“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”Hal Borland

Interesting reading

The Canadian Council of Christian Charities has warned Parliament that undermining tax exemptions of religious institutions will severely hamper the country’s giving sector. Read more at https://www.convivium.ca/articles/no-retreat-on-advancement-of-religion.

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Remember that the Gifts with Vision catalogue is not just for Christmas gift-giving … Mother’s Day is just around the corner! 

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The May Generosity, Giving & Gratitude Ideas are attached to this email.

We want to do everything we can to ensure our “Called to Be the Church” program resources work for you!  To that end, if you have used the resource we would really appreciate it if you would complete our short survey.

Still looking for a discipleship program?  “I Intend” (under “FEATURED RESOURCES”) is a discipleship program that fosters spiritual growth, offers a holistic understanding of the life of faith and proposes practical and specific spiritual practices for daily living. This program and resource gives individuals, groups or a whole congregation an opportunity to grow in their capacity to be disciples and followers of Jesus. This resource will help people make practical choices in five areas of their lives to help them live generously, faithfully and intentionally as followers of Jesus.

“Webinars for Church Treasurers”

Last fall’s series was so strongly appreciated that Erik Mathiesen and Clyde Harris are back for three more topics that will help strengthen the skills of Church Treasurers and the committees who work with them.
Join Erik and Clyde for two 90 minute workshops that will help unravel some of the crucial responsibilities of being a Church Treasurer:

Living into the New Funding Model (May 13)

Top Ten Questions (June 10)

Register at https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/253-webinars-for-church-treasurers-spring-2019

All sessions run from 7:00 – 8:30PM ET

“Loving Our Neighbours 2019” 

A three part series to help implement your 2019 annual giving program. These sessions will introduce the new material and features of this year’s program.  Each of the sessions will also focus on one of the three key practices that encourage generosity, giving and gratitude.

Inspire (April 30)  Learn how to share our faith story and illustrate how we live our faith.

Invite (May 7)  Learn how to invite others to join you in support of God’s mission at a community meal or through a letter.

Thank (May 14)  Learn how to ensure that our thanks and gratitude are timely, personal and sincere.

Register at https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/238-loving-our-neighbours-inspire-invite-thank 

All sessions run from 7:30 – 9:00PM.

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

Holy week blessings, 

Kathryn

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


 

 

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” – Lewis Grizzard

Friends,

I know we’re more than half-way through March … I’ll try to be more timely in April!  🙂

Here are some stewardship tidbits for your consideration.

Interesting reading…

… go here to see a great short article by Thomas Rainer, “Why the Giving in Your Church is Decreasing”.

… an excellent devotional by Molly Baskette titled “The Burden of Money” is attached.

Together, through Mission & Service, we are making an incredible difference in the world – near and far!  Our goal is to grow giving and transform even more lives in 2019.  Together we can do that!  Here are 9 easy steps!!

Step 1:  Gather a Team

Step 2:   Look at past giving & analyse your Charge’s 5 Year Giving Report (available from me).

Step 3:  Set realistic and challenging goals (e.g. increase givers and/or increase giving of those who already contribute).

Step 4:  Brainstorm specific ideas to increase awareness and giving. This resource will help you create a plan:  Your Annual Plan for Inspiring, inviting & Thanking.

Step 5:  Decide on the resources you need.  See here for list.

Step 6:  Order the materials and resources you need from UCRD.

Step 7:  Make specific plans to reach goals.  

Step 8:  Just do it! 

Step 9:  Evaluate your program at the end of the year.

For more Mission & Service information please go to www.stewardshiptoolkit.ca/mission-service.

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Click here for the April Generosity, Giving & Gratitude Ideas.   (Scroll down a bit to “Monthly Generosity, Giving, and Gratitude Ideas for Congregational Leaders”.)

Didn’t do your 2019 annual giving program during Lent?  No problem … we’ve got you covered! Brand new Worship Materials:  (2019 Online Extras) have recently been uploaded to the Stewardship Toolkit site. Worship resources are designed for:

For those of you who have used Called to Be the Church program resources … would you please complete our short survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LovingOurNeighboursSurvey

Thank you for your generous of support of the work of the church through the United Church of Canada Foundation.

Just a reminder that the Spring 2019 Seeds of Hope granting cycle is accepting applications! They are due by 8 pm EST on April 15th, 2019.  Submission by email to grants@united-church.ca is preferred.  Visit https://unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grant-info/seeds-of-hope/ to download the applications today or contact Grants Officer Erik Lo Forte at eloforte@united-chuch.ca for more information.

“Loving Our Neighbours 2019”,  a three part series to help implement your 2019 annual giving program. The sessions will introduce the new material and features of this year’s program.  Each of the sessions will also focus on one of the three key practices that encourage generosity, giving and gratitude.

Inspire (April 30)  Learn how to share our faith story and illustrate how we live our faith.

Invite (May 7)  Learn how to invite others to join you in support of God’s mission at a community meal or through a letter.

Thank (May 14)  Learn how to ensure that our thanks and gratitude are timely, personal and sincere.

Register at https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/238-loving-our-neighbours-inspire-invite-thank and note that there are both daytime (February) and evening (Spring) options.

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

Blessings,

Kathryn

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

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