You don’t have to be a fat cat to leave the church your treasures.
What do you think of when you hear the words “Planned Giving?” Most of us visualize a “fat cat” multi-millionaire leaving a few hundred thousand dollars to a charity or building a wing on a church or hospital.
Think again! The Church of the Holy Spirit Investment Fund, which has been so important to us during the past few years, was not created by a few big donors. It was built up by many contributions, large and small, from parishioners who loved the church and cared about its future.
As we look toward the future, it’s important for all of us to consider what the Church of the Holy Spirit has meant to us and whether we want to leave a legacy to help assure its financial future for the benefit of future parishioners.
The most common way to leave the church a legacy is by including the church in your will. However, depending on your situation, there may be other options which would be better for you. For example, if you are looking for some additional income right now, it’s possible to contribute to the church and receive a guaranteed life income from the investment. A Charitable Gift Annuity may provide income and tax savings which will exceed the return from most other investments. Both you and the church will benefit.
If you have any questions about the various ways you can help support our investment funds, please talk to any of the following Planned Giving Committee members: Wes Dreher, Chair; Bob Brimmer, Bil Gardiner, Mary Hammatt, John Holmes, Ernia La France, Fred Plumb, Sue Sasso, and Bob Winter.
The Planned Giving Committee is preparing for the first half of 2013. The congregation has responded to the annual Stewardship call to support the financial requirements for the calendar year 2013, and now the Planned Giving Committee is reviewing financial programs to support our future years.
The Committee extends a special thanks to the late Mrs. Frances Nickerson for her financial contribution to the Church of The Holy Spirit. Over the years, Frannie was a major supporter providing her time, talent, and treasure on numerous occasions, including the years during which she provided a “Guiding Hand” as Chair of the Altar Committee, as well as answering calls as the receptionist in the church reception room.
We also send our thanks to the fifty parishioners who have indicated their commitment to support the Planned Giving Program by including the church in their financial and their estate plans.
Members of the committee also extend a fond farewell to Anne Wardrop as she steps down as Chair of the committee. Anne was instrumental in establishing the Planned Giving Program in 2008. Her vision for our parishioners to provide future financial support for the church has proven to be very timely indeed. We welcome two new members to the P. G. Committee; John Holmes, a former church Treasurer and Sue Sasso, Chair of the Stewardship Committee.
Respectfully submitted, Wes Dreher, Chair
Learn more about Planned Giving at Church of the Holy Spirit.