by Pete Krone, Annual Giving Campaign Co-chair.

Reimagining the possible. When seismic shifts occur in our lives, our community and our country, we are called on to look to our values and what matters most and then to re-imagine what can and must be done.

Reimagine the hopes of a visitor walking through our doors – realizing that at one time we have all been a visitor.

This year’s Annual Giving Campaign’s theme is just that – Reimagining the Possible – looking at what matters most and providing financial support for what must be done to ensure that UUCF is a vibrant, engaged and financially sound congregation. The annual campaign is the largest fundraising effort at UUCF, the proceeds of which account for 78.9% of our total operating funds. Our goal this year is $1,050,000, which is a 9.4% increase over last year’s pledges and includes funding for:

  • Regular annual contributions to capital and operating reserves.
  • Staffing adjustments to strengthen member development and engagement and to provide more ministry support.
  • A modest pay increase for our staff who received no increase last year.
  • Training an intern minister as part of UUCF’s commitment to being a teaching congregation.
  • Continued UUCF tradition of strong support for our denomination.

Reimagine the possible if we exceed our goal.

We have reimagined how the campaign will work this year. In past years, each individual or family has received a pledge packet, filled out the pledge card and returned it. This year we are going to have a Giving Communion, similar to flower and water communions. This is to be a celebration of generosity in community and here is how it will happen:

  • On Sun., Mar. 12, pledge packets will be available for pick up after the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services. Packets not picked up will be mailed. The pledge packet will include financial and pledge information and a pledge card. Pledges may be made electronically.
  • There will be a Q&A session held on Wed., Mar. 15, 7-8 p.m., in the Library, where the Annual Giving Committee will address your questions about UUCF finances or the Annual Giving Campaign.
  • You will be asked to return your pledge card on Sun., Mar. 19, during the Giving Communion ceremony at each service. Electronic pledges may be submitted as well.

The Giving Communion celebrates generosity and acknowledges that no one person is responsible for the financial support of UUCF – that we all make this support happen as a loving community and, accordingly, we all bear the responsibility.

Reimagine what you will be called to do and with whom you will be called.

I would like to acknowledge the contributions of Annual Giving Campaign Co-Chair Meg Harrelson as well as the rest of the committee – Barb Kenny and John Kun – and the dedicated staff who supported the committee – Rev. David A. Miller, Rich Sider and Mary Lareau. Many thanks for their efforts!

Let’s reimagine the possible. See you on Mar. 12 and 19.