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It is a privilege to make a joyful commitment of one’s time, talent and finances in order to support God’s work and spread God’s word. Being part of a church congregation gives each of us this opportunity. According to the Presbyterian Church (USA) Stewardship is “the grateful response to God’s grace and goodness.” Those who display a spirit of generosity can teach this grateful response to others.
Why We Give: The Spirituality of Giving
Stewardship is a part of our discipleship and is an outward expression of our inward faith. Christian stewards are motivated to share their time, gifts, and finances not so much to meet a church budget but as a visible way to live out our faith. Faith in God through Christ fills us with a sense of gratitude and a desire to participate in the work of God. When our hearts are grateful, we seek to be faithful to God in every aspect of our lives.
Questions about Contribution Statements
If you have questions about your Contribution Statement, please contact The Kirk Treasurer for Receipts; firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Children can Give: Pennies for Hunger
Pennies for Hunger is a way for children to act on what they have learned from Jesus–to help the poor. Children can collect money, perhaps in a jar, and bring it to the Kirk on the first Sunday of each month. During the Time with Children, the children bring it forward. The money goes to help hungry people all over the world.
Special Tax-Free IRA Gifts
For those aged 70½ or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.
On December 18 the President signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities, such as the Kirk, free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.
To make such gifts, it is important to not withdraw funds prior to a gift, but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA.
Check with us, your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.