2018 STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE DRIVE: “From the Past will come the Future”
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie
Gratitude is at the heart of the stewardship journey. Gratitude prompts us to remember who we are, to rediscover how we are connected to each other and to God, and to risk building a future where all are welcome in grace and peace! Rooted in this gratitude, it is time to consider all of the important work we do together as a Family of Faith and how we might contribute to this on-going growth. This year’s theme: “From the Past will come the Future” reminds us of the tremendous gift that has been left to us and challenges us to pay it forward for the next generation. By pooling our financial resources, we can boldly continue to support ministries and programs that we love and appreciate like LAF, choir, confirmation, interns, pastoral care, emergency funds, and the list goes on and on.
As we embark on the 2018 Stewardship campaign, the UCC extends a heartfelt “Thank You!” to everyone who contributed to the outstanding campaign last year which raised $239,324 from 149 pledges. In addition, the “Time to Build Campaign” this summer raised an additional $92,730 which is committed to important renovation projects.
This year, we are striving for $247,405 a 3% increase from last year’s stewardship tally. Our trustees have created the 2019 Proposed Budget. This allows for cost of living salary increases for our staff, administrative support and program growth which is the core of our church family traditions and future.
Please submit your pledge by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; via the 2018 pledge card; returning it to the church office. May we walk as grateful recipients of God’s many blessings, as we are called to express our gratitude by prayerfully and faithfully giving back to build God’s love right here at UCC, Vermillion.
With much gratitude,
Jill Christopherson, Stewardship Coordinator
Jacob Kerby, Chair of Trustees Board
Ross Dickenson, Moderator