Budgeting Update from Scott Denning and Erik Martinson

This update is a part of a Governance Update being sent by email to all Foothills members.

Every year, the church prepares a budget in the spring for the church year starting on July 1, projecting monthly income and spending 15 months in advance. Our budgets are balanced, so we spend only what we earn.

Nearly all of our income is from the pledges of financial commitment made by members and friends of our community.

The budget for next fiscal year has been prepared by the Finance committee, affirmed by the board, and will be voted on for final approval by the members of the congregation at our annual meeting on June 4.

A hearing to introduce and discuss details of the budget will be held on May 7 at 10:40am. Highlights include an overall increase to the budget of nearly $43,000 made possible by a projected pledging increase of over 8%!

Most of the additional income will be invested in our human resources, including a new part-time coordinator position for membership, as well as salary adjustments to reflect current UUA compensation guidelines for our ministers and staff.

Please plan to attend the May 7 hearing to inform your vote as the budget presentation at the Annual Meeting will be abridged.

It’s time to Answer the Call of Love – from Kay Williams

Foothills HeartFlame logo 2.1.17 ANSWERING THE CALL O LOVE (1).jpgIt’s time. Time to help support all of the important work that Foothills is doing to unleash courageous love in Northern Colorado and beyond. It’s time to affirm what Foothills means to you and your family personally.  And, it’s time to thoughtfully consider your financial commitment and the ways that love calls each of us, and all of us together to respond to the challenges and hopes of our world today.

It’s time to answer the call of love.

We ask all friends and members to keep an eye on your snail mailbox during the next few days – you’ll find information on the ways we’ve been growing, and the ways we are all needed to respond to the needs of today – to meet the rising fear and hatred with a bolder, more courageous love.

To dive in now, be sure to check out our website to see where we have been and where we are going as we discover what it will mean to Answer the Call of Love.

Thank you for your generous support of Foothills and for making all that we do together possible – Kay Williams, Stewardship Team Chair

P.S. If you’ve been preparing your taxes, and thinking you would like to save money on them next time, click here to learn how your pledge of financial commitment to Foothills can provide you with tax advantages for next year.

Thank you from the Stewardship Team

Our Annual Stewardship Pledge Drive is winding down, and we are pleased with the results. We hope you agree that it feels really good to give what you know is generous for you – so that you feel it a little bit!

Giving in Gratitude is a spiritual practice that we strive to live here at Foothills. We now have 380 pledging households for the 2016-17 church year. And we have 35 new pledgers this year – that’s great!

This year’s pledge drive is up about $40,000 over last year. Since we haven’t emphasized money so much in the past, the last several years we’ve tried to educate the congregation about how important it is for all of us to share our resources to help maintain and grow all of the wonderful programs and activities at Foothills. We’re attempting to make talking about money not so taboo anymore. 77% of our income comes from your pledges – that is our reality. We are the church.

Most congregants responded well to the Stewardship Team’s request to increase their pledge this year. As our Treasurer said at the May 1st Budget Hearing, our church really needs an increased pledge income every year, since our expenses also go up.

If you’ve ever wondered what kinds of pledges we receive, here’s a snapshot:

  1. 15 households pledge between $6,060 and $18,250
  2. 34 households pledge from $3,060 to $6,000
  3. 66 households pledge from $1,560 to $3,000
  4. The remaining pledges range from $20 to $1500 per year
  • 202 households increased their pledge this year. Thank you!
  • Our average pledge is $1,607. Our median is $960.

To make our church and its exciting and life-changing programs sustainable, we need to responsibly support them. Looking ahead, can you see your family increasing your pledging level? Look especially at the categories of giving above – can you get on a path towards moving into the next higher level? Just a few additional pledgers moving from level 4 to level 3, or level 3 to level 2, would make a huge difference in what we are able to do and offer as we seek to fulfill our mission.

We ask you to thoughtfully consider what it would take to increase your commitment to Foothills. Our staff and lay leaders – and all of us- have worked so hard to make this such a warm and vibrant community.  It is our congregation, and it is up to us to ensure its vibrant future.  Let us continue transforming – together.

Thank You – Kay Williams, Stewardship Chair