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Legacy Gifts to Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church (VELC)

The purpose of the Trust Fund and Ministry Team is to enhance the work of the church by establishing stewardship opportunities separate from the general operation of VELC. The fund is to enhance the mission of Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church and is dedicated to the glory of  God.

On behalf of VELC, the Trust Ministry Team receives funds through gifts, memorials, bequests, wills, estates, etc. from any individual, corporation, organization or from other sources in cash or in other property acceptable to VELC. All trust funds and property shall be kept and maintained separate, distinct and independent from the funds and property belonging to the VELC.

The Trust Ministry Team informs VELC members of the Trust Fund’s purpose. The Trust Ministry Team may also periodically arrange educational opportunities for the VELC congregation regarding charitable giving; such as, ELCA Planned Gift Giving or Thrivent Financial.

Memorial Fund

VELC’s Memorial Fund receives donations, gifts and financial contributions that are not to be included in the ELCA Mission Endowment Fund or the general funds of the church. The Trust Ministry Team will:

Consult with staff and the church council to compile a list of needs for donations

Publicize needs to church members

Distribute both principal and income from the Memorial Fund as designated by the donor.

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

VELC Mission Endowment Fund

In 2016, VELC established the Mission Endowment Fund through the ELCA. The purpose of the Mission Endowment Fund is to help achieve the mission of VELC beyond the normal church operating budget. The Mission Endowment Fund is administered by the Trust Ministry Team which receives, invest and distributes gifts and bequests. The Mission Endowment Fund is a way to insure a sustainable income for the future ministries of VELC.

The Mission Endowment Fund will be used to encourage ministries and missions locally, nationally and internationally beyond the church budget. Income from the Mission Endowment Fund is distributed annually which helps secure the legacy of VELC. Minimum deposit in the Mission Endowment Fund is $2000.

Planned giving to VELC and other church related ministries is a path for you to:

Lift up a ministry that is dear to your heart

Continue your Christian stewardship after death

Express your love for Christ

Celebrate your blessings

Leave a lasting legacy