"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received." – 1 Peter 4:10-11
Stewardship is what we do, all of the time, with everything God has given us. As good stewards, it is our responsibility to plan for the just and equable distribution of our estate. Members of Bethesda’s Heritage Society have made provision for the church in their estate plans, ensuring that there will be funding for future ministries in years to come.
Impact of Planned Gifts on Bethesda
Over the last century, bequests have built endowments that help to fund the highest needs of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Our General Endowment of $6.7 million contributes to the essential daily operations of the church. The newly-established Preservation Endowment is building toward a goal of being able to underwrite the significant costs of caring for our landmark buildings and grounds. As this endowment grows, an increasing proportion of annual gifts will support mission and ministry in the future. Additional small restricted gifts support scholarship programs, music, and Christian education.
Bethesda’s Heritage Society
All those who have named Bethesda in their estate plans are members of The Heritage Society. This recognition honors and recognizes those who have taken this important step to ensure Bethesda will be serving God and the world for generations to come. The Society also acknowledges all those faithful parishioners in previous generations without whose generosity, courage, and vision, we would not be the vibrant parish we are today.
“I Give and Bequeath…”
With these simple words, every member of our church family has the opportunity to build on Bethesda’s exceptional history by making a planned gift today. You can leave Bethesda-by-the-Sea a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or a percentage of your residual estate. Bequests are the most common way to contribute to the future mission of Bethesda.
Retirement plans and Life Insurance Policies
There are tax-advantaged ways of supporting the church by naming Bethesda as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy. For the church’s gift acceptance policies, please contact the church office.
Establishing annuities and trusts can offer an income stream while creating a future gift for Bethesda.
For more information
Contact us at (561) 655-4554 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about ways of contributing to The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and the varied ministries here that your charitable gifts can support.