Yes! I'd like to help support the work of this dynamic community in 2018-19. Here is my pledge of financial commitment.
Letter from the Stewardship Committee
March 17, 2018
Our Stewardship Theme On Our Journey….Together draws us forward, following our 125th Anniversary, two years’ interim ministry, ministry search and discovery. We are embarking on a new phase of our Congregation’s journey with our new minister, Rev. Meghann Robern, Lifespan Faith Development programming, new ideas in caring for one another and new connections in the wider community.
As Members and Friends of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, we share a proud heritage of religious freedom and work for social justice. We believe in sharing our journey - that a meaningful life is found through connecting and contributing to something beyond ourselves. We believe that the world needs communities like ours who model a shared commitment to the common good.
How Much Can I Give?
The proposed budget reflects our dynamic church potential and requires a substantial increase in pledge donations. It also forces us all to think carefully about our church, our values and our money. You may be asking “can I give more money to the church?” It is important for each of us to examine where we are spending our money, and ask ourselves if we spending in a way that is consistent with our values.
Stewardship Frequently Asked Questions
What is a pledge?
A pledge is the total or monthly donations that you intend to make for the operation of the church over the fiscal year. We recruit pledges during the Stewardship campaign so that the church can plan how much money is available to cover the operating expenses of the next year. Pledges are recruited on an annual basis during our Stewardship Campaign, which begins in March for the next fiscal year (August 1 – July 31).
How are we going to spend our money?
On the revenue side there are a few increases to look at:
- Pledges have to increase by $30,000 to balance the budget.
- Open plate donations have increased in recent years and this increase reflects that trend. Half this money is donated to other charities and that is reflected in the increase in Share the Plate expense (see expenses item #14).
- Miscellaneous donations have increased significantly over the years. A $5000 increase is reasonable.
- Building rental income has increased mostly due to rentals from Integrity Funeral Planning. It is anticipated that these rentals will continue into the future.