~ Kris Garratt on behalf of UCUCC’s Liturgical Arts Ministry
Our fundraising efforts began last summer with the goal of establishing long-term financial support for liturgical arts — those forms of artistic expression which pertain to worship and seek to enhance worship and bring it alive in new ways. The endowment is designated as a resource for visual, kinesthetic, written and spoken word arts.
We extend our gratitude to all who participated in the recent Art Party and to the organizers of Friends of Liturgical Arts – Betty Spieth-Croll, Roberta Hollowell, Nancy Wiesner and Mary Paananen. The $4108 raised through their efforts is being added to the endowment fund and starting in 2020 is anticipated to yield approximately $200 per year in financial support through investment income.
We are also deeply grateful to all who previously made a financial pledge or gift to support the establishment of the endowment. The fund totals $69,430 in paid pledges and gifts. Including amounts pledged but not yet paid, we currently anticipate the fund eventually increasing to $87,896 toward the goal of $100,000. Based on the endowment gifts and payments made in 2018, we were allotted $1900 in spendable investment income for the 2019 calendar year. This was added to $1000 which the Worship and Music Board shared from their 2019 annual operating budget. Though expenses vary from season to season, these sums translate to an average of about $480 of financial support per liturgical season.
As the endowment grows, resulting in increased investment income in coming years, we hope to both increase and broaden our efforts — continued visual enrichment, creative expression of scripture, hosted traveling and community art exhibits, the hiring of artists outside our faith community to lead specific projects not in our skill set — these ideas and more are in the mix for the future.
A Liturgical Arts Endowment Oversight Group has been established to provide general guidance and support to the Liturgical Arts Ministry and to review ministry expenses for their adherence to the endowment’s stated purpose.
Contact the ministry at gro.ccucu@stralacigrutil. And thanks again!