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Amazon Smile

If you use Amazon for purchases, please consider using Amazon Smile and designate First Unitarian Church of Wilmington DE as your charity of choice. Shop online and use the Amazon Smile web page at https://smile.amazon.com/ and Amazon will donate .05% of your purchase to First Unitarian Church. This is a...

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Fiscal Year End is Coming Soon!

As happens every year, our fiscal year comes to an end on June 30 and we are cleaning up loose ends in the office. Here are a few things to think about which will help us wrap up the current year, July 2021-June 2022. Is your pledge for the current...

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Automated Giving Renewals Due Soon!

If you use our automated giving service to make your regular pledge payments, please be sure to renew your authorization for the new fiscal year, July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. All authorizations for the current year expire on June 30, 2022. You can update your authorization by doing...

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Pledge Drive Update

We are nearing the end of our stewardship campaign. In April, the Board of Trustees will review the ET’s budget for the next church year, based on what we have pledged. Will we reach our goals and be able to live our mission to the fullest? What is your intention...

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Our Intentions for Nourishing Minds and Spirits

Nourishing our minds and spirit starts in our shared Sunday morning worship – one of several times for members and friends to come together in community for discovering and expanding upon their individual searches for truth and meaning. This year, along with listening to the music provided by our new...

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Our Intentions for Beloved Community

First Unitarian Church of Wilmington is a beloved community that nourishes minds and spirits, fights injustice, and transforms the world through loving action. This is our mission – our intentions for First U. Our seventh Principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are part,” recognizes...

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First U Members Share Why They Pledge

Our campaign is just starting, but we already have quite a few pledges. Our members and friends support First U for many reasons but here are just a few: “I support First U so we can all continue to ‘show up’ together to express our values through action among us...

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2022-2023 Stewardship Drive

What happened last Sunday? During the Stewardship Moment, we announced the start of this year’s Stewardship Pledging Campaign. We are having another pledging campaign? Yes, we have one every year, because First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, DE, needs resources every year, if it is to remain a healthy, thriving, engaged,...

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Paul and Nancy Pinson Testimonial

Our vision is that our church is a launching pad for personal and spiritual renewal; where learning about and from our differences is what makes us whole and prepares us for the work we must do in the world; where we are intentionally inclusive because we do not know how...

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2022-2023 Stewardship Drive

Lynne Twist has written, “Money is a current, a carrier, a conduit for our intentions.” Our contributions reflect our intentions, our values. Our giving shows what is important to us. You know why First Unitarian Church is important to you. Your contributions express why you value Unitarian Universalism and what...

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Giving with Intention for Our Children and Youth

“Our children and youth affirm their identity as members of the Unitarian Universalist faith community, embrace their evolving spirituality, and practice Unitarian Universalist values in all facets of their lives.” This is our mission, our conscious intention, for our children and youth at First Unitarian Church, the future leaders of...

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Why Stewardship?

Each week in our worship service, we talk about stewardship – taking care of our church and our members, which we value and love. Not only are we caring for our church, but we are also helping it to grow. When we contribute our time, talent, and treasure, we take...

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First U Food Pantry

First U Food Pantry has been selected by our local Giant Food store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Community Bag Program! You can help support pastoral care for our members in need by purchasing reusable grocery bags at Giant. For the month of January 2022, First U Food...

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Ordering from Amazon? Please choose Amazon Smile!

Do you use Amazon for purchases? Shopping for the holidays? If you are making purchases on Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile and designate First Unitarian Church of Wilmington DE as your charity of choice. Shop online and use the Amazon Smile web page at https://smile.amazon.com/ and Amazon will donate...

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Unidentified Donor Checks

We have two checks that we received from Fidelity Brokerage Services with no donor name included on the check. One is dated September 28 for $700 & the other is dated October 11 for $250. If you think one of these could be your donation, please call the office and...

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Endowment Donation Options

Did you know that First Unitarian relies on income from our Heritage Endowment Fund to help support our operations? Endowment income helped fund our budgets throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic – and also demonstrated how donations from earlier generations continue to support our mission. You too can help First Unitarian in...

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Our congregation “closed the gap” and exceeded our $37,000 goal for our supplemental pledge drive. We received new pledges, increased pledges and one time gifts totaling $40,988 as of November 1! Thank you for your support of First Unitarian Church, our staff, and our programs....

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Expanding Our Circle & Closing the Gap

This Sunday, October 31, is our final Sunday for our supplemental pledge drive and we want to thank everyone who has either increased their pledge or sent in a one-time donation in support of our AV Team and CYRE program. As of October 25, we have received 43 supplemental pledges...

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Expanding Our Circle & Closing the Gap

In these crazy times we are living in, one anchor that has helped many stay afloat is the connection to our church. Our AV team has provided a safe way to keep that connection strong with web-streaming. And now they have expanded that capability to bring us together both virtually...

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Expanding Our Circle & Closing the Gap Thank you to everyone who has made a supplemental pledge so far! We have received 20 supplemental pledges in excess of $20,000. Thank you!! Please make your pledge to this supplemental drive by October 31, 2021. You can also choose to make a...

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“Expanding Our Circle & Closing the Gap”

A Supplemental Stewardship Drive to Strengthen our Connections Today, you may access all of our First Unitarian Church’s worship services, faith development and other programming either online or in our building (as pandemic conditions allow.) We have been expanding our capacity to provide quality experiences across all generations online during...

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Amazon Smile

Ordering from Amazon? Please choose Amazon Smile! Do you use Amazon for purchases? If you are making purchases over Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile and designate First Unitarian Church of Wilmington DE as your charity of choice. Shop online and use the Amazon Smile web page at https://smile.amazon.com/ and...

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Our Mobile Phone Giving App is Changing!!

We currently offer options to give using your mobile phone in the GivePlus+ App for Android and IPhone. Effective September 30, our electronic giving processor will no longer support GivePlus+ and we will start using a new app called Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement instead. The new system has been set...

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Fiscal Year End – Coming Soon!

Our fiscal year ends June 30, so here are some reminders: If you have not yet paid your pledge for the current fiscal year, please do so by June 30. Not sure what you owe? Just contact Chrissy at chrissy@firstuuwilm.org for more information. If you use our automated giving service...

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Fiscal Year End Reminders

June 30, 2021 is the end of our fiscal year. In April, we sent out giving statements to our donors. Please be sure to reach out to the church office if you have any questions. If you have not yet paid your pledge for the current fiscal year, please do!...

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Automated Giving Renewal Reminder!

Don’t forget that if you use our automated giving process to pay your pledge from your bank account or credit card, please be sure to renew your automatic payment authorization for the next fiscal year, July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. You can access authorization forms here or call...

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Automated Giving and Pledges

Our pledge drive is underway, thank you for your support! Many of our donors pay for their pledge using automated withdrawals from their bank accounts or credit cards. If you want to use this type of payment process for next year, be sure to submit your authorization using our online...

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First U – Resilient and Committed

Last week, Kate Franta shared her thoughts about First Unitarian Church as part of the Stewardship Moment during worship. “I believe it was my first year attending this church when Rev. Mary Katherine Morn came here to preach about stewardship and commitment. Then we sang that song, and I glanced...

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First Unitarian Church – Resilience and Commitment

Next Sunday, March 7, we celebrate the resilience of our community during our multi-generational Whole Church Worship service. That service also marks the start of our annual stewardship campaign, when we begin looking forward to the coming church year. Our theme for stewardship for 2021-2022 will center on our resilient...

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Holiday Shopping and Amazon Smile

Now more than ever, we rely on online shopping resources for ourselves and our families. If you are making purchases over Amazon for the holidays, please consider using Amazon Smile and designate First Unitarian Church of Wilmington DE as your charity of choice. Shop online using Amazon Smile (https://smile.amazon.com/) and...

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Pledge Year 2020-2021 Automated Giving Reminder

If you use automated giving through our website, Give Plus+, or by paper authorization form to pay your pledge for last fiscal year, 2019-2020, please check to see if you updated your authorization for the new fiscal year, 2020-2021. We start fresh each year in order to provide an extra...

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Donation Ideas – Stock Transfers

Did you know you can donate stocks to the church? You can! It’s easy to make a direct donation from your brokerage account to the church account. Just email Marina at marina@firstuuwilm.org or Chrissy at chrissy@firstuuwilm.org to get instructions. If you decide to make a donation using stock, please let...

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Stewardship Update

Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far. We received 196 pledges, with a total pledge amount of $465,777, along with commitments for sharing skill and energy at First Unitarian. We are confident we will meet our financial goal if current members who have not yet submitted their pledge...

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Stewardship Update

If you haven’t submitted your commitment form, please do so now. Commitment forms are available at the church office or online (print/mail the paper form or submit online using this link) Thank you for being part of First Unitarian Church and our work toward growing together!

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Stewardship Update

PROGRESS: Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far. We received 177 pledges, with a total pledge amount of $438,974, along with commitments for sharing skill and energy at First Unitarian. We are confident we will meet our financial goal of $499,000 if current members who have not yet...

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Stewardship Update

PROGRESS: Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far. We received 173 pledges, with a total pledge amount of $435,674, along with commitments for sharing skill and energy at First Unitarian. We are confident we will meet our financial goal of $499,000 if current members who have not yet...

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Stewardship Update

PROGRESS: Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far. We received 173 pledges, with a total pledge amount of $435,674, along with commitments for sharing skill and energy at First Unitarian. We are confident we will meet our financial goal of $499,000 if current members who have not yet...

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Stewardship Campaign Winding Down!

PROGRESS: Last Sunday was the last official day of our month-long 2020/21 Stewardship Campaign. We received 157 pledges, with a total pledge amount of $406,835, along with commitments for sharing skill and energy at First Unitarian. The good news is that we had a great response to this softer approach...

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Stewardship Campaign Underway!

PROGRESS: We are in the FINAL week of our 2020/21 Stewardship Campaign and have received 102 pledges, with a total pledge amount of $300,195, along with commitments for sharing skill and energy at First Unitarian. We are more than halfway to our goal of $499,000 for this campaign, but we...

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Stewardship Campaign Underway!

PROGRESS: We are two weeks into our Stewardship Campaign and have received 55 pledges, with a total pledge amount of $171,769, along with commitments for sharing skill and energy at First Unitarian. LEARN MORE: Our stewardship theme this year is “Growing Together.” If you would like to learn more about...

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Tea with the Minister

You are invited to tea with Rev. Pamela Wat. During the weeks of our Growing Together 2020/21 Stewardship Campaign, you will have opportunities to ask questions and learn more about how the congregation is doing financially, where we are going in the future, and the challenges and opportunities we face...

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Tea with the Minister

You are invited to tea with Rev. Pamela Wat. During the weeks of our Growing Together 2020/21 Stewardship Campaign, you will have opportunities to ask questions and learn more about how the congregation is doing financially, where we are going in the future, and the challenges and opportunities we face...

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Chinese New Year Tradition

On January 26, Rev. Pamela Wat shared her family’s tradition for celebrating the Chinese New Year. Everyone at church received a small red envelope with money in it. But there was a catch! People were asked to do something good with the money, to make the world a better place...

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Stewardship Campaign Underway!

KICK OFF! Last Sunday, January 26 we kicked off the stewardship campaign with a special Lunar New Year surprise. If you were present and received a lucky red envelope, please be sure to share with us how you spent your money! On our first Sunday of the campaign we received...

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Happy New Year!

On January 26, Rev. Pamela Wat shared her family’s tradition for celebrating the Chinese New Year. Everyone at church received a small red envelope with money in it. But there was a catch! People were asked to do something good with the money, to make the world a better place...

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STEWARDSHIP KICK OFF!

This Sunday, January 26, we are kicking off our stewardship campaign with a special Lunar New Year surprise that children, youth, and adults will not want to miss. I hope you will be part of the fun this Sunday at our 10:30 a.m. worship service! Our stewardship theme this year...

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Tea with the Minister

You are invited to tea with Rev. Pamela Wat. During the weeks of our Growing Together 2020/21 Stewardship Campaign, you will have opportunities to ask questions and learn more about how the congregation is doing financially, where we are going in the future, and the challenges and opportunities we face...

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First Unitarian Church Heritage Fund

As you consider your end of year charitable giving choices for December, please consider a donation to our Heritage Fund. Please think about how you can contribute to future generations through a gift to our endowment. How do you do it? Some options: Add a codicil to your will –...

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October 13th Special Collection – Interdenominational Ministers Action Council (IMAC)

IMAC is a local coalition of clergy who collaborate against the systemic racial and economic injustices that manifest poverty, addiction, and violence in our communities. Rev. Richard Speck and Rev. Pamela Wat are members of IMAC and invite First Unitarian Church to join them in supporting IMAC’s 2020 Delaware Faith...

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Heritage Fund Endowment

First Unitarian is special to all of us and we are grateful to those before us that built the church that we now enjoy. Your opportunity to “pay it forward” for those who follow us is always available. Please think about how you can contribute to future generations through a...

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Heritage Fund Endowment

First Unitarian is special to all of us and we are grateful to those before us who built the church that we now enjoy. Your opportunity to “pay it forward” for those who follow us is always available. Please think about how you can contribute to future generations through a...

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Fiscal Year End Update

The end of the fiscal year is here! Please be sure to pay your pledge for the current fiscal year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) before the end of June so we can properly credit your account. Not a person who pledges? Want to know what it means...

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Pledges for Mini Capital Campaign

Our Contractors are busy working on the construction that we hope to have completed by early September. Thank you to our generous pledgers to the Mini-Capital Campaign. We have received pledge payments from many of you already, thank you! Our vendors will want to get paid by the end of...

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Stewardship Update: Final Numbers

We send a big Thank You! to all of our members and friends who have contributed to our Stewardship Campaign – we’re almost there! As of 4/4/2019, we have pledges of $497,791 towards our Operating Fund goal of $510,000 and $202,885 towards our mini-capital campaign goal of $250,000. If you...

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Pledge Drive Update

As of 3/12/2019, we have pledges of $480,401 towards our Operating Fund goal of $510,000 and $202,785 towards our mini-capital campaign goal of $250,000. Thank you to all who have pledged. Having pledge information on file helps us plan our budget for next church year. If you have not yet...

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Pledging and Payments

During our fundraising campaign, the office crew noticed that was occasional confusion between “pledging” and “payment of pledges.” To help you help us process your donations and pledges, here are a few key points to remember: A pledge tells us what you expect to donate to support operations (or the...

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We’re Not There Yet!

Help us Meet our Stewardship Goals! We send a big Thank You! to all of you members and friends who have contributed to our Stewardship Campaign – we’re not there yet! As of 3/4/2019, we have pledges of $479,451 towards our Operating Fund goal of $510,000 and $202,485 towards our...

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Your Church! Your Stewardship Campaign Update!

It’s an exciting time at First U. We are in the process of calling a new minister. We are making our Church more accessible, safe, flexible and inviting to all. We are creating new possibilities! And that is happening because you, our members, are stepping up! As of February 14,...

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Your Church! Your Stewardship Campaign!

It’s an exciting time at First U. We are in the process of calling a new minister. We are making our Church more accessible, safe, flexible and inviting to all. We are creating new possibilities! And that is happening because you, our members, are stepping up! As of February 5,...

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Heritage Fund Endowment

First Unitarian is special to all of us and we are grateful to those before us that built the church that we now enjoy. Your opportunity to “pay it forward” for those who follow us is always available. Please think about how you can contribute to future generations through a...

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Your Church! Your Stewardship Campaign!

It’s an exciting time at First U. We are in the process of calling a new minister. We are making our Church more accessible, safe, flexible and inviting to all. We are creating new possibilities! And that is happening because you, our members, are stepping up! A Big Thank You...

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2019 Stewardship Campaign is Underway

It is an exciting time at First U. We are preparing for a new minister. We are creating new programs. We have decided that we want to be more accessible. We have determined that we want to make our space more welcoming and inviting. We’ve had teams who have worked...

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Stewardship Reflection – Judy Govatos

The world does work in mysterious ways. The January 6 service was entitled Coffin and Cradle. I didn’t know the service title when I agreed to do the Stewardship moment several months ago. I received an email from Nancy Pinson inviting me to write the stewardship moment. I was in...

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Donation News! Stock Transfers

Did you know you can donate stocks to the church? You can! Just email Marina at marina@firstuuwilm.org or Chrissy at chrissy@firstuuwilm.org to get instructions on how to make a donation using stock. Most importantly, let us know what stocks you are donating and when, so we can check our account...

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SPECIAL NOTICE! . . . .SPECIAL ALERT! FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH’S FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 MINI-CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Part ll – The Capital Budget Pledging Campaign * Creating Possibilities for our Mini Capital Campaign means that, together, our collective pledges will allow us to make all the renovations to our facility that are needed to make it fully accessible, attractive, functional, and sustainable, including up-to-date electronic communications. *...

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First U Room Rentals

First U offers rooms for use by the local community as well as by church members and friends. Parish Hall is a popular venue for birthday parties and special events. People use Brunner Chapel for yoga, or rent a classroom on the second floor for meetings. Next time you are...

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Appreciation Is Not Quite the Right Word, But It Works

Did you know that the word “appreciate” which comes from the 1650s, originally meant “to set a price to,” and is related to “appraise”? But using the modern slant, your Stewardship Team appreciates the commitment that you’ve shown to our community by making your generous pledges. Thank you, thank you,...

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