Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, KY

Stewardship

A Message about Stewardship

Why is your pledge important? Why do we ask for financial contributions from our members and friends? Why are we asking to increase the 2018 budget, and what did we achieve with the 2017 budget increase?

Your pledge is important because the UUCL operating budget is 100% member funded. We receive minimal support from the national Unitarian Universalist Association. Our church relies on its people and financial resources to remain a vital part of our members’ lives and the life of our community as a beacon of light for liberal, progressive religion and values in Central Kentucky.

In 2018, we ask you all (members and friends) to raise participation, dig a bit deeper and, as you are able, increase your annual pledge by 5-10%. Our operating budget goal is $262,000, with a stretch goal of $300,000. 

Your financial support of this ministry is critical to carrying out the priorities our community has agreed are important. Please pledge now.

Last year, your generous contributions allowed UUCL to:

  • Invest in our children by providing a stipend for a Sunday morning Pre-K/K Coordinator position, funding monthly service projects and additional events, including youth-led worship services
  • Invest in our music program with a long overdue salary increase for our music director and purchase 6 new pieces of choral music to enrich our Sunday musical offerings
  • Recognize the hard work of our Director of Religious Education and Office Administrator with meaningful year-end bonuses
  • Increase the UUCL annual contribution to the UUA (though we are not yet at ‘Fair Share’ levels)
  • Complete some much needed repairs to our building by replacing the windows in the Co-op school area and partially funding the new carpet in the foyer

This year, reaching our 2018 operating budget goal would enable us to:

  • Augment our RE program by
    • Hiring Youth Advisors for the middle and high school youth programs
    • Increasing funds to train additional facilitators to lead the Our Whole Lives (OWL) faith-based comprehensive sexuality education program, enabling us to offer the program for all age levels
  • Enrich our music program with guest artists and clinicians, the purchase of new choral music, and sponsorship for UUCL kids’ participation in the UUGA children’s choir
  • Provide needed professional development opportunities for UUCL staff and members
    • Technology training for our Office Administrator
    • Classes and conferences for our Directors of Religious Education and Music
    • UUA leadership training for members
  • Continue to invest in our dedicated staff by strengthening salary and benefits

Reaching our stretch goal would allow UUCL to:

  • Increase our social justice budget to a meaningful level that allows for more impactful activities in the community
  • Enhance our operational support by increasing the Office Administrator’s office hours
  • Allow us to address high priority Wish List projects sooner, such as repairing the front entrance pergola, expanding the side parking area, adding an A/C system to the Allen House or fully funding the HVAC replacement fund for the sanctuary

We encourage everyone, members and friends, to support UUCL in 2018 with a personal pledge. Every gift, large or small, makes a difference. What’s important is that you participate and pledge as you are able. Help us become a beacon of light for liberal, progressive religion and values in Central Kentucky. 

Pledge online now, pick up a pledge card before or after Sunday service at the Stewardship table in the foyer or join us on September 17th for the kick-off lunch and pledge packet distribution. View the UUA Fair Share Contributions Guidelines. Sign up for Auto Debit/ACH payment or PayPal payment.

Key dates:

  • September 17th: Stewardship Sunday and kick-off lunch (pledge packet distribution)
  • October 22nd: Campaign close and celebration

Thank you for your support of UUCL. Please reach out with questions to the Stewardship Committee: Susan Cohn (slcohn@yahoo.com), Mary Miller (marykrautt@gmail.com) and Laura Papero (laurapapero@gmail.com).