Kindle the Flame

Annual Budget Drive for 2022-23

Treasurer Susan Oldland introduces the 2022-23 Annual Stewardship Appeal by providing the outlines of our Annual Budget Drive.

Learn how the budget proposal has been adjusted, offer comments, and ask questions:

Multiplatform Budget Hearing and Candidate Forum

Sunday, May 29, from 11:15 – 1pm

Tuesday, May 31, from 7pm – 8:30pm

The annual meeting will be held on June 19.

Reflecting on and celebrating the year we’ve spent together - and apart.

We celebrate our resilience.

Church members stepped up to lead the choir and virtual hymn singing in the absence of a music director.

Image: Bob Fraley leads the choir in the UUCE Sanctuary, as choir members sing, masked and distanced. 

While COVID kept us away from each other, the Building and Grounds crew painted the sanctuary, finished “clouds” on the sanctuary ceiling, and improved air flow throughout the building.

We celebrate our creativity.

Virtual worship services drew new members, returning members, and visitors from near and far.

We edged towards multi-platform church with hybrid services and events: the Gathering of the Waters, the Annual Book Sale, Holiday Bazaar, Holiday Pageant and Solstice Spiral (pictured left)

When we connect, we are empowered by love.

Our pastoral care associates are reaching out to connect each UUCE member with one of our many programs and activities.

Image: Members connect with one another outdoors over the Summer of 2021, as we bid farewell and happy retirement to Rev. Lo.

Learning together, we transform ourselves,

More than 70 of us participated in “Beloved Conversations-Within,” an anti-racism, anti-oppression program that encourages the inner work necessary to become a truly welcoming congregation.

The children’s and youth programs also follow an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework. Coming of Age is in progress!

Taking action, we serve our world.

We brought meals to families in the Night Shelter program and lunches to people in the Community Court program. We stocked three Little Free Pantries near church and in Springfield.

We’ve installed an electric line to improve the lighting for our Conestoga residents (pictured right).

Your gifts kindle the flame that warms our community and inspires us to serve our world. Thank you for your generosity!