Minister’s Letter

Minister's Letter

August 2019

Dear Members, Visitors, and Friends:

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting our website. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know.

Thanks to your goodness and generosity, we finished 2018 on a very strong note. We met a long-time goal of having excess funds ($60,000) to set aside in a reserve or “rainy day” fund. As we enter the final quarter of 2019, we want to finish the year on an equally positive note.  Our theme for the 2020 Generosity Campaign and Membership Confirmation is Raise the Sails in 2020! We’ve often referred to ourselves metaphorically as a boat, and what better way to get where you need to go on a boat than to raise the sails?

How do we fund our ministry?

Our annual yard sales and auction provide some funds (and are tremendous fun!), and facility rentals provide some income as well. However, our yearly budget is funded by far by your pledges and donations.

Your generous financial support sustains every aspect of this ministry. If you are new to pledging and would like a frame of reference, the giving guide on our website may be a helpful starting point.

If you are already pledging, consider an increase for 2020 so that we continue to serve as a beacon to the surrounding communities as we nurture the spirit through quality music programs, enriching Sunday services, preaching, teaching, workshops, caring, and social action. Remember, we also share our offering plate with community organizations that share our values through social action.

Raising the Sails in 2020!

We’ve raised our budget for 2020 to enhance programming and provide for our staff and facilities as good stewards; thus, we’re asking that you thoughtfully consider raising your pledge amount this year. An increase is not a possibility for some, and we understand that. While financial hardship or lack of income prohibit some people from being able to pledge, this is never a hurdle to membership. We welcome you wholeheartedly and recognize that stewardship comes in many forms– the giving of time, sharing of talent, service, and your physical presence.

For those of you with more than enough, if you appreciate what’s happening in this beloved community, please take a moment to consider increasing your annual gift or making a special one-time gift to shore up our finances.

Envision a bright future and a joyous journey…

As we look to our shared journey in 2020, I’m honored to minister with you here at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church. I look forward to the amazing things we’ll accomplish together in the years ahead.

It takes a village, or in our case a crew. Are you on board?

Let’s raise the sails as we continue to nurture spirits, cherish diversity, cultivate justice, and, of course, radiate love! If you have questions about any aspect of our ministry, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

In peace and with much gratitude,

Rev. Mary Frances Comer
Lead Minister