Reverend Linda Vincent – Minister of Sacred Service
Hello Everyone! My name is Reverend Linda Vincent and I have been selected to be the new Minister of Sacred Services for Unity of Surprise! I feel so blessed to serve this wonderful community and look forward to meeting you. I would like to invite everyone who feels guided to be of “Sacred Service” for our church home to contact me and we can talk about what volunteer positions are available, or if you have something you have thought about that you might like to contribute to our team of volunteers, please give me a call or email me and we can talk.
Sacred Service, or volunteering, is a Spiritual Principle that enhances one’s spiritual journey! Please join us for fun and service! Thank You.
Thank you again for welcoming me to Unity of Surprise. I am happy to be here!
New Opportunities for Service at Unity of Surprise
Volunteer Position – Descriptions are available. Prayerfully consider how you will serve this dynamic Spiritual Community, Unity of Surprise.
“We serve in love because we love to serve.”
Opportunities to Grow through Sacred Services
Unity of Surprise is a dynamic church of dedicated people expressing their love for God and each other. We have a very special woman, Reverend Billie Martini, leading ‘US’ on how-to-live in this universe daily with all of its possibilities, challenges, and opportunities.
Each person brings his or her special gifts, their unique personalities, joys and challenges, contributions and ideas. We want you just the way you are. We’ll love and nurture you however you present yourself. As you grow independently, spiritually, socially, so does Unity Church of Surprise.
We give thanks for our continual spiritual enfoldment and for the people and experiences that nurture our spiritual development. We are, to all, expressions of a loving God to our neighbors as we are to our self. One way to express this love is as a volunteer in selfless service which honors God, self and all others. Every person is capable and qualified for some type of service. Just show up and leave the rest to God. Romans 8:28… “God uses everything that we do for His/Her good purposes and ours.”
Unity of Surprise has opportunities to nurture your growth. If you are shy, we’ll encourage confidence through a buddy system. If you want to take your social skills to a higher level and create more harmony in your life, we have special events that encourage teamwork and networking. If you want to be behind the scenes of activity, you can join the cleanup committee or work in the office, one on one with the administrator or in a group activity. If you would like to get to know your minister better, you can offer to assist her with any of the various classes, workshops and special services that she facilitates.
How would you like to celebrate life?
Watching others be involved in various activities may give you some satisfaction, but watching isn’t nearly as much fun as being part of a team. Here at Unity of Surprise, we have a lot of activities to choose from. Just take a look at the many teams you can participate in:
Board of Trustees – The Board of Trustees shall consist of the Senior Minister and six (6) Trustees elected from the membership of the Church. No elected Trustee shall serve more than two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms without an interval of one (1) year between terms. Any person elected to the Board of Trustees shall be a person who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age; has been an active member of a Unity church for at least one (1) year and of Unity of Surprise since the previous spring membership class; has the time and talent to serve effectively; endeavors to live in accord with the Jesus Christ principles of Love and Truth as taught by Unity; is a cheerful tither; is a sincere and continuing student of Unity and conversant with its teachings; is not an employee of the Church, or the spouse, parent, child or significant other of another Board member or employee. For more information request a copy of the By-Laws through Kathryn Clouther, Administrator.
Coffee Bar Barista – Through the generosity of Ralph & Reverend Billie Martini, Unity of Surprise is able to offer specialty coffee drinks each Sunday morning before and after the service. what a great way to begin your morning with a hot cup of flavored coffee, freshly brewed by our very own Baristas’. Training to become a Barista is provided by Ralph Martini. Lynda Thomas, Dan Robison, Marion Upper, Toy Rolston, Joyce Miller, Dick Underwood and Carol Houtkooper have all been trained and take turns hosting as a Barista on Sunday mornings.
Media – Sheila Severeid keeps the public informed of church news and events by emailing information to local newspapers twice a month.
Men of Unity – Our Men of Unity have been involved in the celebration of our Veterans with a special honor guard service, chili dinner, and in providing flowers for all the mothers on Mother’s Day. They serve as butlers at the Annual Women’s Tea and often get together to take in a movie. Dan Robison has been taking the lead with the Men of Unity.
Ushers & Greeters – Members of this ministry team, known as ‘Beacon’s of Light & Love’ provide those attending Unity of Surprise with the “first” glimpse of our Sanctuary and Unity family. Training and guidance are offered by Frankie Robison, Team Leader.
Worship Assistant – The members of this team are essential for the worship experience. Team members support the congregation, the minister and the music staff by their prayerful presence under the direction of Reverend Marcia Gonyea, Prayer Chaplain Coordinator.
High Watcher – The High Watcher’s consist of a team of people who hold Prayer Requests in higher consciousness during their daily prayer time. Our Team Leader, Lynda Jacobson receives your prayer requests each Sunday. She will then forward the names on to the team to hold in prayer for 30 days along with Silent Unity.
Prayer Chaplain – Under the guidance and training of Reverend Billie Martini. Our prayer chaplains provide wellness calls the church members monthly as well as being available to the community on Sunday morning to pray with. Unity of Surprise also provides a daily phone-line message that is provided by each Prayer Chaplain on a monthly basis. Just call the church main number (623) 214-3884 and then extension #3 to access the daily message.
Hospitality – This is one of our most active Sunday morning volunteer opportunities. This team is responsible for training and organization. Mary Gustafson, Team Leader for Hospitality trains a host of volunteers to set up, clean up and arrange provided treats for our fellowship hour following the Worship Celebration. These fellowship hours is quite unique in that it often turns into a Sunday brunch. Our bakers and treat providers cater to everyone’s dietary need for gluten-free to sugar-free and vegetarian. We take our dietary needs seriously and promote healthy eating as often as possible.
Special Events – Co-Event Leaders, Reverend Linda Vincent and Toy Rolston engage several people to host our special events throughout the year. We celebrate our church birthday each June, Independence Day in July, The Last Supper with Jesus & His disciples, a Homecoming Dance in November, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas morning complete with gifts, a Game Day in August… just to name a few. Are you a team player, organized, creative? Do you like social activities and special events? Do you have the time and the energy to plan, organize, promote and play? This opportunity is for you. Each team will consist of 6-9 men and women who desire to serve our ministry and play at the same time. Please note: not every member of this team will have to work on every event, so you can choose your favorite or if you are here only during the winter months, you can help out then.
Mail Team – Members of this team, known as “Pony Express Mailers’ support Dan & Frankie Robison, Team Leaders in assembling The Present – Unity’s monthly newsletter. This activity takes place monthly.
Receptionist/Hostess – Members of this team will provide support to the Administrator in office procedures and functions. Each project will be matched with the appropriate ‘Office Angel’ based on his or her interest, knowledge, and/or willingness to learn new functions. Mary Jane Mendias, Karen Whitmer, and Joyce Sorensen have been active as Office Angels these past couple years.
Photographer – We are fortunate to have two volunteer photographer’s who take turns capturing the joy of our celebratory events throughout the year. You can see many of these pictures on our Facebook page. Just go to the home page and click on the Facebook icon. Thank you, Gail Walikainen for covering our events.
Decoration Committee – We are fortunate to have a team of designers, who have turned our church building into a loving and spiritual home. They are available to decorate for the many holidays as well as assist the Minister with colors and collectible’s that adorn our living space. Their latest project has been the completion of our outside garden that is full of positive affirmations, energy, peace, and tranquility. We are blessed.
Living in the Light Book & Gift Store – Members of this team are led by Mary Jane Mendias, Team Leader. Volunteers become sales representatives who take book order requests, copy CD’s from the service and assist in the sale of many consignment items Unity of Surprise has to offer.
Take the plunge and get involved. You’ll smile more, laugh more, and find more joy in this journey we call life. And That’s the truth!