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A Letter from the Stewardship Team - November 2020

Greetings! It's time for our church's annual Stewardship Campaign. As is our tradition, members and friends are asked to make a formal pledge to support the church financially in the year to come. Receiving pledges is the only way the Church Council can plan and execute a balanced budget.

As we all know, this year has been anything but traditional. It's been over a year of transition for our church and many months navigating a pandemic.

Here at First Congregational Church, we are learning new ways to continue to be the congregation you treasure. We began offering virtual services and church meetings shifted to Zoom.

But, in the end, the church is still here – we are still up and running. Our church needs your continued support to ensure that we can move forward with stability.

We invite you to do three things:
PONDER your love for our church, PLAN your giving, and RESPOND in the coming weeks!

With appreciation,
The Stewardship Committee: Jason Jacque – Chair, Jodi Cowen, Craig Modahl, Bev Mueller

   

The Stewardship Committee chose the UCC's 3 Great Loves initiative as the theme for this year's campaign; Love of Neighbor, Children, and Creation. Please take a moment to prayerfully ponder what this church means to you and how much support you are able to give.

Members of our Stewardship Committee provide the following testimonials:
Video Testimonial on Stewardship by Jason Jacque
Video Testimonial on the Love of Neighbor by Craig Modahl
Written Testimonial on the Love of Children by Jodi Cowen
Written Testimonial
on the Love of Creation by Bev Mueller

Undoubtedly, this time of transition and pandemic leaves our church in a vulnerable financial position.

The Church Council has worked hard to keep our expenses near the 2018 and 2019 levels. Revenue is the main area of concern. In 2020, there were twenty fewer pledges than the previous year, resulting in a $28,000 loss. The church also lost financial support from members who recently died or moved.

Further compounding our situation is not gathering on Sunday mornings and having little opportunity to grow our membership.

As you contemplate your pledge, we ask you to consider an increase of 5-10% to help offset a potential shortfall!

In addition, please let us know if you would like to discuss an additional supplementary financial gift to help during this season of uncertainty.

If you would like a copy of the budget, please email Lorraine Halls, our Financial Administrator, at lorraine@portucc.org.

The Stewardship Committee is challenging us to complete and return our Pledge Forms within the next three weeks, starting Thanksgiving week. Even though our church has a remarkable rate of folks who return their pledge, many of us, for one reason or another, procrastinate. This makes it very difficult to prepare for and approve the budget in January. Also, as our Moderator mentioned, it would be wonderful to begin the new year being able to turn our energies to Pastor Scott and fostering our relationship with him and one another.

Please anticipate email reminders and, after December 15, a friendly follow-up phone call from one of the Stewardship Committee members: Jason, Jodi, Craig, and Bev.

Send or Submit:
• Submit an Online Pledge Form.
• Complete a Printable Pledge Form.
• Pick up a Pledge Form at church.

You can pay your pledge in one of two ways:
Cash or Check - You may place these in the offering plate on Sunday mornings or mail to the church.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) - You may have your pledge payment automatically deducted from
your bank account (once or twice a month). Complete an EFT Authorization Form.

We welcome you to reach out with questions or concerns. For general questions about Stewardship, please email office@portucc.org and it will be forwarded to the Committee. For financial questions, please email Lorraine Halls, our Financial Administrator, at lorraine@portucc.org. All pledging information is strictly confidential.