Team Leaders: Cathy Schwanke
Time commitment: 45 minutes before Service on Sunday, and until 1:00
pm after the second Service. Other duties require different time
We have a wonderful
bookstore filled with Unity, self-help, inspirational and motivational
books, tapes and CDs. Volunteers help ring up sales on Sunday mornings,
answer questions, receive and mark books for sale, and create attractive,
eye-catching displays. Training provided and required.
Team Leader: Penny Seay
Our Chaplains are available to anyone who requests prayer support. Visit the Chaplain Team homepage.
Community Cafe Ushers
Team Leader: Alfred Herrera
Time commitment: One Sunday a month at second service
These dedicated Ushers provide a sacred space for those wishing to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching a broadcast of the Second Service in Friendship Hall.
Team Leaders: Open
Time commitment: Project basis
The Outreach Program supports several special
projects offered by the Hill Country Community Ministries, i.e., Easter
Baskets, School Supplies and Thanksgiving Food Drive, as well as Toys for
Tots, Habitat for Humanity, Pet Pals and the Austin Police Department's
Kid Clothes Closet. Outreach is your opportunity to help relieve some of
the stress and suffering of those who are in need. Visit the Outreach Team Projects Page.
Team Leaders: Lynn Green
The Counting Team is responsible for counting
the Sunday offerings and attendance statistics. Members of this team are
Team Leaders: Anneliese Rosea, Staff Liaison
The EarthCare Team is affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries’ international program to extend our belief of oneness with all divine life through our actions, thoughts, and our truth expressed verbally. UCOH’s Board approved the EarthCare Covenant in January of 2010, and the team is in the process of pursuing certification. At this time, UCOH could potentially be the first in the South Region to complete certification through Unity Worldwide Ministries. If you have a passion for sustainable living, ecology, green practices, water conservation, clean energy, and spiritual social action, please join in this effort. The UCOH Chapter of EarthCare also belongs to the Austin-based Interfaith Environmental Network, which meets regularly for educative and networking purposes.
Team Leader: Susan Heinrichs
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours a week.
Want to have some FUN singing? The FUN Singers
(Fantastic Unity Noisemakers) is the Gospel Choir where smaller ensembles
are formed. It's an opportunity to sing and be a part of providing music
for our church family.
For further information,
Team Leader:Joette Pelliccia and Liz Klein
The landscape team is responsible for
maintaining the 14.6 acres of pristine church property. As a team member,
you will be responsible for mowing a small strip of land. We have hand
mowers and weed trimmers. There are several areas that can be mowed with
the riding lawn mower. This is once every three weeks during the spring
and summer. It becomes once every 5 weeks during the fall and winter. We
have divided the property into over 30 zones. A map of those zones is available at the church.
Health and Safety Team
Team Leader: Molly Gerber
In an effort to increase our preparedness in case of a medical emergency, we have formed a Health and Safety Team. Members of this team are trained in CPR and First Aid. They are our first responders to any congregants attending a Service, class or event needing immediate medical assistance. This team provides adequate First Aid supplies, provides trained First Aid and CPR members at each service and special event, holds fire and tornado drills for the children, and communicates evacuation plans to the congregation.
Team Leaders: Unassigned
Time commitment: Before and after Service every 4-6 weeks; special
events and workshop hospitality-as needed.
The coffee and snacks you enjoy during Friendship Hour after Service or at
a meeting or workshop are the result of the dedicated work of the
Hospitality Team. Set up before Service, keep the refreshments replenished
during Friendship Hour and clean up afterwards.
Team Leader: Carrie Pace
Time commitment: Dependent on need, but lots of team members make the load light for all!!!
The InReach team is comprised of compassionate, Spirit-led volunteers committed to empowering and supporting the Unity Church of the Hills family. During temporary times of need, this team provides service in several ways. Their “helping hands” provide transportation to vital appointments; occasional meals, and they communicate inspirational thoughts through cards, emails and phone calls. They also offer resources and referrals in the Austin area, if requested
Team Leader: Maggie Miller
Time commitment: Project basis
The International Outreach Team mission is to awaken Hope in hearts around the world through love in action. We do this by cultivating the resources, creative ideas, and collective heart of UCOH and allowing this energy to feed the hands, mouths, resourcefulness, and intelligence of people all over the world. We are constantly creating projects to link to the UCOH congregation such as: Lovelight ministry for AIDS orphans in South Africa and other African-based projects with poverty-stricken populations in Ghana and Mali; our Shoes4Unity drive to collect shoes and contributions for the 300 million without shoes in the world, and many more opportunities to bring our Light to others in the world. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Team Leader Maggie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office. Visit our Love In Action Blog.
Team Leaders: Glynda Marcus
The Lending Library provides an opportunity to
help individuals and families with spiritual growth. The Library Team
catalogues new books and tapes and spends a few moments on Sunday mornings
placing returned books back on the shelves.
Light Touch Healing
Team Leader: Rebecca Webb & Katie Onken
Light Touch Healing Sessions: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month by
appointment - 7:00PM - Room 137
Sign up in Friendship Hall for 45 minute sessions
Trained Reiki practitioners provide energetic
healing sessions which helps balance and renew clients through light placement of
hands on the body.
For those interested in learning Reiki, there
are Reiki trainings provided throughout the year by Master Reiki Teacher, Rebecca Webb. Watch for further details.
Sound Team Leader: Jeff Sarich
Projection/Teleprompter Team Leader: Rick Shores
Duplication Team: Unassigned
Video Team Leader: Unassigned
Time commitment: One or two services per month as well as special events, weddings, and
workshops as needed. Sound engineers arrive 75 minutes prior to
events/services. Projection & lighting technicians arrive 30 minutes prior
The Sound Team consists of a trained sound engineers whose
responsibilities include Sunday Service, special programs, and weddings.
We are currently in need of additional skilled sound engineers.
The Projection/Teleprompter Team is responsible to
execute the multimedia (generally PowerPoint) program, changing lighting
scenes, and operate the follow-spots during Sunday services, special
and workshops. We are currently in need of one projectionist and six
The Duplication Team is responsible for
creating CD's after each Sunday service. CD's are sold in
the Bookstore and provided to the Sunday volunteers involved in activities that require they miss the service.
The Video Team is responsible for the simulcast into Friendship hall for the 11:30 service on Sunday's, and for providing video elements for special events when requested. We are always seeking new volunteers to enhance our team.
Time Commitment: One to two services per month, as well as special events when requested. Video Directors arrive 45 minutes prior to events/services; Camera Operators arrive 30 minutes prior to 2nd service/ or event.
Team Leader: Star Zerrien
Time commitment: Project Basis
This intergenerational sacred dance group meets regularly and performs periodically at Church Services and special activities. The group is open to anyone ages eight (8) and up. To join, check with the staff at the Youth Office.
Team Leaders: Glenda Fairchild and Ralph Tilney
Time commitment: Arrive at 9:00 am or 11:00 every third Sunday.
The Newcomers Welcoming Team has the unique opportunity to meet and greet
everyone in the Church, and distribute Newcomer's packets and Worship
Experience Sampler CDs at the "Name Tag Bar" to first-time visitors before
Service. Their goal is to promote an atmosphere of "we welcome you, we are
so happy that you have come to join us, and we want you to make this your
Team Leader: John Boyden
Time commitment: Arrive at 8:45 am or 10:30 am every third Sunday.
The Parking Ushers assist church members and visitors to a Divine parking
spot! They also greet everyone as they enter the property and park their
vehicles. They are often called on to provide information and directions.
Team Leader: Sally Cates
Time commitment: Serve once a month.
The pew fairies come in weekly and between Services to stock the pews with
offering envelopes, prayer slips, Kleenex and other materials.
Team Leaders: Jim Sheetz
Time Commitment: Daily prayer and special events as needed
This ministry is dedicated to prayers and spiritual support to those in need. The first names of those needing prayer are emailed to the Prayer Team and then forwarded to Unity Village.
Team Leader: Jody Jones
Time commitment: Serve once a month.
The Roving Ambassadors are dedicated to making us the most ‘welcoming place on earth.’ These volunteers are knowledgeable of UCOH history and Unity principles. Their mission is to identify those new to the Church and assist them in making a connection with our community through spiritual grown and education.
Sign Language Team
Team Leader: Lorraine Boyden
A Sign Language team has developed in order to fill the needs of our expanding congregation. This team provides translation for the hearing impaired at third service and additional worship services. Translation services may be provided for special services upon request. If you are currently certified in Sign Language translation and would like to participate with this special and wholly gratifying team please contact the office.
Special Events Team
Team Leaders: Ellen Fannin - Staff Liaison
Time Commitment: Project Based
This team coordinates and plans church-wide
events such as the Father’s Day Picnic, Holiday Extravaganza, and others.
Team Leader: Anneliese Rosea, Staff Liaison
Time Commitment: Project Based
This group presents movies with a spiritual, new thought on the second Friday of every month. On special occasions a guest speaker facilitates a Q&A session. Training provided.
Team Leader: unassigned
Time commitment: Varies
The mission of the Theater Ministry is to dwell in Spirit and contribute our talents to excellence in the performing arts, with the purpose of inspiring, enlightening and motivating one another and our audience. Both in working toward performance and in the performance itself, we want to glorify God and bring the message of his Love to all! Help with lighting, sound, set design, costumes, and, of course, actors are needed.
Team Leaders: Andy Needler, Jon Edwards, Sherry Furley, and Marty Stevens
Time commitment: Arrive 45 minutes prior to either first or second
Service, every other Sunday.
Sunday Service runs smoothly thanks to the efforts of the Usher team. They
distribute bulletins, seat late-comers, take the offering, control the AC
and lighting, and many other behind-the-scenes responsibilities.
Workshop & Events
Team Leaders: Open
Time commitment: Based on need for volunteers and your availability and interest in event or workshop
This team of volunteers enjoys new experiences, growth, and participating in workshops or events. They support the workshop facilitator with registration and class needs and perform a variety of tasks ranging from registration to greeting to provide a great experience for those attending events.