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Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Appleton, WI

It has been twelve years since the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (FVUUF) has been able to achieve their full Annual Program Fund (APF) Fair Share contribution. At that time, the Fellowship had 161 members and 120 children and youth in their Religious Education Program. Since then, Fox Valley has built a new building, added staff, and expanded their membership to 565—up from 458 in 2006-2007. Senior minister, Rev. Roger Bertschausen, has served the congregation for seventeen years. He and congregation leaders have been working to steadily increase their APF contributions since 2000.

With such significant growth, the financial strains have been significant and difficult to keep pace with. However, with an intentional commitment to growth, the FVUUF has a number of practices to attract and develop new members. They advertise weekly, use highly visible signage and banners, and are known for their non-traditional weddings. Word of mouth has drawn many guests to their doors.

The Fellowship has completed a feasibility study for a new building expansion project which will begin next spring.

During a recent visit to the Fox Valley UU Fellowship, Neil Lichtman, Central Midwest District APF Committee representative, and Laurel Amabile, APF Director, met with Rev. Bertschausen and four other members of the FVUUF staff team. Now that the congregation has grown to over 550 members, they can choose to contribute 4.2% of their annual operating budget.

The congregation has stretched to budget and pledge its full Fair Share of $23,805 for this fiscal year, and intends to continue to grow and prosper.

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Last updated on Thursday, September 8, 2011.

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