December 10, 2019
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Retired Ministers
Michael Chittum, Executive Director
One of the joyful things for me to do as Executive Director of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) is to stay in touch with our retired ministers. With the help of Casey vanderBent, the NACCC sends greetings and best wishes during the year on birthdays and on the anniversary of ordination to our retired ministers, for example. Every December, though, the NACCC also is able to send a check to the retired minister or to a surviving spouse. The amount is not large, and I always wish it could be more, but the check is a reminder of our appreciation for the faithful service these ministers have offered to our member churches. 
As we commemorate 400 years of American Congregationalism we will bring you historical information about the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, as well as current events taking place in our member churches.

What is your church doing to commemorate 400 years of Congregationalism in America?  Email us   with your plans and we will highlight member church events over the coming year!

Congregational History Bulletin Inserts
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Tax Efficient Giving Vehicles
Debby Fulton, Director of Development and Communications

December is often a time of the year that many people make their year-end giving decisions. If that someone is you, why not consider a gift through Appreciated Assets . If your stocks are worth more today than when you bought them, consider donating the stock directly to the NACCC or Congregational Foundation and avoid long-term capital gains tax.

Are you 70½ years of age or older, and own an IRA? If so, consider a donation to your favorite charity through an IRA Charitable Rollover . This vehicle allows you to direct gifts from your IRA account to a charity without paying federal income tax on the withdrawal. Distributions made under this law can be used to satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). The rollover allows for a charitable gift to fulfill the RMD without adding to tax liability.

Let me know how we can help. Merry Christmas!
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