Estate Gifts

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  It is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”  Luke 13:18-19

Estate Giving is one expression of the wise use of the personal resources God has entrusted to us.  While Estate Giving involves financial planning, it is not reserved for the wealthy. It is an expression of returning to God what he has entrusted to us, after we no longer have need of it. It is also an opportunity to model thankfulness in God’s abundant provision, and to leave a legacy that provides for the continued growth of the church and its ministries.

Estate Gifts may take a variety of forms such as cash, securities, retirement plan assets, savings bonds, real estate, stock, life insurance and life insurance death benefits.  Gifts can be made through a Bequest in a Will which might be a specific monetary bequest, a percentage of an estate, a specific asset such as personal or real property, a trust created in a will or a contingent beneficiary where the church receives the assets if there are no surviving beneficiaries.  Estate gifts can also take the form of a Life Income Gift such as a charitable gift annuity, a pooled income fund gift, or a charitable remainder trust.  And some choose to make a Gift of Life Insurance or a Gift of Appreciated Property.

If you would like to discuss how you might leave a portion of your estate to further the mission and ministries of the Church of the Good Shepherd, please call the Church Office at 361-882-1735 and ask to speak with the Rector.