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Annual Pledge Campaign

March 4, 2021

Dear First Parish Member,

It has been a year like no other. Our doors closed, yet our congregation is still thriving. As a faith community, we’ve stayed close together to care for each other, walked together in solidarity during protests, gathered together in Zoom worship, expanded our small group ministry and lived through a tumultuous election. Our Pastoral Care Team reached out with congregational calls. We gathered outside at the holidays, greeting each other, as we entered the Sanctuary one by one to light candles. We are grateful to our minister and First Parish staff, who continue to work under exceptionally difficult circumstances. We’ve been all together and now we need to be all in!

Though we rarely gathered in person, First Parish was here through this year of grief, isolation and worry. We look forward to a future where we greet each other with hugs and sit together in pews.

This year, like all the others before it, your support is vital. Our minister, staff and many volunteers work hard to keep us nourished spiritually. Our beautiful building needs caring for, though you may not have crossed the threshold in many months. The annual Canvass drive is the time we show our gratitude and love for what First Parish can and has given us. It’s the time we join together to preserve First Parish for future generations. A Canvass Team member will reach out to you very soon. They’ll want to learn how you are, have a conversation about First Parish, and talk about your annual contribution. They’ll invite you to join us: All together…and All In!

It takes a total of about $600,000 to financially sustain our community each year. While every household has different financial circumstances, we ask you to consider what First Parish means to you and give to your capacity. Please look at the giving chart from the UUA for guidance.

This year First Parish supported us in ways we’d never thought of before. We are grateful for the many ways all of you contribute, seen and unseen, to our beloved community. Now is the time that our community needs each of us to support our mission in new ways. Your support for our 2022 Canvass is critical to achieving that goal. All together, let’s be All In, for First Parish!

In faith and community,

Your Canvass Team:

Karla Baehr, Micaela Coady, Whit Larrabee, Margaret Williams, Rev. Lisa Perry-Wood, Alisa Halliday

We urge you to make your pledge this year online.

If you have questions about the campaign, please email canvasschair@firstparishinbrookline.org.