In general, stewardship means taking care of something we value and enabling it to grow. Stewardship calls us to take responsibility for institutions that support our most basic convictions, making contributions of our time, talent, and treasure to what we believe in.
We are stewards of our Unitarian Universalist faith when we give our time and our money to help sustain our congregation. The Stewardship Committee coordinates fundraising activities and educates the congregants on the importance of putting VUU high on their list of priorities. Here are some elements of VUU Stewardship:
Annual Pledge CampaignEach member and friend household is asked each year to make a pledge of the amount they expect to give the church over the next fiscal year. (July 1 - June 30). Based on this amount, the Finance Committee develops a church budget for the upcoming year. Budgeted expenses are based on the expected income of the pledge drive, plate donations, building usage fees, interest/dividends, and annual fundraisers, including the Heart's Desire Auction. Those wishing to have their monthly donation on an automatic payment may make arrangements with their bank.
Members and friends are encouraged to contribute at a giving levels of 5% to 10% of income. Every contribution is valued, since philanthropy is regarded as "generosity in accordance with personal circumstances."
Click here to read about the details of this year's campaign.
Book SaleA new event on our calendar is the October Book Sale, held after church on Sunday. Money raised is used for special purchases to enhance church life.
Holiday Arts FestivalEarly in December we host a community Arts & Crafts event where holiday gifts and goodies can be purchased. Booths are made available for $10 per table, and vendors are asked to contribute 20% of their sales to VUU. A percentage of our income is donated to our focus charity for the year; the rest supports the VUU budget.
Heart's Desire AuctionEach Spring our congregation holds a service auction, where fellow congregants offer up dinners, summer vacation homes and various social events for auction. In fact, some people have commented that if it were not for the auction, they would not have a social life! Before the live auction, there is a silent auction where various baskets filled with goodies and some fixed price dinners/parties are offered. The auction evening becomes a social event and the money goes towards helping us sustain our congregation.
Endowment FundThe Endowment Fund of the Church consists of two accounts, the Bunny Clarke Leadership Fund and the Endowment Fund. The Bunny Clarke Account has been established and maintained through generous contributions from Bob Clarke. The earnings from this account funds leadership training for members of the congregation.
The Endowment Account is the principal vehicle which our Church uses to ensure its financial stability and guarantee that the mission of this Church will continue for generations to come.
The Endowment Fund is held by the church with restrictions placed on distributions, separate from the operating budget, capital reserve or other funds; principal has never been spent. To make a donation to the Endowment Fund one can make a bequest (name the church in your will or trust), establish a charitable remainder trust, make direct gifts (securities, stocks, mutual funds, insurance policies, annuities, etc.), or make a gift to the Endowment Fund in memory of someone.
VUU Grocery ProgramBASHA's
The next time you shop inform the cashier at checkout that you would like to link your Thank You card to VUU. Provide our ID# 23845. Even if you have linked to another organization you can still link to VUU. This program runs from September through April.
Get a Community Partners card at the grocery table. Show it when you check out and we will be credited.
Log on to www.escrip.com. Click on "Supporter" and then type Valley Unitarian Universalist Church or the group ID# 9603946 and the website will take you through the rest of the process. First time shoppers need to provide their Safeway card number. This must be renewed annually between August 1 and November 1. If you do not have Internet access or have problems signing up or renewing on line, call 1-800-801-4973 to register by phone.
Purchase a $5 gift card at church. Before you shop, stop at the customer service counter and put any amount you wish to spend, up to $500, on the card. Use the card to pay for your groceries. Card remains current unless there is a zero balance for more than 90 days.
Thank You For Your Support and Participation