This is the first time in the history of University United Methodist Church that we are doing a stewardship series and asking you to fill out a pledge card in the spring! Last fall, Church Council voted to align our fiscal year with the academic year. This means that our new 2014-2015 budget will begin on September 1, 2014 and run through August 31, 2015 and we are in the midst of a pledge campaign that culminates with consecration Sunday on June 1, 2014!
Our stewardship focus has been illuminating and reflecting on our new vision at UUMC:
We will grow as a church where people of all cultures, all nations, and all ages can come together to love and serve God and neighbor.
We see a church where the multiplicity of cultures is valued and the gifts of languages in music and liturgy are celebrated. We see a church where the place of your birth and your accent is something to share, not something to hide. We see a church where people of all ages listen to and learn from one another. We see a church where relationships are formed across the generations. We see a church where people go out into the world to serve others by working for justice and practicing peace. We see a church where serving others builds relationships that are mutually transformative.
These past few weeks, it has been wonderful to hear reflections from congregation members old and young about what this vision means to them and ideas for how we might live into it!
I pray that you are also reflecting on what this vision means to you and how you can support it with your financial gifts. Every amount makes a difference. In addition, it is good for our souls to be generous and to practice giving away part of what we earn.
I know that you will be blessed by and through the gifts that you make to support the ministries of UUMC! I also know that UUMC will bless others because of the gifts that you make to support the ministries!
Bring your pledge card to worship on Sunday, June 1 to join in providing the financial support for the vision to come to life! You can also make a pledge online or read more in our giving brochure!