Part-Time Staff Members

Youth Department

Junior Sunday School (Ages 3 years & potty-trained - 5th grade)

Julia White and De DeArmon are Co-Directors of the Junior Sunday School, or JSS. The JSS is open whenever church services and Wednesday evening classes are held: Sunday mornings, from 9 am until 10:15 am, and from 10:45 am until 12:15 pm; and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm. If you require child care to attend a special event hosted at Unity of Springfield, please notify the office so arrangements can be made prior to the event. To find out what's going on in the Youth department, check out Julia's blog on the Home page

If you have questions for either Julia or De, you can contact them at:  jss@unityofspringfield.org

 

 

 The Nursery (Infants to Toddlers not yet potty-trained)

The Nursery is staffed by Alice Merrifield, and is open whenever church services are held on Sunday mornings, from 9 am to 10:15 and from 10:45 am until 12:15 pm, and occasionally for some special events (when a request for such service is made in advance to the office). The nursery is staffed by Julia White or De DeArmon on Wednesday evenings during adult evening classes. 

Alice has been working as the Nursery Supervisor at Unity of Springfield since 1982 . She truly loves working with children this age, and they love her in return. As she watches their individual uniqueness express, the joy Alice experiences helping children learn and grow is readily apparent. Alice is now on staff at PeaPod Learning Center, a preschool that rents space in the Youth Wing of Unity of Springfield during the week.

Alice was born in Mexico and raised in West Texas, and she is fluent in both English and Spanish. Alice has been married to her husband, John, since 1981. In her free time she enjoys simple pleasures, and loves to pamper herself.

 

Uniteens (6th - 8th grades)

Youth of Unity (YOU are high-school students)

Next Generation Unity (NGU - Ages 18-35)

Macy Stevens is the Teen Director and oversees the Uniteens, the Youth of Unity (YOU), and the Next Generation of Unity (NGU). Macy grew up in the Youth of Unity program, achieving national recognition for her leadership qualities.

Here is Macy's update to the congregation as it appears in the current issue of our bi-monthly newsletter, WINGS, which can be found in its entirety on the bottom right side of the Home page, .

"The YOU and Uniteens are continuing their lessons in the “12 Powers of Man” with each month focusing on a different power. The theme for September is Elimination, and in October we will focus on Order. These themes give the YOU’ers the opportunity to create lessons and express their truth regarding the power of the month. The Uniteens have the opportunity to create spiritual toolboxes. These toolboxes are built over the year as they explore the Twelve Powers and at the end of the year, their box will be full of tools that they can use in their spiritual lives.

     In September, the YOU’ers will be attending Fall Rally in Estes Park, Colorado. This rally is being led and facilitated by Sophia Spangler, along with three other Regional Officers from around the US. We are so excited to see her in action at her first rally as a Regional Officer, and can’t wait to be blessed by her ever-present and ever-growing wisdom. The YOU’ers will also begin creating Mala beads to raise funds for the upcoming rallies. Our goal and vision is to make it possible for all YOU’ers to attend rallies at no cost. 

     As always, we are so grateful for you and everything you do for the future of this church community and for the future of our world!"

If you have a question about the Uniteens, YOU or NGU programs, you can contact Macy directly at:  teendir@unityofspringfield.org

 

Music Department

Joe Hutcheson was born and raised in southern Missouri and attended Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University) in Springfield.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he received his Master of Music in piano performance at Southern Methodist University.  

Joe has worked as a musician from the age of 10, starting at his local Methodist church.  He has performed with the Springfield Youth Symphony and Southwest Missouri State University Orchestra as a featured soloist.  He was also a member of The Chamber Singers, an acapella group, at Southwest Missouri State University.  Joe moved back to Springfield from Dallas in 1983, quickly discovered Christ Church Unity, and joined as a member. 

Joe performed at Unity Spiritual Center in Springfield from 1994 to 1996.  In 1998, he was hired to fill the shoes of beloved musician Harry Beckett at Christ Church Unity, now Unity of Springfield, and has been the Sunday Music Director since then.  Joe is delighted to be a part of the music ministry at Unity of Springfield.

John Merrifield is the Sound Coordinator for Sunday services, and assists with music and sound for Special Services, such as our Annual Candlelight Service and Handwashing Service. John also provides the sound at weddings perfromerd at UOS..

 

 

Custodian

Richard Sigler is the church custodian, and experienced with many types of repairs. Richard recently retired from his own business as a specialist in floor installation, in order to pursue his love of fixing up vintage cars. When he's not cleaning or fixing things around the church, Richard enjoys playing the guitar in the Unity Band, and does so willingly whenever needed!

 

Volunteer Coordinator

     “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”  ~ Edward Everett Hale

     I was looking this morning for quotes about volunteerism and there are so many! Being a volunteer can mean spending a lot of time or just a little. I want you to know that I appreciate whatever you do. Even if it’s a task that takes 10 minutes; I’m so grateful for you!

     “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo Buscaglia


     Come see me at Church. We have some great opportunities for our volunteers and for those thinking about volunteering. Unity of Springfield is a place for people to grow, learn and discover a brighter future, and you are a big part of that!   Thank you friends! If no one else has told you yet today, I love you and I bless you! 

Blessings in service,

Michele VanHoose,
Volunteer Coordinator

“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself,  it has been a successful day!" “ —Alex Noble 

If you have a gift or talent you would like to share with our church, please contact Michele at volunteer@unityofspringfield.org .