November is Stewardship Month at University Church, and November 21 will be Pledge Sunday when everyone is invited to turn in a pledge card (or pledge online here) affirming how they plan to support University Church with their time, treasure, and talents in 2022.

The Finance Committee has asked us to meditate on the theme of “On Christ the solid rock we stand” as we prayerfully consider our offerings for the coming year. This theme was selected because of the changes and storms that we have come through in 2020 and 2021.

University Church is like the house built on the rock in Christ’s parable. The church has sheltered our community through these storms. We were physically separated from each other by the pandemic, but University Church, by moving into an online space, has allowed us to still experience the rock solidness of God’s promises of love and care and has fed our needs for spiritual sustenance and connection. The church was able to continue to reach into our lives every Sunday and bring us together in a virtual space.

This coming together still goes on, even now that some of us have returned to the sanctuary. We have continued to advocate for social justice through the ongoing work of committees and members. Our building has offered sanctuary to several migrant families even when we were not there. We found creative and COVID-safe ways to be together over the summer with Summer Fun activities (thank you to Valerie Lilley and everyone who helped plan these events!). And we were glad with Pastor Julian that he was finally able to take a sabbatical this summer as a season of renewal for the work ahead.

Please help us continue to build the University Church community grounded on the solid rock of Christ’s teachings and promises with your pledge as we enter 2022. Let us stand together on the solid rock!

Stephanie Weaver
University Church Co-Treasurer