Stewardship 2018

November 28, 2017

Gratitude and Generosity

“Generosity is the best way of becoming more and more and more joyful.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Gratefulness—may we all have GREAT fullness as we give thanks with our giving.”

Brother David Stendal-Rast, Benedictine Monk

Dear Members and Friends,

As a Congregation, we are entering the time of year where we determine what we will contribute monetarily in the coming year.  The theme of this year’s Stewardship Campaign is “Gratitude and Generosity.”  Pastor John explained the significance and relevance of this theme on Sunday, November 5, 2017:

I can’t think of better qualities to cultivate in our lives, especially these days when in this world there’s  so much division, nastiness  and hatred being not only condoned, but also encouraged. May gratitude and its sister quality, generosity, flow from our hearts and minds and souls as we pray about our giving.  In order for our Family of Faith to have a positive impact, we must give as much as we can possibly give. We are in this together, we are partners in service, serving to bring God’s unconditional love to life.

The pledge income of The United Church of Rowayton is financially supported 100% by our members and friends. The goal of this year’s Stewardship Campaign is to raise a total in pledge income of $407,000, a small increase over last year’s goal of $403,000.

To make a pledge return the  pledge form mailed to you or pledge online on our web site ucrowayton.org

What is a pledge?

A pledge is a statement of intent to give a certain amount to our Church.  Circumstances may change and you may be able to give more or less than you pledged, and that is perfectly fine. A pledge is not a binding commitment – it is simply an expression of intent.  While pledges range from $100 to $30,000 with the average pledge of $2,500, every pledge is appreciated, needed and gratefully received.   And remember that donations are tax deductible; so when you pledge you will receive the necessary record of your donations for the tax deduction.

Why do we ask for an upfront pledge?

When you make a pledge, you help our Church to practice good stewardship and build its budget for 2018.  Pledges give us an idea of how much our Church will have to carry out its mission—our Committees and Boards are able to make conscious, purposeful decisions about funding for Church activities, from ministry to maintenance.

As you pledge, may you experience the joy of giving and knowing that The United Church of Rowayton has an important presence, both locally and globally, in the world. Thank you so much for being a part of it.

Sincerely,

Courtney Oldrin

Courtney Oldrin

2018 Stewardship Campaign Coordinator