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From Burdens to Gifts
We are born with nothing.
While we live, we obtain stuff.
When we die, we can’t take any stuff with us.
- is the way in which we address the matter of disposing of the accumulations of our lifetime. Who will use your “stuff” when you no longer need it? It is the opportunity to leave a planned gift that constitutes both a legacy to generations yet unborn and a final witness to those who we hold most dear.
- is normally a gift given from accumulated assets. 90% of these types of gifts are simple bequests made through one’s Last Will and Testament. Frequently these gifts go to sustain missions and ministries that have blessed the life of the donor or they may be intended to create new mission or ministry.
- is Ultimate Stewardship.
Legacy Giving – Why Do Less Than 2% Of Christians Leave Deferred Gifts To Their Churches?
Studies report the top two answers are:
• They have not been asked
• They do not know how!
Seniors in today’s world have more assets than any comparable generation in history. These are the same people who make up the core of the church’s most loyal members, who still believe in old fashioned values.
Most people procrastinate about estate planning. They don’t want to think about death or feel they aren’t “rich” enough to need to plan. If these decisions are delayed indefinitely, it is the survivors who suffer and the very churches that have been so important to these people go wanting.
The Isaac & Isabella Jones Estate Trusts are a wonderful example of Ultimate Stewardship. They continue to provide our church with quarterly interest income and have been for many years. If you would like to have more information on Legacy Giving please feel free to ask.
THE FOUR T’s OF STEWARDSHIP
Share your Talents, Time and Treasure with a Thankful heart.
1 Corinthians 9:23 (New Life Version)
“Everything I do, I do to get the Good News to men. I want to have a part in this work.”
Sharing Our Blessings With A Thankful Heart
Eddington Presbyterian Church (EPC) and its members are committed to supporting God’s work in Bensalem and beyond. Fall is stewardship time and we encourage you to share your treasure, time and talents with our church in order to make that work possible.
Your financial support is critical to keeping EPC a beacon of light and hope in the community. Your time and talents benefit EPC’s mission and fellowship.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (New Living Translation)
‘You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”[a] And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.