“Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

Email 2018 Pledge to South Church

Your pledge will be sent confidentially to Joanne Smith, Financial Administrator – and she will confirm your pledge with an email back to you.

Beloved South Church,

As a working mom of two young kids, my first thought when my alarm sounds is usually, “I did not get enough sleep.” My mind could easily spiral in this direction – there’s not enough time with my kids, there’s not enough time for church, there’s not enough clean laundry, there’s not enough chocolate in this house, etc. Before I sit up in bed, before my feet have even touched the floor in the morning, I can already be lost in the mindset of “not enough.”

Our culture’s great myth is one of scarcity.  There isn’t enough to go around. Everything from safety and love, to money and resources feels restricted and lacking. This underlying belief drives us to consume, hoard, and accumulate rather than share, contribute, and give.

Jesus taught his followers to be bold, to give freely, and “to love others as much as you love yourself.”

French philosopher, Jacques Ellul wrote: “Christians were never meant to be normal.  We’ve always been holy troublemakers…we do not accept the world as it is, but insist on the world becoming the way that God wants it to be.”

Good people, we are the “holy troublemakers” this world needs. God wants us to defy the scarcity we might feel, so that we can love boldly and live generously. The best is yet to come.

May it be so,

Rev. Dana Allen Walsh

In 2017, your donations allowed us to support…

Worship

  • Inspiring weekly worship services
  • Pastor Alex’s Bible Study
  • Podcast “Standing Under the Word”
  • Monthly Edgewood Worship Services

Learn

  • New professional childcare providers
  • Sharing of our story through press releases and social media
  • Expanding adult faith opportunities
  • Pastoral formation of future students

Serve

  • Volunteer work with underprivileged children at Hancock Courts in Lawrence
  • Funding and support of the Giving Garden
  • Support for the wider UCC church and ministries including disaster relief and social justice.

Belong

  • Confirmation class, youth retreats, and mission trips, welcoming and nurturing South Church youth and youth from neighboring communities
  • Programs/activities such as Sunday fellowship, Andover Days, Trunk or Treat, and Mom and Tot playgroup

Love Boldly, Live Generously
With a successful 2018 pledge drive, we hope to broaden our programming and outreach in the following areas of need:

  • Funding and support of Hancock Courts volunteer children’s program in Lawrence, Honduras Hope providing towns with electricity, Wells Bring Hope supplying well water in Africa
  • Bolstering the Youth Fund to support more expansive middle and high school mission trips, fall retreats and a growing youth program
  • Staffing the music program we’ve come to love and visioning for future growth
  • Replacing the damaged chairs and tables in Fellowship Hall to ensure comfort and accessibility for all

This year, we are asking you to:

  • Make South Church one of your highest giving priorities
  • Grow in your generosity
  • Automate your giving, using bank account monthly transfers

The FIRST PRIORITY for everyone’s gifts to South Church is always our individual ANNUAL PLEDGES for the operation of the Church itself. Our combined gifts fund our programs, staff, music, missions, facilities, community needs, outreach, and more, all in our daily life together.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECIAL GIFTS

A vibrant, sustainable church can imagine, and have faith in, the future. It develops the resources (time, talent, treasure) to do what needs to be done: Can a young family find better opportunity to join in church activities because there is funding for child care? Can a mission group learn from its service and afford to leave its tools in the needy village? Can we respond with meaningful aid when calamity tears at people near and far?

Inspiring and productive gifts join a donor’s highest hopes and the people’s deepest needs. Throughout its 305 years, South Church has been blessed by the philanthropy of members and friends who have funded its daily progress in faith and fellowship, built its successive houses of worship, and enabled it to be of service in the community and the world.

Whatever money we have in our budget and our facilities and our savings comes from the Christian call to give, individually and congregationally, to others for God’s purposes. Across the centuries and for the future, our encouragement of giving and our stewardship of gifts must be as effective and trusted as we can make it.

Our shared Gift Acceptance Policy recommends that all donors speak with the Pastors, Moderator, Trustees, or relevant Boards to assure that every gift comports with the values and needs of South Church and its Christian mission.

Click on any of the topics listed below to see further details about the gifting opportunities.

MINISTRY: A gift for South Church’s ministries might support professional development for the staff, internships for seminary students, the Samaritan Fund with which the Pastors spontaneously help people with immediate needs, or expanded staff and worship.
WORLD SERVICE AND COMMUNITY: Every gift to World Service goes out into communities near and far to help with a whole host of social justice issues like health, shelter, food, peacemaking, education, immigration, culture, church formation, and parenting. This congregation sends out its money and its members, and it has a long history of participation in UCC and ecumenical activities. Your gift might dig a well in a needy village, or it might change the life of a local teen who sees what her service can do for others.
ACCESS TO PARTICIPATION IN CHURCH LIFE: A Special Gift can literally open doors. Funds are needed to assure that seniors and the disabled are able to get to worship, to allow a young parent to engage on a service committee because child care is provided, or so that a person can join in a mission trip or get education regardless of ability to pay. Access is essential to faith formation and social justice.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: A vibrant CE program touches everyone who touches the Church. Donors create Funds to bring wonderful speakers to the community, to provide current skills and technology and curriculum and professional colleagues for teachers in Sunday School, to expand adult education into even more small groups, and to add Vacation Bible School and other means of visibility for the Church in the community.
MUSIC: Special Gifts will bring enthralling guest artists to play and sing and accompany and inspire, will help maintain the wonderful organ, can expand teaching and choirs and variety, or might build up the library of scores and recordings.
YOUTH: It is often said that a strong Youth Program is key to the Church’s vitality. Special gifts provide community outreach to engage young people from many backgrounds and to enable participation regardless of circumstances. Gifts support a dynamic array of programs, missions, trips, materials, service experiences, and of course a team of compelling leaders.
FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE: The buildings, systems, and grounds of the Church require continuous maintenance and modernization well in excess of the scope of annual budgets. The Trustees’ careful schedule of opportunities for Special Gifts for energy efficiency, safety, access, and preservation in a historic building.
TECHNOLOGY: The 21st Century has much to offer a 305-year old Church. Your Special Gift might fund IT systems or the audio-video equipment that make worship and events clear to hear, easy to produce, recorded for posterity, and accessible to those who want to join in from a hospital bed or a home far away.
FINANCIAL: Special Gifts are an essential source of the Church’s sustainability. A donor who retires some debt frees up budget funds forever; a gift to Reserves assures lasting support for the Church, its programs, its people and its life.