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Your Financial Giving to Martin Luther Chapel Financial support of Martin Luther Chapel by alumni, parents of students, and resident members and friends enables this ministry to reach out to college students and area residents, who are seeking a faith community where they can experience personal spiritual growth, hope, care, and love, as well as be of service to others.
Electronic Fund Transfer Simply Giving® is an automated giving program designed to help you conveniently and consistently contribute to the ministry at Martin Luther Chapel. Through Simply Giving®, your gifts are made through a pre-authorized withdrawal from your bank account. You determine the frequency of your automatic gift—weekly, semi-monthly or monthly—the option is yours. Your gift or payment is deposited into Martin Luther Chapel’s bank account on the same day it is withdrawn from your account—at no cost to you or the Chapel. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans provides Simply Giving® to you and Martin Luther Chapel without cost to further its mission of serving Lutheran congregations and institutions. For more information, contact Simply Giving® or click here to print out an application. Your application, along with a voided check or a savings deposit slip, can be dropped off at Martin Luther Chapel or submitted to: Martin Luther Chapel, 444 Abbot Rd., E. Lansing, MI 48823.
Eligible benefit members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans can now help choose where Thrivent Financial distributes a portion of its charitable funds through “Choice Dollars,” part of the organization’s new Thrivent Choice charitable grant program. Potential amounts range from $25 to $500 for each eligible benefit member. Here’s how “Choice Dollars” works: • Eligible benefit members receive a letter this summer about their designated Choice Dollars for 2010. • Designated Choice Dollars are based on qualifying insurance premiums, qualifying contract values and Thrivent Financial volunteer leadership. • Choice Dollars can be directed to thousands of Lutheran churches and organizations nationwide, including Martin Luther Chapel, by visiting the Thrivent Choice website or by calling 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and saying, “Thrivent Choice.” _____________________________________________________________________
Meijer Community Rewards is a Meijer program that allows you to have their company contribute to Martin Luther Chapel in support of our ministry. We encourage you -- community residents, college students, alumni, parents of students, and friends – to join Meijer Community Rewards. When you pay with cash, your PIN-debit card, or your linked Meijer Credit Card, Martin Luther Chapel can receive credit for almost all your Meijer purchases - groceries, toys, home fashions, jewelry, gas, car wash, C-Stop, Meijer.com purchases - over 150,000 products! There is no minimum or maximum spending amount. Your Meijer Rewards Card is easily carried on your key ring or in your wallet. All you need to do is sign up with Martin Luther Chapel's 6 digit code (116035). Whenever you buy at Meijer (including gas), and scan your tag, Martin Luther Chapel will get a percentage of the sale (.5% with cash/debit cards, 1.0% with Meijer credit cards). _____________________________________________________________________
Tools for Giving
There are a variety of ways you can contribute to the ministry at Martin Luther Chapel. Gifts without restriction provide the maximum flexibility and enable the ministry to meet unexpected needs or to expand its ministry. However, you may also designate your gift for a specific part of the ministry. Outright Cash Gift – You can make an outright gift of cash by mailing a personal check made payable to Martin Luther Chapel.
Gifts of Securities – A gift of stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets may be made to Martin Luther Chapel. An outright gift of appreciated stock eliminates any capital gains tax and allows you to claim an income-tax deduction based on the full market value of long-term securities, regardless of their original cost.
Bequest by Will – You can designate a gift or portion of your estate to Martin Luther Chapel and, in some cases, receive a substantial reduction in federal gift and estate taxes. You may fund such a gift with cash, marketable securities, real estate, tangible property, or closely held stock. IRA’s, 401(k) or 403(b) or other Retirement Plans – Naming Martin Luther Chapel as beneficiary of these plans will benefit our ministry and may also result in significant tax benefits.
Life Insurance – There are a variety of ways life insurance can be utilized as a gift. They include: 1) giving a paid up policy; 2) assigning the annual dividends of a policy; 3) designating the Chapel as the beneficiary of an existing policy; and 4) purchasing a new policy and designating the Chapel as the owner and beneficiary of the policy.
Charitable Remainder Trust – You can place cash or property in a trust that pays annual income to you (or another named beneficiary) for life. After your death, remaining assets transfer to Martin Luther Chapel. You receive income tax benefits the year you establish your trust. Charitable Lead Trust – You can place cash or property into a trust that pays a fixed amount to Martin Luther Chapel for the number of years you select. Once this period ends, the assets held by the trust are transferred to the beneficiaries you name. In some cases, you receive a substantial reduction in federal gift and estate taxes. Other assets may also be given to the Chapel with possible tax benefits, such as, collectibles, real property, etc. For more information please contact Martin Luther Chapel.
Martin Luther Chapel has established a permanent Endowment Fund, the purpose of which is to support the Chapel’s proclamation of the Gospel in our community. Gifts made to the Endowment Fund are set aside and permanently invested, with the income from the fund used to support the ministry and mission of the Chapel, including student ministry programs, international ministry programs, youth programs, ministry staff, building repair and maintenance, other missions, and music ministry. The Fund is kept separate and apart from the day-to-day operating funds of the congregation. Your gifts to the Endowment Fund will provide long-term financial stability to the Chapel, providing the resources necessary for continued improvement of our outreach to the University and to the East Lansing community, and the development of future ministries. For more information please contact us.