"No one has ever become poor
One of the goals of St. Timothy’s Long Range Plan reads in part, “St. Timothy shall adopt an entrepreneurial spirit in deciding which projects it supports to embody the gospel of Jesus Christ and project loving kindness out into the world.” In keeping with this entrepreneurial spirit (not related to holy, intoxicating, or other spirits), the Benevolence Committee offers ways for you to consider sharing ideas and gifts supporting the mission and values of our church.
Jane Goodall said, “What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” There are different ways you can make a difference with your gifts and ideas. During October and November, the Benevolence Committee will ask the congregation if there are organizations they wish to have the church support with a benevolence gift (i.e. Lutheran Campus Ministry). About $8000 to $10,000 is budgeted for this purpose. Applications are reviewed by the Benevolence Committee and recommendations evaluated by the Business Management and Stewardship Committees with the congregation giving approval at the annual meeting.
Members may also give direct donations thru St. Timothy such as with Youth Trips, Medical Missionary, Disaster Relief, etc. Memorials are another option where a monetary gift is given in memory of a loved one to support church activities like music, education, building enhancements, and other similar efforts. A memorial can be supplemented to cover a long term goal and can be used as matching funds to start or complete a project.
The Planned Gift is a fund by the church intended as a legacy or endowment fund. It is supported by money or property given to the church through a will, trust, insurance beneficiary, stock sale or transfer, IRA charitable distribution, or other financial planning method. There may be tax benefits associated with such giving. There are times Planned Gift money has been used as incentive funding, such as with the enhancement of the organ and purchase of the Columbarium. With the Columbarium, we now get money returned to the fund when a member purchases niches and burial plots.
Benevolence giving is part of the long term goal meant to encourage St. Timothy to be, “… a place where passionate individuals can come forward with ideas.” The Benevolence Committee welcomes your ideas and can assist you with legacy gifts, memorials, and other benevolence giving. We leave you with these words by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
Designated Benevolence Application
Please click on the link below to download and print an application form. Return to the mail slot for Benevolence by the Welcome Center or mail to St. Timothy. Thank you.