Nurturing the Church We Have Built     

2014-2015
Financial Stewardship Appeal

Nurturing Community

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. 

Financial Stewardship

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.    

Generosity is alive and well in our new Church.      

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.

Here’s why the fund was created.

A review of the record of individuals who made 2013 – 2014 financial contributions—of pledges, gifts and offerings, yields an inspiring picture. 209 people supported our budget to keep the lights on, and pay our staff and mortgage. Those 209 gave as they were able to create a communal financial commitment.  

  Range of total  
  pledges, gifts and
  offerings / person

 

# of Individuals

Total / category

   $20,000 & above

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4

   $15,000 - $19,999

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5

   $10,000 - $14,999

       #

1

   $  5,000 - $  9,999

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15

   $  2,500 - $  4,999

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20

   $  2,000 - $  2,499

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10

   $  1,500 - $  1,999

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23

   $  1,000 - $  1,499

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18

   $     500 - $     999

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37

   $     250 - $     499

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27

   $     150 - $     249

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12

   $     100 - $     149

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9

               0 - $       99

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28

 

 

Total:  209

Some gave more than they could easily afford, and for that we are grateful. Their contributions were necessary to establish our foothold in our new building. That foothold has made possible a more expansive and inclusive community. The strength of our burgeoning community will be secured through additional funding for our music program, Service-in-Action, a full time RE director, and an Assistant Minister.

To pay for those additions and accommodate the expansion and stability we all want, this year we need our 209 contributors to repeat their pledges, gifts and offerings. AND, we need the rest of our our current 275 Church members to pledge. Simply put, we need more

More can be more pledgers—folks who haven’t yet made a financial commitment to our—to their—community.   If we added even 20 new pledges at $75 per month, we would see an increase of  $18,000 for 2014-2015.

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More can also be more money pledged by the stalwart 209.  If each of the 209 were to raise their pledge by 10%, that could make a huge difference.  $100 would add $10 to become $110 and $2500 would increase by $250 to $2750.  If everyone of the 209 increased by only $10, we could add $2,090. If everyone added $250, we would see an increase of a whopping $52,250.

Several deeply committed financial supporters of the Church recognized the logic in this approach.  They put their full support behind the $70,000 Matching Fund.  Their dedication makes it possible to match every new pledge and every pledge increase dollar-for-dollar.  A $100/month new pledge becomes $200/month or $2400 instead of $1200.  An increase of $125 per month to last year’s pledge becomes an increase of $250.  That’s an additional  $3000 rather than $1500.

We know that when we all pulled together we accomplished our dream of a new church building.  Pulling together to fund the life within those walls and out in our larger community is our current challenge. Thank you for your contribution to all our efforts.

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. Guidelines for Fair Share Giving (see below) are available to help you decide how much is right for you to pledge.

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 (below) can be returned to the Church office either by US mail or in person during business hours. 

Financial Stewardship Chair:   Lesley Rex  541-636-3093   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.