A pledge is a promise to donate money to the church. Pledging to support the ministry of our church is a spiritual statement about your values, your priorities and your vision for our world. On a practical level, when members and friends of the church pledge their financial support for the upcoming calendar year, the church can make realistic spending plans regarding the staffing, programs and operating expenses that allow us to pursue our vision. Each year in the fall, we conduct a Stewardship Campaign to pledge our support for the upcoming year. In addition, new members and friends of the church can pledge at any time using the forms and information below.
Here are three different ways to complete your pledge information this year.
Thank you to all who have already committed to donate at the 5% level. For those of you who are still striving to reach the 5% goal, please consider increasing your pledge by at least 10% more than last year.
And for those of you who have reached -- or surpassed -- the 5% level, it would truly be a gift if you would consider increasing your pledge this year by 5-10% over last year’s contribution. With an overall increase of 10% to our operating income, we could significantly strengthen our ability to fulfill our vision.
Our vision is to spread our good news to a larger and more diverse population, to boldly embody the beloved community as a multiracial, multicultural, multigenerational congregation. We are planning and creating new education ministries and programs to better serve our intergenerational learning community. We want to pay our able and devoted staff a fair wage. We aspire to increase the amount we pay toward our UUA and PCD Fair Share membership dues. And we seek to make a real difference in the community outside our walls.
Please pledge as generously as you can. Pledge not till it hurts … but till it feels good. Pledge an amount that makes you proud.
You can also assist the church financially by signing up for E-scrip. After you sign-up, every time you shop at Whole Foods or swipe your Safeway Club Card, a percentage of your purchase is donated to First Unitarian! This is a free, effortless way to raise money for our church through participating merchants you already shop at. Learn more about eScrip.
To sign-up, click on the banner below, then follow the steps shown. Our group name is 'First Unitarian Church of Oakland', or you can enter our Group ID: 136926162.