• Is pledging required to become a member? Yes, a pledge form is completed as one of the steps of becoming a member and is how we support the work of the church.

  • How much is required to pledge? The amount of the pledge should reflect what the member can comfortably contribute for the year. The pledge sheet has a chart to help in arriving at a pledge amount.

  • Do I need to contribute every week? No. A member can contribute at an interval that suits their situation, lump sum, weekly, monthly, quarterly. Some members opt to “pay ahead” at the end of the year to use it as a tax deduction.

  • Is my pledge tax deductible? Yes. The amount of your pledge collected in the calendar year can be used as a charitable contribution. The collector sends each member a statement that can be used at tax time.

  • Can I pay with credit card? Direct deposit? The church accepts cash, checks and bank transfers for payment of your pledge. Credit card payment and direct deposit currently are not available.

  • Who will know how much I pledge? The collector and co- collector are the only two people who are aware of pledge amounts. By church tradition pledging information is confidential.

  • Where does my money go? How is it allocated? Pledge money is allocated to finance the business of the church, including salaries, building maintenance, church programs and charitable initiatives. The budget is voted on by the congregation at the annual meeting.

  • Can I request where my pledge money is spent? No. Once the pledge amounts are compiled for the budget year, the congregation votes on how to allocate this money.

  • What does the church do with the cash that is put in the collection plate every week? A percentage of the “plate collection” goes to social outreach. The particular charities to receive the funds are voted on by the congregation. The remainder of the collection is put into the general fund for the church budget.

  • Does the church support any charities/social causes? If so, how? In addition to a portion of the plate collection, a percentage of all fundraisers is allocated to outreach. Each year the congregation votes on several charities/causes to support. One of the long term charitable relationships is with Renewal House, a safe house for battered women and their children, run by the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.