Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Do you have any unmet needs in your personal estate planning? For example, do you need to update or create your will, or even establish a trust? 

Have you considered how your giving while living, and giving through your estate in the future could include Redeemer Lutheran Church?

Redeemer’s Board and the Planned Giving Initiative Team held a seminar focused on giving to support the future. The interactive seminar (see video below), was presented by professionals from the LCMS Foundation and the law firm of CowanGates. 

Giving to support your future primarily consists of two key components, planned giving while living and estate planning which includes your wills, trusts and medical directives. Together, they become your “Lifetime Plan for Giving” which provides for those you love and supports the ministries and charities that you care about. The personal benefits of creating and implementing a gift plan are many, including gaining peace of mind, making the most of your gifts, and providing for the future to mention a few. Your “Lifetime Plan for Giving” is a spiritual stewardship journey divided into four stages: 

  • Discovery,
  • Plan Designs, 
  • The Summary, and
  • Implementation. 

During the seminar, the leaders reviewed the plan development using each stage as a guide. The process is designed and presented in a way that benefits those who may already have a giving or estate plan in place, as well as those that are just now beginning or considering creating their personal or family plans. Please note that depending on the complexity of your estate and the details of your personal plan you may require independent legal counsel with associated legal expense.