Dear Members and Friends of UUCWC,

Last month I had the honor and privilege of preaching a sermon for my mentor’s retirement service. The sanctuary was packed. People stood. Children squirmed. The music (drums, piano, our voices together) rang out. I reflected on 34 years of ministry and as such, came home to you all not only inspired but proud to be in my fourth year with you; our 102nd year of ministry together.

The world has not allowed for a gentle or quiet ministry this last year especially, we all know that. And yet, here at UUCWC, relationships have been made through this time of unrest; hearts have broken open but are mending with a deeper and more urgent love; minds are still racing with an honest engagement with the world and noticeably within our own congregation.

It has changed us. It has required a more challenging but more faithful living. It has made clear what this tradition can provide – not just on one particular Sunday, but for a life.

Join me in looking back on this year. Be proud of where and how we’ve traveled this last century and I hope you, too, will be excited about all that is to come. And as such, I hope you will put UUCWC on your holiday list this season, too.

Our End of Year gift is an opportunity to once more, with intention, thanksgiving, and promise for our tomorrow, financially affirm your community. A gift of any size is greatly appreciated. Some are giving a 13th month pledge. Others are giving a percentage of their holiday spending. Here are some other fun considerations:

$52 = the number of Sundays in the last year
$110 = the number of children and youth in our religious education program
$183 = the number of people who participate at UUCWC
on committees, teams, and task forces outside of Sunday services
$318 = the number of UUCWC Members and Friends

UUCWC has changed me for the better when this world could be changing me in ways I wouldn’t much like. Join me in giving again to this congregation, as a point of celebration, stewardship, and continued faithful living. You can give on Sundays through the envelopes provided in the orders of service, by mail (memo line of check should specify End of Year gift) or online at uucwc.org/giving/donate (please indicate “year-end gift”).

With pride and thanksgiving,

Rev. Kim Wildszewski