With the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation still fresh in our minds now is a more than appropriate time to consider what we as a community look for in the coming year. From its inception University Lutheran has always been a community of giving and its efforts are illustrated in the church we are a part of today. Thanks to those who have dedicated their time, talents, and financial gifts to this place, UniLu has been able to provide and serve those who call our community home.
As a recent graduate of Drexel University, I have seen how UniLu has served and continues to serve the campus communities of Philadelphia. Through our Campus Ministry programs we invite students to experience the Word in a setting that is unique to their needs. I have personally experienced God at work through events like Chill Night, community outreach at campus fairs, and weekend retreats like last year’s whitewater rafting trip. These programs are instrumental in the faith journeys of the young adults that walk through our doors every week and would not be possible without the generosity of those within the UniLu community.
Speaking of generosity, UniLu is proud to be a part of a new pilot program titled Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG). This new program helps congregations develop new and unique ways to encourage and sustain generosity within their communities. Representing UniLu in this new endeavor are Emma Reuschel, Drew Kmetz, Nathan Osburn, and Pastor Fritz. Over the past few months, the team attended a conference along with eight other teams representing congregations from both the Southeastern Pennsylvania and Northeastern Pennsylvania Synods. This conference allowed team members to learn of tools they can use within their communities to establish a culture of generosity. More recently, the CCCG team met with UniLu council members alongside a SEPA Synod representative to discuss what generosity looks like at UniLu. The team is currently planning a community dinner to share their ideas and will host a Sunday morning stewardship series throughout the remainder of November.
As we prepare to begin another year of exciting ministry here at UniLu I ask you to prayfully consider what generosity means to you. Stewardship often holds the connotation of giving money but it can be more than that. You are invited to consider giving in other ways such as volunteering for a church event, serving on a committee, assisting in Sunday morning worship, or in any capacity you feel moved to act in.
Pledge forms can be found in hard copy in the church office and narthex or electronically via our website (uniluphila.org/donate). We ask that you return your pledge forms by Sunday, December 3rd so that we may begin planning for 2018. Completed pledge forms may be placed in the offering plate during worship or returned to the church office. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to myself or any member of the CCCG team.
I thank you for your time and consideration.
Peace and love,
James StantonCongregational Council, Secretary