2019 STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE DRIVE
“United in Faith and Love; Celebrating 150 Years”
The history of our United Church of Christ, Congregational (formerly First Congregational Church) here in Vermillion is full of the stories of members and friends whose faith, commitment and vision has carried forward an amazing community rich with meaning and purpose. As we reflect on this first 150 years of the UCC, let us remember to be thankful for those that have helped us reach this milestone. Let us also look toward the next 150 years with the same kind of faith, commitment and vision!! Let us continue to support all of our programs like LAF, choir, pastoral care, emergency funds, confirmation, interns, vacation bible school and so many others so that we are able to continue to share all of the wonderful blessings this church has to offer. It is OUR time to join together to help in our 2019 Stewardship Pledge Drive and celebrate together our 150-year anniversary.
After careful assessment of our church building this spring, our trustees have created an aggressive budget for 2020. Beyond cost of living salary increases for our staff, administrative support and program growth, the trustees are recommending a substantial increase in our miscellaneous building repair line (51620) to allow us to care for our lovely home by making timely and constant repairs to our aging building.
As we embark on the 2019 Stewardship campaign, we first want to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” to everyone who contributed to the outstanding campaign last year which raised $239,617 from 150 pledges. For 2020, we are asking for $277,640, a 16% increase from last year’s stewardship tally. Please click to view the 2020 proposed budget.
Please submit your pledge by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; by returning the pledge card to the church office; or call us at (605) 624.3120 by October 31, 2019. Automatic withdrawal and PayPal are also available to make giving more convenient.
We stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. Now it is our turn to do our part. Thank you for considering.
With much gratitude,
Kathy Chandler Anna Christensen Anthony Edelen
Stewardship Coordinator Chair of Trustees Board Moderator