Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center is blessed to have many volunteers who are generous with their time and talents! They can attest to the fact that volunteering is good for the soul, with many unexpected rewards and benefits.
Meet our team leaders:
Sunday Service Ministries and Support Teams
- Slide Team
Slide Team volunteers take turn creating and showing beautiful PowerPoint slides to provide a guide through the Sunday Service, including song lyrics, affirmations, and other parts of the service in which congregants participate.
Team Leader: Deanna Reihs
- Sound Team
Sound Team volunteers take turns running the sound board to provide the great audio we enjoy in the sanctuary each Sunday. Team members also record the service onto a CD, which is then available for sale in the bookstore.
Team Leader: Scott Carlson
- Camera Team
Camera Team volunteers take turns setting up and operating the camera during the Sunday service and other special services and community meetings. Recordings of the message are made available on YouTube and our website, and the entire service is burned onto DVD for sale in the bookstore.
Team Leader: Tim Buss
- Choir: The Joyful Singers
These music lovers help add variety and excitement to the music program and enhance the Sunday morning experience once a month during the school year and at other special services.
Director: Katherine Belisle
This team greets and welcomes folks to Sunday Service and provides information to newcomers.
Team Leader: Open
The ushers assist in the smooth flow of the Sunday morning service by greeting people, handing out bulletins, and helping latecomers find seats. Team members adjust the lighting during the service and collect the offering.
Team Leader: Open
This small team is entrusted with counting the tithes and offerings at Sunday and special services where offerings are collected.
- Daily Word Readers
These team members rotate Sundays to read the Daily Word.
Team Leader: Ingela Bakardjiev
- Platform Leaders
The platform volunteers take turns leading various parts of the service.
Team Leader: Peggy Henrikson
- Prayer Chaplains
The Prayer Chaplains bring in the singing bowl and prayer box, say a blessing/prayer for the prayer requests, and offer one-on-one prayer to congregants after the service.
Prayer Chaplain Co-Coordinators: Karen Christensen and Mary Schwantes (See more below and under the Prayer tab.)
Youth and Children’s Ministries
Youth Director: Katherine Belisle
The youth director oversees and supports the youth programs, which involves programming curriculum, securing and training teachers, organizing the Christmas play, and helping out where needed. (This is a paid position.)
- Nursery Angels
This team cares for infants and toddlers in the nursery on Sunday during the service and for other special community-wide services.
- Rainbow Circles Teachers
This team provides spiritual enrichment, fun, and crafts for pre-kindergarten children through fifth graders during the Sunday Service.
- Rainbow Circles Assistant(s)
Helping out under the direction of the Rainbow Circles team leader, these volunteers assist in setting up the classrooms with teaching materials for the upcoming week’s lessons.
This team meets with the middle-school age group on Sunday morning to facilitate lessons and also plan and chaperone retreats and fun or service-oriented outings.
Sponsors: Carolyn Hunter, Jennifer Stevens, Jeff Polson
- Y.O.U. (Youth of Unity) Sponsors
This team meets with the high-school age group on Wednesday nights to facilitate lessons and activities and plan and chaperone retreats and rallies and other outings.
Sponsors: Pam Carlson and Jennifer Stevens
Prayer Chaplain Ministry
Prayer chaplains are trained annually using the Prayer Chaplain program developed by Light and Love Ministries. They make wellness calls to members monthly to offer prayer, are available to pray with attendees on Sunday mornings after the service, offer a Tuesday morning guided meditation open to the public, and lead occasional special services. Prayer chaplains are also available to make hospital or home visits to members who are laid up. The prayer chaplains support the spiritual growth of the congregation and hold a high consciousness for the center as a whole.
Co-Coordinators: Karen Christensen, Mary Schwantes
Many Paths Bookstore
Building and Grounds
This team thoroughly cleans and declutters periodically to make our center shine and enhance the experience of those who use it.
Team Leader: Open
This team responds to maintenance needs of the interior and exterior of the building and grounds.
Team Leader: John Henrikson
This team weeds and plants and landscapes, keeping the grounds around the building beautiful with greenery and flowers in the spring, summer, and fall.
Team Leader: Mary Schulz
- Building Rental
This team seeks out groups or individuals who may benefit from renting the beautiful spaces within our building, creating a win-win situation for others and our center.
Team Leader: Patti Eriksen
The hospitality coordinator ensures the kitchen is organized, well stocked, and clean and organizes social functions in the Center that involve food. The coordinator works solo for some functions and calls upon the Kitchen Angels for help occasionally. This person also supplies snacks and makes coffee for coffee time after the Sunday service and for special functions such as community meetings and assists with special meals such as volunteer dinners, new member dinners, and weddings or funerals of members. In addition, the coordinator beautifully decorates the tables in the Skylight Room where we hold these functions.
Hospitality Coordinator: Sharron Grocott
- Kitchen Angels
This team helps in the kitchen with the Fellowship Potluck the last Sunday of the month. Kitchen Angels also assist with other special functions when food is involved.
This team interfaces with support services in the greater community around us, working with organizations such as food shelves, blood drives, and homeless or battered women shelters.
- Social Activities
This team develops and implements ideas for social gatherings that generate fun and laughter and build community, such as picnics, group outings, and parties, which include the Spring Fling and SnoDazzle.
Team Leader: Char Ameli
This team brainstorms, organizes, and implements fundraising projects with the goal of helping our center financially thrive.
Team Leader: Open
Board of Trustees
Six volunteer members, along with the spiritual leader, make up our governing body and are elected by the congregation to govern, direct, and protect the interests of Unity of the Valley. Trustees are requested to abide by a board covenant that's a guiding standard of integrity.
The board meets at least once a month, holds at least one Unity of the Valley community-wide meeting per year, and stays directly involved with the team meetings and events.
The mission of the board is to undergird the vision and mission of Unity of the Valley, exercise prudence in financial matters, and apply wisdom and discernment in making decisions of importance that impact the community. Two new board members are elected by the congregation each year.
See About Us tab / Board of Trustees for member profiles.