Giving & Pledging Overview
We are grateful you are part of the Emerson family. We hope you are nurtured and challenged here, and that you are excited about the possibilities for the future of our faith and our community, as together we build a better world.
Your support of Emerson determines our ability to make that future of beloved community a reality. By giving generously, you can help ensure Emerson will continue to provide the programs we have today, and support the values we seek to pass on to our children and others who come after us. Every pledge matters! Your pledge is important to the future of our church. It is important to your life as well.
What is a pledge?
A pledge is a promise to donate a certain amount of money to the church and its ministries during the calendar year. Pledges account for more than 80% of our operating budget. We need to know what income to expect for the year for strategic planning of our programs.
What does stewardship mean?
Our annual fundraising campaign is called a stewardship campaign. Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. We steward our resources to ensure the church is there for this generation and for generations to come.
What is the theme of the 2019 stewardship campaign?
Gather the Spirit, Harvest the Power—When we gather together our individual talents and energy, we discover a power to minister to each other and to the world. We are greater than the sum of our parts.
I’m not sure how much to give? What are the guidelines?
Any gift you give is appreciated. We ask you to consider a voluntary fair share giving guide that was sent to each household in the stewardship packet, and there are copies available in The Gathering Place at church. The guide is a voluntary and flexible guideline for your annual pledge. It is progressive, reflecting that those with larger incomes can afford to give a higher percentage of their income. Depending on income and commitment level, the suggested pledge amount ranges from 1% to 10% of annual income.
If your income is highly variable, or if you are retired, you’ll find some helpful hints on determining your gift in this article.
When should I make a pledge?
By the first of November if possible, so we can budget for 2019.
How do I make a pledge?
- Fill out the 2019 pledge form (copies are in The Gathering Place) and drop in the pledge box, or return to the church office.
- Go to the online form, fill out the form and e-mail the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also print and return to the church office.
- Simply email email@example.com. Be sure to indicate if your pledge is a fair-share pledge.
I understand that personal visits with visiting stewards are a part of the stewardship campaign. Should I wait for that visit before I pledge?
Make your pledge now, if you are ready. Not everyone will be visited by a visiting steward every year, but if you would like a visit, contact the office and be sure your name is on the list.
What is a Visiting Steward?
Visiting stewards engage in one-on-one conversations in short meetings with many of our members. We can share our visions, concerns, and ideas on how to work together to create the world we know is possible, while also discussing our stewardship commitments in support of our shared goals. The visit not a sales pitch, it is simply a friend talking to a friend about our shared values as UUs and being a part of Emerson.
Can I talk with Becky or Sam about my pledge?
Your ministers are always available to talk to you.
How can I find out what I pledged last year?
Contact Karen Van Horn, Business Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What happened to the Fall Fellowship Dinner?
It will still happen but its focus really is “fellowship” and not finances. It is also another opportunity to engage in conversation about the mission of Emerson and our capacity to have an impact on the Greater Houston Area.