This has been a year unlike any other. A year of unprecedented challenges and injustices. A year when our core values on racial justice, immigration, economic equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and climate change were deeply threatened. But amidst a climate filled with great inequity and grief, Unitarian Universalists came together as beacons of light and hope.
We often describe our faith as a religion of “deeds not creeds,” and Neighborhood Church embodied this through both words and actions this year. We stepped into a transition that welcomed Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley’s interim ministry. We pivoted to meaningful online worship. We provided tremendous pastoral care to our congregation. We confronted a complicated, racist past through a truth and reconciliation process. We increased community partnerships through our Share the Plate offerings. We made a commitment to dismantling white supremacy through the Endowment Fund for Racial Justice. And we did all of this together, working to confront challenges and embody our principles to build this beloved community.
Our Annual Pledge Drive this year is grounded in the theme “Together, Again,” honoring an upcoming collaborative composition between Carol Louissaint and Dr. Zanaida Robles. It calls us to reflect on the struggles of this past year with anticipation of our journey ahead:
Together, again. Gather, again.
We’ve been waiting and wanting
For Sundays to come
When we hold hands, again.
We invite you to recommit to our beloved community in this year’s pledge drive, which begins March 7 and concludes four Sundays later on March 28. Your annual financial pledge builds the church’s annual operating budget and supports our important interim work, as well as funding staff salaries, religious education, music, social justice, our buildings and beautiful campus, our community partnerships, and more. We may not be gathering together in person just yet, but the collective work of the Church and our faith continues.
We are beautiful and whole
We stand together and hold hands
Together, again, Gather, again.
Our pledge drive team will be reaching out to every household this year to have a conversation about your hopes and dreams for Neighborhood and how we can continue to serve you. We look forward to connecting with you— if not quite yet in person— then in conversation. Together, again.
With Gratitude Your Pledge Drive Co-Chairs,
Due to COVID, using this virtual form allows us to all remain safe while we are unable to meet on campus. If you would prefer to make your pledge over the phone or request a paper form, please contact Operations Manager, Elizabeth Campo. She can be reached by email CLICK HERE or phone 626.449.3470 ext. 411.
Set up an automatic monthly payment with your bank to Neighborhood Church as if it were a regular bill. Use the church address and in the memo line make sure it says “Pledge 2021-2022.” The bank will send the church a check at whatever frequency you choose, though monthly is preferred.
Provide your account and routing numbers so the church can make an automatic monthly deduction via ACH on or around the 15th of each month. Reach out to Operations Director, Elizabeth Campo if this is how you’d like to pay!
Use VANCO to pay with a credit or debit card. Just choose the date and amount! You can change your preferences at any time. VANCO does have more fees associated with it, so this is not our preferred option.
Make a gift of stock. Contact our Board Treasurer Andy Eaton if you want to take advantage of this option.
If you’re already using the required minimum distribution (RMD) from your retirement account, you can use the same account to pay your pledge and it will count towards your RMD.