Dear Members and Friends,
The theme for our stewardship pledge campaign is “We Would Be One”. This is the title of one of our favorite hymns, which is sung in UU Churches throughout the nation and around the world. The hymn opens with the following phrases: “We would be one as now we join in singing, our hymn of love, to pledge ourselves anew.” It is a fitting reminder that one of the great changes coming to our congregation this year will be a renewed music program with a permanent Music Director and new artists or accompanist, with the help of your generous pledges.
The Board of Trustees, in consultation with the committees of the church, has drafted a new budget that calls for an increase of 6.5% in our annual operating expenses to fund several exciting changes.
1) Permanent Music Director. We have been blessed with Jera Cox's capable musicianship and leadership on an interim basis. The growth of her role now calls us to appoint her as permanent Music Director. Coincident with this, we will engage the service of additional musicians or an accompanist for the congregation and choirs.
2) Improve Administrative Staffing. Another change will be reorganization of the administrative staff. This is an evolving process, with the Board continuing to explore the best ways to organize responsibilities for routine financial matters and the operation of the building and facilities.
3) Increase Community Outreach. We continue to play a larger role in our community with efforts of Social Justice, IHN, and others. Our values and vision are gifts that we share through these outreach efforts.
Our Stewardship Goal in the annual pledge campaign is $376,000. This is $1,250 for each member of the congregation; or, approximately $2,200 for each pledging unit (family or other). If each member and family increases their pledge by at least 6.5% we will meet this goal and assure our financial health in the new year.
This year we are instituting an enhanced online system for pledge registration and fulfillment. If you choose, you can use the secure giving option to pay your pledge through any of the conventional means (electronic check, credit or debit card, etc.). This system transfers contributions directly to the church immediately, and maintains the data necessary for tax reporting and tracking your progress toward fulfilling your pledge.
As in the past, you can also fulfill your pledge by giving in the offering plate at Sunday services, or send your contributions directly to the church.
Stewardship Campaign Committee