Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands



Author Nadine Sapirman, Written May 6, 2014

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Last week ended our congregation’s stewardship campaigns.  We asked a lot of our members and friends.  The excellent news is that we exceeded our Cornerstone Capital Campaign goal of $50,000.  We will have the money needed to proceed with the accessibility improvements to the building that will start this summer!

We came up a bit short in the annual campaign.  The UUCSH Board of Trustees met last week to see what programs and services should receive our precious resources, and decided to go back to the congregation to ask for just a little more.  If every member and friend in the congregation were to add $100 to their pledge for next year, we would meet our goal and be able to fund important things like raises for the full-time staff, enhancements to our web site, new chairs for the choir, and more.

I am delighted to report that a good number of people have stepped forward to increase their donations for next year.  We are on our way to making our goal!

I am so proud of the many ways which our members and friends contribute to UUCSH!

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, our beloved congregation was honored by the Metro New York District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  We received the O. Eugene Pickett Award–an award we did not apply for.  It was decided by the District staff that we are deserving of the award for contributing to the growth and vitality of the District.

Some of the highlights given in our award granting were our continual financial support of both the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Metro NY District; our excellent stewardship within the congregation that allows us to pay our staff fairly and purchase a building; our strong commitment to outreach via UUCSH’s sharing of our offertory through the Community Plate program; and participating in the District’s Growing Stronger program.

For a congregation that’s been around a relatively short time ( 17 years), we have proven ourselves to be a dynamic, active faith community that puts its values into action, provides a place for spiritual deepening, and is a responsible steward of the financial gifts it receives.

I am proud to be the President of this amazing congregation!

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