Toward a Thriving Future
“Generosity and gratitude, both, are about how we use our time, talents and treasures. It is about how the outpouring of those spiritual gifts can reacha, touch and transform the world, transforming us in the meantime.” – Fishing Tips, Rev. Dr. John Pentland
Westwood has always been “the little church that could”, and as we embark on another adventure our 2019 stewardship campaign invites you to help Westwood thrive into the future.
A Message from our President, Lorian Kennedy
A Message from our Minister, Rev. Anne Barker
Stewardship Q & A
Why is March Stewardship month?
As we eagerly anticipate Spring, we also recognize we are soon coming to the close of our church and financial year. During the month of March we ask all members and friends of the congregation to reflect on the year, and help the Board prepare for the upcoming year by pledging their financial support.
Why do we pledge?
This church belongs to each of us. We pledge to fund the daily operations and to ensure that the church and its resources are here for us and for others now and in the future.
Pledge and other revenue sources (rental, investment, fundraising, donations) support our worship and music programs, our religious education program, programs for members and friends, community outreach, and connections to Unitarian Universalism. Our budget reflects our mission, purpose and goals.
How can I learn more about the financial and volunteer needs of our church?
- Read the financial information provided on this page and look for areas of interest you might want to support as a volunteer in any of the activities featured on this web site.
- Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.
- Pick up the Stewardship package at Westwood, on or after March 3, or contact the office to have one mailed out.
- Attend the Second Sunday Potluck, March 10 and participate in Stewardship discussions over lunch.
- To arrange a personal meeting or phone call contact our minister, treasurer, board members or stewardship coordinator.
Is pledging a requirement of membership?
We expect that those who benefit from the church and participate in activities will share in its financial upkeep. Some members are able to pledge more, others less, but we can all share in supporting our church.
Should everyone pledge the same amount?
We place a high value on diversity in our congregation—diverse views, backgrounds, and experiences. Included in this diversity is a diversity of economic circumstances. All of us support our church at individual financial levels.
How much should I pledge?
Plan to contribute a percentage of your annual income. The Fair Share Giving Guidelines (see below, and included with the stewardship package) suggest what you might give.
What about the money I put in the collection plate?
Some people use the Sunday offering to make their pledge payments. Others use direct debit or etransfer. As long as the offering can be associated with you, e.g. your personal check or name on the envelope, whatever you put in the offering will be counted toward your pledge. Exception: when there is a special offering for a specific cause. In this case always identify your offering contribution as a pledge if this is your intention.
What if my financial circumstances change during the year, if I lose my job or have a financial emergency?
Lives are not static. Contact the office, if you need to adjust your pledge: email@example.com
How do I make my pledge?
After careful consideration of the importance of the Westwood community and programs to you, please use the forms below or the paper forms provided in the stewardship package.
For those who prefer paperless communication, we provide Westwood members and friends with the following forms:
We thank you for helping Westwood move Toward a Thriving Future.
-Brenda Jackson and Leroy Russell, Stewardship Coordinators 2019
Dollars & Sense provides all the important financial background from our treasurer.
We encourage you to read it carefully before making your pledge.