Our Stewardship Ministry is the glue that binds all this energy together enabling Northwest to meet its financial obligations, share our bounty with the wider community and for many, many years, be a Fair Share Congregation within the larger Unitarian Universalist Association.
Annual Giving Campaign
The Stewardship Ministry has the lead role in our annual Giving Campaign. This annual campaign provides over 80% of the funding for our yearly operating budget of $280,000.
Our average household yearly pledge is $2,300.
We understand that financial capacities are not uniformly distributed across our diverse community. We do, however, encourage everyone to contribute as they can.
This tradition of giving is deeply rooted.
At dawn of the 20th century when both the Unitarians and Universalists had a much more distinctively Christian bearing than today’s Unitarian Universalists, J.C. Bond Secretary of the Board of Trustee for the Universalist Church of Atlanta spoke at the 1902 annual meeting saying,
“Your Board has been doing everything in their powers to further the interests of the church.
To do this it is of the upmost importance that we receive the financial assistance of each and every member of the church and we heartily recommend that each member of the church make contributions as God as prospered them in some amount however small because each one receives morally, socially and spiritually from the church and their pledges when once made should surely be paid.”
Some things are eternal.
Bellwether Book Store
Northwest’s Bellwether Book Store is open after Sunday services. We have a great selection of new and used books. The Book Store also takes orders and, when possible, offers a 15% discount on such orders.
The Bellwether Book Store sponsors our Community Ministry Book Groupies. Book Groupies meet at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a current – and always interesting – book. Join us in the Community Room for lively discussion amid good humor!
The best, and,, without challenge the longest running music coffee house in the Atlanta area is Northwest’s Hungry Ear.
The Hungry Ear is a laid back music venue featuring folk, smooth jazz, and acoustic music by some of the region’s most accomplished singer-songwriters and jazz musicians.
The coffee house is held in the main sanctuary at Northwest on the first Saturday of each month. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Admission is “free” but we do ask for that people make a $5.00 donation as well as a donation of a canned good to support our Social Justice Ministry connection with Sandy Springs Community Assistance Center.
Other FUNd Raisers
Our dinner-auction and holiday bazaars frequently make the list for annual events where we get a chance to socialize, share our talents and exchange some cash as well.
We have also held unique special events including our Evening with Abraham Lincoln professionally performed by Dr. Gene Griessman, tailgating at Braves games and other social dinner and theater events.
If you would like to get involved in our Stewardship Ministry, contact any member of the Board of Trustees. Our Board of Trustees continue to “do everything in their powers to further the interests of the church.”
Your donation of the time, talent and treasure will enable Northwest to carry out its mission to create loving community, inspire joy and spiritual growth, and support courageous action.
What a great investment.