We are a congregation of storytellers, from Candles of Community to Stories for All Ages we love to share our experiences and our favorite stories with each other. Our support for Heritage tells a story too. And pledging is a great opportunity to share what the Heritage community means to each of us.
Of course we start with a monetary pledge, a financial commitment to sustain the church over the course of the next fiscal year. That commitment should be informed by the upcoming needs of the church and the goals of the HUUC Board of Trustees for maintaining a healthy budget. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, those goals are as follows:
Provide cost-of-living increases to our ministerial, music, administrative, and childcare staff based on UUA guidelines for a church of our membership and staff size.
Rebuild our church maintenance fund to provide a buffer for repair costs that are becoming more frequent as our church facility ages.
Sustain our commitment to significantly supplementing pledge income with fundraising efforts to build community and provide needed funds for church operations.
As you consider making that pledge, please think about the joy and love that characterize the strength and fabric of the Heritage community. What motivated you to come to Heritage for the first time? What keeps you coming? What keeps you involved? What delights you?
You’ll have the opportunity to share a story as part of your pledge that captures your love for our church community. We’ll share your stories along the way as we report on the progress of the pledge drive. Our goal is to look at the full picture of the “assets” that make our church community what it is because finances are just one part of our story.
And now for some “pledge facts” that might help you to think about an amount to pledge towards our budget for the next fiscal year:
- For the 2019-2020 church year, our congregation pledged $221,000, and for 2020-2021 our pledge goal is $243,100, a 10% increase.
- The average pledge at HUUC is currently $1,700. A 6% increase to the average pledge would be an increase of about $100 per year.
- The UUA Fair Share pledging guidelines are a great place to start, especially for first-time pledgers. These guidelines will help you to make a pledge that takes into account your specific household financial situation.
And now, it’s time to submit your pledge. This is our second online pledge drive. The pledge form is right here on the HUUC website, just below on this page. Your pledge is secure and private and will only be received by our Stewardship Chair, Reid Hester.