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Dear Union Members and Friends,
I want to begin by simply saying thank you. Your generosity contributes to the long standing vibrancy of our community of faith. Because of your commitment to the ministry of this congregation, we are an ever increasing effective witness to Jesus Christ. This congregation is grateful, for the large and small ways that you live your faith through the life of this church.
Giving to others is such a joy. Being a partner in movements that change the lives of individuals and enrich our community is so satisfying. It is at the core of why Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” That is a secret I wish more people could discover for themselves! Our financial gifts do remarkable things when they are transformed into ministry and mission. This year I am especially proud of the work of Pat and Bruce Shafer, Nicole Polarek, and countless others in launching On the Mark Dyslexia Clinic. At least twice a week, Pat stops by my office to tell another story of a child’s life being transformed by the work of the tutors and volunteers. Dozens of these stories include tearful parents who feared the worst for their children before finding On the Mark and the free tutoring the clinic is able to offer due in large part to the generosity of Union. Through gifts of space, volunteers, marketing, and a grant of seed money from our Gifts and Memorials Ministry, Union is changing people’s lives through On the Mark. This is just one of the incredible ways your pledges make a difference.
Our God is a generous God – A God who has been revealed in Jesus as the One who deeply and passionately loves us. Our God is a God of transformation – who changes us, and through us, changes the world. Giving with Heart to the Church of My Heart is an invitation to share the love and power of God with others. You’ll see this even more clearly through the enclosed brochure.
In the coming weeks you will be hearing stories as to how we as a congregation are engaged in the mission of transformation. Each of us will be challenged to take even bolder steps to invest our whole life into becoming the church God is urging and encouraging us to become. I want to invite you to prayerfully consider increasing the size of your financial gift in the coming year. If we all increase our pledge by 10%, we will help Union to maintain a stable financial future as we strive to reach an ever more secular world with God’s healing love. It is a time of great possibility for our congregation and the future of its mission, but we need you to partner with us to make that future a reality.
Again, I thank you for your support. Giving in the manner that you do does not simply happen – it is the result of faith, trust, intentional choices, and a life of discipline. We join you in the hope of creating a culture of generosity that touches every person in our church. Giving with Heart to the Church of My Heart is a joy, a discovery you have already made.
Please take a few moments and consider how Union Congregational UCC reflects where your treasure is, and complete the enclosed pledge card. You can drop completed cards in the offering plate or mail them to the church. If you prefer, you can pledge by clicking the “Online Pledge Card click here” button above or just send an email with your 2018 commitment to email@example.com . We appreciate your financial support and we truly appreciate having you as part of our church family.
Rev. Bridget Flad Daniels