December Share-the-Plate: EECM

East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) was founded in 1970 as a collective response to changes in the East End community, born when local faith communities recognized that the troubles of the community were too great ...
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UUSC Is November Share-the-Plate Recipient

In November we will be sharing our plate collection all month with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, or UUSC. UUSC’s work began in 1939, when Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharpe traveled to Prague to assist refugees ...
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The Share the Plate for October is Valley Clean Air Now

Valley Clean Air Now seeks to fight for the residents of the Mon Valley who continue to suffer from severe health, economic, climate, and environmental injustice by galvanizing the community to take action through local ...
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Share The Plate for September is PIIN – Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network

PIIN is a vehicle for people of faith from Pittsburgh and the region to come together, express the deepest values of their traditions, and affect systemic change on commonly held issues of injustice, disparity, and ...
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The Share the plate for August is the Minister’s Discretionary Fund

The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is a fund the minister or pastoral care team can use to provide confidential assistance to those facing emergency financial need, for congregational or community programs in need of seed money, ...
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About Share the Plate

The church’s Share the Plate program is a way to contribute money and stay connected to a variety of community organizations.

Each month, a different organization is selected as a recipient. Here’s how it works

  • A weekly 50% share of the offering between the church and the designated organization;
  • Every week, all cash and checks in the plate are shared 50% unless designated otherwise. Ex: cash in the basket is split 50/50. If the cash is in an envelope and marked 100% for the either the church or the designation organization, those funds will be shared as directed. Likewise, a check may be marked to go to one or the other
  • Texting and Breeze can be used with a STP designation
  • This does not impact funds fulfilling stewardship pledges
  • Clear and simple directions will be verbally given at the time of the offering, and noted in more detail in the Order of Service and weekly newsletter

Why weekly? This proposal for weekly, rather than monthly, helps fulfill our commitment to living our faith as a generous and connected community. We are a part of an interconnected web of existence, and we believe in a world community that relies on one another for an engaged love that creates change and justice for all. The emphasis on living our faith and generosity is generally well received by visitors and long-time members, adding meaning and activism to all of our lives.

How are organizations chosen? Our much-loved programs that are embedded within our church will be standing recipients for six months of the year: Khasi Hills, PIIN, UUJusticePA, EECM, Habitat for Humanity and UUSC. The other six months we will ask members to nominate a recipient, and members can vote on them. Ordinarily we’ll vote at the annual meeting in May, this year it will be earlier. The top six votes will then be cycled into the calendar each year, with new ones nominated every year. The person who nominates the organization will need to provide brief written testimony and a contact person.