On Sunday, May 7, 2017, the PVUMC Foundation hosts its spring John Wesley Legacy Society Luncheon, in recognition of members of our John Wesley Legacy Society. Guest speaker, Christopher Wurpts, will talk about his recent studies in Youth and Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, which have been funded in collaboration with the PVUMC Foundation.

Last May, the PVUMC Foundation honored its founding charter members at its first annual recognition lunch. It was a chance for us to celebrate and thank these charter members who have included the church in their estate plans, or indicated future planned gifts to their church family.

We invite you to join the Legacy Society by December 31, 2017, and be included and named as a founding charter member.

Legacy gifts help sustain the church for generations to come. If you have added the church to your estate plan, please let us know so we can invite you to this luncheon and add you to the Society. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to think about including PVUMC in your future gift plans.

Anyone—regardless of financial status—can create a legacy gift simply by naming Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on the beneficiary form of a savings, checking, IRA, or pension account. Other options include more complex estate planning instruments such as adding the church to your will or trust.The Federal tax ID number for the PVUMC Foundation is 86-0601887.

All of these forms of legacy giving demonstrate powerful and meaningful ways to create a legacy gift in support of causes and mission-based goals that you care about. It’s important to recognize that long-term survival of the church depends on diversifying and strengthening revenue sources. Legacy gifts can enable our church to achieve long-term financial stability and sustainability.

Martha Rinne, PVUMC member and a recent John Wesley Legacy Society member, said she decided to bequest a legacy gift to PVUMC through her will because “PVUMC has provided vital, life-changing experiences by virtue of its rich curriculum, outreach ministries, and professional excellence in faith leadership.” She said that church had always been an integral part of her life and that when she reached an age milestone, she was prompted to update her estate plan and will.

If you are interested in learning more about how to leave a legacy gift to PVUMC, please contact the church office (602) 840-8360 to schedule an appointment with a representative of the Foundation. We also invite you to read more about the PVUMC Foundation by clicking here.

The Foundation is in its infancy, and has only been in existence since 1988, but the church hopes to greatly increase its endowment to $10 million, so that PVUMC can add $500,000 to the budget every year. Think what the church could do with so much!

“To sustain the church for the next 50 years, the Foundation is partnering with the youth, Young Adult Lifegroup, and children and families ministries,” says Michael Colbert, chair of the PVUMC Foundation.

The John Wesley Legacy Society was created last spring (2016) to celebrate those who have named our church in their estate plan. All forms of legacy giving are encouraged—simple or complex—restricted or non-restricted. Last fall the Foundation Brochure was mailed to all church members. The short-term goal is to encourage an inclusive Legacy Society where a culture of legacy giving is the norm, not the exception. With a current endowment of just over $600,000, the long-term goal is to increase the endowment to match other churches in our Conference with endowments of 7 to 10 million dollars. Legacy gifts enable our church to achieve long-term financial stability and sustainability.

The Foundation works in a collaborative manner by partnering with other ministry teams or other entities to fund important projects that would otherwise not be funded under the church’s operating budget.
• Spring 2014—Partnered with Finance—Dr. Kevin Lehman
• Fall 2015—Partnered with Christopher Wurpts—Certificate in Youth & Theology—Princeton Theological Seminary
• Spring 2016—Partnered with Preschool—Family speaker, Dr. Charles Fay—Love and Logic
• Fall 2016— Matched YA Lifegroup budget—Rev Brenda Smith
• Winter 2017—Partnered with PSPRC (Pastor, Staff, Parish Relations Committee)—Newcomer Liaison position

The Foundation does not compete with, but rather works in tandem with the Stewardship campaign. To be a member of the Legacy Society, please check the box on your Pledge card indicating that you have included PVUMC in your estate plan.

Legacy gifts benefit the church now as well as help sustain it for generations to come.

Be a part of the legacy, and, like John Wesley, see the world as your parish. The PVUMC Foundation goals are closely aligned with the church’s mission and vision. Click here to read more.

Thank you for supporting PVUMC and its mission.

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