“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10
For people of faith, estate and financial planning is a key component of stewardship. Stewardship of one’s estate is to realize in our minds and hearts that everything we are and everything that we have are God’s loving gifts to us; we are merely stewards of those blessings. In its simplest form, planned, or legacy giving is charitable giving that is part of a family’s financial and estate planning.
There are four basic principles of Christian stewardship:
- Praying to God with grateful hearts,
- Nurturing our family with time and love,
- Sharing our gifts with our community, and
- Returning to God the first fruits of our labors.
We understand these principles pretty well during our life. We pray; we spend time with our family; we volunteer for ministries and activities in our parish, school, neighborhood and community; and we contribute funds to the Church and our favorite charities. These same stewardship principles apply to our estate planning; our estate plan can rightly be considered our final or ultimate act of stewardship.
If you or your family is considering making a bequest to St. Martin's, take some time to review the Legacy Planner from the Diocese of New Westminster. We have copies in the Narthex or on line at this link.
When you are ready to finalize your plans, please contact us and we will guide you through the process.