Open for contributions through June 14, 2015.
April 21, 2015
Dear Chalice Lighter,
Thanks to PNWD Chalice Lighters, the Unitarian Universalists of Anchorage, Alaska will be able to replace an inefficient old furnace with the latest in energy-saving technology – work that will improve their carbon footprint, provide comfort in sub-zero temperatures, and save a lot of money every year. Your generosity to the winter call provided a grant of $17,738.85 towards the cost of this improvement.
This spring’s Chalice Lighter call is one that builds on the success of our call two years ago, when we provided congregations with funds for Growth Technology Grants. The interest in and use of modern technology to support ministry, leadership training, outreach and community connection continues to grow. Unfortunately, many of our congregations still lack the basic equipment and/or infrastructure and technical expertise they need to take advantage of growing resources available via the Internet. The spring call will address this need by providing congregations with funds for additional Growth Technology Grants.
Effective church communication and outreach is strongly dependent on technology: websites, email, social media, electronic newsletters and resources. Today’s instant communication inspires many individuals to reach for their smart phones to share experiences in words and images. Congregations can capitalize on this communication and also improve their technological advances with modest investments of time and money. Your gift to this spring call will provide for tailored grants to congregations wishing to upgrade technology for worship, learning and communications.
Congregations may submit grant proposals through an online application process which will be open early summer through November 2. The Chalice Lighter Coordinating Team will serve as the grants review panel for disbursing funds to our member congregations. The list of congregations awarded grants will be announced in early January 2016.
Make your gift of $15 or more online at the PNWD Payment Page. Or mail your check, payable to: PNWD Chalice Lighters, 12700 SE 32nd St., #E-101, Bellevue, WA 98005-4317. This call will be open to receive contributions through June 14. Donations received after June 14 will go into the Chalice Lighters Undesignated Fund.
When you make your donation of at least $15 for this call, you will be assisting multiple congregations in the Pacific Northwest. Thank you for your generosity and support of our growing congregations!
Dave Dierdorff, for the PNWD Chalice Lighter Team