Minister’s Letter

Minister's Letter

March 2020

Dear Members, Visitors, and Friends:

Welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Because of your goodness and generosity, we finished 2019 with a surplus. In 2018, we met a long-time goal of having excess funds ($60,000) to set aside in a reserve or “rainy day” fund. We expect 2020 to be a third year of both expected and unexpected blessings in terms of generosity and stewardship even in the face of a pandemic.

Our theme for the 2020 Generosity Campaign and Membership Confirmation is Raise the Sails in 2020! We’ve often referred to our ministry metaphorically as a boat, and what better way to get where we need to go than on a boat with sails raised for the journey ahead?

How do we fund our ministry?

Our yearly budget is funded by far through your generosity in the form of annual pledges and donations. Annual yard sales and our very popular auction provide some funds (along with a great deal of fun and fellowship!), and facility rentals provide some income as well. While these plans and norms have been affected by the impact of Covid-19, we are moving forward with a FaceBook Marketplace and an online auction in the fall as creative alternatives to our normal fundraising opportunities.

Please know that 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 may be a helpful starting point.

If you are already pledging, thank you so much for your commitment! Because of you, we continue to serve as a beacon to the surrounding communities as we live into our mission of Nurturing the Spirit, Cherishing Diversity, Cultivating Justice, and Radiating Love. 

Want to visit? 

Please come experience our enriching Sunday services, preaching, teaching, caring, workshops, meditation groups, Ethical Explorations, Chalice Circles, social action, and our amazing music ministry led by Director of Music, Kaarin Record-Leach.

Please note: Since we don’t know when we’ll be able to meet safely in person, all church related events are meeting via Zoom until further notice.

Practicing What We Preach

Each month, we expand PUUC’s ministry beyond our walls as we share the offering plate (this means non-designated funds, not pledges) with community organizations whose like-minded values and social action make a difference in the world.

Raising the Sails in 2020!

Our budget helps us enhance programming as well as provide for our staff and facilities; thus, we ask that you thoughtfully or prayerfully consider a generous pledge amount. Financial hardship or lack of income prohibit some people from being able to pledge, and this is not 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 who have 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 this year, I’m honored to minister with you here at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church and 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, contact us at info@puuc.org.

Stay tuned for details of our 2021 Generosity Campaign: Finding Our True North!

Peace, Love and Light,

~Rev. Mary Frances