board of Trustees manages the affairs of the congregation, including overseeing the budgeting process, committee responsibilities and some staffing matters. The proposed budget for the 2012-2013 church year will be voted on on Sunday, April 22 at the Annual Meeting. Read the proposed budget here.

200th Anniversary Steering Committee 
In anticipation of our 200th Anniversary, the Board will charge a new committee with planning and overseeing the celebration of these important Bicentennial dates:
    2017 Founding of the Church
    2018 Completion of the Sanctuary
    2019 Baltimore Sermon delivered by William Ellery Channing

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Plans and undertakes repairs and improvements in an 
architecturally sensitive manner that respects the historic and aesthetic values of the church and assures that church programs continue to thrive and grow. 

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Plans and executes three seasonal worship services (Spring Fest, First Fruits, and Winter Fest) each year. There is overlap between this Committee and the Worship Committee. Fest planning includes open calls for participants to bring in all those who are interested in participating. 

Finance Committee
Brings together representatives of the various committees that have to do with church finances (Fundraising, Investment & Endowment, Stewardship) for purposes of oversight and planning.

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Plans and prepares refreshments in support of church events, especially after worship services or in connection with special events such as Union Sunday, the Cultural Series, or the Auction. Additional volunteers are sought for specific events.

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Manages the financial assets of the church to preserve the value of the principle, obtain capital appreciation, and secure the growth of future income as is consistent with safety. Strictly observes donor instructions regarding preservation of principle or application of principle or income. Employs professional advice or funds management from outside sources as needed. 

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Composed of committee chairs, ministers, and board representatives, the leadership council serves as a conduit for information, planning, coordination and support among the board, committee leadership, and members. 

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Helps engender a healthy, thriving congregation for the church and a sense of belonging and stewardship for each individual member. We are especially looking for people to work at the Welcome Table, a great way for new members to meet people. 

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The Committee on Ministry is a standing committee with oversight responsibility for the ministry of the congregation. The committee promotes and facilitates the relationship between the ministers and the congregation, receiving, investigating, and responding to matters affecting the relationship between the ministers and the congregation. It provides support to the ministers consistent with its duties. 

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The Music Committee assists the ministers, the Music Director, and the Worship Committee in the ongoing development of a comprehensive music program. 

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A standing committee, the Nominating Committee is composed of five members, serving two-year staggered terms. Prior to each Annual Meeting, the committee submits a list of nominees and other candidates for each open seat on the Board of Trustees (including officers) and for each open seat on the Nominating Committee.

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Provides the Board and staff with information regarding policies and procedures for employees through a Personnel Manual; Interviews prospective employees; and makes salary recommendations during the budget process.

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Plans an array of classes, discussion groups, and forums for adults. 

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Plans and implements classes and activities based on the values we honor - religious pluralism, social justice, reason and compassion. There are many opportunities for involvement either on-going or for a single event. 

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First Unitarian's Social Action Clearinghouse (SAC) initiates programs and supports congregation members and community organizations working for social justice and peace. SAC programs include Change for Change, which contributes half the undesignated Sunday collections to nonprofit organizations enhancing the quality of life in Baltimore, and the annual Baltimore Social Action Awards: Celebrating Beacons of Hope in Baltimore and the World.  The SAC encourages advocacy for national, state and local policies that align with UU principles.

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The Stewardship Committee educates the congregation about the need for financial support of the Church by its members and the opportunity that this gives to bring our lives in harmony with our values. In collaboration with the Board, it develops and directs the annual canvass program, which secures pledges from the members of the congregation at levels adequate to support the mission of the church. It also develops materials to support the stewardship, canvass and fundraising activities.

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Ushers greet everyone who comes to services and try to make visitors feel welcome. We hand out programs, distribute hearing devices and Braille hymnals to those who request them, take up the offering, and provide assistance as needed during the service. We are a diverse group of men, women, and youngsters dedicated to facilitating the worship service experience. This is one of the easiest ways to volunteer at our Church. Paul O'Brien is head usher.

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The Worship Committee fosters the spiritual growth of the congregation by providing opportunities for participation in the planning and leadership of worship. In collaboration with the ministers, the group fosters year-around worship experiences that touch the mind, heart, and soul. Responsibilities include planning intergenerational worship services, coordinating of the music program, summer services, Union Sunday, holiday decorating and ushering. The committee welcomes feedback from the congregation.

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