The Transformative Power of Gratitude
ERUUF's annual congregational meeting is Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm after the service (one service at 10:15 am).
Members will elect new officers and approve the 2018-19 budget. This meeting provides a review of the past year and lifts up new opportunities for the coming year. Everyone is welcome to attend, although only members may vote. Absentee ballots are below and can also be picked up from the ERUUF office. They must be returned to the office by 11:40 am the day of the meeting. Attend in person if possible to hear the latest news and to join in the discussion and votes. Childcare provided.
ERUUF will benefit in 2018-2019 from projected pledges of 352 households, totaling $810,000. Over 95% of ERUUF’s operating budget is funded by the congregation. The pledge drive is organized entirely by volunteers, with the wise support of staff. Thank you to the teams that planned and implemented the drive, gave testimonials, wrote thank-yous, called, created communication materials and produced final reports. We trust that the themes of generosity, inspiration and action will be integrated throughout ERUUF’s programs in the year ahead.
Clint McSherry and Rose Auman, Pledge Campaign co-chairs
General Assembly (GA) will take place from June 20-24 in Kansas City, MO. Up to 13 lay delegates can represent ERUUF. If you are interested in attending, either in person or as an off-site delegate, please contact Kristi Chilton at . Complete information is available at https://www.uua.org/ga.
ERUUF was recently recognized as the #1 congregation by Urban Ministries of Durham for the most volunteer hours for 2017. The ERUUF team logged in 1267 hours for our low income and homeless neighbors.
Urban Ministries’ largest private funder sets the amount of its annual grant to UMD at 10% of the overall support, including volunteer hours. So, the more hours we log, the more grant funding UMD receives to help clients. This year, each hour of volunteer labor was worth $22.14, making ERUUF's volunteer support worth $28,000.
With Winter seeming unable to make up its mind whether to stay or go, it is heartening to see all the signs of new life around ERUUF’s campus. With all that is new comes preparation for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Our Pledge Campaign team has done an incredible job, haven’t they? Kudos to Clint McSherry and Rose Auman, and THANK YOU to everyone who has pledged their support of ERUUF. Now it is time to create a budget from the results of this campaign.