By Kathryn Hofley, Financial Development Officer, serving the Prairie Region
“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” Helen Hunt Jackson
Here are September’s stewardship tidbits for your information!
The Rev. Dr Christopher Levan will be the theme speaker at a stewardship event sponsored by Alberta and Northwest Conference’s Stewardship and Mission Education Committee on October 19th and 20th at Sunnybrook United Church in Red Deer, AB. Registration forms will be available through the Conference Office and website shortly. We hope to see you there!
The September and October “Generosity, Giving and Gratitude Ideas”, along with a bonus of Year-Round Ideas, are attached.
Many congregations choose to use our congregational giving program, “Called to Be the Church”, in the Fall. Will you be one of them? Download as much as you need of this year’s program, “Loving Our Neighbours”.
If doing a program on your own seems like too much for your congregation, then talk with your neighbouring congregations and work on it together. Sharing the planning and workload makes it easier for everyone and is just plain good stewardship … everyone wins!
Have you ever wondered whether average or median giving statistics are better? The attached “Average or Median Giving” article has some thoughts about that for your consideration.
For those of you who use Canada Helps for your online giving, an updated information sheet can be found here.
Thank you for transferring your Mission & Service gifts regularly!
Attached please find the new 2018-2019 “Mission & Service At A Glance”. 2018 – 2019 Mission & Service at a Glance
Look for the “Mandate” Mission & Service Special Edition that should be in your congregation now.
The Fall Seeds of Hope granting cycle is now open! Completed applications must be received by 8 p.m. Eastern on October 15, 2018 to be considered by the Joint Grants Committee. Please visit the “How to Apply” section for more information. Please note that the fall 2018 round will only provide grants for seniors’ programs and projects, and lectureships and events. Grants for all project types will be available again in the spring 2019 Seeds of Hope round. Applications are available here.
How to Ask from the Pulpit – September 26, 2018, 1-2: 30 pm ET. Back by popular demand! Take part and receive a free book! https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/pulpit-ask-2018
A Giving Program That Works – Loving Our Neighbours 2018 – October 10, 2018, 1-2: 30 pm ET. Inspire! Invite! Thank! https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/a-giving-program-that-works-loving-our-neighbours-2018
Also back by popular Demand: Webinar for Church Treasurers, September 25, October 30, November 6, November 27, 2018, 7-8: 30 pm EThttps://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars-for-church-treasurers-fall-2018
Here is an interesting article from Charity Village directed at all people in the charitable sector saying we need to start talking about religion and money.
If you are looking for encouragement, resources, help to implement congregational giving, Mission & Service and planned giving programs, and/or learning more about the United Church Foundation and investing opportunities for your congregation, I’m here to help you with that. Please be in touch via phone 204-943-4844 or email!