First Parish of Sudbury Annual Stewardship Canvass, 2017-18
Greetings from your Board of Trustees, this year’s Stewardship Team.
As you know we rely on the generous contributions of members and friends to fund our ministry at First Parish of Sudbury. This year, we ask you to try to increase your last year’s pledge by 9% or more, to support the ministry, grow our Religious Education program, pay the staff fair compensation, fund our varied and enriching programs, and more.
There are three ways for you to complete and return the enclosed pledge card:
1) plan to bring it forward during this Sunday’s service, March 26. Be part of this community event supporting FPS.
2) mail or bring your card to the FPS office.
3) wait for one of the canvassers to call you at home to discuss your pledge.
Thank you one and all! Let’s make our canvass a huge success to fund the dreams and goals of our congregation.
Documents for you:
Pledge Card 2017-18 Pledge Card 2017-18
Fair Share Contribution Guide Stewardship p2
Thanks again to the many members (45+ adults and youth) who have contributed to the development of the FPS strategic plan. Our goal is to determine what direction we want to go long term and why, and how best to get there. FPS Strategic Plan Framework 2014
We began in January of 2014 brainstorming with the Trustees to prepare for a meeting of the congregation in March 2014. This 5-hour meeting generated strong ideas for strategies and activities, as well as vivid images of what FPS can be. Additionally, Susan Curnan and I met with the youth group in June at Ferry Beach to engage them in the planning process – again with excellent ideas to put into action and lots of congruence with information generated in the earlier sessions. The Trustees took all of this information and distilled it into a one-page overarching framework. We also have kept all of the ideas from the congregation and youth meetings to use as appropriate in more detailed planning and have made these available to the committees.
So, what’s happening in 2015?
Join us Sunday March 2 to kick off the 2014 Pledge Drive, and stay for the celebratory lunch afterwards.
The Board of Trustees’ financial vision for next year includes the following key initiatives, among others: close our budget gap, provide salary increases to our staff, fund our website, increase our Living Our Faith outreach, and contribute our fair share dues to the UUA and to our district.
These are the basics for keeping First Parish of Sudbury vibrant, but what else might we do if we had the funds? If you believe, as we on the Stewardship Team do, that our world NEEDS the values and connections fostered by Unitarian Universalist congregations like ours, then please, let your checkbook speak of your commitment.
For more information about this year’s Pledge Drive, visit the Stewardship page.
As we come to the close of another year, we hope you will consider a donation to First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian Universalist, as part of your holiday and year-end giving. We are truly rich in the intangibles that we receive, especially from First Parish of Sudbury. Please give generously from the abundance in your heart!
For more information, visit our Stewardship page.