Prairie Lakes is a small fellowship facilitated by a five-person elected board. A variety of active committees and small groups are central to the life of the fellowship.
Moderator: Becky Feyen
Secretary: Linda DeCramer
Treasurer: Judy Harris
At Large Representative: Pat Dobrinska
At Large Representative: Jessica French
Tanya Schwartz Roeper
Standing Committee Co-Chairs
Care and Concern: Bonnie Wagner and Beth Howman-Combs
Community Outreach and Membership: Eric Bartelme and Ellen Mueller
ENGAGE Sunday Programming: Judy Harris and Becky Feyen
Facility: Laird DeCramer and Brad Roost
Finance: Tanya Schwartz Roeper and Judy Harris
Religious Education: Judy Harris
Worship Service: Jill Stiemsma
Ad Hoc Committees and Task Groups
Music Coordinator: Jill Stiemsma
Newsletter: Tanya Schwartz Roeper
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Certified: Nicole Roost and Linda DeCramer
Social Justice: ALL
Care and Concern
The Care and Concern Committee is responsible for organizing support for members and friends in need of logistical and/or emotional assistance. The Committee sends notes of support, condolences, and congratulations to members and friends. It also maintains contact with individuals and families in need of support and seeks assistance from the fellowship as requested, such as meals, transportation, child care, respite care, etc.
Community Outreach and Membership
The Community Outreach and Membership Committee shall welcome and support newcomers, assist newcomers with information regarding Unitarian Universalism and the Prairie Lakes Fellowship, and publicize services and events through various forms of media.
ENGAGE Sunday Programming
The ENGAGE Sunday Committee facilitates the scheduling of events on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month; they are not responsible for developing the programming. ENGAGE is an acronym for: Explore, No Boundaries, Gather, Activism, Go! Be the Change, and Educate. The acronym defines the purpose of the 1st and 3rd Sundays. These events are initiated, developed, and managed by members and/or friends of Prairie Lakes UU Fellowship. ENGAGE Sundays are an opportunity for individuals to share their interests and explore ideas on various topics. These Sundays are perfectly suited for book discussions, special presentations, movies, volunteer projects, educational programs, social justice workshops, spiritual nurturing, etc. The programs and formats are as diverse as PLUUF’s members and friends.
The Facilities Committee provides and oversees the upkeep of the Prairie Lakes building and property. The Committee arranges service providers, e.g. snowplowing, lawn mowing, utilities, fire protection, cleaning, etc. It also schedules seasonal all-congregation work days and recruits volunteers for specific projects.
The Finance Committee is responsible for oversight of all fellowship financial operations and investments. The committee organizes and conducts congregational pledge drives and convenes annual meetings. The treasurer leads and serves as Board Liaison for the Finance Committee and brings recommendations for financial policy/procedures to the Board.
The Religious Education Committee supports the spiritual journey of each of our members. Its focus on lifelong learning for teens and adults centers around ENGAGE Sunday gatherings where book discussions, work on social justice issues, and other member initiated opportunities for individual growth are nurtured.
Focus on UI Principles is the core of Prairie Lake’s children’s educational program supplemented by UUA materials. On worship service Sundays (2nd and 4th Sundays), religious education class is provided by volunteer teachers.
The Worship Services Committee shall plan, coordinate, and oversee the calendar of 2nd and 4th Sunday services; develop and implement policies and practices concerning these Sunday services; and solicit input from the congregation at regular intervals. The Committee is charged with the responsibility of providing a balance of service styles and topics in recognition of the diverse spiritual needs and intellectual interests found within a Unitarian Universalist congregation. If there is a called or consulting minister, the work of the Committee shall be done in cooperation with the minister. Lastly, the Committee identifies and addresses needs related to carrying out services, such as songbooks, candles, batteries for microphones, etc.