Public Health Information
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UUCM’s Current Financial Situation
For the Remainder of the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year
The payments of pledges this year are coming in ahead of schedule but slowing down. Our revenue stream has virtually stopped except for pledges. No more rentals. Two of our fundraisers are canceled for this year – the Auction and the Spring Fling. The Auction usually brings in $10,000 to $13,000. The good news is that we are not spending as much as we expected. But 70% of our expenses are for Staff and we still need to pay or employees who are key to getting us through this pandemic. We need to pay utilities and keep our building in good condition. Because of this, we may need to take more money from the Endowment than planned for this year which leaves less from the $108,000 that we voted on to spend over the next 5 years. This is a bad time to sell stock from our endowment, but we have enough cash reserves that we will not have to do this – assuming that many of us are able to pay our pledge for this year.
COVID-19 has impacted our lives in so many ways. For some, continuing to pay their pledge is not possible and we understand. If you can continue to pay your pledge, we appreciate that. Our staff is still working to keep the building safe, perform essential tasks, and bring us virtual worship on Sundays. That’s why, if you are able, we need your pledge payment.
We Need Your New Pledge for Next Year!
The Finance Committee and the Board will be working together to provide direction for next year. Even in these uncertain times, we need to plan for next year. Therefore, we need you to make your pledge for 2020-21 if you have not already done so. We originally asked for a 10% increase in pledges. At this time we realize that for many this is not possible. All we are asking is that those who can, pledge what they can. If you can find your pledge card, mail it into the church office as soon as possible. If you cannot find it, just send an email to Jamie, our church administrator ( email@example.com ). Include the amount of the pledge you are making for 2020-21 and how you will pay it (monthly, lump sum, etc.). Please put Pledge in the Subject of the email.
Your Finance Committee: Leslie Bennett, Jamie Ferrier, Sandy Frades, John Mika, Steve Opre, John Reagan, and Rev. Carol Strecker
The UUCM Board has voted to extend the cancellation of all worship, programming, meetings, events, and rentals at UUCM through April 30.
We will continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic conditions to determine if another extension is required. If you need to reach the Board for any reason during this time, please email Board President, Marti Kennedy, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board members are in frequent communication with one another and with Rev. Carol, who remains at home in Maine.
We hope you will join the congregation in online worship using the Zoom networking platform described on our website. If you are unsure about your ability to participate, and would like some assistance, please reach out to the Board or Rev. Carol, and we can put you in touch with UUCM Tech Support!
Please follow all recommendations for hand washing and social distancing, rest and take care of each other, and stay connected to UUCM … See you soon. Thanks, Carol