By Kathryn Hofley
I hope you had a great summer and are enjoying the changing colours as we move into Fall. Had the calendar not told me Fall was approaching I would have known because of dozens of grackles that congregated on our lake lawn every day last week. (For those of you who remember Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 movie The Birds, this annual sighting is a bit creepy!)
Here are some stewardship related items I hope you will find both interesting and helpful.
The September and October Generosity, Giving & Gratitude Seasonal Ideas can be found in PDF form HERE:October 2017 Generosity, Giving & Gratitude Ideas Planned Giving Program Quick Start Guide September 2017 Generosity, Giving & Gratitude Ideas
Many of you will be preparing for your Fall congregational giving program. Don’t forget about the We Sing Thanksgiving “online extras”on the Stewardship Toolkit!
For those of you who haven’t done any proactive work in the area of Planned Giving (and even those who you who have!), I’ve attached our new Planned Giving Quick Start Guide.
Information about the United Church Foundation’s Fall Seeds of Hope Granting cycle can be found here.
Four stewardship webinars are being offered this month: Mission & Service Enthusiast Learning Gathering, Ministers Talking About Mission & Service, Introducing We Sing Thanksgiving: Narrative Budgets, and How to Ask from the Pulpit. Information about dates, times and registration can be found on the United in Learning website. To sign up for the United in Learning newsletter please click on “e-newsletter” at the top of the e-newsletter screen.
*** Because it is this Fall’s first webinar and coming up soon, please note the Mission & Service Enthusiast Learning Gatherings which will be held on September 18th and 19th. ***
Links for offering invitation and prayers and Stewardship Seconds from now until the end of December, and the 2017 Financial Handbook for Congregations can be found on the Stewardship Toolkit. Just scroll down a bit to find the download links.
In case you don’t receive it, here is the most recent Philanthropy e-newsletter, God’s Mission Our Gifts.
Please let me know how I can be of help with your giving programs.
Financial Development Officer, serving the Prairie Region
The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada