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Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf 12-11-17 Devotion

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“Comfort O Comfort my people says your God!” – Isaiah 40:1

Comfort is not exactly the first thing which comes to mind as I reflect on Advent. Advent is such a busy season especially for pastors. There’s the angst of buying the right gifts, the meetings and the parties, the pressure of everything being perfect for the family gatherings, all the food, and the list goes on. It feels like the world is coming apart at the seams and comfort seems to take a back seat. Yet this is exactly when we need to take heed of God’s promise of comfort. God comes to us wherever we are bringing comfort. His Kingdom is more than what we can ever expect!

Oh Lord, shape my expectations this Advent to open myself up to your promise of comfort!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Vice President
478-733-8059 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: December 10th, 2017 | Permalink

Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf 12-4-17 Devotion

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“Yet O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay and you are our potter. We are all the work of your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8

For many, the holidays are tough times. We remember loved ones lost, broken relationships, and better times. For some, the focus on the rampant materialism of Christmas turns us off. The prophet reminds us that in spite of all the messiness of our lives, particularly at this time of year, that God is our loving parent. Our potter takes the messy wet lumps of our lives, works in us and on us through all the spinning of our lives, and fashions us into creatures made in His own image. God creates us to be someone important to Him; someone in a personal relationship with Him.

Oh Lord, help me shape my expectations this Advent to be the person you wish for me to be!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Vice President
478-733-8059 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: December 3rd, 2017 | Permalink

Donor Advised Funds: Prefunding Charitable Gifts

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The following "tip" is from the December 2017 edition of Growing Generosity, a monthly newsletter from the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Our goal is to help United Methodist churches develop a culture of generosity. Please feel free to use this tip in your church newsletter or bulletin, on your website, or in other communications. Sign up here to have Growing Generosity delivered right to your inbox!

“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” – Matthew 5:42

If you would like to set aside funds for charitable gifts but have not decided to whom and how much the gifts will be, a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) may be useful. Here’s how it works. You set up a DAF by giving a gift to the Georgia United Methodist Foundation for that fund. Tax benefits for the donor apply to the year the gift is given. Subsequently, you may request a distribution from the DAF to any eligible charity (as defined by IRS regulations). DAFs are not for everyone and you may need to consult a tax advisor. For more details, contact the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or info@gumf.org.

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Posted: November 16th, 2017 | Permalink

Honor Christ at Christmas

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The following "tip" is from the December 2017 edition of Growing Generosity, a monthly newsletter from the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Our goal is to help United Methodist churches in Georgia develop a culture of generosity. Please feel free to use this tip in your church newsletter or bulletin, on your website, or in other communications. Sign up here to have Growing Generosity delivered right to your inbox!

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17

As we enter the sacred season of Advent and Christmas, we celebrate God's great gift of the Christ Child. As we experience the tremendous joy of God's blessings upon us, you may be looking for ways to give back and support the church and other charities that help those in need. For many, end-of-year giving can also provide tax benefits.

The most popular gift is cash, but there are many other ways to give, including gifts of stocks, bonds, securities, mutual funds, life insurance, real estate and more. For some, life income deferred gifts, donor advised funds, annuities or charitable trusts may make sense.

Act now to make certain you have accomplished your charitable goals for the year! The Georgia United Methodist Foundation can help with year-end charitable planning. Contact GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or info@gumf.org.

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Posted: November 16th, 2017 | Permalink

Tax benefits at year-end

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The following "tip" is from the December 2017 edition of Growing Generosity, a monthly newsletter from the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Our goal is to help United Methodist churches develop a culture of generosity. Please feel free to use this tip in your church newsletter or bulletin, on your website, or in other communications. Sign up here to have Growing Generosity delivered right to your inbox!

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” – 1 Timothy 6:18

As we close out 2017, remember that our U.S. tax system rewards generosity as contributions to churches and qualified charities are not taxed if you itemize. Many take advantage of this tax benefit to give even more and to give early. Consider making your January donations in December or even “pre-giving” annual tithes in December for the year to come. The church (or your favorite charity) appreciates having the funds in hand, and you receive the tax benefits earlier. A little advance planning can make your giving go even further. For more information, contact the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or info@gumf.org.

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Posted: November 16th, 2017 | Permalink