The 2022 Stewardship Team thanks all of you who have pledged. We had an audacious goal this year and unfortunately, we did not reach it. We are still $85K short of our goal of $532K. IT’S NOT TOO LATE to pledge! Please get your pledge in as soon as possible if you can or if you are able, consider increasing your pledge (contact our Administrator to do so). Click here to pledge today.
Those of us on the Stewardship Team have worked to help congregants understand the shift in the fiscal year and remind those who have not yet pledged. We have done what we can and in these final days, before we set our annual budget, we ask you to do what you can.
Stewardship team member, Helen Henry, writes:
“In the past, I have considered Sunday service only in terms of spiritual guidance. I never thought of Sunday “service” in the traditional way as the sign that says “Last gas service for next 50 miles,” or “Food services at next exit.” But like gas and food, church IS a service. It is the fuel that keeps us going forward, especially during hard times when we’re feeling stuck. And it is the food that feeds our soul when we’re hungry for hope and love. I realize during these dark Covid times, Sunday service has given me comfort, and strength. Rev. Mary’s words and the celebrants’ readings have validated my feelings and provided hope. Troy and the choir have provided music of joy and peace. OUUC is a service that meets my emotional and spiritual needs. It keeps me moving forward and feeds me.
But OUUC is more than a service provider. It is a community that encompasses like-minded souls with like-minded values who want to bring about a better world, a world free of oppression and inequity. A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE PLEDGED their financial support to this community. But, if you haven’t pledged yet, now is the time to fund the “like-minded” values we share. Now is the time to pay for the service that has comforted us during Covid times. And maybe your pledge can cover for others who can’t right now…because we collectively matter and we collectively care.”
A huge thank you to this year’s stewardship team: Arlene Colerick, Linda Crabtree, Kim Danke, Helen Henry, Riley McLaughlin, Eric Ness, Christine Parke, Steve Tilley and James Trujillo. Special thanks to Lee Doyle for logo support and to Rev. Mary and Darlene Sarkela for their outstanding ministerial and staff support.