Touché April 17, 2015
Posted on April 17, 2015 by under Touché,

Thank you Thelma!

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is….. generosity… (Galatians 5:22)

A couple of weeks ago we received word that Thelma MacBrien had remembered the church in her will.  She was a faithful member here in her life and she was faithful in her death.  She listed her family along with the churches that she had been a part of in her life.  This week at the deacons meeting we approved the funding for a new church sign from our memorial funds.  We dedicated bibles last week that had come from our legacy giving as well.  A new soundboard sits in the balcony as a gift from those who have gone before.

With those stories to tell, it is a good time to introduce you to our legacy giving tri-fold.  We have produced it to encourage faithfulness like that model by many who have gone before us.  We live on the shoulders of the saints who had a vision for a ministry that continues to proclaim the gospel and honors Christ beyond their lifetime.  Legacy giving is a way of intentionally saying: “it’s not about me” and not: “the one who dies with the most toys wins.”

A mentor of mine said: “You always move into mission through tradition” and leaving a legacy gift through your will or through memorial donations to the church when you die is a way to allow our tradition to live into mission today.  I am so thankful to all the saints who have gone before who bless us with signs, soundboards and bibles today, or who give to the endowment fund that gives to the general fund and supports salaries and heating oil and curriculum for our kids.

We will have the new tri-fold available at the kiosk this Sunday. You can see it here, or print it yourself.  I hope it encourages you to remember the church in your will, to make a will if you have not done so already and/or encourages you to ask your family and friends to support the work of the church on earth in your memory when you have joined the church triumphant in glory.

Yours on the shoulders of the saints,