Teams at Wildflower
Teams do much of the work of the church with our mission as their guide — growing spiritually together, spreading love, justice, and joy! The church benefits from many individuals’ contributions of their time and talents. No task is too small to contribute meaningfully to our community. Team members often develop close bonds while working together, and you don’t have to be a member of the church to participate. If you’re interested in serving on a team, contact the leadership listed below. We’d be glad to have you!
The leaders of each team meet with the Board regularly in a loose-knit group called the Team Council. The Council helps coordinate the teams’ work to better serve the church’s needs.
This team supports the development of adult classes and small groups at Wildflower to facilitate people’s spiritual growth informed by the UU principles and sources and Wildflower Church’s mission, values and goals. The team designs innovative offerings for members and visitors and recruits facilitators to lead them.
The Worship team works with the minister, any lay and guest speakers, the music director, facilities, and more to put together cohesive and inspiring worship services where congregants have fulfilling worship experiences and are nourished on their spiritual journeys. Our Greeters help people feel welcomed into our space.
Music Director: Elke Baitis (email@example.com)
Music enhances the worship experience and our choir and volunteer vocalists and instrumentalists enrich our services.
This team performs maintenance on and makes minor improvements to on our leased space, works with other Wildflower teams and groups on projects and events involving physical facilities &/or audiovisual support, develops and implements procedures for dealing with threats to safety of congregants and manages requests to use our space from outside organizations. It collaborates with Faith Presbyterian through periodic meetings of a joint Space Sharing team to discuss physical plant and safety matters and resolve issues arising from our lease agreement or our shared campus arrangement.
Learn more about our Facilities policies.
The Social Action Council (SAC) is an umbrella group for justice work in our community. Its teams emerge around issues pertinent to the congregation in each calendar year and are guided by the intersectionality of our internal Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism work, the areas that our neighbors feel are important, the initiatives of our community partners such as Austin InterFaith (firstname.lastname@example.org) and TXUUJ.
Our climate action team is an anchor in our justice agenda (contact Susan Lippman at email@example.com)
The primary purpose of this team is to fully integrate Wildflowers with disabilities into all aspects of the Wildflower congregation and community. Our first goal is to eliminate barriers to full participation at Wildflower, starting with making the building, facilities and grounds accessible.
Fun & Fellowship is exactly what it sounds like! Activities have included monthly hikes, family campouts, game nights, a Halloween dance, and collaboration with other teams on special events. This is a team that invites energy and creativity to help Wildflowers build relationships and have fun.
The Care team provides meals, rides, and friendly visits to support the well-being of Wildflower members and friends going through difficult times. Call or write them if you or a friend is going through an illness, isolation, birth, end-of-life, or any situation that could use a helping hand.
Contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.428.9464
We want people to feel welcome at Wildflower Church from the first time they attend. Our Welcomers support visitors in making connections within the Wildflower community. Team members host the Welcome Table in the Community Room after worship to provide information and answer questions about the congregation. We help people get involved in activities that match their interests and will help them feel a part of our church family.
Membership Orientation Team
Elizabeth Suggs and Ike Eickstaedt (membership@wildflowerchurch.
Organize Wildflower Church orientations to assist people in understanding Wildflower’s culture, structure and history and how to become involved in its life including becoming a member or pledging friend.
Keep in Touch Groups are groups of ten to twelve households that are facilitated by members of the congregation that are intended to encourage communication among members, friends, and frequent visitors. Facilitators make periodic contact with people in their group to check in. If you aren’t already in a KIT group but would like to be, contact email@example.com.
Membership Integration Team
Jan Austin and Cathy Cramer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Helps people get involved in activities that match their interests and will help them feel a part of our church family. The team also assists in finding leaders for congregational teams that need them.
Communications and Tech helps the whole church publicize its programs and its active justice agenda from a strategic and operational perspective. Roles include identifying improvements to enhance our publicity and communication tools and practices, keeping our church visible on social media, updating the website, and assisting teams with needs as they arise.