February 1, 2020
Don’s diagnosis of late stage pancreatic cancer a year ago was a game changer for us. You can imagine, or perhaps know personally, how this changes your perspective on life. Don is as healthy as he can be for now, but it’s made us both reconsider our priorities and count our many, many blessings on a daily basis.
We’ve recently decided that instead of waiting, we are making bequests now to programs and projects that matter to us at UCUCC and in the community. While the diagnosis nearly stopped us in our tracks, our new determination to make a difference now, not wait for later, has brought us pure joy!
We have just made an additional gift of $5,000 to the UCUCC Liturgical Arts Endowment Fund supporting the visual, kinesthetic, written, and spoken word arts. The Endowment was created in 2018 with a $100,000 goal. To date, and with the addition of our new gift, the endowment stands at $95,000, just shy of meeting its goal. We are inviting you to help ‘match’ our gift with one of your own, large or small. Together we can put the endowment over its $100,000 goal!
Why do we care about the Liturgical Arts Endowment? This ministry has blessed us for over 10 years with imaginative and creative sanctuary and chapel installations, dramatic readings and performances, dance and workshops that touch us in spirit. The ministry has invited us to participate in the creation of sanctuary installations such as the migrating birds and, most recently, the collage of Mary and Elizabeth which graced the chancel walls during Advent (wow!). But prior to the establishment of the Liturgical Arts Endowment, there was no predictable source of funding for liturgical arts. With your help, when we reach the $100,000 fundraising goal the Endowment income will provide around $5,000 per year to pay for materials, fund visiting artists and otherwise ensure liturgical arts can flourish at UCUCC.
Will you join us in ‘giving now’ to support the Liturgical Arts at UCUCC? Please mail your contribution today or bring it to the church office. You can also give to this cause we treasure by making a donation online at the giving page on our church website, www.universityucc.org.
Don’s cancer journey has brought home for us the importance of living each day. This isn’t what we expected, but it’s amazing how many blessings we’ve discovered along the way. We are so grateful for your friendship and caring over the years, and especially now. To be a part of such a community of faith as UCUCC means the world to us. Thank you for being there with us.
In gratitude and joy,
Don and Brenda Mallett