Honor the Past • Serve the Present • Provide for the Future
September is our Annual Commitment Time, and I’m very pleased to unveil our stewardship logo!
We chose a tree to represent that we are rooted in the past, living in the now, and reaching into the future–throughout the year.
We truly seek to honor the past–our founders as well as members of beloved community who are no longer with us; we seek to serve the present by doing all we can to nurture the spirit, cherish diversity, cultivate justice, and radiate love; and we seek to move beyond the “right now” to preparing and providing for the future and for our future UUs and children whose backpacks we blessed just a week ago.
This year, we are moving forward with intention and with surety that we will have not just what we need for 2019 but more than what we need. We’ll finish 2018 with a surplus, and we’ll move this ship forward with strong sails through the seasons ahead.
As I often say: Together, we shape our reality. May it be one of plenitude, positivity, and joy.
Please take a moment to look at the information below as you consider what you’ll pledge to our Beloved Community for 2019.
Peace, Light, and Love,
~Rev. Mary Frances
A Giving Guide
The UUA offers us a tool to help guide our giving, and we’d like to share this tool with you. The chart you see here offers goals for giving and shows percentages of income– across a wide continuum. Not everyone can give 5% or 3% of their income, but many of us can give that much or more.
Please take a moment to look at this chart and consider what’s right for you or what you’d like to live into as a goal.
After a time of discernment, you can make your pledge. We’re asking our leaders, teams, and our Board of Trustees to pledge this first week of September. We’re asking everyone else to pledge by the third week.
You can make your pledge in a number of ways (via a pledge packet you’ll receive at church, online at our website, or by contacting Deb Davelka or Rev. Mary Frances Comer). Pledges are confidential and will not be shared with anyone other than our minister and our administrator.
While pledges are expected of members, we know that times of hardship sometimes affect one’s ability to offer as much as we’d like. In rare cases, an individual or family may need a waiver. This lets us know that you want to remain a member but are unable to give at this time. If this is where you are, please don’t hesitate to let us know. That information will also be kept confidential.
If you have any questions about pledging or stewardship, contact Rev. Mary Frances or Resa Treadaway.
In love and service,
Your Stewardship Team