Each year during the spring, our congregation holds its annual Stewardship Campaign. As people who care about Fourth Universalist, the campaign is the time we make decisions about our financial support of the congregation. The money pledged is vital to sustaining and growing our community.

This year, because of the coronavirus crisis, the Stewardship Campaign will be different. We are going to do what many congregations do during normal times. We are simply going to roll over your pledge from this year into next year.

Each member and pledging friend will receive an email from our office sharing what your pledge for the 2019-2020 congregational year was. You will then have the opportunity to alter it for the 2020-2021 year. If you choose not to, we will assume that your pledge will remain the same.

Despite the economic hardship many of us are facing, many of you have expressed a willingness and ability to financially help those in crisis. We are so grateful for this. Because of your generous offer, any increases to your annual pledge will go to support the Minister’s Discretionary Fund (MDF). The MDF exists to support members and friends of the congregation in crisis. It has, and is helping, community members pay rent, cover medical expenses, afford food, and maintain essential utilities.

Should you be able to increase your pledge, your gift will go to immediate and vital good use: directly supporting our friends and neighbors at Fourth Universalist who need it the most. We hope you will consider an increase to make sure everyone in our community has what they need.

Alternatively, should you or your family be in need of financial support, the first step is simply to reach out to our Senior Minister, Rev. Schuyler Vogel, at revschuyler@4thu.org. All requests are confidential, and the process is simple and compassionate. Please do not hesitate to contact us – we want to hear from you.

No matter what you are able to give, we are grateful to have you part of our community. Fourth Universalist is a place for everyone, regardless of financial status or ability to give. Thank you for everything you are, and all the many gifts you share with us!