Arlington Street Church, Unitarian Universalist. Gathered in Love and Service for Justice and Peace. 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
 

Covenant Renewal
2014 – 2015

 

Spring Is the Time for Covenant Renewal

Dearly Beloved,
Every spring at Arlington Street, we renew our great covenant of love and service. We renew our covenant to worship together, to deepen our faith, to support one another, and to serve beyond our walls. We renew our commitment to fund our staff, our programs, and this special building, the spiritual home of our beloved community.

We want to grow. We have something very special to share with the world! And we want to grow in membership, to continue to welcome new friends and families, and to increase funding for all that we do and all that we can be.

I invite you to join Kem and me in renewing our covenant and in pledging joyfully—generously—to support this growth, our future.

Faithfully yours, with love, Kim

What Do YOU Love about Arlington Street?

The Soul of Sunday. It’s Sunday morning. You enter the Great Doors and the room is inviting. You are personally greeted and handed two beautifully printed programs. Wonderful music is playing as you take your seat in a truly spectacular sanctuary. When the music stops, Rev. Kim welcomes you to worship. The children are sung to as they leave for their own, tailored religious education program. The sermon is inspiring. After service, you wander downstairs to eat a delicious lunch and visit with your community. Then you might participate in a program, a lecture, or a vigil to complete your spiritual practice. This typical Sunday costs at least $3,000! There are 6 other days of activity at Arlington Street Church!

Do you leave on Sunday feeling centered, challenged, and affirmed?

Do you find that the sermons and programs are opportunities for you to explore your spirituality and help you to make deeper connections with others — to grow in faith and service?

Do the dozens of workshops, vigils, marches, rallies, and service events sponsored by the Social Action Committee inspire you?

Does helping support the spiritual education of over 40 children — the next generation of socially conscious Unitarian Universalists — excite you?

These are Our Shared Responsibility!

The 2014-2015 Pledge Challenge!

If you increase your pledge to $500 or more, your pledge increase will be matched!

This spring, please give more. Together, let's see if we can get beyond a no-frills budget! Step up and show your appreciation for the value of what you receive from Arlington Street! Every donation helps our beloved spiritual community to grow in love and service, and to be an agent of justice and peace.

• If your current pledge is less than $500 a year, please increase it by $100 or more.

• If your current pledge is between $500 and $1,000, please increase it by $75–$150.

• If your current pledge is between $1,200 and $2,500 a year, increase it by $120–$250.

 

Covenant Renewal Pledge Form July 2014 – June 2015

Please click here for Covenant Renewal Pledge Form July 2014 – June 2015 .

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Covenant Renewal?
Covenant Renewal is Arlington Street Church's annual Springtime process in which all members and friends make our financial and volunteer-service pledges for the coming year (July – June). In pledging, Arlington Street Church members renew our membership annually.

I attend Arlington Street Church fairly often but I’m not a member. Does Covenant Renewal apply to me?
Yes! Non-member friends are one of Arlington Street Church's essential sources of support each year. All regular visitors and friends of Arlington Street are asked to take part in Covenant Renewal. Thank you!

I’m an Arlington Street Church member. Do I need to renew and pledge this Spring in order to maintain my membership?
Yes! Membership is based on annual renewal through Covenant pledges. We covenant with one another to care and provide for this congregation together.

My membership has lapsed; will pledging restore my membership?
Yes, by pledging, your membership reactivates unless you request otherwise.

I don’t know what to volunteer for; what should I do?
Check out the pledge and covenant brochure in the pews! Or the list below! All are welcome!

How much should I pledge?
Please consider donating 2.5% of your annual pre-tax income to Arlington Street Church for the coming church year, so we can be vibrant and financially solvent!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

At Arlington Street Church we hold volunteer service and financial support in equally high regard. Volunteer service is the very foundation of congregational life, connecting us to one another and engaging us to our mission.

Social Action / Justice Initiatives
There are many ways to actively seek social justice through the Arlington Street Church community. The Social Action Committee coordinates a Letter Writing Table at coffee hour, actively works on voter registration, and much more.

Friday Night Supper Program
Volunteer to help serve hot meals to the homeless and hungry in our community. A 45-minute orientation is required. Arlington Street Church has hosted Friday Night Supper for over 15 years!

Choir / Music@ASC Series
Everyone is welcome to participate in the Choir! There are no auditions. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm. If you play an instrument or sing and would like to contribute your talents in any way, please check off “Choir/Music@ASC” on your Covenant sheet.

Ushering
Here’s an easy and fun way to volunteer. Ushers and Greeters welcome us at the doorway of Arlington Street Church each Sunday morning, and help collect the offering.

Welcome Team
Members of the welcome team will be asked to sign up for a few Sundays a year to greet newcomers and help them feel comfortable. Training will be available for guidance on starting the conversation. New members and long-timers alike are encouraged to participate.

Welcome Table
The Welcome Table at Coffee Hour encourages visitors and friends to consider joining Arlington Street Church as members, and provides a friendly face to answer questions about getting oriented and involved at Arlington Street Church. If you would enjoy helping new members and friends in this way, please join our pool of Welcome Table volunteers!

Membership Classes
Membership classes are held several times a year and are co-led in teamwork by member volunteers and Arlington Street Church staff (Kim and others). Would you like to help as a guest visitor and share your story and experiences with potential new Arlington Street Church members?

Participate in Worship Services
As worship coordinators, volunteers help deliver a smooth and meaningful Worship experience on Sunday morning. The Coordinators speak from the pulpit during chalice lightings and readings, and facilitate Candles of Joy and Sorrow. Volunteers for this role meet with the Worship Committee monthly to help plan upcoming services.

Organize Worship Services
Worship volunteers who do not wish to help in the pulpit can enhance the Arlington Street worship experience in many other ways: congregation outreach, worship planning, and helping the minister, ministerial intern, and lay-preachers with any special needs for particular services. Volunteers for this role also meet with the Worship Committee monthly.

Staff the Arlington Street Sandwich Board
A rotating pool of Sandwich Board volunteers sets up the food table and sells sandwiches, drinks and chips for about 30 – 45 minutes after services every Sunday. Please join us!

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
It takes lots of adults to make our Children’s Religious Education program happen year ’round. We seek teachers, assistant teachers, storytellers, craftspeople, musicians, snack-makers, and people who just enjoy hanging out with kids.

Plan and Lead ASCenter Courses
The ASCenter aims to offer programs that explore our diverse Unitarian Universalist heritage; resources and wisdom from the world’s religions; spiritual themes in literature, art, music and drama; vital social issues facing us today; and much more. If you might like to help lead something or help to plan next year’s program offerings, let us know!

For more information about volunteering at Arlington Street Church or about Covenant Renewal, please email Covenant@ascboston.org or contact the Arlington Street Church Office. Thank you for your generous support!

Your generous financial support is the very lifeblood of this congregation — thank you all so much!

 

 

Updated July, 2014