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Duty Roster

Fellowship members and friends volunteer to help with various needs regarding our Sunday morning services by signing up on our monthly ‘Duty Roster.’  Below are guidelines for these activities.



Please arrive by 9:45 am to set up the Center Table and prepare the sanctuary before members and visitors start to arrive.  Our service begins at 10:30 am.


  1. Turn the lights on and check the room temperature on the thermostat on the back wall.  Open windows if necessary in warm weather.  In cold weather, the thermostat is on a timer and is   preset at 50º when no one is in the building.  The timer will turn the furnace on around 9:30 am., and will raise the temperature to 68 degrees. This will take a while because the upstairs uses steam heat, and is slower to heat than downstairs.

    If it is still too cold upstairs at 10:15 am, manually adjust the thermostat by pushing up the red arrow button to the desired heat—68º is comfortable when the room is full of people.  Double check before the service begins to make sure the room temperature is not too hot. If there is a question, speak to Wayne Daniel, Linda Hendrixson, or Brian Doherty who all know how the furnace works.


  2. Please provide flowers, plants or objects for the center table that serve as an attractive focal point during the services.  If you bring a potted plant, place a plate underneath to protect the table.  Keep potted plants small for the table top.  You may also place a large plant on the floor with protection underneath or on one of the pedestal stands.  Check the plant each week for water.

  3. Check to see that matches, candle snuffer, and all necessary candles for “Joys and Concerns” are on the center table.  Make sure the wick for the candle snuffer is extended beyond the end so that it doesn’t clog up.  If the wick needs to be clipped or changed, see Linda Hendrixson.

  4. Check the candle water to make sure it is not slimy.  Change it on your first Sunday, if necessary.  Be careful that you don’t get water inside any floating candle or it will not light.  Having a towel handy is a good idea.  You do not need to replace every floating candle every week—just the ones that have a very small wick left.

    Extra floating candles are now located in the desk in the foyer upstairs. There is also a wastebasket in the back of the room underneath the large table if you need it.  See Linda Hendrixson if we need more floating candles.


  5. Make sure that the larger Chalice Candle on the pedestal stand is ready to be lit.  Also, check the small white candle on the table.  If the wicks on the Chalice Candle or the small table candle are getting low, just insert a floating candle in the top of each, and it will last longer.   However, replacements for both of these candles are in the desk in the foyer, if needed.

  6. Be sure that the room is neat and tidy, that the pews are lined up, stray papers are picked up and that the hymnals are evenly distributed.

(Revised October 2015)

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On the first, third, and occasional fifth Sundays of the month when our minister is not with us, volunteers provide brief readings of an inspirational, meditative, or thought-provoking nature. Readings may connect with the speakers’ topics on those days, but sometimes this is not always possible. It is more important that the readings reflect our Unitarian Universalist principles and values. For example, the responsive readings in the back of our hymnal are an excellent source.


As a volunteer, if you would like to coordinate your reading with a topic under discussion, The Quest lists the topics of each month’s programs. Contact the current program chairman for more information. But please avoid giving informational readings that provide facts which the guest speaker will no doubt cover.


If you must miss a Sunday program for which you have already volunteered, please arrange ahead of time for someone else to replace you.


(Revised October 2013)

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Please arrive no later than 10 a.m. Bring ½ gallon of milk and take home any that is left over.



Coffee grounds are in the freezer in a plastic tub with a red lid.


  • Coffee Urn: Turn on the cold water and allow to run for at least 10 minutes. It will become tepid, but it doesn’t turn cold. You can use it that way. Fill to MAX line on inside (makes 30 cups) using sprayer.

  • Use 2 measuring cups of grounds for 30 cups of coffee. The white measuring cup hangs on the hook by the coffee urn.

  • Plug in at side table, then hit “ON” button. (Also, turn off before unplugging.)


2.  TEA: Fill the “Hot Water” urn halfway.  Plug in on the side table also, and hit “ON” button. Put white dessert plates under the coffee and tea spigots to catch drips.


3.  Clean cups on the tray are for our use. The other tray on the stove is for our milk, sugar, spoons, sweetener, and tea bags. Add a dessert plate for used tea bags. Sugar and sweetener are in the cabinet over the microwave. In warmer weather these will be in the refrigerator on the top shelf. Extra napkins and paper plates are also in that cabinet, if needed.


Our milk is on the second shelf in the refrigerator, and a green milk pitcher is in the cabinet near the stove.  Please wash it by hand afterwards.


4. There is a large pitcher of iced tea/lemonade in the refrigerator behind the milk. Juice glasses are in the cabinet above the sink area.


5. After coffee hour: Leftover milk goes on the second shelf of the refrigerator. Please do not put anything in the door. Re-stock the cup tray and put tea bags, etc. away. Leave the second tray on top of the stove.


6. DISHWASHER: On the far right of the dishwasher front panel are 5 buttons in a vertical line.  If the two bottom buttons are lit, that means that there are clean dishes in the dishwasher.  Please remove them and put the dishes away.  Check to make sure the cups are completely clean before storing.


7. Rinse and load any cups/dishes that are in the dish rack or sink into the dishwasher to wash with our cups.  Plastic glasses must be washed by hand.  Load the dishwasher as cups are returned and start it before you leave.  Instructions are on the top of the dishwasher.  You may leave it running when you leave the building.


8.  Wipe down all tables and counters with a wet dishcloth.  Disinfectant spray is under the sink.


9.  EMPTYING THE URNS:  Turn both urns off before unplugging.  Prepare two plastic supermarket bags in which to double-bag the used coffee grounds.  Use paper towels to remove the hot basket and tube from the coffee urn, and dispose used grounds into the wastebasket.


 Next, make sure the deeper left sink is empty.  Place the dishcloth over the edge of the sink to protect the urns, and carefully tip them backwards into that sink.  Watch out for the cords and the spigots.  Rinse the coffee urn with hot water using the sprayer, and wipe out with paper towels.  The tea urn does not need to be wiped out. 


 Wash coffee basket and tube.  Wipe outside of urns with dry kitchen towel.  TILT BOTH LIDS TO AIR DRY.


10.  Add the bag from the small wastebasket to the large, white trash can in the big room.  Reline the wastebasket.  Remove the large bag of trash from the trash can and take it with you when you leave.  Reline the trash can. 


(Revised  October 2015)

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