Spring Greetings from the UCM office!
We have a few updates to share about paying your pledge, Breeze, the Directory, and how to reach us.
The 2022-2023 Stewardship Drive, “Emerging with Hope,” kicks off on Sunday, March 27th. This is when you make a financial commitment to UCM for the time period of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. If you want to start paying your pledge early (before July 1st), we welcome your gift and ask that you clearly indicate which fiscal year it is intended for.
There are several different ways to pay your pledge. The most efficient and least costly method for UCM is “ACH” (Automatic Clearing House) or “e-check.” This is where you authorize a regular (weekly, monthly, quarterly) deduction of a set amount from your bank account, and the money is automatically transferred by the bank to UCM. You don’t have to think about it again until the next year, and we have far fewer steps to process and record your donation.
Another option for paying your pledge is using a credit or debit card with the same opportunity to schedule payments, but please know that this costs UCM more than ACH or e-check. In either case, when setting up your contributions, you may opt to pay the transaction fees (1% to 3%) along with your pledge payment. These fees may seem small, but they add up! Give us a call to learn more about setting up either of these methods of fulfilling your pledge.
You may also choose to pay your pledge by scheduling a payment to be sent from your bank, and UCM receives a check in the mail. Or there’s the good, old- fashioned checkbook or cash contributions.
We hope that this year, you’ll consider trying ACH as a way of increasing efficiency and decreasing processing time for us in the office.
UCM uses Breeze CHMS, a database designed especially for churches, for our names and addresses, pledge tracking, financial contributions, event RSVPs, and more. A handy feature is the ONLINE Directory of Members and Friends. If you don’t yet have a Breeze account, or need help resetting your password, please contact Emily to get started. For those without computer access or who prefer paper, we will soon be publishing a PRINTED Directory of Members & Friends. Please let Emily know ASAP if any of your contact information has changed in the last two years so she can make those updates before printing. Contact Emily to request a printed Directory.
HOW TO REACH US
Sam currently works primarily from home, Monday through Friday. Emily’s position is part-time (14 hours/week) and she’s usually in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any Administration-related questions! You can reach Emily G. Seifert, Office Assistant, at 802-223-7861 x3 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can reach Sam Rossier, Church Administrator, at 802-223-7861 x4 or email@example.com.
Please don’t be put off by the voicemail system at the church. We receive notification of messages as soon as they are left, and we will return your call at our earliest convenience.