On Sunday, May 1, the PVUMC Foundation looks forward to hosting the first-ever John Wesley Legacy Society Luncheon, in recognition of members of our John Wesley Legacy Society. It’s 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.

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, 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 Foundation will offer educational workshops later this spring to bring greater awareness to the benefits of including PVUMC in your estate plans.

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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