New Member Sunday – March 26, 10 am


Sunday March 26, 2017 will our next New Member Sunday. On New Member Sunday those who would like to become members of the congregation are invited to participate in a ceremony during the 10 am worship service during which participants sign the membership book and are welcomed formally by the congregation. Participation in this ceremony is not a requirement for membership. Anyone who wishes to become a member may do so by inquiring with the Minister or Denise Darrigrand, Membership Chair, and may sign the membership book in private.

Thoughts On Membership
We are changed by any community we choose to join. Becoming a member of UUCW is about making a commitment to support and shape this congregation; it is also about opening yourself to be shaped within the context of this community.

Why Join?
Joining the church is a formal sign of commitment to our community. With it goes an understanding of both service and financial support, as you are able, to our community. It means lending your energy and talents to grow our young people, care for our elders, fight for our beliefs and passions, laugh together, cry together, and mark our transitions together. It buoys and strengthens the community-and that means each and every member-to know that we share a common bond.

Membership allows you to be a voting member on concerns vital to our church community. At Annual Meeting members vote to approve a budget, to accept new leaders, and to change by-laws affecting our governance. Historically our members have voted on important congregational questions such as whether to offer two services on Sundays, to install the rainbow window or to change the size of our Board of Management.

Path to Membership
While there are no formal tests to becoming a member of this church, we encourage you to follow this path.
• Get to know us by attending worship services, fellowship events, classes and other programs.
• Participate in a Deepening Conversation with a Member Services committee member.
• Attend a New U class to meet other newcomers and learn about Unitarian Universalist history and principles, our ministry programs and the responsibilities and benefits of membership.
• Set up an appointment with the minister.
• Discuss with us the amount of financial support you expect to be able to give the church for the remainder of the current fiscal cycle.
If you are interested in becoming a member on March 26, please contact Rev. Aaron Payson no later than Thursday, Wednesday, March 22.