Nurturing the Church We Have Built
Financial Stewardship Appeal
We enter our new Church building and feel an immediate sense of pride and accomplishment. We are home, in a building we shaped with our own toil and treasure. We gave of ourselves so that we could accommodate a more expansive and inclusive community. And that is what has happened. People are coming. Our programs are growing. We are loving, transforming and serving.
It is time to give our financial commitment to our community
... to its programs, services, and physical space. Our giving allows us a spiritual home in which we celebrate our togetherness in loving and transformative ways. Our giving provides an environment in which we can build relationships, renew our vision and translate it into action. Our giving makes possible clean, safe and functional spaces in which we educate our children, soar in worship, revive our spiritual energies, and celebrate in song.
The extraordinary generosity of so many brought our new Church into existence. All of us are the stewards of its health. We commit to its nurturance, growth and promotion by sharing our aptitudes, abilities and funds. We share our time and money. We share what we can in light of what is needed. Financial sharing is a gift of faith in what we are supporting, a commitment to uphold what we are creating, and a reward for our generosity. Each of us can take pleasure in contributing to the active life of the Church as it sustains us and reaches out to others.
Empowered by love, we transform ourselves and serve our world.
Fair Share Giving
The UUA Fair Share Giving Guidelines provide a wider window into financial stewardship. They show us how we each can give as we are able, so that together our combined fair share stewardship pledges would continue UUCE financial health. If these guidelines were followed, our members should be able to support our Church’s mission and development. Onetime gifts to UUCE would not only help meet our mortgage obligation, but also provide possibilities for growth.
Make Your Financial Commitment Count Even More
We now have a $70,000 “Matching Fund” for 2014 – 2015. Every new pledge or extra amount pledged over last year’s commitment by March 31st will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Learn the details at (_TBA_)
Last year we held Cottage Meetings as another way to gather and strengthen our connections. In the comfort of members’ homes we met in small groups with our interim minister, Reverend Don Rollins, to explain and explore our values. We shared what was meaningful to us in belonging to UUCE and our hopes for our Church.
This year our Cottage Meetings will provide an opportunity to meet and talk with our new minister, Reverend Sydney Morris. Once again we will consider how our Church is a reflection of who we are as a community of individuals working together in good fellowship in support of our common mission. Opportunities to sign up for a Cottage Meeting will be provided at Church after Sunday services or by contacting the Financial Stewardship Chair.
Make and Renew Pledges
Pledging is our traditional means for expressing our financial commitment to our Church. Each year at this time the Church gathers our individual pledges.
The money that is pledged, in combination with other sources of revenue, informs the Church budget for the following year. Each of us fills out the pledge form to indicate the amount we are pledging and the manner in which we will give it.
If you have not received a pledge and an authorization form, one is available for download below, if you wish to use it, or by contacting Financial Stewardship Chair. The forms can be returned to the Church office either by US mail or in person during business hours.