President’s Message for May, 2023

A big thank you to all who made our Pledge Drive a success! Although we did not quite reach our goal of $340,000, we almost made it at with 102 pledgers totaling roughly $320,000. We had 60 pledgers who raised their pledges, an increase of over $45,000! This increase helped offset pledge reductions of almost $18,000. 14 pledgers increased their pledges by 100% or more. New and returning pledgers added over $11,000 to our pledge income. Our congregation has shown great strength in supporting our mission and I am grateful and proud to be a part of it.

Due to our successful pledge drive, our minister will remain full-time. However, because of the roughly $20,000 short fall, the board will still be looking for ways to reduce our expenses (or find additional income) and produce a balanced budget at the congregational meeting in June. There are still lots of tough decisions ahead.

Repairs have been made to the gas, water, and sewer lines damaged during the shade sail installation of shade sails on our courtyard and both our buildings are fully functional again. Another big thank you to all involved with making this happen.

The Unitarian Universalist Association (of which we are a member) is holding its annual General Assembly Meeting this June 21 – 25, 2023 online or in-person in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chalice can send 3-4 delegates to vote on important matters such as the new UUA president and Article II reworking of our principles. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact Rev. Sharon or me.

Inspire, connect, act.


Tom Carlstrom, Board President