Here is a road map of how our volunteer and employee leadership are organized at FUUSE.

Staff and Administrative Volunteers

Interim MinisterRev. Terry SweetserEmail for an
Religious Education CoordinatorsKaren Prazar & Cecilia KielyEmail for an
Music DirectorKristina KulishEmail for an
AdministratorNancy GrenierThe office is located in the Parsonage at 10 Elm St., and is open Mon. & Wed. 9am-1pm & Fri.
TrusteesAlexandra AllenChairman of the

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for conducting the legal affairs of the Society. It oversees the activities and performance of the Minister and the work of all other committees responsible for personnel administration. It is responsible for all property and financial resources of the Society, including current operating funds and investment funds. Each year it presents an annual operating budget to the Society for approval and then manages that budget during the year.

Alexandra AllenChair,
Andy DeardorffTreasurer
Sue BielskiRecording Secretary
Holley DaschbachBoard Member
Gwen KenneyBoard Member
Bert LambBoard Member
Stephanie MarshallBoard Member
Dave MichelsenBoard Member
Paul O'NeilBoard Member
Rev. Terry SweetserEx-officio member

Board Committees and Task Forces

Committe/Task force/groupDescriptionContact
Property (formerly known as facilities)This committee takes care of and maintains all the FUUSE facilities.Chair, Steve Kenney
Personnel CommitteeThis committee handles all the Human Resource functions regarding policy and performanceStephanie Marshall, Chair
Nominating CommitteeThis committee recruits people to become board members and people to serve on board committees.Chair
Finance CommitteeThis committee oversees all of the finances, investments, budgets and reviews reportsJim Breeling, Chair
Renovations/Building Task ForceTo assess and prioritize the needs of the current facilities.Dave Michelsen and Deb Merrick
Membership CommitteeThis committee is responsible for all congregant info, gatherings as well as membership.Karen Patnaude, Gwen Kenney
Program CouncilThis committee develops, designs and supports all programming at FUUSE.Alex Allen, Chair

Programs and Service Committees, Groups and Task Forces

Committee/Group nameDescriptionContact
Program CouncilThe Program Council is a collaborative group that promotes interconnections in the church. The council supports and joins together allowing for synergy among committees. It consists of the chairs of all committees responsible for the various programs in our church.

The Program Council facilitates the development and coordination of church programs. The Program Council coordinates the Church calendar, enhances intra-church communication, initiates, advances or modifies programs and activities, provides leadership development and training, and ensures that committee leaders have the information and resources needed to carry out their function. The Program Council supports the inner workings of the church community and assists in achieving the objectives of the Society as directed by the Board of Trustees.
Sarah DeWitt, Chair
Religious Education CommitteeSupporting our kids and youth.Alex Allen, Chair
Knitting MinistryThe Knitting Ministry has been active since 2006 with a group of enterprising folks who love to knit and crochet. We create shawls for our congregational members and friends to bring warmth, strength, and comfort during difficult times. We also support other charitable organizations such as Afghans for Afghans and we make hats for the homeless and blankets for babies. Novice knitters and those would like to learn will find encouragement along with a sense of connectedness and camaraderie. We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Parsonage from 6:30 to 8. Donations of yarn are always gratefully accepted.Anne Tufts
Social JusticeThe committee meets the first Sunday of the month in the Parsonage library from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm unless otherwise posted in the eFUUSE. Church members and friends are welcomed to attend the meetings or to suggest issues of interest. The Committee also welcomes ideas for collaborations with Religious Education, a Coffee Hour tabling topic, or the subject for a church service or program. The committee functions using a focus group structure whereby members choose a specific area of interest and then bring forth ways to educate and/or promote action among church members and friends, and community members.
Bob Moore, David Weber, Co-Chairs
Outreach CommitteeThe Outreach Committee reaches beyond the FUUSE walls by providing meaningful ways to connect, support, and enrich others through service, spirit, and financial contributions. We: research the needs of our community, call or personally interview service agencies, invite speakers to discuss their program needs, and conduct surveys to determine FUUSE priorities. The third Sunday of each month has been designated as Give-It-Away Sunday when the general offering will be distributed to groups serving the community.Gail Nostrom, Chair
Welcoming Circle TeamsWelcoming Circle is a team of volunteers who work together to provide a welcoming, safe and comfortable environment for the Sunday Service, Social hour and more. This model was adopted by this church in October 2014. It now has in place eight team leaders with eight teams of between eight and twelve members per team. These teams fill the much needed volunteer roles from September through June.Gwen Kenney
Caring CommitteeAlso affectionately known as the “Casserole Ministry,” the Caring Committee works with the minister to provide care and support for congregation members in times of need. This includes rides, food, visits, and support at all levels. Jane Oldfield - Spearman
Visiting CommitteeThis committee visits the home bound of our members and offers them companionship, communication and comfort.Jane Oldfield-Spearman
Music CommitteeFUUSE has a rich music program with an adult choir and many musical members who share their talents during services as well as in the community.

The choir sings often throughout the year. All are welcome and we welcome experienced singers and novices alike.
Janis Tierney, Chair
Worship CommitteeMeets as neededJennifer Morris
Christopher Ellis
Victoria Hayes
Lisa Bunker
Sylvia Foster

Church Certifications

Green Sanctuary Certified: This helps our church community implement a program supporting the Seventh Principle Project of the UUA. A Green Sanctuary is defined as “a congregation that lives out its commitment to the earth by creating a sustainable lifestyle for its members as individuals and as a faith community.”

Welcoming Congregation: This certification worked to defeat the proposed Constitutional Amendment aimed at excluding same-sex couples from the legal equality represented by civil marriage.