This is a reprint of my column from the May 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here.
If you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble doing the things that you say you’ll do. A haircut can wait a week. Cleaning the bathroom can wait a couple of weeks. Going to the gym can wait a lifetime. Procrastination is easy.
One of the things that I’ve been procrastinating on is fulfilling my pledge to First Congregational United Church of Christ. It’s easy for me to put off writing a check until tomorrow. And then Sunday rolls around and I’m looking at the offering plates come down the aisle and I realize I don’t have a check to sneak into them. Even once I have a check ready, it’s easy for me to forget to sneak it into the offering plates before the service starts. And that means I’m behind on my pledge.
(Maybe writing this column will remind me to get my pledge in.)
Fortunately, there are two tools to help people like me!
One is something that we’ve had for a while: the direct debit form. You can find this on the rack outside the church office or on our website (under About Us -> Documents -> Other Documents). Just fill it out, attack a voided check, and return it to the church offering. We’ll withdraw the amount you specify on the 20th of each month until you tell us to stop.
The other one is something new: you can now make gifts to the church directly on the website! Just go to the website and click the donate button in the upper right, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can safely and securely make a donation on your credit or debit card. You can make a one-time gift, or set things up to make a gift monthly, quarterly, or annually! (You can even help us out by covering the processing fees.)
Remember, everything that happens in this congregation happens because of your volunteering and your financial gifts. So if you’re like me, please take a moment to fill out the direct debit form, or go on to uccdewitt.org/donate and set up a monthly gift. Then you won’t need to worry about procrastination… or being on vacation… or terrible January weather.
And thank you for everything you do for our congregation, our community, and our world!