E-Newsletter of the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day AdventistsFebruary 2012    

Charitable Giving 

How Planned Giving Can Help Your Church Grow   

Heidi Shoemaker  

 

"I would like to help my church, but isn't my estate too small to really help?" This is the sort of question Harry Straub, Planned Giving Director for the Ohio Conference, receives on a regular basis. His response? "No. Everyone needs a will, no matter how big the estate."

 

Many people are often unaware of the free services provided by their conference. In Ohio, the Planned Giving department offers free to its constituents POAs (Power of Attorney) for healthcare, durable POAs for assets, and will preparations which are important for members of any age. Wills allow families with children under 18 to name their own guardians for their children, rather than the courts. "Children can be raised as the parents desire, not how others desire," said Straub.

 

Wills also offer peace of mind for the children or parents of the deceased. One adult daughter recently expressed to Straub "I want to thank you for the work you do. I can't imagine having settled my mother's estate without having the proper legal paperwork taken care of. You have been a blessing to many." According to statistics, only 30% of the nation has a will; a recent survey showed 43% of Ohio constituents have a will, well above the national average. "This is a good start, but we have a long way to go," said Straub. (click here to read full article) 

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled
The schedule for our 2012 Area Town Hall Meetings, below.
All meetings are from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

 

April 10:   

Toledo First Church, 4909 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo OH   43623-3355

April 12:   

Akron First Church, 655 E Waterloo Rd, Akron OH   44306-3934

April 17:   

Lakewood Church, 1382 Arthur Ave, Lakewood OH   44107-2435

April 19:   

Kettering Church, 3939 Stonebridge Rd, Kettering OH   45419-1135

April 24:   

Columbus Eastwood Church, 6400 S Sunbury Rd, Westerville OH   43081-9567

April 26:   

Chillicothe Church, 510 Metzger Ave, Chillicothe OH   45601-1537



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