The Pledge Team reports that “Tending our Flame,” this year’s Pledge Drive, has reached $163,250 in pledges, which is only 53% of next year’s budget goal of $308,000. Our congregation’s goal is 9% over last year’s due to inflation and cost of living increases for staff, but reflects what we need to maintain our annual budget at current levels – with no “extras.”
We extend a hearty “thank you” to those members and friends who have already pledged, however we are falling short of the number of pledges needed to fund our annual budget. Last year we had 125 total pledges; this year so far we have received 73.
Your pledge contributes to the success of our congregation’s ability to maintain our worship and music experiences, pastoral care, children’s and adult religious education, and the impact of our community outreach. All members and friends are asked to increase current pledges by 9%. The amount you pledge, of course, depends on your household’s financial situation. Large or small, every pledge helps our community.
We are asking all members and friends who have not yet pledged to please do so as soon as possible through the website by clicking on the button below.
What is the Pledge Drive?
UUCS’s annual operating budget is primarily funded by the Annual Pledge Drive. When all UUCS members and friends make a commitment to the church during the Pledge Drive, we can maintain our worship and music experiences, deepen pastoral care, enhance children and adult religious education programming, and increase the impact of our community outreach.
Who does UUCS ask to pledge or donate?
UUCS asks all members to pledge. Members cannot vote at congregational meetings without pledging. Friends who attend services or programs are encouraged to join us in financial support of our community. We are a community of about two hundred families, so each gift is important. Our few other sources of income, such as share-the-plate, building rentals and fundraising events, are still recovering from the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore donations from our members and friends are truly needed.
How much should I pledge?
We are asking all our members and friends to increase current pledges by 9%. For example, a $100 monthly pledge would increase to $109 per month. Of course, the amount you pledge depends on your household’s financial situation. Large or small, every pledge helps our community.
When do I fulfill my pledge?
Pledges made in February or March 2023 should be paid during the next church year: July 1 through June 30, 2024.
How do I pay a pledge?
Most members and friends contribute once or twice each month. Many authorize UUCS to automatically receive regular payments through their bank’s “bill pay” feature. Others place their checks in the plate on Sunday or mail them to UUCS. A monthly donation can be set up at no cost through PayPal Giving. Some make payments when they can. Some contribute a lump sum to cover the entire year.
What if my financial circumstances change during the year and I can’t keep up with my pledge?
Should a change occur in your financial status, and you are unable to meet your pledge, it is possible to adjust your pledge during the fiscal year by sending in a revised pledge form through the web site, or by contacting the office.