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Session Letter to the Congregation

Celtic Cross with Margin 09-29-15January 21, 2016

UPC Family,

We write this letter to inform you of our church’s financial pledge situation as we begin 2016 and attempt to prepare our budget for the coming year. We foresee a budget of approximately $1,000,000 being needed for ministries and mission in 2016.

Thanks to you who have pledged financial support for the year 2016. As of today, 146 of our 299 households have pledged. The amount per pledge increased 10 percent compared to 2015, and a number of members pledged for the first time. That’s good news. But the amount pledged, together with other anticipated revenue, is between $75,000 and $100,000 less than the amount needed for UPC’s ministries and mission budget.

We would encourage any of the households that have not yet pledged to prayerfully consider the needs of your church: How will you support the vital ministries that University Presbyterian Church provides to you and all our families and how will you contribute to the life-giving missions that help so many people in our community and around the world? If you have pledged, we hope you will consider increasing your pledge. Please call Sandie McGee, UPC Finance Manager, if you can update your pledge, or you can make your pledge online.

Also, if you have not yet completed your pledge for 2015, we encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience.

We know that the uncertain times in which we live are reflected in all these figures. We are aware of the concerns you have as we move through this transitional time in our church’s life. Let’s work together to support all of UPC’s wonderful ministries and to provide a sound financial position for the Pastor Nominating Committee to share with Senior Pastor candidates.

We believe that we will faithfully meet the challenges before us now, just as UPC has overcome many challenges in her history.

In Christ’s Service,

Session of University Presbyterian Church