Service Opportunities at WBUUC

 

Are you looking for ways to get more involved at WBUUC? Are you looking for ways to connect with more people? Each of our separate projects has a different point person, who can answer any and all questions you might have. Our church community is eager to help you find an appropriate service opportunity that will be life-giving and not just one more task on the to-do list.

Listed below are some of the service possibilities with additional details, including their expected time commitments. If you find something you are interested in, select the “Click to Sign Up” link with the offering.

If you have any additional questions or want help thinking through what opportunity might be a good fit for you, please contact our Assistant Minister of Congregational Life, Rev. Jack Gaede (651-204-8204 or revjack@wbuuc.org). If you don’t know how to log into your Breeze account, please contact our Operations Manager, Michael Buerke (mbuerke@wbuuc.org) to learn more.

 

Click on an item in the categories below to jump to its description and details.

If you like to cook:

 

If you enjoy working with children/youth:

 

If you have an interest/passion for social and environmental justice:

 

If you want to help keep our church a welcoming and beautiful place:

 

If you want to involve your children in helping:

 


Coming of Age (COA) Facilitators and Mentors

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[Sunday Mornings: 9-10:30am]

Journey alongside our youth as they make the transition from childhood into spiritual maturity and responsibility. UU congregations all over the globe celebrate Coming of Age by setting aside special space for youth to engage in reflection, discernment, and celebration alongside adult mentors who help guide them. Requirements: Active involvement at WBUUC for at least 6 months and signed Ethics and Screening Forms.
Contact: Amy Peterson

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Cookie Bakers & Dough Makers

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church-service-opp-logo[Monthly - Saturday mornings, 9:00am-12noon]

Join a crew of bakers to make cookies for our Sunday morning Social Hour. Bring dough that we can bake and join in the fun! Children between 8 & 15 are always welcome with a grown-up. If you cannot bake on Saturday morning, we welcome cookie dough or pre-baked cookies to be dropped off Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday morning. No nuts or peanut butter please, and we’re always looking for gluten-free and vegan treats!
Contact: Katie Heathcote 

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Global Climate Change Action Committee

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church-service-opp-logo[Monthly Meetings]
Join other WBUUC members and friends to promote understanding of the causes and effects of greenhouse gas pollution, inspire individual and collective action to reduce carbon emissions, and eliminate climate injustice.
Contact: Kirk Cobb, Chair

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Habitat for Humanity

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church-service-opp-logo[Summer activity]
Every summer WBUUC members and friends join two other White Bear Lake Churches for three to five days to build or renovate a home in the Metro Area.  Volunteers must be 18 (16-17 year olds require an adult supervisor).  Volunteers can work a single or multiple days.  No building experience is necessary.
Contact: Jeff Ranta

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Hazara Assistance Committee

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church-service-opp-logo[As needed]

Provides temporary assistance to Hazara and other Afghan-minority refugee families that is different from the assistance they receive from their settlement agencies. We are currently working with five families in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our greatest need at this time is for volunteers willing to make regular refugee family visits, as well as volunteers with ESL experience.
Contact: Mary Bolton

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Land Stewardship Committee & Workday Helpers

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church-service-opp-logo[Monthly Meetings, Bi-Weekly Work Days from April through October]

Work with other WBUUC members and friends to protect, restore, and enhance the natural environment of the church grounds. This committee is looking for new members to help determine budget and priorities AND more helping hands, especially during their 2 All-Hands Workdays (one in the spring and one in the fall).
Contact: Rhonda Kriss, Chair

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Lunch Prep for Conversations: At the Heart of It (3rd Thursday 60+ Group)

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church-service-opp-logo[Monthly, ongoing]

Help provide lunch, do setup, or prepare readings for “Conversations: At the Heart of It” (60+ group) that meets monthly on the third Thursday. Can include preparing a meal and setting tables for approximately 25-40 people. Funds are provided by the church for food costs
Contact: Rev. Sara Goodman

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Memorial Reception Assistants

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church-service-opp-logo[Various Dates]

Help with set-up and clean-up for memorial receptions. It is such an act of love to take care of the receptions for our families who are experiencing grief and loss. Signing up will place you on an “on-call” list that our Reception Team leaders will utilize on an as-needed basis.
Contact: Susan Warweg and Michele Madigan

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Project Home Meal Team

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church-service-opp-logo[Weekends and holidays; one-time or monthly]

Project Home provides shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness at the Provincial House on the St. Kate’s campus. They are short-staffed on weekends and holidays, so they have asked for our help with those meals. WBUUC volunteers prep, cook and serve a meal at the Provincial House (and clean up afterward). Funds are provided by a special WBUUC collection for food costs. Volunteers are also welcome to bring homemade desserts.
Contact: Margie Schmidt or Carol Upham

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Religious Education Volunteers

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church-service-opp-logo[Wednesday Evenings and Sunday Mornings opportunities]

Join this year’s team of facilitators to help guide our children and youth on their amazing spiritual journey. Learn and grow alongside our children as you serve. Training is provided for facilitators and assistants. Requirements: Active involvement at WBUUC for at least 6 months and signed Ethics and Screening Forms.
Contact: Amy Peterson

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Sandwich Making for Century College

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Support Century College students in need by making sandwiches for distribution from the college Resource Center. We meet in the church kitchen each Monday.
Contact: Cynthia Tomlinson

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Social Action Committee

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church-service-opp-logo[Monthly Meetings]

Promote, facilitate and directly engage in social and environmental action and witness in accordance with Unitarian Universalist principles. The Social Action Committee monitors the activities of ongoing work groups and identifies, initiates, and promotes new social action efforts for congregational involvement over the long term.
Contact: Jane Bacon and Al Mitchell, Co-Chairs

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Special Services

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church-service-opp-logo[Various]

We welcome your participation—and your help—with any of these celebrations: Water Communion, Blessing of the Animals, Remembrance Sunday, Winter Solstice, and Christmas Eve. Take part as a reader, speaker or musician, and help with potluck meals, set-up and tear-down, and decorations.
Contact: Rev. Roger Bertschausen

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Sunday Morning Coffee Hosts

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Ready to Sign Up? Click Here

church-service-opp-logo[Weekly, Monthly, or as you’re able]

Coffee hosts volunteer for one of two shifts (8:30-10:30 or 10:30-12:30). They make coffee, put out cookies, refill supplies, and run the mugs through the dishwasher. It’s a really great way to meet people – making coffee is rockstar status around here!
Contact: Katie Heathcote

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Sunday Morning Welcome Team

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church-service-opp-logo[Once a month]

Collaborate with a dedicated team of people, with direction from your Team Lead, to create a warm and inviting welcome to all who come. You will be tasked with simple, yet very important, aspects of welcoming for just one consistent service per month. Responsibilities include: Welcoming people at the doors, assisting in the offering, answering questions newcomers may have, and being willing to socialize with people. This is a great way for newer people to get involved and get connected more deeply into the life of the church. Plus, children and youth can also be a part of the team!
Contact: Teal Bassett

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Supper and Soulwork Cook & Clean Team

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Ready to Sign Up? Click Here

church-service-opp-logo[Monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly]

Team up with others to prepare and serve a monthly meal to WBUUC’s members and friends who attend Supper and Soulwork. There are many ways to help including set-up, food preparation, serving, and clean-up. Supper and Soulwork usually runs on Wednesday evenings from early September to early June.
Contact: Katie Heathcote

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Supper and Soulwork – Hospitality Team

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Ready to Sign Up? Click Here

church-service-opp-logo[Monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly]

Set up the social hall for our cooked meals or potlucks. Set-up usually starts at 5:30 and includes getting dishes and silverware out, getting tables ready, and welcoming people. Our hospitality team also helps with cleaning up the social hall after dinner (somewhere around 6:30). Supper and Soulwork usually runs on Wednesday evenings from early September to early June.
Contact: Katie Heathcote

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