It’s Pledge Season! Please make your pledge this month of October. ANY amount, even $1, is gratefully received! Consider a 10% increase on last year if you can. Keep an eye out for your packet in the mail, submit a pledge card in the Atrium on Sundays, email or call in your pledge to Kathy – kathymcwilliams@uulansing.org or (517) 351-4081, ext. 107.

Read Rev. Neal’s note to the congregation.

Read our President’s and Stewardship Chair’s letter to the congregation.

All gifts to our congregation are received with gratitude and are tax deductible to the extent of the law.


 

The Stewardship Committee takes care of the financial stewardship (health) of our church. That means that the Committee works to ensure church funds support UU-Lansing’s values and mission and that we have a long-term vision for the church, one that requires good planning and decisions.  Together we must build a legacy for those who come after us and work towards a just and compassionate world. Read our full charge here.

The Stewardship Committee is a Board Committee of at least three members that oversees UU-Lansing’s Stewardship activities. Our main areas of work are 1) education and outreach and 2) fundraising coordination and oversight. Specifically:

  • UU-Lansing’s annual pledge drive (when friends and members make a financial commitment for the coming year)
  • Fundraisers (including one-time, break-even, and annual events) that raise money for the church
  • Oversight of grant-writing, both on Stewardship and by other church sponsored groups seeking funding outside the church
  • Estate giving (money that is given when someone passes away)
  • Endowment giving (money given to a restricted church fund where the principal is not spent and generates income for the church)
  • Capital campaigns & fundraising for Wish List items (when we work together to raise money for a special project or building improvement)

The Stewardship Committee includes Jennifer Castner (chair), Evy Jackson, Seth Martin, Laura Ray (Board-appointed liaison), and Marcy Schlinger. Anyone may attend committee meetings at 7:00 pm on the fourth Thursday of most months in the large conference room. Email the Chair (Jennifer) at stewardship@uulansing.org.

FAQs

Thinking about planning a fundraiser? Read the church Fundraising Policy here. Read helpful information about planning fundraisers here. Contact a Stewardship Committee member or staff for more information.

Is your child participating in a club/school fundraiser? Want to arrange for a performer or artist to sell their product? Read the church’s Sales and Solicitation Policy on how to sell items or solicit contributions at our church. Contact a Stewardship Committee member or staff for more information.

Read the Church-Sponsored Groups Policy to learn more. You can also review related church policies and processes in Other Resources below.

We have developed a handy Fundraiser and Sales Process document (being finalized now) to guide you. You can also review related church policies and processes in Other Resources below. Contact a Stewardship Committee member or staff for more information.

The Stewardship Committee can support you while you plan and implement an event. Download and use the Fundraising Policy and the Fundraisers and Sales Process document to get help on developing a fundraiser. You can also review related church policies and processes in Other Resources below. Contact a Stewardship Committee member or staff for more information.

Review our Sales and Solicitation policy. If you think your plan falls under this policy, identify a church group that can sponsor the sale/solicitation. Next, approach Program Council or Church Administrator or the Director of Lifespan Faith Development, depending on your event.

The Stewardship Committee exists to promote a community practice of generosity. Committees are happy to help you think through all sorts of stewardship opportunities, from fundraisers to legacy gifts. We can help you devise ways to advertise your event, help you recruit volunteers, and think through fundraising goals and stewardship-related logistics. Email us at stewardship@uulansing.org.

If you have already read through the policies, processes, and everything else you can lay your hands on, and still just want to mull over an idea or ask a specific question, we’d love to hear from you. Reach out to the Stewardship Committee at stewardship@uulansing.org or staff to get the conversation started.

Other Resources and Quick Links