The Community Connections Team (CCT) works to welcome our visitors, connect newcomers into the congregation & help them along the path to membership, and deepen the connections among our existing members & friends.  We also work to improve communications among congregants, and with our church groups.  This work helps sustain & grow our congregation, provides a more meaningful experience here for members, friends & newcomers, and supports our various ministries & programs in achieving their goals.

Community Connections Activities

  • Manage the Sunday Greeting Table before service.
  • Manage the Sunday Welcome Table after service during coffee hour.
  • Reach out to visitors & newcomers, helping them learn about and connect into our church.
  • Help conduct the monthly Orientation to Membership classes.
  • Assist ministers with the semi-annual New Member In-Gathering services.
  • Organize the annual church-wide Connections Fair to help people learn about our ministries & programs.
  • Produce brochures & handouts about our church, ministries & programs.
  • Assist the church office with congregational record-keeping & communications.

The Community Connections Team

  • Maria Bielass, Clark Sanford, Leslie Brandt, Sarah Letson
  • Reverends Theresa Soto & Sheri Prud’homme
  • Venee Call-Ferrar — our church administrator

You can contact the team at connectionsteam@uuoakland.org.


Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Pick a Sunday to help greet people before service at the Greeting Table.
  • Or help break the ice with newcomers on some Sunday after service at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.
  • Attend an Orientation to Membership class to help newcomers learn about our church.  Typically the 4th Sunday after service.
  • Help Clark with producing brochures, assembling packets, & restocking bins.
  • Help Maria to do outreach calls & emails to visitors & newcomers.
  • Help us with our next In-Gathering service.  Typically in December & June.
  • Help us with our next Connections Fair.  Typically in January, but may have a second in September.
  • Or bring us your own ideas to help create the community you want here at church!

Greeting & Welcome Tables

We are looking for a couple people each Sunday for the Greeting & Welcome Tables. (finish this section, include signup genius, have link to greeter guidelines)