Trust Fund Grant Application Time for 2019

URLC has been benefactor of generous gifts from several estates and through personal donations.  These gifts are in a trust fund.  Each year the Trust Fund Board is responsible for disbursement of interest earned from these gifts.  Grant applications will be available at church office or on the table outside the office.

Completed applications must be submitted to the church office by
April 21, 2019.

No Sunday School – Annual Meeting

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The “Annual Meeting” will be taking place in the reception hall at 9:30am, & we wanted to make sure Teachers & Shepherds would be able to attend this meeting so we have NO Sunday School scheduled this upcoming Sunday, January 27th.   Join us to go over our congregational report for 2018, membership numbers, finance reports, and updates about council & committee accomplishments.

I have also listed the schedule through February below.

Sun. Jan. 27th: NO Sunday School
Sun. Feb. 3rd: 9:30-10:15am Large Group Sunday school with Breakfast Snacks
Sun. Feb. 10th: 9:30-10:15am Classroom Sunday school &
(All the kids SING at the 10:30am service Feb. 10th)
Sun. Feb. 17th: NO Sunday school – Pres. Weekend Break
Sun. Feb. 24th: 9:30-10:15am Classroom Sunday School

URLC Council Notes December 17th, 2018

  1. Pastor Marggi reported that she will be on vacation December 28-January 5 and that she has organized another mission trip to Guatemala March 9-March 18.
  2. Pastor Marggi thanked the congregation for their generous support of Good Gifts project. We bought the farm. And reported that she has organized a snowshoe outing for January 20.
  3. Roger Rueckert updated the council on the schedule for printing the annual report.
  4. Ron Gabrielson reported that the staff evaluations are almost completed.
  5. Tony Stensland reported that a quote from the Woodward Electric company for electrical updates required by the church insurance company. The council approved the quote of $4179 for the work to be done in 2019. Funds for this project to come out of the general maintenance budget.
  6. 2019 staff contracts were approved for a 2% increase except the secretary who received an adjustment increase or $1/hour plus an additional 6 PTO days. This was made after her one year of service. Also the With One Voice director per diem was increased to put it in line with the other music directors.
  7. It was reported that the church council nominating committee will be making a recommendation for the annual meeting to fill one 1 year term and three 3year terms. Joan Henriksen, T ony Stensland and Roger Rueckert will end their term after the annual meeting on January 27.
  8. The council reviewed a request by the Southeastern Minnesota Synod to increase the church contribution by $1200. It was decided to leave it at the same amount as last year of $6000.
  9. The 2019 operating budget was approved for a recommendation to the congregation for expenditures of $299334 and revenue for $299334.
  10. The January council meeting was moved to January 14.

PROJECT 3R REPORT

The financial status of Project 3R is as follows; The debt as of December 17 is $151700. We received $7673 in November. 64% of the debt for the total $412485 project 3R cost has been retired.
Thank you to everyone for your continued contributions.

Love boldly, Share abundantly, Give generously

Dear Friends,

United Redeemer Lutheran Church is a vibrant community of believers where amazing things happen daily.  Our worship services incorporate music and sacraments, children and puppets, new ideas and old liturgies.  Our beautifully remodeled fellowship areas and kitchen welcome people from our church and beyond for special events and regular gatherings.  God is at the center of this place and its people.

It is only because of you, with all of us working together, that URLC remains open in ministry to care for both those in our membership and our larger community.  It doesn’t happen magically; it takes gifts of all sorts to keep the church going.  This letter is to thank you for all the ways you contribute to URLC.

At URLC, we
Love boldly, Share abundantly, Give generously.

The mission support committee is charged in the bylaws to “conduct an annual stewardship effort emphasizing time, talents, and financial commitments.”  We hope that this letter prompts you to prayerfully consider how you want to offer your commitments for the next year.

Serving & Sharing:
Every program in the church relies on the contributions of volunteers.  Sunday School needs at least 30 adults to serve our 100 plus kids, the “block party” only happened because nearly 70 people helped with serving, setting up, hosting.  Over 300 ushers are required in a year; it takes around 100 people providing food and time to serve funerals throughout the year.

Each person has special talents that can be shared for the glory of God.  We request that you honor the talents God has given you by identifying one new way you could serve this year. Don’t wait for someone to notice and ask you, share your gifts abundantly.

Please complete the Serving and Sharing form and return to the church office or put into the offering plate.  You can see the sorts of needs that that would benefit from your participation.  Extra forms will be available at the church (and here).  We promise we will forward your interests to the folks leading in those areas.

Financial commitments:
The operating budget for URLC is around $280,000 per year.  That does not include the Project 3R debt which remains above $170,000.  Please accept the challenge: increase your giving this year.  Even adding 1%, $5 a month, or an extra one-time gift would help.

Please use the enclosed “Intent of Giving” also referred to as a “Commitment Card” to record your intention for your 2019 giving.  On the card you will notice a few things.  You can indicate whether you prefer to receive offering envelopes.  We will order them only for people who request them.  The most convenient way to give is through electronic giving.  If you already give electronically, thank you.  Your electronic giving is not automatically registered as a pledge. Therefore, it is requested that you complete a commitment card so your planned giving can be reflected in the annual budget numbers.  Please complete the “Commitment Card” to mark your intention and to make any changes.  A signature on the card is all that is needed to authorize the change.

If you want to begin giving electronically, mark that on your pledge card and the office will follow up with you to get you started.  On the commitment card, you can designate how you would like your contribution allocated.

Please return your “Commitment Card” to the church, either to the office or drop it into the confidential box you will find at the back of the sanctuary.

Something fun for this year.  When you return your “Commitment Card” you will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Bridget’s Café or a $50 gift certificate to Covered Bridge Restaurant.  An anonymous donor wanted to offer an incentive to get those pledges in!  The amount you pledge isn’t important, we just want as many people to commit as possible.  Last year, we received 56 pledges.  This year help us double or triple that number.

Thank you for all the ways you contribute to the life of URLC.  You are generous.  We appreciate you!

Mission Support and Evangelism Committee

Judy Blaksted
Mary Goplen
Joan Henriksen
Linda Herrick
Linda Pahl
Lori Rauen

CLICK HERE for the 2019 “Serving and Sharing Form”

CLICK HERE for the 2019 “Giving Intent Card”

CLICK HERE for the printed version of this letter

2015 Trust Fund Requests

If you are applying for any financing from the Trust fund for 2015 please have your applications into the office by Monday April 13th.  Applications can be found outside the office, by request, or CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the “2015 Request for Trust Fund Allocations”

Thrivent Direct Now

Thrivent members, select our congregation the first time you direct Choice Dollars® between April 1 and May 31, 2014 and our church will receive an additional $20 grant from Thrivent Financial!  Through the “Direct Now… and add $20!” campaign, Thrivent will give an extra $20 for each member who chooses to direct Choice Dollars to our congregation first.

Please contact a representative from the Member Connection Center at 1-800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and say “Thrivent Choice” or send an email to fraternal@thrivent.com.  For faster service, have your member ID or contact number available.