In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.”  Cynthia Rylant   



Here are your November generosity and giving updates. 





November (repeat) and December’s Generosity, Giving and Gratitude Ideas are attached. 

> 2018 November – Generosity Giving Gratitude ideas

2018 December – Generosity Giving Gratitude Ideas


If you used any of our “Called to Be the Church” congregational giving program resources this year we’d really appreciate it if you would complete this survey so we can incorporate your ideas and comments in our 2020 resources. 

Coming this January!!!  Called to be the Church 2019.  We continue the theme “Loving Our Neighbours”.  All NEW worship materials for use during five weeks of Lent.  Liturgies written by our new Moderator, The Right Reverend Richard Bott!!  Sermons feature spiritual practices relating to generosity.

Are “Why I Gives” part of your congregational giving program?  Here’s one that might inspire you!


If your congregation is having a Christmas Bazaar, why not set up a table for “Gifts With Vision”?  Have a couple of people there to promote “Gifts with Vision”, hand out catalogues and help people purchase gifts on the spot.



Time for a year-end push!  Please be sure to remind people of the amazing things they are doing when they support Mission & Service. Stories and pictures are available in the “Minute for Mission” book and at

Mission & Service totals for your pastoral charge, presbytery and conference can be found here on the Stewardship Toolkit web-site!

The new 2018-19 “Minute for Mission” book will be out in December.


Interesting reading … 

… six types of church givers you need to know about. A really good read for those wanting to target market their stewardship and “Called to Be the Church” invitation materials.

… a similar idea from a different perspective:

Understanding Trust in the Charitable Sector: Breaking and Building

…. Good article on Inspiring Generosity – Overhead is not bad!

… to the point – Craft Better Financial Commitment Messages – Lewis Centre for Church Leadership

… great article about ‘people giving to people’ by J. Clif Christopher

CanadaHelps – 2018 Giving Report (attached) includes both interesting and sobering information.


If you are looking for encouragement, new ways to think about stewardship, resources, help to implement congregational giving, Mission & Service and planned giving, and information about the United Church Foundation let’s talk!



Until next month,

Kathryn Hofley
Financial Development Officer, serving the Prairie Region
The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada
Phone: 204-943-4844



Called to be the Church

The Called to Be the Church Program Guide has arrived in your congregation and can also be found online.  Please click here for the Program Guide.

This is an opportunity for you to

Get ready now – in February you will have received the 2018-2019 Resource Kit, Called to Be the Church – Loving our Neighbours, with ALL the tools you’ll need to carry out your giving program.  The Resource Kit and many additional resources are also available online here >> Stewardship Tool Kit

For more information, please contact:

Kathryn Hofley
Financial Development Officer, Philanthropy Unit
The United Church of Canada


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