Website Help

Current Known Issues:

Other Common Questions - and Answers - About this Website:

Current Known Issues

My browser says I'm logged in, but the website still won't let me access content in the For Members area...or the browser says I am not logged in, but I have found that I can ignore the warning and still access content in the For Members area.

If your browser and/or the website seem to be confused about whether or not you are logged in, please try clearing your browser cache and/or cookies (for more information on how to do that, see, and then log into the site again with your user name and password.  This should solve the problem. Also, to prevent it from happening again, you can also try logging out of the site when you leave (rather than just moving to another site or tab).  This may help prevent the browser/site log-in confusion when you return for your next visit.

I don't see the audio player under sermon listings where audio should be available for listening.  

Our current audio player uses a tool called Flash, which has been deprecated (less supported) in recent versions of Chrome (and possibly other browsers).  If you don't see the audio player graphic under a sermon for which there should be audio available, or if - when trying to play sermon audio - you're getting a message that you need to either install Flash or update your Flash player...please note that you probably do not need to do either, especially if you've been able to listen to the sermons on our website in the recent past.  Instead:

1. Look at the URL address bar near the top of your browser.  Find the little icon at the left-hand end of the bar (it should be either a circled "i" (which says "Website Information" when you mouse over it), or a little padlock with the word "Secure" next to it). Click the icon.
2. At the bottom of the small pop-up window that opens, click "Site Settings."
3. In the Settings page that opens, scroll down to "Flash," and at the right-hand side of the page, click the little down-pointing arrow to open the drop-down menu.  It is likely set to "Ask" by default.  Change the setting to "Allow."  
4. Return to the church site, re-load the page, and the Flash player for the sermon audio should now be showing...and should remain available whenever you return to the site using Chrome on that particular computer.
I am a former church member and can no longer access the For Members area of the website.  How can I keep reading the PDF newsletter?
There's good news and bad news here.  The very, very good news is that we no longer distribute paper versions or electronic PDF files of a monthly newsletter.  Instead, you can now find all our news, published as it comes in, on our separate newsletter website, at - and you don't have to be a church member to access it.
The less good news is that if you are looking for our old newsletter PDF files, but you are no longer a UUSM church member, we may have downgraded your website account (if you still have one), from "member" to "friend" status, so you will no longer be able to access those old newsletters PDFs on the website.  

Other Common Questions - and Answers - About this Website

How do I create a website account?

To create a website account, click "Log In" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.  When the white pop-up box appears, click "Create an Account" and follow the directions from there.

How do I get "church member" status for my account?

All new accounts are verified by the webmaster and checked against the most recent church member directory.  If your name appears in the current member directory, you will be automatically upgraded to "church member" status. To make it easier for us to verify your member status, please use your name somewhere in your profie when you create your website account (it's much easier to verify "John Smith" as a member than "js2161.")  If you have joined the church since the last directory was published, please e-mail and let us know that you do qualify for a member-level account.  We'll verify this with the church office and upgrade your status.

How does a "church member" account differ from a regular account?

People with "church member" accounts can view items in the "For Members" area.  This includes the weekly announcements, board documents, old newsletter PDF files, classified ads and more.

I tried to register, but keep getting a message that my password isn't strong enough...but I don't want to create a more complex password, because it's too hard to remember.

The password warning is advisory only.  You can ignore the warning and use a simpler password if you choose to.

I didn't get a confirmation of my registration - how do I know my account is active?

We do not send out confirmations, but most accounts are active as soon as they are created.  To test your activation, just try logging in to the site.  Church member level upgrades may take a few hours, since they are done manually by the webmaster.
How do I know if my "member" status has been approved?
If you log in and can see the menu items under the "For Members" heading, your status has been approved.
I forgot my password.  
To reset your password, click the "Log In" link in the upper right-hand corner of the front page.  When the white pop-up box appears, click "Request New Password" and follow the instructions.  If that doesn't work, or you're still having problems for any reason, please contact the webmaster at and she can help you re-set it.
I'm not currently a member, but was a member (or employee) for many years...and now it looks like I'm locked out of the Members area of the website.  Can I still access the "members-only" files, such as the newsletter archive?
When members (and employees) leave the church, their website accounts are re-set to "Friend" level.  This means you will no longer have access to the Members area of the website.  
Why does my profile say "Member for xxx" length of time when I've actually been a church member for MUCH longer than that?
The "member for xxx" months or years is a record of how long you've had an account on this website.  It doesn't have anything to do with your tenure as a church member.  (We're not fond of the confusing language, either, but it seems to be the default of our Drupal platform here, and it doesn't look like there's a way to change it.)

I have a website user name and password, but I still can't log in.

Please note that both user names and passwords are case sensitive.  So if your user name is "John Smith," you must type it exactly like that. "JohnSmith" won't work, and neither will "johh smith," "johnsmith" or any other variant.  The same is true for passwords.  If you have tried every password variant you can think of and are still having problems, please follow the prompts in the log-in box to set a new password, or e-mail, and she can re-set the password for you.

Why can't I log into the donation site with my website account information?

Donations are processed by an outside company, Vanco, which requires its own set of user IDs and passwords.  When you click on our "Make a Donation" link, you will be taken to the outside site, where you will be asked to create a new ID and password exclusively for the Vanco donation site.

OK, I've read all this and you still haven't answered my question.  Now what?

Please e-mail and we'll try to help.  We may even post the answer here after helping you, so others can benefit from your experience.