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Stewardship April 2012

What is stewardship? A definition that speaks to me is “the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving.”

How does this relate to us at UUFG? What do we consider worth caring for and preserving? Certainly our members are the first and foremost treasure of our congregation. The Governing Board and Program Council have particularly recognized membership as an area which needs care and attention from all members of the congregation.

We certainly need to care for potential members, but we primarily need to care for our present members. If you see that someone you know is missing from Sunday services, call and find out what is going on with them. Make sure they are feeling welcome at our Fellowship. That is good stewardship. Our other treasures—facilities, programs, staff—need a different kind of stewardship. This one involves money as well as time. We recently had a pledge drive to help support our programs, facilities and staff. If you have not filled out your pledge card, please do so as soon as you can. We need to know how much income we can expect before we can put our budget for next year together.

And finally, if you have not fulfilled your monthly pledges this year, please try to do so. We have fallen behind on this year’s income because we haven’t received expected pledges. If we start our fiscal year in July with a deficit, that makes it much more difficult to pay for our needs and desires for next year. Good stewardship involves time and money, care and love, attentiveness to each other and care for ourselves through whatever spiritual practice fulfills and deepens us.

Please think about ways that you can be a good steward of our Fellowship. We will all benefit from each other’s stewardship efforts.

In Fellowship,

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