Did I get your attention? If you’re like me, that phrase puts me on pins-and-needles waiting for the “bad news” part! So here goes…
The good news is that, as we wrap up our current pledge campaign it appears that the wonderful people of Heritage have collectively increased total pledges by approximately 7.5%! This is phenomenal and indeed good news going forward into our next church year as it enables us to meet our (often increasing) annual expenses and provide cost of living increases to our hardworking staff members.
In addition, the Board has decided to increase my compensation to align with UUA salary guidelines. Good news indeed!
Are you ready for the bad news?
This substantial increase in pledges is not enough to increase the hours of your Assistant Minister for Religious Education (that’s me) making it difficult, at best, to add more programming for our children and youth.
Looking back to the April Heirloom you might remember some of the exciting programs that we have lined up for 2015/16. These are all programs that HUUC has offered in the past, such as Age of Reason for our 2nd/3rd grade children, Coming of Age for our younger high school youth, and Our Whole Lives programs for our elementary school-aged children.
In addition, careful accounting has revealed (as my spouse often suspected) that during the past nine months, I have logged an average of 24.111 hours/week, well beyond my contracted 20/hours.
But all is not lost! We can still provide these programs as well as bringing my total hours closer to my contract if YOU step up! The RE committee and I have decided that 2015/16 will be the year of the volunteer blitz. We are forming volunteer RE Task Force groups to take ownership of each of these programs and handle all the preparation necessary to make them a success. As your RE professional, I will provide resources and guidance but each Task Force will have responsibility for administration and class preparation.
If these programs are important to your family or you realize how important they are to the future of Heritage UU Church and indeed, the future of Unitarian Universalism, contact Rev. Leslie today.
Together we can make it a wonderful year!
Won’t you join us?