Get Involved

Small Groups

There are many opportunities to share in small groups.

Double Circle Dinners
First UU hosts a potluck on the fourth Saturday of every month at 6 PM. It’s a great opportunity to get to know one another by sharing stories and a meal.

Youth and Young Adults meet Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 pm. Leader: Dakoda. Contact

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to participate in the life of the church. See the list of committees below and contact the chair.

Additionally, First UU is very active in events that occur around Terre Haute. For example, friends and members marched in November, 2009, on the streets of downtown in order to raise awareness for healthcare reform. Contact someone from the Social Justice Committee to find out more.


First UU is a cooperative endeavor, and we need your help. Join a committee and find yourself among friends. (The chair of each committee is listed first.)

Board of Trustees
The Board endeavors to make decisions on behalf of the congregation and to carry out the desires of the congregation after democratic voting procedures at congregational meetings.
Chair: John Lunsford
Past Chair: Cathie Laska
Vice Chair: Mardel Miller
Secretary: Doris Gambill
Treasurer: Ellen Hughes
At Large: Kristy Myers
At Large: Max Hochstetler
Committee on Ministry
Facilitates communication among the congregation, the board, and the minister.
Sara Laughlin:

Oversees church finances.
Ellen Hughes, David Bryant
Oversees hospitality teams for coffee hour and other social gatherings as determined by the chair.
Jackie Lower
Pastoral Care
Provides the congregation with support and confidentiality related to care.
Doddie Stone
Works to welcome visitors and to integrate frequent attendees and new members into the life of the church.
Doddie Stone:

Music and Aesthetics
Seeks and decides on the music and art choices that enhance the experience of worship.
Cathie Laska, Betsy Baer
Service Associates
Works with the minister to organize Sunday services.
Gerri Lynn Hochstetler, Max Hochstetler, Jean Kristeller, Jackie Lower, Julie Young, Frank Young, Bill Payton, Landon James
Social Action
Informs and encourages members and friends to participate in social justice actions, both locally and in the national and international areas of concern.
Sylvia Oster / Cathy McGuire
Building Maintenance
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Bill Payton, John Lunsford
Long-Range Planning
Creates the schema for growth and stability.

Committee chairs may change during the year. All friends and members are encouraged to participate in a committee. However, Finance and the Committee on Ministry are determined by the board.