The Stewardship Committee along with Building & Finance are working to make
the annual budgeting process and explanation more “user friendly” for our
church members. To that end, we asked that each Ministry group prepare a brief visioning
statement about the mission that they have predicated their budget request on,
plus a comment or two on what their real potential for mission work is if they
had additional funds. Based on these statements, here is Pilgrim’s Budget described in “narrative” form:
Narrative Budget Report
Pilgrim gladly accepts donations from members and friends. If you see something on this website you’d like to help support, click on the offering plate icon. You’ll find a pull down menu that will ensure that your gift goes where you’d like it to go. We accept donations made via credit card or you can mail a contribution to us at 2310 E. 4th Street, Duluth, MN 55812.
Families sometimes designate Pilgrim Congregational Church as a potential recipient of gifts given in memory of a loved one. The minister and family work together to identify an area of the congregation’s ministry where gifts might be appropriately used. Donors receive a receipt from the church and the family is notified that a gift has been received. Memorial gifts have been used to purchase equipment and furnishings, to provide for special musical events, and to further building projects.
On the first Sunday of each month, cash gifts in the offering plate are given to Gabriel Project for direct assistance to individuals in need. Gabriel project is administered by CHUM and is supported by a coalition of congregations.
Pilgrim Congregational Church consistently is awarded recognition as a “5 for 5” congregation in the United Church of Christ. In January we dedicate an offering to the Minnesota Conference Justice and Witness offering, 25% of which is used locally for social justice work and 75% of which is part of a Minnesota fund from which any UCC congregation may receive a grant for social justice projects. In March we receive an offering for One Great Hour of Sharing, an ecumenical effort to raise funds for development work and humanitarian aid. June’s denominational offering is for Strengthening the Church, a United Church of Christ fund for congregational development and growth. October’s offering is for Neighbors in Need which supports UCC ministry among Native Americans and distributes grants for social justice advocacy and implementation. An offering in December makes possible assistance to retired clergy whose pensions are inadequate or who have emergency financial needs.
All of what we do at Pilgrim, including maintenance of the building and supporting staff, is made possible through several income sources. The largest are member contributions, solicited annually in the fall and donated over the course of the following year. Some income is generated by legacy funds inherited from the past. Many of our projects and events require additional fund-raising. Pilgrims and their friends are generous and make it possible for the congregation to support a variety of community projects.
In addition to providing oversight of church fund raising, the Stewardship Ministry encourages individuals and families to plan wisely for their financial needs and eventual allocation of assets. Periodically the ministry offers workshops to encourage members and friends to do thoughtful financial and estate planning.