As Christians we share in the affirmation that all we have comes from God. It is our joy to take care of God’s trust in us for our family, for ourselves, and for the world. When we recognize God in all we have, all we are, and all we do, giving becomes an act of faith.
Gift giving is an activity at the very heart of the Christian faith. The motivation to make such a gift is a direct response to an understanding of stewardship in its best form. To give something that is the result of one’s life work is to affirm that life itself is a sacred gift from God. Our accumulations are testimony to God’s goodness, and giving is an appropriate response to affirm the source of these riches.
One option we have in acting on that faith is to include the University Park United Methodist Church Foundation in our plans. The planned giving program at UPUMC is not a replacement for, but a compliment to the current giving program. Rather than focusing on immediate needs, the planned giving program focuses on providing a long term source of funding for ministry that expands the role of the church in the community.
Our plans might include a charitable gift now or a gift in the future. To make a faith gift in the future, you will want to prepare a will or related estate planning documents.
When you have your estate planning documents prepared, consider asking your lawyer to insert a provision leaving a bequest to the University Park United Methodist Church Foundation. Your gift will be a lasting contribution to the Church where only the earnings are used to support the Church’s charitable, educational and spiritual programs, as well as for the care of its facilities.
Information for My Family
Many people assume that loved ones and friends know their personal wishes in the event of a serious accident or death. In many cases, it is mistakenly assumed that family members have the information needed to manage assets and liabilities after you are gone. Every adult should take time to compile important personal and financial information for family members. This includes documenting vital statistics and information about your life and family history, important records and their location, insurance policies, assets, and liabilities. It also affords an excellent opportunity to develop a complete picture of your assets, liabilities and personal effects. Click here to document important information for your family.