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Stewardship at UCM is a shared responsibility to support the UCM Mission. It is accomplished in many ways: volunteering time; sharing skills and providing financial support.
We hope you will continue to support UCM with your time, skills and give whatever you can within your means to the 2023/24 Pledge Drive.
Over the years our members have stated that providing for our incredible staff (fair and equitable salaries and health insurance benefits) is our number one priority. This year we are aspiring to reach the new UUA Congregational Salary Program which addresses issues of practicality, equity, and integrity. However, we also need to balance these aspirations with financial reality.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic our income from pledge drives, fundraising and building rentals was severely impacted. This coming year we need to replace the other sources of income we used to balance our budget so we can continue to support our staff. The pledge goal is 12% higher than last year, and we will also need to increase our fundraising efforts and building rentals in the upcoming year.
We know the 2023/24 Pledge Drive goal of $378,000 is ambitious. We know there is a wide range of financial capacity within our community – not everyone can raise their pledge by 12% nor do we expect that. We also know that many in our community give to UCM with their time and skills which we will need even more.
By now you should have received pledge materials in the mail. If you haven’t, please stop by the Stewardship table in the vestry during coffee hour or contact the church office. Inside your pledge materials, you will find letters from Rev. Joan and from this year’s Stewardship Team; the Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide for help with determining your pledge; a notecard with information and an invitation to share your hopes with this community; and your pledge remittance envelope.
We hope you will continue to support UCM with your time, skills and give whatever you can within your means to the 2023/24 Pledge Drive. Thank you for all you do for UCM!
Please pledge by March 12, 2023
Rev Joan 2023/24 Stewardship Letter