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Ministry Teams & Contact Information

Cedar Lane and its members sponsor, host, and/or support many ministry teams and their good work.  Below you may find a comprehensive view of the teams and committees at Cedar Lane and contact information for each group.

The Alliance 

We invite men and women to come together for social, cultural and community service opportunities. Come join our monthly potluck on the 2nd Thursday of each month from noon to 2 pm (September - June), our Tuesday bridge group, our marathon bridge group, monthly book group or monthly film series.

Alliance President: Sue Woodruff: alliance@cedarlane.org

Alliance Books: Helen Pechacek: helenpechacek@gmail.com

Alliance Jewelry Sales: Judy Laurenson: thelaurensons@gmail.com

Assistant Minister Transition Team

Team Leader: Resha Anderson, resha04@gmail.com

Auction

Cedar Lane holds an annual auction in early November that acts as a major fundraiser for the church. 

Team Leader: Kathie Bryant: auction@cedarlane.org

A/V Team

The AV Team facilitates the church’s “nurture community” mission by providing audio and video support. Simply put, we ensure that participants in every church occasion can hear and see every event, for both able-bodied members and members with hearing or mobility disabilities. In addition to supporting Sunday services, we also enhanced scores of additional events, including memorial services, weddings, concerts, films, symposiums, lectures, meetings, etc. 

Team Leaders: Michael Morse / Rick Lohmeyer: AVTeamLeader@cedarlane.org

Board of Trustees

As Trustees, we covenant to keep the best interests of the Congregation at heart and to carry out the trust placed in us as guardians of our Vision/Mission and as stewards of Cedar Lane’s resources. We will exchange ideas thoughtfully, honestly, and respectfully as we seek to understand different perspectives and strive to reach a position we can all support.​ When the inevitable challenges occur in our interactions, we will stay in community and reaffirm the values that brought us together. We will hear all voices, commit to the decision of the group, and communicate frequently with the Congregation. representatives of the Congregation, we will be generous in support of our Vision/Mission and mindful that our example influences the community as a whole.

Board Committees

Books Team

We supply and stock the book cart on Sundays after worship services and provide books for special events, such as the annual Kiplinger Lecture.

Laura Leigh Palmer: laura.leigh@asapgraphics.com

Committee on Ministry Team

Marilyn Emery: asksoft@verizon.net

Communications Advisory Team

This team meets monthly with Sara Davidson, Director of Communications & Membership Engagement, in an advisory role concerning communication strategy at Cedar Lane.

Sara Davidson: sdavidson@cedarlane.org 

Denominational Affairs

The primary responsibility of the denominational affairs committee is to provide a liaison between the congregation and both the Unitarian Universalist Association and the region. 

Dino Drudi: dino.drudi@gmail.com

Facilities Team

Nancy Bliss: nabliss44@aol.com

Flower Ministry Team

The mission of the Flower Team is to provide decorative beauty and the spiritually of nature for Sunday services through seasonal and artistic floral arrangements. Members of the team design and produce these arrangements for the Sanctuary every Sunday and for the Chapel when it is used to support the Religious Education program. Arrangements are typically presented in a variety of Japanese Ikebana styles or Western-style bouquets, etc. We meet on an as-needed basis for a schedule sign up/potluck lunch, during which we also discuss any issues that come up and socialize. We are always open to new members, but they must either have previous experience with any style flower arranging for larger size public spaces or be willing to take flower arranging classes.

Isabel Marbury-Mauro: Isabel_m2@hotmail.com

Generosity Ministry Team (formerly Stewardship Team)

The Generosity Team is dedicated to nurturing the members of Cedar Lane and their stewardship of our community through their generous donations of time, talent and treasure. One of our primary activities is leading the annual budget drive.

Mary Means: mmeans@mmeans.com / Stew Grubman: stew@grubmancpas.com

Grounds Team

The Grounds Team helps keep our campus beautiful and clean!  They help with watering plants and flowers, raking up leaves, adding mulch, etc.  Each year they hold two clean-up days (one in the spring, one in the fall) to invite the larger Cedar Lane community to help with major campus clean-ups and beautification.  These events are family-friendly.

Joan Riggs: jmr607@hotmail.com

Immigrant Justice

Dianne Seiffert: seiffert@comcast.net

Internship Team

The Internship Team supports the work of our intern ministers.   

Tim Persons: timcedaruubot@verizon.net

Kiplinger Lecture Committee

The Kiplinger Team's task is to select a nationally known speaker to deliver the annual W. M. Kiplinger Lecture on Ethics in American Society. Help plan and promote one of Cedar Lane's largest speaking events.

Jessica Sawyer: jsawyer50@outlook.com

Labyrinth Ministry Team

The labyrinth team primarily creates labyrinth walking events that coincide with the seasonal changes.  Our biggest event happens on New Year's Eve each year.

Carol Edwards: labyrinth@cedarlane.org

Library Ministry Team

The Library Team keeps the books in order and retire outdated books and rotates new books in.

Mary Morse, mary.c.morse@gmail.com

Lifespan Religious Education Ministry Team

Alice Chmil: alice.chmil@gmail.com / Marilyn Emery: asksoft@verizon.net

Membership Engagement Ministry Team

The Membership Engagement Team looks to welcome newcomers and help them find their way into membership at Cedar Lane.  The team also helps monitor that members continue along the spectrum of faithful engagement.

Dianne Yaunches, dmy3145@gmail.com

Memorial Coordinators

Memorial coordinators meet with families to discuss and plan the logistics of having a memorial service at Cedar Lane.  

Lyn Peters / Vicky Strella: memorials@cedarlane.org

Memory Garden and Archives Team

The Memory Garden and Archives Team schedules dedications of new name plates on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend each year, but family members can order name plates at their convenience. Newsletter announcements in January alert members of the congregation to the deadline to order name plates for the specific dedication service. Family members or groups of interested individuals may make arrangements for a name plate.

The archives subcommittee, led by Glenis Bellais, organizes and protects the Cedar Lane historical documents, currently housed in Room 9 downstairs. Glenis and her assistants gather weekly to work on the archives.

Lyn Peters / Glenis Bellais: lynpeters@verizon.net, glenisbellais@verizon.net

Music Ministry 

Harry Olson: harry.olson4@gmail.com

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee works to recruit members to join the Board of Trustees as well as the Nominating Committee, as team members finish up their terms.

Lyn Peters: lynpeters@verizon.net

Pastoral Visitors Ministry Team

The Pastoral Visitors Ministry of Cedar Lane UU Church are volunteers who have been trained to provide confidential service to others, under the leadership of the ministers and the Lay Coordinator for Pastoral Care. Their training includes developing the skills, such as active listening and supportive presence that are needed to provide an empathetic and trustworthy connection with those in need. Training also includes ongoing classes or workshops in particular subjects, such as dementia. Visitors are available for Cedar Lane UU Church members and friends in their home, hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center. Pastoral Visitor support is usually requested during times of life transition, such as illness or injury and recovery, death of a loved one, or confinement to a hospital or other facility.

Betsy Binckes, pastoralcare@cedarlane.org

Safety Team

Jack Welch: jack1165@gmail.com

Social Justice 

Social Justice Team: Moyo Myers / Sandy Shaw: socialjustice@cedarlane.org

Action in Montgomery (AIM): Ron Outen: ron@ronouten.com / Dianne Yaunches: dmy3145@gmail.com / Robert Essink: robert.essink@gmail.com

Beacon House: Wayne and Dottie Mara: mara_fam@msn.com

Environmental Justice Ministry: Jim Laurenson, environmentaljusticeministry@cedarlane.org

Food Ministry

Immigrant Justice: Dianne Seiffert: seiffert@comcast.net

Rebuilding Together (Montgomery County): Greg Falcigno: falcigno@netzero.net

Sanctuary Team: Dianne Seiffert, seiffert@comcast.net / Charlene Belsom Zellmer, cbzellmer7@msn.net

Together Diversity Team: Marge Dimond: margeryjd@aol.com / Lee McNair: dragonpern132@gmail.com

UULM  Liaison: Michael Benefiel: mike.benefiel@gmail.com

UUSJ Liaison: John Gubbings: jgubbings@verizon.net / Kay Scott: cf9scott@gmail.com

    Sunday Morning Lounge Table Assignments

    Nancy organizes space for those looking to promote their upcoming programs, events and current opportunities in the Lounge on Sundays after worship services.

    Nancy Janssen, nancyjanssen@verizon.net

    Sunday Morning Ministry Team

    The Sunday Morning team coordinates ushers and greeters for worship services.

    John Dunn, john.m.dunn.66@gmail.com

    Sunday Morning Visual Arts Ministry Team

    We are actively seeking a point person for this new team to create slides for Sunday morning worship services!  Email visualarts@cedarlane.org to participate or get more info.

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Carolyn Morrissey, volunteer@cedarlane.org

    We Care Ministry Team

    While We Care is a committee of the church, it is an organized way to be together as a faith community, to become more than a collection of individuals. We Care is a way to support each other in times of distress. The We Care program connects Cedar Lane members and friends with tangible support in times of need. This support is organized by “neighborhood” so volunteers do not need to travel far to assist. We Care also helps Cedar Laners get to know one another and to stay connected to the congregation. The We Care neighborhood program is chaired by Helen Pechacek.

    Helen Pechacek, helenpechacek@gmail.com

    Worship Associates

    Cedar Lane’s Worship Associate (WA) program promotes shared ministry by providing opportunities for lay people to play leadership roles in our Sunday morning worship services. Our ministers involve Worship Associates in a variety of ways, including: delivering the call to worship, offering the chalice lighting words, sharing community joys and sorrows, and voicing a reading selected for our communal worship. WAs may be asked to offer a short personal reflection or give a brief homily.

    Mary Farrar, maryefarrar@verizon.net

    Changes? Send to Carolyn Morrissey, volunteer@cedarlane.org.

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