Minister’s Letter

Minister's Letter

January 2021

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.
Our Generosity Campaign Theme for 2021 is Finding Our True North. We’ve often referred to our ministry metaphorically as a boat. Last year, our theme was “Raise the Sails in 2020!,” and what better way to get where we need to go than on a boat with sails raised for the journey ahead AND with a compass to guide our way?
Below are a few questions to offer some general information about our budget.

How do we fund our ministry?
Our yearly budget is funded by far through your generosity in the form of annual pledges and donations. Prior the the year of pandemic, our annual yard sales and our very popular annual auction provided significant funds (along with a great deal of fun and fellowship!). Facility rentals also provided a significant funds as well. The SARS COVID-19 led to a shut down of our buildings but not of our ministry or fundraising endeavors. Due to the creative efforts of dedicated members, we moved forward with a new project during the pandemic– a Facebook Marketplace (search for Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Marketplace on Facebook to post or shop!) and a new sort of auction (fully online) in the fall. We are very grateful for these creative alternatives.
Thus, especially during a year without our “extra” sources of income, your generous financial support sustains every aspect of our 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 visit (online) to experience enriching Sunday services, preaching, teaching, caring, workshops, meditation groups, Ethical Explorations (Adult Lifespan Education), Chalice Circles (small group ministry), social action, and our amazing music ministry led by Director of Music, Kaarin Record-Leach.
Please note: For your safety, church buildings remain closed, and all church activities are currently offered virtually via Zoom platform 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 offering-plate funds, not pledges) with community organizations whose like-minded values and social action make a difference in the world.

Finding Our True North in 2021!
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, but 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 and Find Our True North together 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.
Thank you for taking time to visit our website, and thank you for your generosity!
If you are interested in becoming a member of PUUC, contact membership@puuc.org or maryfrances@puuc.org.

Deep peace to you, and blessed be,
~Rev. Mary Frances