Written by Development and Finance Committee
Purpose: This CORE program informs and encourages couples to financially support United Marriage Encounter (UME) through Annual Marriage Builders (AMB). Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” Open with Prayer: Program: United Marriage Encounter (UME) is a marriage ministry run by volunteers and for over 40 years has existed due to the generous time and treasure given by Team Couples and Community Couples.
The formula for a weekend looks like this:
TEAM COUPLES + COMMUNITY COUPLES + FUNDING FOR TRAVEL AND LODGING = UNITED MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND.
UME is at a place in its history where ample Team Couples are ready to present with many Communities ready to support weekends, but too few funds to secure travel and lodging costs. UME asks Weekend couples to help “Pay Forward” for couples they may never meet or may never know, to experience a UME Weekend. Although for many years this was enough to sustain Weekends, it is no longer adequate.
Currently Weekend Contributions only provide 45% of the cost of a Weekend. The additional 55% must be made up with annual contributions from members that have attended a Weekend and believe God has called them to help with their financial gifts. UME needs generous caring couples to help support Weekends into the future. Weekend contributions alone are not enough to keep the Weekends alive. UME was only able to schedule 12 weekends in 2016 while Team Couple and Community volunteer resources could support 20. We need your help now to plan more weekends in 2017 and we are asking you to prayerfully consider monthly giving through Annual Marriage Builders. CORE Program Annual Marriage Builders
You can give to UME with confidence. 1. United Marriage Encounter costs only include weekend costs. Included in the UME budget are hotels and meals to conduct the weekends, team travel (volunteers), presentation materials, inviting and weekend handouts, and registration costs. Therefore, 100% of AMB giving goes directly to paying for weekends. 2. UME is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountably www.ecfa.org ECFA is the highest standards for non-profits. A CORE value of UME “We believe couples deserve to experience our Weekend regardless of their ability to pay. We will fund our Weekend expenses by encouraging couples to “Pay Forward”, encouraging Encountered Couples to support the ministry annually, and seeking other generous donors. The average cost of a weekend is more than $600 per couple and the average travel and lodging costs for a weekend are $6,000. Annual Marriage Builders can give any amount. UME has been blessed with $10 a month gifts to more than $250 per month. Every dollar counts. We can trust and believe God will provide through His people and the marriages he has touched. The whole world and all who live in are His.
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