“In summer, the song sings itself.”  William Carlos Williams



Summer is here!  And as I have for the last several years due to the generosity of the folks at Knox United Church in Kenora, ON and the kindness of my leader David Armour, I will be working from “the lake” half-time in the mornings and vacationing at our family cottage in the afternoons and evenings.  Life is good indeed!  (I can be reached by phone at the number below and/or email.)  Please accept my wishes for a summer that brings you fun, relaxation and rejuvenation!      

Here are a few pieces of stewardship related information for your consideration. 






The Summer 2018 “Generosity, Giving and Gratitude Ideas” are attached for you.   >> 2018 Summer Generosity Giving Gratitude Ideas 



If you haven’t done so already, get a jump on your Fall congregational giving program by taking a look at this year’s “Loving Our Neighbours” program that you received earlier this year. The resource will refer you to many  online extras found on the Stewardship Toolkit. 


You will also find offering invitations and prayers and “Stewardship Seconds” from now until the end of the year on the Stewardship Toolkit.  (Just scroll down a bit to find them.)


People often ask us how to invite and encourage people to either go on Pre-Authorized Remittance or increase their PAR gifts.  During a service one congregation invited people to do those things by talking with folks at a table that was set up during coffee time.  At the table they had everything needed to either start or increase PAR and they were very pleased with the response.


Our Mission & Service gifts carry the presence of God with love and hope into the world.  Thank you for promoting Mission & Service in your congregation through “Minutes for Mission” and the other creative ways we hear about from time-to-time! And thank you for continuing to transfer gifts throughout the summer. 

Watch for the “Mandate” Mission & Service Special Edition that should be out in late Summer. 


The United Church of Canada has launched an emergency appeal to help our partners respond directly to those affected by the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala.  Would you please invite and encourage people to visit the website and make a gift? 


Hot off the presses … the United Church Foundation Spring 2018 grants have just been announced!  Check to see what congregations and individuals in your Conference received grants.  Perhaps it will inspire you to apply in the Fall!



Here is an interesting article from Charity Village directed at all people in the charitable sector saying we need to start talking about religion and money.



Are you are thinking ahead to your Fall giving programs for both local and Mission & Service?  If you are looking for encouragement, resources, help to implement congregational giving, Mission & Service and planned giving programs, and/or learning more about the United Church Foundation and investing opportunities for your congregation, I’m here to help you with that.    


Summer blessings,


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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