Live Our Core Values of Welcoming and Loving!
The dedicated team that prepares, serves refreshments, and cleans up after church in the CommUNITY Center is known as the Social Host Team. Some of the most beautiful hearts of service in this CommUNITY serve on this team, they uphold our core values of Welcoming and Loving. They need your help, and they know you will enjoy helping them! They are understaffed at this time, and work multiple Sundays in a row so we can enjoy Social Hour after church every week. They play a vital role in the retention of newcomers to our CommUNITY, as the Welcome Table is now located in the CommUNITY Center!
The members of this tenacious group are Dutch Berkley (who goes WAY above and beyond, serving the team nearly every Sunday of the month!) Also serving with great heart on this team are Candy Berkley, Angela Olson, and Marcia Nagel, these ladies often serve several times a month when they signed up to serve only one week a month. Tell them how much you appreciate their Sacred Service when you see them, and also let Robin Tefft and Michele Reyes know you appreciate their answering the call when asked to give intermittent support to the team! Flavio Vilches is the BOT liaison for this team and often purchases supplies for this team. Give him your thanks when you see him! Click here if you want to learn more about serving on the team (with no obligation), or read below first from some of these wonderful team members as to WHY they LOVE serving on the Social Host Team!
From Candy Berkley, “Being a Social Host gives one the opportunity to meet the Unity community while providing them a relaxing time to have snacks with friends. The Social Hosts become a friendly team and their family and friends become your family and friends. It is a great way to get to know people by face and name. The food can be as easy or challenging as you want to make it. And, also, Dutch is almost always there to deal with the coffee and the dishes and trash……….all of those are great benefits to me as I am “allergic” to them all!”
From Angela Olson: “There are many benefits for me from Social Hosting. I see this time of fellowship after church as a time to nurture relationships between us and to make our bond with our church stronger. I see this as a very important way for me to participate in the life of the church.
That time doesn’t happen without some ‘behind the scenes’ action as I have learned. Candy and Dutch are the backbone of this operation, and I have come to admire them both tremendously. But they need help and can’t do it all. I find a great sense of satisfaction in just doing my part in following their example.
I have personally been so surprised and pleased at how many people I have met since I have been active in Social Hosting. I attended church more or less anonymously for almost two years before joining the team, and I have gotten to know so many of the wonderful people who make up our congregation since then. I came to the church seeking a ‘like-minded community’, I found the ‘like-minded’ in the sanctuary, but the community in the CommUNITY Center, while serving as a Social Host!
It gives me great pleasure to see the people in line fill their plates and enjoy the bounty provided by so many of our congregants. I love to see their faces as they nibble while enjoying the food. We know that food and drink provide the ‘grease’ that make social wheels turn easier and knowing that I had some part to play in seeing that happen in the community room gives me great pleasure.
Being on the Social Team has given me an inside look at the inner workings of our church, and I’ve come to recognize just what extraordinary people make up our congregation. You guys are very special!
Finally, I have a purely selfish motive in hearing the people thank me for my efforts. Not many of us get as much positive reinforcement as we need in life as we go about busily doing things for others. Although doing for others is its own reward in a way, it is still a great pleasure to hear people thank you for your efforts on their behalf.”
To learn more about serving as a Social Host (without obligation), please click here, and anticipate making new friends and family of choice around the “Unity Kitchen Table,” so to speak. Thank you for your interest in Social Hosting!