On March 1, our pledge drive started off with a bang—with 46 pledges for a total of $136,957 (nearly 40% of the way toward our goal!)—thanks to all those who participated in the early bird effort!
And despite our world being turned upside-down, we find ourselves at the “end” of our annual stewardship campaign but only 76% of the way toward our goal of $357,000, with 126 out of an expected 165 pledge units having made their commitment for 2020-21.
Given the events of the past month in our own lives and the life of our nation and world, we find ourselves in a glass half-full/half-empty situation. Look at how much has been pledged ($271,800) despite the economic turmoil and financial uncertainty we’ve experienced! And look at how much farther we want to go.
This is indeed an unprecedented and scary time in our lives. And it’s perhaps the most difficult time to hold a stewardship campaign and plan for our congregation’s future. In the next month, the Finance Committee and the Board will have to make some hard decisions about where and how we can trim our budget. Most of us will be facing a similar situation at some point in our own lives, and UUC is no different. We urge you to think of the value of this congregation, particularly in these difficult times — for yourself and for others.
To those of you who have pledged: Thank you! For those who haven't, we understand your reluctance. And we invite you to go ahead and make a pledge, even if it is a smaller commitment than you’ve made in years past. No amount is too small. (See below for ways to pledge.) If the economy and your personal financial situation improves in the year ahead, you can always increase your giving. And if things turn out even worse than you expect, you can let us know that, too.
All of our pledges, no matter their size, are a sign of our commitment and faith in this spiritual community and its ability to thrive, even in these most difficult times.
We are grateful for them all.
Andy Roberts, Stewardship Committee Chair
March 31, 2020
- February 16: Stewardship Gathering (at UUC in Room 3 after service)
- March 1: Campaign Kickoff
- April 12: Final day for Campaign events (one-on-one meetings and gatherings)
- May 17: Informational Meeting
- May 31: Congregational Meeting
How Do I Pledge?
At any time during the year, one can make a pledge online:
Alternatively, one can download a
pledge card, fill it out, and mail it to UUC, PO Box 10116, Blacksburg, VA 24062-0116. Please make out checks to “UUC”. Finally, one can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many congregants pay their pledges by putting checks in the offering basket on Sundays during the service. An alternative is to Make pledge payments online.
2020–2021 Stewardship Brochure
Anticipating possible questions and concerns members and friends might have about making a pledge to the UUC, the Stewardship Committee has put together the following information sheets:
For information about the UUC budget, go to the UUC Finances Web page.
From the Pulpit (sometimes Virtual) — plus a Thank You Video
||Shown on the left is our pledges-to-date on the Pledge Campaign Kickouff Day: March 1. There were 46 “Early-Bird” pledges for a total of $136,957.
- March 8: 78 pledges for a total of $202,452.
- March 15: 101 pledges for a total of $238,292.
- March 22: 113 pledges for a total of $256,880 — 72% of our goal!
From the March 22 Announcements: We understand that during this very difficult time of isolation, stress, and so much uncertainty about the future, it may be difficult to think about finances and donating. However, we do hope that you will continue to support UUC financially and to value the vital role the congregation plays in both your life and that of our community. If at any time during the year, you are unable to fulfill all or part of your pledge, that is not a problem, but please do notify our treasurer or administrator of your intentions.
- March 29 (after the service): 126 pledges for a total of $271,800.
- April 4: 137 pledges for a total of $286,540.
- April 12: 155 pledges for a total of $305,260.
- April 19: 164 pledges for a total of $$315,230.
- April 26: 165 pledges for a total of $$316,130.
- May 20: 167 pledges for $318,070.
Stewardship 2019–2020 |
Most recent modification: May 20, 2020