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Leaving a Legacy in Your Will to Lakeview United Methodist Church

What is a legacy?

A legacy is a gift left in a person’s will to provide support for an individual or to an organization after the person’s death. It is a means one can use to express generosity at a level which may not have been possible earlier in one’s life. It is a means by which a person, who has given a proportion of their income to a particular cause during their life, can arrange to do so with their capital after their death.

Why should I consider leaving a legacy to Lakeview?

When making your will you might want to consider leaving such a gift to your church, just as you might leave a gift to friends or family. Giving a legacy to your church is an expression of your gratitude and thanksgiving towards God for all that you have been given and enjoyed during your life. It is also a means of ensuring that your past can become part of the future of your church’s life, through mission and ministry to all God’s people.

Our church exists to continue the ministry of Jesus. We can express our commitment to him by reaching out to the people of the world he loves. As followers of Christ we are called to serve those whom society often rejects or excludes – the homeless, the friendless, those who are ill and in pain be it physically, mentally and/or spiritually. We also seek to care for the isolated and vulnerable and we invite the ‘heavy laden’ to take rest in the welcoming heart of our church.

What are some other ways I can create a legacy for Lakeview?

Make a Planned Gift

We hope that you will consider including Lakeview in your estate or financial plans and help sustain our mission for generations to come. Whatever approach you choose, your gift will honor the vision of our founder, Rev. Leonard J. Smoot. There are many options for including Lakeview in your long-range planning.

  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Retirement Plans
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Pooled Income Fund
  • Bank Accounts, Securities, Stocks and Certificates of Deposit
  • Life Insurance Policies

Scripture tells us that Jesus was able to do his work because of the generosity of his friends and supporters. A gift in your Will is a testament to your commitment to the ministry of Christ and can help to ensure that Lakeview United Methodist Church continues to share in God’s mission for years to come.

For more information contact Kathryn at 623.974.5821 or email us.

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