What is a Pledge?
In the United Church of Christ, each church operates autonomously in business matters. This means it is responsible for generating its own income. Unlike other denominations, the UCC does not consist of a hierarchical structure that will make up a church’s shortfall.
Typically, UCC churches receive most of their income in the form of pledges made by their members. A pledge is a written document that indicates a member’s intention to donate a specific amount in the coming year in a payment schedule that is convenient.
Pledging is a Christian practice that has theological roots. God blessed us with the ability to work and live, and pledging is a way in which we joyfully honor God by giving back an amount that is appropriate to our ability in order to do God’s work. Pledging is not tithing; instead, it is a statement of intent or commitment that is part of a lifestyle of generosity.
In the United Church of Rowayton, the Stewardship Committee oversees the pledge drive. The Stewardship Committee is an appointed committee established annually by the Board of Household Concerns.
November 19, 2019
Vision \`vi-zhen\ n 1: the faculty or state of being able to see.
2: the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope. George Washington Carver
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers, so many caring people in this world.” Mr. Fred Rogers
Dear Members and Friends,
Our 2020 Stewardship Drive is officially underway. The theme is 2020 Vision! Our pledge goal for 2020 is $400,000. Your financial commitment to our Family of Faith will help to sustain our ministry and mission as we strive to live our 2020 Vision.
It is my hope that you will continue and consider increasing your contribution for 2020. While pledges range from $100 to $30,000 each and every contribution is appreciated, needed, and gratefully received.
On Sunday November 17, 2019 I shared these words: “Coach Gary Gaines, as he addressed his team before the State Championship Game in the film, Friday Night Lights, said,
‘Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasn’t one more thing you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that – you’re perfect!’ Last Spring I proposed the 2020 Vision theme to our Board of Household Concerns and Council and I had each of them respond to the statement “When you look at The United Church of Rowayton what do you see?” Some of their responses were: gratitude; a friendly group of people; peace; a loving caring family; children; fellowship; alleluia; the swoops of the roof, the organ pipes, the circle; a closer relationship with God; people; love; progressive; a place of peace and serenity; music; Jesus; my Family of Faith. Our 2020 Vision Stewardship Drive will be perfect as you give whatever you are able to give so that we can be all of those things so that this ministry, that we all share, will continue and really make a difference in the lives of a countless number of people.”
Your contribution sustains our Family of Faith so that we plan the future with imagination and wisdom and serve, and share a vision, and help others!
With Gratitude and love,
John Livingston, Pastor
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