There is no greater joy than knowing that you have made a positive difference in your life. A legacy gift expresses our lasting love and faithfulness. Each of us will be remembered by what we have shared –our life, our love, our time and talents, our treasures.
“God is able to provide you with every good gift in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work”
II Corinthians 9:8
St. Luke’s Endowment Committee has established five new Endowment Funds to help sustain the visions and ministries of St. Luke’s for years to come. In addition to these five new funds, St. Luke’s established in previous years, the Missions Capital Endowment and the McKeefery Scholarship Fund. These Endowment Funds are a means by which special gifts of members, friends of the congregation, organizations, corporations, etc., can be received and distributed to extend the ministries of St. Luke’s UMC.
The purpose of these Funds is to enhance the mission of St. Luke’s UMC apart from the general operations of the congregation. These Funds will generate an ongoing source of income, enabling the congregation to expand and continue to the vision of stewardship and support. It also allows the congregation to respond to important needs and new ministry opportunities.
A gift to the Endowment Fund is an act of stewardship, reflecting the life of a faithful steward. Such a gift, whether given during one’s lifetime or through one’s estate, is especially satisfying to the giver, in that it will continue to serve the purposes and people of our Lord Jesus Christ. Consider giving or leaving a portion of your estate to any of the seven Endowment Funds for long-term support of those ministries and mission. Your contribution will be a legacy supporting and ensuring St. Luke’s vitality for years to come.
In addition to your weekly, monthly, or annual giving, which provides for budgeted ministries consider giving to Endowment Fund so future generations may carry on the ministries and mission of St. Luke’s. For more information on the Endowment Funds contact Scooter Leonard by phone 407.876.4991 ext. 223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital Expenditures Endowment Fund – The income from this fund will support capital improvements at St. Luke’s. Capital improvements are fixed assets, such as land, buildings, equipment, software, furniture, and other items that are intended to be used more than one year in the operations of the church or a supported project of the church. The income from this fund is not intended to replace ordinary operating expenses of the church, but it may subsidize those operations and expenses.
Education Endowment Fund -The income from this fund will be used to support and offset the financial cost of education at St. Luke’s including, but not limited to, educational classes for all ages, continuing education for clergy and staff, undergraduate and post-graduate education of St. Lukers.
Endowment for the Arts – The income from this fund will support ministry through the arts at St. Luke’s. The arts include, but is not limited to, musical performance and composition, visual arts, and written composition.
Endowment for Congregational Care – The income from this fund will go to support developing and executing St. Luke’s mission of congregational care. This may include, but is not limited to, developing and supporting support groups, disaster relief efforts, job placement assistance, and financial support of individuals experiencing exceptional financial hardship.
General Endowment Fund -This fund is established for gifts that have no existing fund designation. The income from this fund can be used to subsidize other funds or for purposes that may exist outside the scope of the other funds.