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Neil LichtmanThere are two things I’d like to share with you in this month’s message.

First, a report on how the UUA’s Annual Program fund ended here in our district - CMwD congregational support to the UUA’s APF in the just closed Fiscal Year was $450,413 down from the previous Fiscal Year’s support of $491,345. This 8% drop exceeded our national average of a 2% drop.

We recognize the impact the economy has had in general and the specific struggles of a small number of our congregations. Meanwhile, plentiful resources exist to help congregations create generosity in difficult times.
As you’ve read here a number of times before, both Ian Evison and I are available to help you reach those resources or discuss your issues.

The second thing I wanted to let you know about is pledging to both the UUA-APF and the district.   A bright spot in the last Fiscal Year was that 90% of our CMwD congregations told us their intent via pledging or formal letters during the year. This is very, very helpful – just as knowledge about pledging is crucial to your congregation in financial planning.

Given how tight both the UUA and the CMwD need to budget for this current new Fiscal Year we’re in, we very much need to know your intentions now, if you haven’t already pledged. We hope that every congregation has these numbers in their new budgets and we request you share them with us either formally by filling out pledge forms mailed to you or e-mailing us personally.

Thank you,

Neil Lichtman
Your CMwD APF Chair