There is always in February some one day, at least, when one smells the yet distant, but surely coming, summer.”  Gertrude Jekyll

Friends,

Thank you to you and your pastoral charge for your support – past, present and future – of the Mission & Service of our church.  You are making a difference.    

If you haven’t done so already, please prayerfully consider your 2019 Mission & Service goal and complete and return the goal-setting form you received in December.

Mission & Service totals can be found on the Stewardship Toolkit at http://www.stewardshiptoolkit.ca/2018.

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Attached are the February (repeat) and March Generosity, Giving & Gratitude Ideas.  

Here is a great example of an electronic thank-you your congregation could create.  According to my colleague Dave Jagger, all you need is a phone to film it and then send it to people via email or include it in an e-Newsletter.  

By now you should have received your 2019 “Called to Be the Church” annual congregational giving program package.Open it up and start with the “Quick Start Guide” to help you navigate your way into the resources. An introductory video about the “Quick Start Guide” is also available to view or download at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8VXXVoWuBc&feature=youtu.be.

These resources – and many “extras” – can be found on the Stewardship Toolkit at http://www.stewardshiptoolkit.ca/loving-our-neighbours.

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

Because of the donations people made, the Foundation’s board approved 96 grants through the Seeds of Hope, New Ministries, and scholarship grant programs. That’s a total of $951,766 granted through Seeds of Hope/Scholarships.  (The details of these grants can be found at https://unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grant-info/grant-information-overview/.)

The Spring 2019 Seeds of Hope granting cycle is now open and 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.

There are also a variety of scholarships opportunities. Scholarship applications are due March 15th, 2019.  They can be found at https://unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grant-info/scholarships-bursaries-lectureships/.

Did you know that the United Church receives approximately $17.4 Million per year in planned gifts and that approximately 80% of those gifts flow directly to congregations? 

Is your congregation prepared to receive a planned gift?  Are you letting people know that there are many ways they can leave a gift and a wonderful legacy?  If the answers to these questions in “no!”, we have a great resource for you to help initiate conversations about planned gifts and to set up an effective Planned Gift Program.  It is called “Launching a Planned Giving Program in Your Congregation” and can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U9ZC5_KpQXM1tuySzrm1W4GOXbH2FOo9/view

(1)The popular “How To Ask From the Pulpit” – March 19, 1:00 – 2:30 ET. Register at  https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/234-how-to-ask-from-the-pulpit-march-2019

If you are unable to attend the webinar here’s a link to a recording of a past webinar – https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/recordings/2018-programs/220-how-to-ask-from-the-pulpit-sept-26-2019

(2) “Loving Our Neighbours 2019”,  a three part series to help implement your annual giving program in either Lent or Fall 2019. 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 (February 12  or 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 (February 19 or 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.

Interesting reading …

… from our Anglican friends, a “Living With Less” themed newsletter – http://rupertslandnews.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-02-FEB-v6.pdf

… an article about when you should be reviewing your estate plans http://www.tonictoronto.com/December-2018/When-Should-You-Review-Your-Will-or-Estate-Plan/?fbclid=IwAR1gWY5Hq_4-Lf_NxyGhVzqdzUYo7K6ADA9ngsDh0QZeUeAudvgvJAWsuoc

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 – at least until June 28th – because 

on July 1, 2019 to be exact!

Stay warm! 

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

The United Church of Canada acknowledges that its buildings and ministries, from coast to coast to coast, are on traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples.

Our vital, innovative, and healing ministries are supported by generous Mission & Service donations.

 


 

 

 

The New Year: “I have the opportunity, once more, to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant some trees, and sing more joyful songs. William Arthur Ward

Friends,

Just a reminder that the deadline for 2018 Mission & Service gifts is January 31, 2019, and that there are a variety of transfer options (attached), including electronic.  We appreciate everything you do to ensure your Pastoral Charge gets its Mission & Service gifts in on time.

Thank you for all you did, and continue to do, to support Mission & Service.  You are making a difference.

You will have received your  Mission & Service goal setting form in December along with the new 2019 Minutes for Mission booklet. Please prayerfully consider your Mission & Service goal for 2019 and complete and return the form.

Mission & Service totals for your pastoral charge and Region can be found here on the Stewardship Toolkit.

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Attached please find:

Thank you letters to those who didn’t give?  Read all about it! – https://www.lgreesor.com/blog-4/thank-you-letters-for-people-who-didnt-give?fbclid=IwAR2gHrIFqeC4gQ5uTagfbc97JNF02L_LWLnAV1TqpI_15E5ieMlRByRuw9w

Arriving in your mailbox later this month –  your annualCalled to Be the Church” 2019 package, continuing the “Loving Our Neighbours” theme!  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.  For a sneak peek, these resources – and more – can be found on the Stewardship Toolkit at http://www.stewardshiptoolkit.ca/loving-our-neighbours

New videos for Called to Be the Church 2019:

(1) “Called to Be the Church Quick Start Guide”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8VXXVoWuBc&t=154s

(2) “Called to Be the Church Invitation – Community Meals”https://youtu.be/yG303-YB4lk

(1) The very popular “How To Ask From the Pulpit” – March 19, 1:00 – 2:30 ET. Register at  https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/234-how-to-ask-from-the-pulpit-march-2019

If you are unable to attend the webinar here’s a link to a recording of a past webinar – https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/recordings/2018-programs/220-how-to-ask-from-the-pulpit-sept-26-2019

(2) “Loving Our Neighbours 2019”,  a three part series to help implement your annual giving program in either Lent or Fall 2019. 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 (February 5 or April 30)  Learn how to share our faith story and illustrate how we live our faith.

Invite (February 12  or 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 (February 19 or 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.

… an interview with Diana Butler Bass, author of “Grateful”

… “Managing church giving in an age of electronic money”-  https://www.anglicanjournal.com/managing-church-giving-in-an-age-of-electronic-money/

… a “Charity Village” article about the growing ‘giving gap’ concern to Canada’s charitable sector – https://charityvillage.com/cms/content/topic/growing_giving_gap_a_concern_to_canada_s_charitable_sector#.XDOT68LsaUk. We are not alone.

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

Until next month,

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


 


December is a month of lights, snow and feasts; time to make amends and tie loose ends; finish off what you started and hope your wishes come true.” Unknown

Friends,

Given the time of year my gift to you is a shorter than usual email!  

about the new funding model and denominational assessments

We’ve been hearing that there are some misunderstandings around the new denominational assessment that will be implemented in 2019.  To help clear them up we invite you to watch the November 27th assessment webinar for Treasurers.

We’ve also prepared two documents we hope you find helpful: a one-page summary of the new funding model and a longer document that builds on the first document.  Both can be found by clicking here , and clicking on the two links you will find after scrolling down to the bottom of the screen.

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To give you a head start in the new year, I’ve attached the January Generosity, Giving & Gratitude Ideas.  

Thank you …

… for your and your congregation’s generosity throughout 2018, and for inviting people to extend their year-end giving to both local and Mission & Service.

… for transferring your Mission & Service gifts in a timely manner.  Just a reminder that there are several transfer options (attached), including two electronic options, which are quick, easy and, at least with the PAR option, cheaper than sending a cheque!

Please note that the closing date for 2018 Mission & Service gifts is January 31, 2019.

That’s it for this month!

Happy Christmas.  May Christ’s blessings be with each of you and your families this wondrous Christmas time, and may 2019 be a year of health, happiness and fun for each of you. 

Until next month,

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

For more information, please contact:

 


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
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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