Consider naming Marvin United Methodist Church as a beneficiary in your will or trust.
What gifts, in addition to cash and pledges, does Marvin Church accept? The Board of Trustees has guidelines specific to many of the ways to give outlined below. Before making a gift, consult with your financial advisor and the Marvin Church business administrator to ensure you receive the best personal value for your donation and to determine if your gift meets Marvin Church gift acceptance guidelines. Creative ways to give might include:
- Gifts to support a restricted fund like the Perpetual Maintenance Fund or the Eternal Flame Fund.
- Gifts in Kind – Gifts of art, jewelry, equipment, and other tangible personal property.
- Honor and Memorial Gifts – You may wish to give a gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one.
- Real Estate – A gift of real estate may provide help you avoid Capital Gains Tax on the difference in what you paid for the property and what it is worth now. Consult your tax advisor about the amount of tax savings such a gift might produce for you.
- Publicly traded securities and closely-held stock.
- Life Insurance – You can give a life insurance policy or name Marvin United Methodist Church as a beneficiary.
- Retirement plan/IRA benefits or proceeds.
- Other gifts approved by the Board of Trustees.
All in God's planning and timing
Recently, a couple donated a building to Marvin Church. The couple wishes to remain anonymous, but shares their story and why they chose to give.
For the last several years my husband would say, “when the time comes, I think we should donate our office building to the church.” I admit, I resisted and thought we should sell the building, selfishly thinking we would need that for our retirement nest egg. However, as my husband and I became actively involved at Marvin by way of participating in various Bible studies and small groups, the Lord intervened and broke down the walls of my resistance. As if the gentle whisper of the Lord referenced in 1 Kings 19:12 (NIV) spoke to me, my heart began to warm to the idea of donating to the church. Thankfully, Marvin had equipped me with the understanding of how to hear the Lord’s “still small voice” as it helped, directed, challenged and encouraged me to follow His path for this donation.
When donating the building to Marvin, we were uncertain what purpose Marvin may have for it (or even if they could use it). Various ideas were discussed with Pastor Doug and were set in motion. The first ideas on how to use this gift fell through. God had a different plan, and allowed more time for prayer, reflection and patience. God’s plan unfolded several months after the donation as Marvin was able to sell the property. We believe this donation is not only a blessing for the church financially, but a win for the community, as the building will be used for God’s glory as the center of a nonprofit prayer ministry.
This process has led me to reflect on, among other things, God’s grace and his patience with us as we work to listen to His guiding voice. The Lord has provided abundant blessings in our lives and it brings me great joy that the building that for so long afforded my husband and me a place to help patients with physical problems, will now help people with spiritual needs.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had (Acts 4:32 NIV).
Contact: ROBYN THOMASON