Mission

The mission of the Communications Committee is to foster communications within and outside of First Church to promote community, ideas and activities, in helping people to know what First Church stands for and who we are.  The Committee addresses the strategic as well as the tactical needs of the congregation members and church committees in meeting their communication needs through various communication vehicles. The Communications Committee is responsible for maintaining and supporting the First Church Website with its various pages/calendar and the eUnitarian Newsletter while the content is provided by Congregation and Church Committees.

Committee

Jim Sugarman – Chair Lauren  Crocker
Robin  Hughes – Webmaster Elliott  Bradshaw – Webmaster emeritus
James  Hencke Mark Rosenstein
Charlie Hill – Backup Webmaster Eva Patalas
 Ed Yee

Contacts

Ed Yee – eyee@uubelmont.org James Hencke – jhencke@uubelmont.org

Activities and Accomplishments (2013-2014)

  • Website calendar enhancements
  • Website “What’s New Section Posts”
  • WordPress Training conducted – 4x to Church committees
  • Utilize Constant Contact as the new Newsletter and mailing tool
  • UUBELMONT  Newsletter Format Change replacing legacy format – eUnitarian
  • Website photo policy review to map to Safe Congregation Initiative – on going
  • Wireless access throughout the church
  • Added Network connections to the Church’s wired network

A Short History

In its first year, 2008-09, the Communications Committee conducted a congregational needs assessment via personal interviews of major standing and initiative committees within the church, and individual questionnaires offered to all active church members & friends. The results from the interviews and questionnaires were collated during summer 2009, and in early October 2009, the Website Refresh Project was launched, resulting in a completely overhauled website being launched in early 2010. In addition, the Communications Committee oversaw the launch in February 2010 of the electronic newsletter, e-Unitarian, to the entire congregation, followed shortly after with the option of members & friends to “opt-out” of the print version, consistent with Green Congregations initiatives nationwide. During the latter part of the ’09-’10 church year, a new sub-group was constituted, with a mission to assess the many new media available & in use for Social Networking; with expectations to support all groups in establishment of UU-friendly standards of use, and supporting the creation and build-out of the FCB Facebook site to enhance our church’s appeal to youth and young adults. The launch of the new website employs a mechanism to allow each committee to manage and update its own content and calendar, with the Committee providing support. In the past year, 2013-2014, the Committee worked closely with the IT Committee assuring systems integration, and the feasibility of the development of a member password-protected intranet to allow maintenance of church photo directory, meeting minutes, and explored general communication needs of the church Program Council committees and congregation.  The e-Unitarian being sent out electronically has replaced the paper Unitarian that was mailed out, saving on postage and paper.   Eva Patalas of the ComCom committee supported the testing and release of the Church Survey in the spring, results are being analyzed. In the coming year, 2014-2015, the Committee will review the look and feel of the Website and Newsletter.  More activities will be developed as the year progresses.  The Committee is also in search of volunteers interested in leading and working on Church Communication projects, come share your ideas.

Social Networking resources UUA:

Do’s & Don’ts of Facebook UUA New Media articles Safe Congregations Material Top Picks for Safe Congregations

Church History Committee

A new initiative committee has been approved by Parish Board in spring 2016 to take on the role of maintaining church history.  Lauraine Dalton, Lanier Smythe, and Martha Spaulding volunteered to be a team of church historians, working with Jim Landfried who unofficially was the sole historian for the last 11 years.  The congregation owes Jim great appreciation, and now can look forward to the committee’s excellence in documenting major events and in archiving historical materials. Contact: info@uubelmont.org.