This year's Spring Clothing Drive earned us $525 worth of Goodwill vouchers, which we will donate to Lafayette Urban Ministries. The Social Justice committee thanks all who contributed!! We will have another clothing drive in the fall.
As you plan your summer out, remember that pledge contributions can always be made online through our website. You can make a pledge with your credit card, or with your bank information gathered from a check, and you can also pitch in to cover the cost of the transaction if you want. To get started, visit our donations page. Reach out to Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have difficulty or questions. Thanks for your financial support of the church!
Social Justice is a crucial part of the UUCTC mission and what we value. Every other month the Social Justice Committee reports on recent and upcoming activities. This is the report for May 2018.
The Social Justice Committee’s approach is three-fold.
• Financial assistance to programs and agencies in the community engage in social justice work
• Educating the congregation about social justice issues
• Taking action on issues that are consistent with our UU principles
Change for Change Program: Every Sunday offering of loose change goes to a chosen recipient. These recipients are local organizations that are doing work consistent with the mission of social justice. Anything other than change, such as a check or dollar bills, can be put in an envelope marked “Change for Change”. Every year we chose a theme. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Our Community”. During March and April, Change for Change money went to the Strengthening Ourselves campaign. This campaign was in response to the vandalism done to the church earlier this year. We recognized the need for a better security system. The campaign raised a total of $319. Thank you to those who donated. We had a person generously agree to match whatever was given so now we have $638 to go toward a new security system. During May and June, Change for Change money will go toward Habitat for Humanity.
The Social Justice Committee also regularly supports organizations such as Lafayette Urban Minstries (LUM). LUM has a number of programs that promote social justice. Our support is as follows:
After school program - $100; food pantry - $300; General fund - $600; Homeless shelter - $100; Jubilee - $1000.
The Social Justice Committee hosts documentaries related to social justice issues. On April 22, we showed “Saving Capitalism” which talked about issues related to economic inequities. Stay tuned for our upcoming events.
In the coming months, other members of our committee will share other activities and programs in which we are involved. We meet the second Thursday every other month at 7 PM and we would love to have more come. Hope you consider joining us.
Our spring clothing drive will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 10am to 2pm. We will be collecting used clothing which we donate to Goodwill Industries in return for cash vouchers which are then donated to LUM or other service organizations. Please use13 gallon plastic bags, or an equivalent size for ease of handling. No shoes, belts, or household items, please. Early donations can be left in the upper room of the Fellowship Hall.
Would you like to join our church? Would you like to learn more about the history of Unitarian Universalism or the history of OUR congregation? If you answered yes, please join us March 24th, 2018 from 10am to 2pm in the Forum room (101/103) Lunch and Child Care will be provided. Please RSVP to Jada Haughey at email@example.com
We are pleased to announce that you can now make your offerings to the church online, using a credit card or setting up an automatic withdrawal from your checking account. You can make one time donations, or set up a recurring schedule. This program offers convenience to you and donation consistency for our congregation. You can start by going to our website, uuctc.org and clicking the "Donate" button. Send questions to Alice Pawley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you for your continued support of our church!
The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette received an unrestricted legacy gift from a past board member, LaNelle Geddes. LaNelle was a nurse, scientist, researcher, and educator. She earned a bachelor’s in nursing in 1957 and doctorate in biophysics in 1970, both from the University of Houston. Her career included 28 years at Purdue University, where she advocated for gender equity and moving nursing from a technical to professional status. Her pioneering initiatives included a four-year baccalaureate program and launching the Purdue Student Nurses Association, Minority Student Nursing Association, and Nursing Freshman Scholars.
When LaNelle died in 2016, she designated a generous legacy gift to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, leaving an everlasting legacy to her home of 40 years. More about the CFGLAF.
LaNelle knew the importance of endowments in that they provide predictable and growing sources of income for our local organizations. Wouldn’t it be great to plug in an unrestricted revenue line every year that is managed by someone else and grows almost every time you budget? That’s what an endowment is designed to do; provide a stable, growing revenue stream that frees up the staff, board, and volunteers to focus on the agency’s mission!
To honor LaNelle’s generous gift, The Community Foundation board of directors has allocated $500,000 of LaNelle’s gift to provide matching funds for participating agency endowments.
- Match eligible: 50% match for UUCTC Endowments.
- It is on a first-come first-serve basis. When the $500,000 of matching dollars are depleted, the campaign is over.
- The match is available only on gifts from individuals or businesses payable to CFGL designated for each organization’s endowment fund.
- There is a cap of a $25,000 matching funds - which would be a $50,000 or more gift per household per fund. A household can make gifts to more than 1 endowment fund.
- Cash, online gifts, and stock are accepted.
- The CFGL match period will begin on November 28th of this year on Giving Tuesday.
- Match period ends August 1, 2018 unless all matching dollars have been depleted prior to this date.
You can help The Unitarian Universalist Church. Designate your gift to the UUCTC endowments: Kay Asher Religious Education Endowment, Ferris-Harvey Social Justice Endowment, UUCTC Building Fund Endowment or the general UUCTC Endowment. If you have questions, please contact Julia Colby at email@example.com.
You are invited to join us for the 3rd annual UUCTC Thanksgiving Feast. Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Thursday Novembers 23rd dinner at 5pm - with games and fellowship to follow. We will start cooking around noon and all are welcome to come and help. Feel free to invite friends/ family too, Thanksgiving is a holiday of fellowship, ALL are welcome. If you have any questions or to help coordinate please contact Jada Haughey at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have just formed an official committee, and are now looking for members to help the church improve its overall communications! Here's some of the help we need:
-- people who like to make or have experience making advertising strategy
-- writers who want to contribute to writing the Lighted Chalice (monthly newsletter)
-- photographers who want to contribute photos to publications and the website
-- people who like managing and participating in social media
-- people who like editing or proof-reading stories
-- people who like training others to use websites or engage in Facebook
-- people who have other ideas regarding communication, and energy to help bring them about
If this is you, please contact Alice Pawley at email@example.com. We'd love to have you on board! We hope to have our first meeting in late October or early November.
Ready to clean out your closet? UUCTC's Fall Goodwill Clothing Drive will be held on November 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
All of the clothing collected will be turned into vouchers for purchasing items from Goodwill. All vouchers are donated to Lafayette Urban Ministries. Be sure to use the white 13-gall kitchen bags or similar size. No shoes, belts, or household goods. Early donations can be left in the Upper Room of the Fellowship Hall. Thanks.
Questions: Susanne McConville,
Social Justice Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org