BUILDING EXPANSION PROJECT INFORMATION
It is now possible to donate online, either making a one time gift with a credit card or withdrawal from your checking account, or, you can also now arrange a recurring withdrawal using either a credit card or checking account as a way of managing your pledge. Just click the donate button!
NUUC: CAPITAL CAMPAIGN 2019-2022
For many months, years, really, members of our congregation have been working tirelessly to lay the foundation for our initial building project – making sure that it is justified, can be done in planned out stages, and truly serves our mission and our need. We believe we have a plan now that not only serves our congregation’s needs now but also as we grow, and is a realistic financial goal (our campaign goal number has been carefully established through conversations with actual potential donors, all vetted by our expert financial feasibility consultant). Now we need you – how should our congregation move forward? You and your gifts are a key part of our legacy.
HOW TO GIVE
Beginning late March and spanning through the third week of May, Volunteer Stewards will begin calling on NUUC members to schedule convenient personal visits. The purpose of the visit it to share your thoughts about the future of our spiritual community and to receive your annual and capital campaign pledge. Please welcome your fellow church member’s call as this process is as much about making connections as it is about raising funds. Most of the visit will not be spent talking about your pledge. Friends are welcome to give either by asking for a visit from a steward (email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHAT TO GIVE
Capital campaigns truly stretch us. Yet, there is something special in the act of building and renewal that calls to many of us differently than funding our day-to-day church operations. Moreover, there is something extra special in the legacy that church buildings establish that call to us to join the cause. It is from that well of enrichment from which we ask you to give. A building project of this size takes gifts at all levels. Some people will have significant funds available for a special cause like this; others will have less – but everyone can contribute and each gift is important! Also, know that if your financial situation changes, and you need to alter your pledge, we will understand.
ANNUAL PLEDGE MATERIALS
This year’s annual pledge drive is historic: it is combined with our first ever capital campaign project. While we did a small capital campaign project in 2001 to purchase our current building, this is our first all out effort to raise a substantial amount so that we might expand our building in a way the expands our capacity to live our mission of “Welcome, Inspire, Connect, Act.” For your planning and comfort, we are committed to not asking you for financial donations more than once a year. Hence this year we will be asking for your capital and annual pledge at the same time.
In order to do a single combined campaign, we have altered our fiscal year from our previous January 1-December 31 calendar to a more regular fiscal year of July 1-June 30. Hence, your pledge to our operating budget will cover July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.
While your pledge is not directly connected to our exciting building plans (check them out by hitting the “Building Expansion” banner link on the front page of our website), all that we do is connected. Last year we hired our own sexton rather than continue with a cleaning service, in anticipation of greater need for custodial help in the future. We also need to hire administrative, which will free up my time to develop programming that will help us grow into our expansion. We also want to budget payroll service to relieve the burden on our volunteer Treasurer.
Here’s a glimpse of how we have been living out our mission this year:
We WELCOME beyond ordinary borders, boundaries, or personal identities. This also means that we are committed to generously offering the resources available to us as Unitarian Universalists to seekers in our area. Two examples include our annual community Autumn Ritual and Winter Solstice Service, which draw participants from inside and outside the congregation.
We INSPIRE with thoughtful worship, our growing and energetic religious education programs for children and youth, and, also, our adult enhancement programs, including Spiritual Autobiography, Mindful Writing, Brown Bag Books, UU Beliefs, Yoga, UU 101, Women’s Group, and so much more. We are gifted with a very talented and creative Director of Religious Education, Jen Aultman. In the future we look forward to even more intergenerational programming that extends beyond Sunday morning and reaches out into our community.
We CONNECT through spirituality, the arts, shared learning, social events, and caring. One example is our music program. Under the leadership of Music Director Marlene Hartzler and Pianist Wade Jones, our program is alive, dynamic, and a real center of our lives together.
We ACT in the service of compassion and justice. In the past year, we provided Christmas dinner to the women in the Horizon program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, as well supported more than a dozen other justice initiatives in a myriad of ways. In the immediate future we look to enhancing our leadership development opportunities that will allow our member to make a difference in our community and enable a culture of abundant generosity and service.
Our ability to continue to make a difference is directly linked to our level of commitment—commitment of our financial resources, commitment of our time, and commitment of our skills and talents to help us fulfill our mission. But most of all, thank you for all the support you offer our congregation, in so many ways.