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So good that we’re going to do a little bit more of it! Sunday, June 12–Congregational Meeting continued for final vote on church budget for 2011-12

[While Pastor Cranky did not write it, he approves this message.  In fact, he likes it a whole bunch!]

May 26, 2011

Dear Members of UUSS,

If you were with us for our congregational meeting last Sunday, thank you.  If you weren’t, we want to let you know what transpired and that the meeting will be continued on Sunday, June 12, 2011, following the 10:00 AM service. Please plan to attend as we need your input and support for a balanced 2011-12 budget.  Childcare will be available in Classroom 11.

At the congregational meeting we heard updates on the 2011-12 Pledge Drive and the UUSS long range plan, “Building the Future,” and elected new members to the Board of Trustees, Program Council and other positions.

The majority of the meeting was a robust discussion about the budget for 2011-12.  The difference between a fully funded budget and the amount that has been pledged thus far is $93,000.  The Board of Trustees worked closely with the Finance and Personnel Committees, obtaining input from members through numerous workshops, pledge drive conversations and communications through UUSS newsletters and correspondence to reduce the projected deficit to about $16,000.

Some of the items we’ve considered include salaries, Unitarian Universalist Association and Pacific Central District membership dues, Rev. Doug Kraft’s offer of taking a one-month furlough without pay, continuing our relationship with Rev. Roger Jones who is on a yearly contract with us, and increasing fundraising activities.

We appreciated the suggestions, questions and comments about line items and ways to decrease the deficit, raise revenue and attain a balanced budget for next year.  Numerous members suggested increasing pledges to help resolve the deficit.  It was awesome to hear several members at the meeting raise their pledge.  Since then, more members have come forward to do so.

The Board of Trustees will use the congregation’s input and the latest income projections, including newly revised pledges, to craft and present a balanced budget to the congregation on June 12 for a vote.  The current draft budget and the formal copy of this letter are posted on the UUSS website at: in the section titled “Budget 2011-2012”; the final budget proposal will be posted on the website in that same location by June 3, 2011. You may obtain hard copies from the business office.  Please think about the budget, discuss it with other members, and talk with our ministers and Board members.  Most important, come to the June 12 meeting with ideas for how we can best serve the greater good.  Together we will make decisions that will help us to meet our common goals and for UUSS to flourish.


/s/Tina Chiginsky                                                        /s/Doug Kraft

President                                                                     Lead Minister

 /s/Cathy Whitney                                                         /s/Ginger Enrico

Treasurer                                                                    2011-12 Pledge Drive & Stewardship Campaign Chair

Read the President’s May 22 Remarks to the Congregation at this link.


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