Faith on Fire!
Celebration Sunday, November 11
Please join us for “Celebration Sunday” Sunday, November 11!
This is our Faith on Fire Stewardship 2019 culminating event with Michael Morgan, Director of the Oakland Symphony as our guest speaker, and our Crescendo Choir will be offering a special musical program during worship.
There will be a light lunch served after the service in Wendte Hall to celebrate our stewardship efforts and support.
This is a time of transition and great promise for our church. We are treasuring this last church year with our beloved Pastor Jacqueline. At the same time, we are undertaking the search for a new minister who will join us in the Fall of 2019.
Ministerial candidates will be attracted to the many features of our vibrant church life, such as our shared ministry, our rich music and educational programs, our history of social justice advocacy and our radical inclusivity. They will take note of our recent recognition from the UUA as a Breakthrough Congregation and for the past two years, we have paid our Fair Share dues to the UUA!
Where Our Pledges Go
Our 2019 Stewardship campaign brings us to our 150-year anniversary as a liberal institution in Oakland. We are called upon to discern how our pledges sustain us through joy and woe. It is our hope that our pledges will fire up our vision as a spiritually alive, radically inclusive, and justice centered church community.
At this transformational juncture for our church community and nation, we are asking our pledging members, friends, and allies to increase their amount by a minimum of 5%. This increase will deepen and strengthen the many strands that weave together our beloved community and public witness.
For the fiscal year 2018, the amount of the entire church budget from pledges was $415,000. For this coming year, 5% more would bring us up to $435,500.
Nurturing a Vibrant, Relevant, and Engaged Church
An essential characteristic of who we are as a church community is our belief in our responsibilities to co-create a world that is anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and inclusive.
We are committed to learning about the impacts of white supremacy and our individual roles in sustaining systematic oppression.
With your generous contribution we aspire to:
• Grow our public witness by increasing engagement by 25 % (at least 50 more people)
• Invite fifteen paid diverse and dynamic preachers and/or musicians to our pulpit this year
• Establish a reasonable budget for all of our Justice Ministries
• Provide all staff a living wage that sustains life in the Bay Area
• Expand the menu of Faith development programs
• Provide an attractive compensation package for a prospective minister
• Fortify and preserve our splendid historical building
• Provide scholarships to lay ministers to attend the General Assembly and other conferences
• Establish professional development funds for all paid staff
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