Two years from now, stop by Pease, Minnesota for birthday cake - lots of it. In 2020, the members of Pease Christian Reformed Church (CRC) will be celebrating their church’s 125th anniversary. Anticipating this birthday celebration, church leaders are asking, “What about the next 125 years?”
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Q. Do I really need a will?
A. For many Christians, a will is an expression of their belief that God owns everything and wants us to manage the resources entrusted to us.
Remember Leona Helmsley? She’s the hotel magnate who achieved infamy as the “Queen of Mean.” By most accounts, Helmsley earned this moniker because of her winner-take-all approach to business and even her family.
But Helmsley made her biggest splash with the final settlement of her estate.
For many years, philanthropist and art patron Agnes Gund lived with Roy Lichtenstein’s famous painting “Masterpiece” over the mantle in her Manhattan apartment. She made news in 2017 when she sold it for $165 million to hedge fund manager Stephen Cohen.
Why part with such a valuable piece of artwork?
Connect the dots is magical — at least for someone like me, who barely managed a passing grade in high school art class!
In my work this past year, I’ve been connecting the dots between churches and the benefits of partnering with Barnabas Foundation
If you’ve not been able to connect the dots either, let me help.
Lottery records will keep shattering. Dreams about how to spend untold millions will continue to be spun by throngs.
But does this mean the Church can’t grow believers who know better?
Are you considering a year-end gift to one or more of your favorite ministries? These tax-wise tips will help you maximize your impact.
Q. Should I give my stock to charity?
A. If you have stock that you’ve owned for at least a year and it has increased in value, this is much more cost effective than giving cash. You’ll receive a tax deduction for the fair market value and avoid paying capital gains.
Empowering Practical Transformation Through the Stewards Fund
Paying airfare for community development facilitators to train local leaders in Madagascar. Providing a salary supplement for a national community development coordinator in Kenya. Translating a community training manual into French.
These are just a few of the practical and savvy ways the Lois Ooms Community Health Stewards Fund is being used to transform communities around the world.
In the past year, I’ve realized many churches miss something critical that other Christian not-for-profits get.
I typically don’t let secrets slip, but this is one cat I’m happy to let out of the bag.