Mission Endowment Fund Christ the Servant Lutheran Church “ You may be rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
About the Fund <ul><li>At its annual meeting in January 2005, the CTS congregation passed a resolution that established a fund called “Christ the Servant Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund.” A mission endowment fund’s purpose is to “fund mission work at home and around the world , above and beyond the programs supported through regular offerings.” </li></ul>
The Fund’s Vision <ul><li>The vision of the Christ the Servant Mission Endowment Fund is to “provide individuals with the means to leave a legacy focused on mission outreach both in the local community and throughout the world.” </li></ul>
What will the Fund do for our Congregation? The Fund will enhance the church’s mission apart from the general operation of the Congregation by generating an ongoing source of income. This will enable the people of God at Christ the Servant to expand and continue their vision of stewardship and support, and allows the Congregation to respond to important needs and new ventures.
How is the Fund used? <ul><li>Examples of fund disbursements could include gifts in support of the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Annual CROP Walk </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperating Congregations of Waukesha County </li></ul><ul><li>New mission congregations either locally of throughout the world </li></ul><ul><li>World Hunger Appeal </li></ul><ul><li>Special appeals, such as tsunami or hurricane relief </li></ul><ul><li>Other ministries of the ELCA </li></ul>
What can be given? <ul><li>Cash </li></ul><ul><li>Will Bequests </li></ul><ul><li>Real Estate </li></ul><ul><li>Securities </li></ul><ul><li>IRAs, Profit Sharing and 401(k)s </li></ul><ul><li>Gifts Providing a Stream of Income, e.g., gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. </li></ul><ul><li>Life Insurance. </li></ul>Please consult your tax advisor regarding federal income tax deductibility of gifts.
How Can I Make a Gift to the Fund? <ul><li>To make a gift to the Endowment Fund, make sure that “Christ the Servant Mission Endowment Fund” is designated as beneficiary. Checks should also be written out the same way. </li></ul>
The Legacy League <ul><li>People who donate to the Endowment Fund, or designate the Fund as a beneficiary in their wills are encouraged to “ make themselves known ” by becoming a member of the “ Legacy League .” Members of the Legacy League will be recognized in the annual report. Becoming a “Legacy Leaguer” demonstrates that your commitment to giving extends beyond your lifetime here on earth. </li></ul>
Frequently Asked Questions <ul><li>Q: May I make a gift to the CTS fund while I’m still alive, or are gifts only accepted from estates? </li></ul><ul><li>A: You can make a gift at any time. You might want to offer the gift as a memorial to a loved one, or in your name, to show support for our congregation’s mission. You need not be deceased to make a donation to the mission endowment fund. However, the impact of a contribution for Christ’s mission can last well beyond our lifetime. </li></ul>
FAQ’s continued <ul><li>Q: Is there a minimum dollar amount needed to contribute to the fund? </li></ul><ul><li>A: No. The amount is your decision and can range from a few dollars to whatever level you would like to select. </li></ul>
FAQ’s continued <ul><li>Q: When can we expect to hear about how the funds are being used? </li></ul><ul><li>A: When the total amount contributed to the Christ the Servant Mission Endowment Fund reaches $25,000, distributions will be made. At this time, the fund has not reached that target. </li></ul>
FAQ’s continued <ul><li>Q: I have some stocks that I’m considering signing over to the endowment fund, is that possible? </li></ul><ul><li>A: It certainly is. If you would like to explore the idea further, please contact Pastor Rick or any member of the Endowment Fund Committee. Some members may want to consider a gift of real estate, insurance or other financial instruments. If you have or are preparing a will, it would be appropriate to designate a gift in the document. The correct designation is: Christ the Servant Mission Endowment Fund. </li></ul>
Endowment Fund Deposits Made <ul><li>The Mission Endowment Fund has already received several gifts – a sincere thank you to those making the first contributions! These have been deposited in the bank and we’re on the way toward our starting target. </li></ul>
Contact Us <ul><li>Members of the Mission Endowment Committee are available to answer any questions you may have. Unlike many charities, there is no overhead. Every dollar of your donation supports our mission of spreading God’s message of love and hope. </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Bonell 262-650-8057 Jim Murphy 262-544-0464 </li></ul><ul><li> Communications & Publicity </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Marti 262-446-0189 Bill Graffin 262-513-0721 </li></ul><ul><li>Chairperson Treasurer </li></ul><ul><li>Lori Loeschmann 262-650-1741 </li></ul><ul><li>Secretary </li></ul>
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