Stewardship lives in the deep generosity of spirit which inspires us to be present with and for each other in Sunday services, in Chalice Circles and interest groups and in the simple friendships we find as members of this congregation. Stewardship also lives in the combined talents members generously give to the work of myriad committees, to teaching Religion Education classes, ushering at services and so much more. It is in the work we do for our own congregation and in the work our members do as volunteers in order to further our mission – Nurture the Spirit, Engage the Mind and Inspire Action.
Stewardship continues here through generous financial contributions from members and friends. Those contributions shine in the solar panels on our roof, sing through the strings in our restored piano and proudly tell the world who we are and what we believe through our Share The Plate program. And they also do the quiet work of caring for our historic building, paying our wonderful staff and supporting the broader UU movement in the world.
- Put ministers in the pulpit
- Pays for full-time, and part-time quality staff members to run and support programs
- Pays for our children’s Religious Education programs
- Pays for our excellent youth programs
- Pays for our Adult Religious Education programs
- Pays for our MICAH membership
- Pays for the running and support of our ministry teams
- Pays for the running and support of program groups
- Maintains the building and campus
- Provides lay ministry and leadership development programming and training
- Provides quality worship
- Provides an outstanding music program
- Pays for childcare during worship and select community programs
Pledge: Year Round Giving
A pledge is a promise to donate money to the church within a 12-month period. Our gifts our considered “continuous,” that is, once a pledge is made, that gift will continue each year. However, everyone is given an opportunity to revisit the amount of their gift every 12 months. Although gifts can be paid in any time frame or increments, it is very helpful to think of your gift in terms of a monthly amount of financial support.
We Are Generous People
Our church is self-sustaining and all members contribute time, talent and treasure by attending services, volunteering, becoming engaged in the many ongoing activities this church offers, and giving regular financial contributions.
We strive to be a congregation of generous givers, and recognize the joy and satisfaction that comes with being able to share our resources, financial and otherwise, to build our blessed community. Our financial contributions are an investment we make in living our values and creating a home where those values are nurtured and thrive. Major areas of investments are children’s religious education, adult and youth religious education and programs, social justice and our worship and music programs.
While the amount of your pledge is a personal decision, it is hoped that members will either pledge 5% of their income or give serious consideration to a plan to reach the 5% level within three years. If your financial situation makes any contribution impossible, you may make a confidential waiver request for an annual waiver from Cheri Taylor, our Membership Development Coordinator.
Any pledge amount that is meaningful for you is appropriate. We view proportional giving as the greatest gift of all. Some of our most generous givers are wealthy, many more are not. To steward this sound base of programs, personnel, and facility, we must plan thoughtfully, budget carefully, and act wisely. For a responsible budget, we must forecast realistically the ongoing support of the Congregation. Please consider your fair share and commit (pledge) according to your ability. For help with any of our Giving options, please contact Cheri Taylor, Membership Development Coordinator, by phone at (414) 273-5257 x205 or by Email.
Our work in stewardship is made possible by the generous support of our members and pledging friends. Here are some ways you can live your values through stewardship: