We are fortunate at BUUF to have members and friends who are committed to creating a mutually supportive beloved community. Our Congregational Care Team (CCT) oversees and organizes these efforts. Members and friends in need can request assistance from the CCT team in person, by phone, or by filling out a request and leaving it in a confidential box in the church office. In addition, members and friends who are concerned about someone else can make a referral to the team.

The Congregational Care Team

  • Manages an on-site food pantry
  • Oversees the Pay It Forward Fund
  • Plans and conducts a once-a-year worship service
  • Responds to the joys and sorrows of our congregation
  • Coordinates transportation, home visits, and comfort food deliveries for members in need
  • Provides support for Memorial services
  • and much more.


Guided by compassion and generosity of spirit, provide support to BUUF members and friends in their times of stress, loss, hardship, or joy. Through our commitment to caring, create a more nurturing community.


To enhance the emotional and spiritual well being of our congregation we will:

  • Assure that members and friends know that they have caring people to turn to in their time of need
  • Provide and facilitate care for our members and friends
  • Develop new ways to care for and support our BUFF community
  • Improve upon our traditional ways of caring
  • Provide continuing education for CCT members so they are better equipped to support our BUUF community
  • Strengthen the connections among all in the BUUF community, honoring our differences, our diversity, and our commonalities


The following are the current members of the Congregational Care Team and their numbers (posted with permission)

  • Debbie Foster, Chair – 510.517.0453
  • Bryan Jennings – 208.362-7563
  • Patti Nakaoki – 208.409.0807
  • Eileen Geddings – 208.853.0822
  • Peggy Lynne – 208.761.0903

To share your heartfelt joys and/or sorrows during worship, or if you would like to share confidentially with our minister and/or congregational care team, please click here to access the short form.


The Rev. Elizabeth Greene Pay It Forward Fund (PIFF) was created in 2007 to address a need among our own BUUF community for short-term emergency financial assistance. PIFF is the recipient of plate offerings one month of every year and is able to support BUUF members and friends due to the generosity of those who donate. Over the years, funds have helped members and friends stay in their homes, pay for groceries, utilities, medical expenses, and other basic needs of living.