In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Jesus encourages us to be good stewards of our assets. He encourages us to manage our assets so that they will grow and multiply. The “good and faithful servant” of the parable is the one who makes the most of what he/she has been given by God. And, like the servant in the parable, we can increase the Master’s gift so that it can grow and prosper.
A planned gift is a gift from one’s assets to our Church. Planned gifts provide an opportunity for you to make a difference during your lifetime and beyond. Planned gifts make it possible for you to leave your legacy and to make a powerful statement about a lifetime of comprehensive Christian stewardship.
In many cases, planned gifts can be made without negatively impacting a donor’s current income, and may even create some tax advantages. Anyone can make a planned gift. You do not have to be wealthy.
Here are just a few options for you to consider:
- Real Estate
- Life Estate Gifts
- Life Insurance
- Retirement Plan
- Bequest in Will
- Living Trust
- Charitable Gift Annuity
- Charitable Remainder Trust
Before making a final decision, you may wish to consult with your financial advisor or contact the Western North Carolina United Methodist Foundation at 704.817.3990.
The Providence Endowment Fund
Giving to our Endowment Fund is a meaningful way to honor those we love who have passed. In lieu of flowers, giving a financial gift to the Endowment Fund in the deceased name will ensure our Church has resources to build the Kingdom – both now and in the future.
Have you already designated Providence UMC as a recipient of a planned gift? Please let us know by completing this online form.