A message from your Stewardship Committee and Revs. Suzelle and Denise
About a month ago we were thinking about just ending our Stewardship Pledge Drive campaign with a deficit and figuring out later how we would address it. We decided instead to be transparent and let you know where our pledge giving numbers were at the time.
You responded! Since we made the request for members to increase their pledges or give a one-time donation we have increased our expected contribution gifts by $29,253.00! Twenty-nine different UUCW families or individuals contributed. WOO HOO! This is so much better than the $42,270 gap we thought we were going to have! (The gap is now only $13,017.00.)
Our hearts are overflowing with thanks to YOU, the members, friends, volunteers, and staff (especially our excellent Vicki Banville and Kelly Bognar) who helped make Embracing Each Other-Embracing Our Future a success during a worldwide pandemic. What we can do together is powerful!
With that good news, we are going to call this campaign complete. We cannot thank you all enough for your giving. Every donation makes a significant difference in what we can do in and for our congregation!
What is not finished, though, is truly Embracing Each Other and working toward our fall re-opening! Please join us in community-building events over the summer, and in reinvigorating our Sunday volunteer teams! These events are a great way to feel the energy of UUCW in smaller settings as we learn how to be together again. Watch our e-News and social media for updates about Sunday Socials, “Tea with Rev. D.,” the fall Chili Cookoff Fundraiser, and other ways to be involved.
Rev. Denise Cawley says, “Money can be uncomfortable to talk about in many cultures. Money is energy – we exchange that energy for things we need and want. In church culture, I like to encourage folks to think about giving as a spiritual practice. When we give, we feel more generous. When we share our financial gifts with our community our money takes on a power and energy that we could not generate alone.”
Thank you for your generosity! Warmly – Leslie Peterson, Jean Baker, Lynn Kapitan, Vicki Banville, Rev. Denise and Rev. Suzelle