Why do we pledge?  This Fellowship belongs to each of us.  We pledge to fund the daily operations and to ensure that the Fellowship and its resources are here for us and for others now and in the future.

What is the money used for?  Pledge and other revenue sources (rental, investment, fundraising, donations) support our worship and music programs, our religious education program, programs for members and friends, community outreach, and connections to Unitarian Universalism.  Our budget reflects our mission and vision.

Who are the Stewards?   This is the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bay County.  They have volunteered to ensure the effective management and care of the Fellowships finances and assets.

Is pledging a requirement of membership?  We expect that those who benefit from the Fellowship and participate in activities will share in its financial upkeep.  Some members are able to pledge more, others less, but we can all share in supporting our Fellowship.

Should everyone pledge the same amount?  We place a high value on diversity in our congregation—diverse views, backgrounds, and experiences.  Included in this diversity is a diversity of economic circumstances.  All of us support our Fellowship at individual financial levels.

How much should I pledge?  Plan to contribute a percentage of your annual income.  The Fair Share Giving Guidelines (included on this page) suggest what you might give.

What about the money I put in the collection plate?  Some people use the Sunday offering to make their pledge payments.  As long as the offering can be associated with you, e.g. your personal check or cash in an envelop carrying your name, whatever you put in the offering will be counted toward your pledge.

What if my financial circumstances change during the year, if I lose my job or have a financial emergency?  Lives are not static.  Contact the Finance Committee chairperson, Ken Sizemore, if you need to adjust your pledge.

What is tithing?  The word “tithe” offends some members of the Fellowship, some looking at it suspiciously given its association with other religious organizations. Tithing simply means giving ten percent of income (originally it was your agricultural produce) to support a church.  At the UUFBC we like to refer to this offering as a pledge of support for our Beloved Community.