In case you’ve missed the signs, this is the time of year when we as a fellowship reflect deeply on our existence as a community of faith – we look at the process of our work together over the past year(s) and consider our dreams for the future. We ask ourselves again important questions about what the UUFCM means in our lives – as individuals, in the lives of our children, and as a vital presence in our community. But we don’t stop there – we’re also asked to reflect on our support of this congregation with our time, talent and treasure, consider our level of giving, and re-commit our support of the UUFCM for the coming year. If you’ve been in worship any of the Sundays in the past three weeks, you’ve had the opportunity to hear from several of our members their very thoughtful personal reflections on what stewardship of this church means in their lives. If you missed any of these, please visit the homepage of our website to read each of these wonderful reflections. May their stories inspire you.
Within the next week, all members and friends of the UUFCM will be receiving the annual stewardship “packet” in the mail. As your minister, I ask each of you to remember that much loving concern and effort went into the creation of this year’s articulation of our needs. We are a young church still learning how best to do all of this…and the lay leaders who generously give of their blood, sweat and tears on behalf of us all in the annual stewardship drive deserve our most tender embrace. This is hard, challenging work…and I’m guessing we all know why. That “M” word: Money. So let’s all take a deep breath as we go through this together. And to those of us who habitually twitch (and sometimes snarl) when the topic of money comes up in church – you take extra big breaths and hold the hand of someone near. Know that we’ll be exploring aspects of stewardship in worship throughout the month of March and that I and members of the UUFCM board are most willing to speak with you if you have questions or concerns. And also know that I am in this with you – I have decided to remain a pledging member of this congregation as I serve as your minister. The only privilege I will forfeit as a member is my vote in congregational matters. My personal goal this year is to pledge 5% of my income to the UUFCM. I believe in and value the vision and mission of this faith community.
What does this sacred place mean to you?
“I have found everything I could need or ask for
is right here in flawed abundance.”
~ Mark Nepo