The gift that becomes an eternal blessing

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2 out of 3 (60+%) of American adults do not have a will. So our first order of business is to encourage you to have a will drawn up. Some people think that only the very wealthy or those with complicated assets need wills. However, there are many good reasons to have a will.

  • You can be clear about who gets your assets. You can decide who gets what and how much.
  • You can keep your assets out of the hands of people you don’t want to have them (like an estranged relative).
  • You can identify who should care for your children. Without a will, the courts will decide.
  • Your heirs will have a faster and easier time getting access to your assets.
  • You can plan to save your estate money on taxes. You can also give gifts and charitable donations, which can help offset the estate tax.

The second point of this letter is to encourage you to include Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in your will. It’s the easiest form of what is called planned or legacy giving. In the last few years, Zion has been blessed with several generous bequests and they came at a time when they were greatly appreciated.

Your final donation to Zion can be an eternal blessing if planned properly. You can bequest a set amount in your will or a percentage of your estate, whichever feels most comfortable to you. Granted, younger members are probably more concerned about protecting their families in their wills but later in life the focus of those concerns may change. If you have a will, make sure it is up-to-date.

Please take a few minutes and read the pamphlet below. It provides more information about planned giving and the various options available. We also introduce the Gebert Society, a means of recognizing members who participate in planned, legacy giving. 

We welcome any questions you may have. Contact the Parish office (570-668-2180) and someone will be in touch with you.

Yours in Christ,

Zion’s Finance Committee

The Gebert Society

In 1916, plans began for Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Greenwood and Mauch Chunk streets. Excavation began in 1925 under the watchful eyes of the Rev. Dr. George A. Gebert. Three years later, the new church was dedicated in the midst of the Great Depression. “This is his [Gebert’s] dream fulfilled,” said a speaker at the dedication. Members of The Gebert Society have made gifts through planned giving to ensure that dream continues to serve Zion’s members and its community. They are honored periodically in all forms of Zion publications.
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