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A Celebration of Our New Church Building and a New Church Year

Dearest Members and Friends,

            As we anticipate the completion of our new Church home in the very near future, it seems to be an appropriate time to reflect on the past few years through which we’ve supported one another during tremendous political upheaval, a wide range of urgent social issues and the worst pandemic of our lives.

            Even though we were often separated by distance due to health concerns, we were strengthened by our resolve to stick together as a community in support of each other, even if that meant doing so virtually. Through it all, we began an unimaginably successful Capital Campaign, started (and have almost finished!) a building custom-designed for our needs as a liberal religious community focused on continuing our eagerness to serve the larger community and be radically welcoming.

            But the Capital Campaign wasn’t our only success! Because there were no services inside a brick and mortar building, a very skilled Tech Team was formed and, working alongside the talented worship committee, they helped to make our services available to everyone with internet access. This allowed guests to find us, get to know us, and even become members without ever having stepped inside our building. 

        During this new congregational year we will undoubtedly wish to see the programs we already love, the programs we wish to see expanded, and to dream of even more ways to grow and serve our beloved community.

            As you think about your financial support for the operations of the GMUUC, especially the programs and the costs to administer them, we ask that you review all we have accomplished to get us to where we are today- specifically, a mindset of gratitude and plenty, rather than one of scarcity.

            Click the above link to access a pledge form for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Click HERE to review a suggested giving guide for your consideration.

            Thank you for the many ways you have been generous during this pivotal time in our history, and thank you in advance for your continued generosity to support our future.

 

Yours in Faith,

Rev. Charlotte and Frank Youngblood

Stewardship

What Do We Mean by Stewardship?

    Stewardship means caring for and carrying forward all the assets of our congregation that have been accumulated over two hundred years. These assets include our congregation’s history, its accomplishments, and its sense of religious purpose. Our assets also include our congregation’s building and its financial resources. Our assets also include the struggles, sacrifices, and devoted efforts of our congregation’s people as they created the religious community that we enjoy today.

    A sense of stewardship inspires us to be gratefully appreciative of what we have received from the generations that have preceded us. A sense of stewardship calls us to be generous in nurturing and sustaining the assets of our religious community in the present. And a sense of stewardship urges us to build on what we have received and make it even more abundantly available to the generations who will follow us.

   Yes, stewardship includes financial support. But stewardship also includes contributing to the life of our congregation by participating in a group, serving on a committee, assisting someone in need, and bringing the message and the spirit of our church into the larger community through acts of love, service, and justice.

 

To learn more about the Stewardship & Finance Committee and how you can get involved, please contact us.

CHALICE KEEPERS

    We began a planned giving or legacy program in 2017, which we are calling “Chalice Keepers”. Several members have named Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church as the beneficiary of a part of their retirement investments, their life insurance, or in their will. Member John Watkins in 2016 described succinctly the various vehicles for doing this in the first attachment below entitled “Types Of Gift Arrangements”.

    The UUA in 2017 announced a gift of $5Million to be used to stimulate the formation of Legacy Societies in all UU congregations. Churches of members pledging during the years 2017-19 will receive from the $5M an immediate return of 10% at the end of 2019.      That’s a bonus! No strings attached. If one’s situation changes in future years and their assets have diminished/vanished, no pay back to UUA is expected. We all do this in good faith that our UU faith will be multiplied many times over. Open attachments #2 thru 4 to explore what would work for you. Then go to Wake Now Our Vision at for the forms to pledge, and/or contact John Watkins.

    One person has commented, “I thought you had to be rich to participate in this. Now I realize all of us can, even with modest means.” A Chalice Keepers wall plaque noting contributors and those having made pledges will be developed, hopefully in 2018.