a United Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Stewardship & You
In 2009, Epworth adopted this Strategic Practice - To be a church that practices “extravagant generosity” in all we do and are as we respond to a God of abundance and blessing. The practice of generosity describes the Christian’s unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ. Extravagant Generosity describes practices of sharing and giving through prayers, presence, witness, gifts and service that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures. It describes lavish sharing, sacrifice and giving in service to God and neighbor.”
Stewardship of Time & Talent
At Epworth, opportunities abound for you to live out your unique gifts given by the Spirit for the betterment of others and to the glory of God.
Congregants sharing their time and their talents are essential to the dynamic growth of Epworth and its outreach to the community. As a follower of Christ, we are called to discover and develop our unique talents and serve.
Stewardship of Gifts
Monetary gifts are essential to the support the day-to-day activities of Epworth Church -- missions, personnel, facilities, stewardship, caring ministry, worship and music, education, communications, hospitality, mortgage and debt retirement. Flexible methods of giving are available to suit your individual needs (weekly envelop, plate, check or credit/ debit card). All contributions are tax deductible in accordance with current laws and regulations.
A capital campaign raises money for specific purposes. Epworth United Methodist Church next Capital Campaign will be in 2012 and will accomplish the following objectives:
Reduce Epworth’s current mortgage principal which will not reduce mortgage payments, but will retire the debt sooner.
Provide additional significant capital needs not provided by the normal operating budget. These new capital expenditures will support God’s work by growing Epworth’s ministry efforts.
You may jump start Epworth’s Capital Campaign by making designated donations at any time.
Capital Revenue Notes (CRNs) are an opportunity for the congregation to financially contribute to Epworth’s capital needs while at the same time earn a competitive rate of return . CRNs are obligations of the church to the note holders to redeem principal amounts upon maturity plus the annual interest. Since CRN sales raise funds at interest rates lower than commercial mortgage rates, the notes reduce the church’s cost of borrowing.
Several gifting and rollover options have been elected by CRN note holders:
Designate Epworth as the beneficiary on their CRN applications, thereby, providing a future gift to the church.
Forgive the notes as they mature and return the funds to the church as a gift.
Donate annual interest earned back to Epworth.
Choose to rollover notes into a new term instead of redeeming them upon maturity.
A Charitable Gift Annuity. Through thisgift contract with Epworth UMC, yourdonation provides a fixed income for youand/or a beneficiary’s life. Annuity ratesare based on the age of the beneficiary(s)at the time of the gift. You will receive animmediate charitable deduction for aportion of your gift. In order to receivepayments from a charitable gift annuity,you must be at least sixty (60) years of age.
Endowments: Assuring Christ’s WorkBeyond Our Lifetime
Endowments consist of funds given toEpworth in perpetuity. They can be“unrestricted” providing a resource thatcan be used to meet current churchpriorities and/or new opportunities.“Designated” funds are earmarked forspecific purposes. Currently, Epworth hasan open, growing endowment whichincludes both undesignated funds as wellas some designated funds for the supportof specific ministries of music, worshipand the children’s library.
Establishing an endowment is an actof great generosity, vision and anunderstanding the importance ofsupporting Epworth not only during yourlifetime, but for generations to come.Please prayerfully consider Epworth inyour estate and financial planning.Endowment gifts vary in size and may becombined with similar donations for aspecific ministry of your choice.
During your life and estate planningprocess, estate sharing is a financialconsideration in order to maximize personalincome and to minimize tax obligations. This can be accomplished through your will byspecifying bequeaths of your assets (realestate, bonds, investments, stocks,inheritances, savings and insurance policies)to your loved ones and to charitableorganizations such as your church.
The generosity of Josephine Branford through her estate sharing enabled Epworth tocreate the Branford Lounge.
It is advisable to engage the services of alawyer and/or financial consultant in planningand executing the transfer of gifts, especiallyreal estate, to assure that the terms of transferconform to law and that your overall personalstrategies are achieved.
Our Pastors and the Planned Giving &Endowment (PG&E) Team stand ready toassist you in your planning, participation andcontribution to the continued growth andMinistry of Epworth. We ask that you let usknow if you have included Epworth in yourestate planning process.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Epworth: a United Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971
telephone: (302) 227-7743
To give a Gift/donation, please click on the "Donate" button below. All transactions are secure.In our daily lives, we are to be good stewards of God’s many blessings and gifts and are told “to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with your mind and with all your strength” and to love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12: 30-31). Share