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Stewardship involves building an atmosphere within our church community where speaking and working to improve the financial health of the church is a comfortable and enjoyable aspect of church membership.
The major responsibility of the Committee is to manage the Annual Stewardship campaign which is the financial foundation of the church. The committee provides the information that is key to informing the congregation about church finances and how the budget is earmarked for the work of the church and its’ Mission.
Specifically the Committee begins its work for the yearly campaign in early October. The co-chairs look to the NNED and other UU churches for inspiration and specific ideas for educating and informing the congregation about Stewardship. The committee meets to decide how this year’s campaign will be approached and executed. Once those decisions are made we begin the work of preparing the written materials that inform and educate the congregation about the church finances. In addition written aids are prepared which hopefully assist congregants in making decisions regarding how they are best able to contribute to the church either financially or through specific service to the church. The committee also designs the materials that congregants use to communicate what and how they are committing for the coming fiscal year.
Last year the Committee Members and the Board of Trustees [in addition to a few other congregants] “kicked off” the Stewardship Campaign by giving a gift of an evening of delicious food and entertainment to the congregation. The completed Stewardship Packets were given out at the end of that dinner. The campaign continued for 2 months. During that time, information was shared at services, through email and with one-on-one conversations to encourage congregants to consider the specifics of their commitment to the church. The committee acknowledges the gifts of each congregant with a written “receipt” and a personal thank you.
Upon the completion of the formal Stewardship campaign, a group of “Visiting Stewards” take up the work of following up with individuals who did not respond with a Stewardship Commitment. This is done through one-on-one contacts and conversations. This work often continues until May. During that time the results of the campaign are updated to the congregation, the Board of Trustees and of course, the Treasurer and the Bookkeeper.
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