Rev. Patricia Raube
In the Presbyterian Church (USA), pastors "are responsible for studying, teaching, and preaching the Word, for celebrating Baptism and the Lord’s Supper,
and for praying with and for the congregation." Working together with the ruling elders (the Session), "they are to encourage people in the worship and service of God; to equip and enable them for their tasks within the church and their mission in the world; to exercise pastoral care..., and to participate in governing responsibilities..." Together with the deacons they "share in the ministries of compassion, witness,
Rev. Patricia Raube has served as UPC's pastor since September 2007.
The Administrative Assistant provides secretarial and administrative services to the pastor and members of the church. They are the public face of UPC to the congregation and the community on the phone and at the door during weekly business hours. Regular office duties involve maintenance of the church calendar and scheduling building use for outside organizations, answering phone, mail, and electronic correspondence, preparing the weekly worship bulletin (including announcements, flower listings, hospitalizations, and letters to the congregation), maintaining the church membership roster in coordination with the Clerk of Session, and provide clerical support for the various church committees.
Shannon Quaranta has served as UPC's Administrative Assistant since September 2013. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM to noon.
The Music Director coordinates the complete music program of the church, and leads the Chancel Choir in rehearsal and in worship. This person is responsible for seeking new ways to grow the music program in its entirety, including the involvement of the youth and children of the church. They seek out and hire special musicians in collaboration with the Worship & Music Committee.
This is the principal musician at UPC on a weekly basis. In conjunction with the Music Director, the organist plans, prepares, and plays music appropriate to the context of the weekly worship service, using the pipe organ, grand piano, or electric piano. This includes accompanying the choir and/or soloists, preludes, introits, anthems, offertories, hymns, and postludes. In addition to the regularly scheduled worship services on Sunday mornings, the organist is also responsible for music/accompaniment on special music programs and their rehearsals, such as seasonal worship (Lent/Advent), and cantata performances. On occasion, the organist will be called upon to play for a wedding ceremony or memorial service taking place at UPC.
The Sexton provides essential maintenance for the church building and property. This involves exterior landscaping (lawn, snow removal, flowerbed care), custodial work inside the building, and minor repairs in coordination with the Buildings & Grounds Committee. The Sexton also arranges the Sanctuary in preparation for special events.
The maintenance staff officer is responsible for overseeing and providing general repairs of the church that do not require specialized contracted services. These include minor plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, and painting. This is done as part of the work of the church's Buildings & Grounds Committee.