January 11, 2016
Dear Chalice Lighter,
We are all interested in strengthening our existing UU congregations and welcoming newcomers. That’s why we’re Chalice Lighters! Thank you for pledging your support for the needs of Pacific Northwest congregations through this program of pay-it-forward generosity.
Our Winter Call: Visibility and Access Improvements to Olympic UU Fellowship: The Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (OUUF), serving Port Angeles and Sequim on the Olympic peninsula, is a small but vigorous fellowship that has grown 27% over the past three years. The problem is, the current entry to the OUUF building is off a side road, which greatly diminishes the visibility of the church and causes traffic problems. OUUF has received county approval to establish a new entrance off the main road to allow one-way traffic circulation. Chalice Lighter support will pay for creating and paving this new entrance and providing signage that will advertise the presence of Unitarian Universalists in the community. In addition to stimulating visibility and attendance, the improved access is expected to attract building rentals, helping operating revenue.
What was funded with the most recent calls? In December 2015 we announced technology grant awards totaling $17,800 to eight congregations. Overall, twelve eligible proposals were received for the 2014/15 spring call, requesting a total of $55,500. Clearly, the need to help our congregations with technology improvements continues to be significant. There was no 2015/16 fall call, as no proposals were received from PNWD congregations.
Please respond now with your contribution of at least $15 to help our neighbor congregation in Port Angeles/Sequim. Payments will be accepted for this call through March 7. Contributions received after March 7 will go into the Chalice Lighters Undesignated Fund, which was recently used to augment funds for technology grants. Ten-percent (not to exceed $2500) of each call reimburses district expenses to administer the program.
How to pay: You can conveniently donate online at the PNWD Payment Page. Alternatively, you may mail a check payable to Chalice Lighters, to: PNWD Chalice Lighters, 12700 SE 32nd St., #E-101, Bellevue, WA 98005-4317. The 2015/16 winter call will be open for contributions through March 7, 2016. And remember, when you make your winter call donation, you may also fulfill your 2015/16 pledge by contributing in advance to the 2015/16 spring call. Thank you for your generosity!
David P. Cauffman
PNWD Chalice Lighter Program Coordinator