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West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
AN ANNUAL PLEDGE HELPS PAY FOR THE WEST SHORE’S BASIC EXPENSES
  

The monthly mortgage or monthly rent. Utility bills, groceries, a car payment. These are typical household expenses. The situation is somewhat similar with West Shore. Our church has basic expenses we need to pay on a regular basis to cover the costs of office expenses, building upkeep, staff salaries, and everything else that enables us to provide our many ministries of worship, religious education, and justice activism. 

 

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ANNUAL PLEDGES PROVIDE A MAJORITY OF WEST SHORE’S INCOME

 

As a Unitarian Universalist Church, West Shore is solely responsible for covering all its expenses. This is no mean task! Currently, West Shore has about 290 contributors. Compare that to the number of contributors National Public Radio has! When National Public Radio raises funds, it’s ok if a lot of those contributions are small–10, 20, 50 dollars worth. But West Shore depends on the generosity of only 290 contributors. So, each individual pledge matters!

 

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BUT WHY CAN’T I JUST PUT MONEY IN THE SUNDAY COLLECTION PLATE WHEN IT GOES AROUND? WHY AM I BEING ASKED TO MAKE AN ANNUAL PLEDGE? 

 

One main reason is that the church needs to know ahead of time how much money it can expect to come in over the course of the year. Without knowing that, it can’t create an annual budget, and it can’t effectively monitor expenses. We ask everyone to make a pledge of how much they plan to give West Shore over the course of a year because it allows the church to be responsible with people’s money. 

 

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YOUR ANNUAL PLEDGE IS EMPOWERING

 

  • It empowers us to create loving community. When people feel loved and cared for, they blossom.
  • It empowers us to expand the circle of our community, so that more people can experience its benefits. 
  • It empowers us to use worship, music, and the arts as ways to embody our spiritual values. This, in turn, enables people to make satisfying emotional and intellectual connections with Unitarian Universalism. 
  • It empowers us to engage people of all ages in religious education experiences. This also inspires and transforms.
  • It empowers us to rally people to the cause of justice activism. The cause is as much a matter of self-transformation as it is community-transformation.
  • It empowers us to gather our individual resources so that we can accomplish things that can’t be accomplished alone. 
  • It empowers us to do our part in supporting Unitarian Universalism at large. West Shore’s wellbeing is not isolated from the wellbeing of other UU congregations and the Unitarian Universalist Association as a whole. 

 

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