PLEDGE DRIVE 2020-2021
Dear Members and Friends,
Spring is when Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship usually holds the stewardship campaign to raise operating funds for the coming year. The current COVID-19 pandemic has rendered our campaign anything but usual. Disruptions to employment and uncertainties about the economy may make it difficult for many of us to plan giving as we have in the past. Stay-at-home orders have changed how we connect, worship, and do the work of the Fellowship.
This is the time we need each other most
As we look ahead to the 2020-21 fiscal year, there are things that remain true: We will continue to rely on each other. We can sustain spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social well-being together. As we have said to one another many times recently, when we face unanticipated and unprecedented challenges as we do now, we need to stick together and to care for one another. The connections and support that we find at MVUUF are just the kind of sustaining forces that we need to survive the challenges we face.
The Café Conversation on April 5th is online via zoom this year
Especially at a time of pandemic and social distancing, it feels hard to launch our stewardship campaign. Thanks to the adaptability and technical proficiency of Rev. Kellie and the Board led by President Rachel Feltner, we can still gather for one hour to learn about the new way of pledging. Thank you in advance for attending the one-hour Café Conversation via Zoom on Sunday, April 5th at 12:30, reading pledge campaign materials carefully (pledge brochure, letter from the Minister), and turning in your thoughtful pledge (fill it out online here) by April 26th.
We need all members and friends to support MVUUF
Rev. Kellie’s business savvy helped MVUUF dig out of a financial bind last year. Our successful pledge campaign last spring enabled us to increase hours for the Music Director and give raises to staff members. Our healthy budget meant we had a year without emergency pleas. We are already on firm financial ground. We need to maintain financial stability to begin recasting our vision for a new, shared ministry that will allow us to grow toward an even brighter horizon.
We all want our 2020-2021 budget to be paid by the pledge campaign, not an unending string of fundraisers or withdrawals from the endowment fund. Your thoughtful pledge, together with every other member and friend’s pledge, will help keep us on a healthy financial track. In some ways our completely new world seems terrifying, but when we come together there is enough. Give until it helps, not until it hurts. Give what you can.
This spiritual community abides
May this letter find you well. We all share care and worry for those of us who are sick and those of us with loved ones who are ill. This can be a frightening time, with stress and worry for so many reasons. My strongest hope is for everyone to be as well as they can possibly be.
Catherine Queener, Chair, Stewardship Team