How do I pledge to the work of Community UCC?

The 2018 CUCC stewardship campaign has begun in earnest with the mailings of pledge cards to our CUCC members this last week. It is very important we have a good sense of the resources we have available. Here are a few FAQs related to the campaign.

Making your pledge

Use 2018 online pledge form
Submit the 2018 online pledge form
(easiest, quickest and preferred means)

2018 pledge card
or use the pledge card that came in your mail.  Put your pledge card in the offering plate or mail it to the church office.  Extra pledge cards are available from the ushers on Sundays.

Pledge and donation FAQs

What is the Stewardship Campaign (a.k.a. "pledge drive")?
Each September, budget requests are submitted for our next year's expenses.  Pledge cards are distributed to the members and friends of CUCC to determine financial support. An annual budget is then drawn up.  The money that is given in the "open plate collection" is appreciated, but cannot be depended upon to set salaries and the total budget.

When is the pledge drive? The proposed church budget will be voted on in a congregational meeting January 28, 2018.

Why do we pledge? We pledge so that CUCC can create a reasonable budget based on promised income to pursue our goals and visions.

Who can pledge? Anyone!  You do not have to be a member of CUCC to pledge support.  Just fill out the pledge card and turn it in.

How much should I pledge? The annual church budget for 2017 was around $300,000.  Individual pledges vary tremendously.  The amount you pledge is less important than the commitment you will make to support something you believe in deeply.

Where does our pledge money go? It goes for everything in the church budget, including operating expenses such as staff salaries, office supplies, utilities and insurance, but it also pays for all of our educational, outreach, justice, and spiritual ministries.

What if I make a pledge and am unable to fulfill it? We know that you made your pledge in good faith, but your circumstances may have changed. Let the Assistant Treasurer know if you will not be able to fulfill your pledge. Even more important, remember we are your church family.  Please talk to the pastor if there is anything we can do to assist you during this time of change in your life.

How will I know if I am up to date with my giving? Mid-summer the Assistant Treasurer will prepare a status report for you.  The CUCC Weekly News will announce when those letters are ready for you to pick up after worship.

Are my donations tax deductible? Yes.  Community United Church of Christ is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax deductible.

When will my tax documents be available? The Assistant Treasurer prepares a letter summarizing your donations in January.  The CUCC Weekly News will announce when those letters are ready for you to pick up after worship.

Are there other ways to support CUCC? Yes!  We can all support our church in three different ways:  our time, our talents, and our treasure.  Volunteer to become a member, or better yet, a chair of a ministry or committee, join the choir, teach Sunday School, come to Bible study, help at workdays, provide refreshments for fellowship time, or even just show up.  There are many, many ways to show your commitment!  Learn about how the Nominating Committee can help you discern how to offer your time and talents.

Who serves on this year's (2017) Stewardship Ministry?
Treasurer - Lavon Page
Assistant Treasurer - Carol Clark
Chair - Bill Lamb
Chair-elect - Jason Myers
Members - Paul Atkinson, Frank Gailor, Vivian Hunter, Carol Kepler