When: 12/10/2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte NCView more details
“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). We respond to the goodness of God, we give thanks for the ways we have been blessed by giving – through an annual pledge to the Church, through special gifts to missions, by check, cash, stock, annuities, charitable remainder trusts, wills and bequests.
We are pleased to offer online giving for your convenience through our secured link. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. You can also make contributions of appreciated stock. Contact Linda Edwardsen at ledwardsen@MPUMC.ORG for more information. Or, you can inquire of our business office to learn about other forms of giving. Thank you, in advance, for your personal investment in God’s ministry.
You can also mail a check to:
Myers Park United Methodist Church
1501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
In this season of stewardship, as we invite you to Make A Difference, we are sharing stories of giving, and the inspiration behind such generosity. Look in the mail for your Estimate Of Giving card inviting you to support the 2019 church operating budget as well as the Jubilee Plus! outreach fund.
Jubilee Plus! was created in 2007 to support local and world outreach as well as justice work, and to provide scholarships for students pursuing a call to ministry. It is a separate fund beyond the church’s operating budget, because we think it is important to reach beyond our walls as we seek to embody God’s love in the world with our hands and feet as well as our resources. Each year we hope to send $1 million outside our doors in support of this work.
Funding through Jubilee Plus! lets us welcome Freedom School scholars each summer, many of whom are the same children our MPUMC Youth tutor during CHAMP each week throughout the school year. It lets us make a dent in Charlotte’s Affordable Housing crisis by letting us partner with agencies like the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, QC Family Tree, and Habitat for Humanity. It gives us opportunities to build bridges across differences of race or economic status by supporting guest speakers and book studies. It helps us support and learn from ministry partners around the world, like ZOE Ministries in Kenya.
We invite you to give now to Jubilee Plus! and to do so every year as we build a shared vision of what God’s love looks like in the world.
The Wesley Foundation is the vehicle through which people can support Myers Park United Methodist Church through their planned giving (estates, insurance policies, outright gifts of cash and stock, and more. To discuss this aspect of stewardship, reach Executive Director Saribeth Dozier at 704-295-4844 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Her office is on the second floor of the Parish Life Building around the corner from Jubilee Hall. Stop by to talk.
Director of Communications Ken Garfield reflects on the meaning of planned giving:
This is powerful stuff: What we have accumulated in our lives, where we want it to go when death comes, what the church means to us now, how we might help sustain it beyond our years. In the parlance of charities and churches, this is planned giving, remembering an institution when you are gone. But as conversations unfold soon around bequests and beneficiaries and the like, this becomes about much more than stocks and securities.
The real question is, What will your legacy be?
The congregation is focused in a new way on planned giving. It’s the buzz phrase these days in philanthropy, not just soliciting pledges at the end of the latest fund-raiser, but building a foundation of support for generations to come. In one-on-one meetings, talks to classes and small groups, on the website and in church publications, staff and lay leaders will share how the faithful can be a beacon for all times. A short video has even been created to tell the story.
The mechanism for planned giving at Myers Park United Methodist Church is the Wesley Foundation. Founded in 1983, the Wesley Trust, as it was formerly known, was created primarily to preserve the buildings and campus through capital projects. A $5 million gift in 1996 from a church member’s estate allowed the foundation to expand, and support outreach. What a lovely blend, more than $5 million spent or donated over the past decade to repair the church stonework, build a school in Haiti and more. A board of directors made up of staff and laity oversees the money. Only the earnings are spent. The foundation stands at around $9 million.
There are many ways to give: Outright gifts of cash, stocks, securities, real estate and insurance; remembering the church in your estate with the bequest of cash, property or other earnings; naming the church as the beneficiary in an insurance policy or death benefit. The eyes of financial planners light up at the promise of a client wanting to do something like this. Their wisdom can serve as your guide.
We deal with cosmic stuff around here, about our relationship with God, how we live our lives, and what kind of mark we want to leave on this earth after we are gone. So, what kind of mark do you want to leave on this earth after you are gone?
Give a gift that truly embodies and celebrates the meaning of Christmas! Enjoy shopping while staying faithful to the needs of our world community.