Connections @ Metropolitan UMC - Protecting Loved Ones and Leaving Legacies

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By Chandra Miles
Stewardship Chair of Connections @ Metropolitan UMC, Atlanta

The Challenge
I read in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s newsletter that they offer Wills Clinics. In my role as Stewardship Chair, I am always looking for ways to help our members understand the “wholeness” of stewardship. We are an older, retired congregation. While some are still working, our challenge is that only a few have made some strides toward estate planning. I suspect procrastination and not knowing how to begin the process are the primary culprits.

The Goal
Our goal in offering a Wills Clinic was to equip people to make better, informed decisions. Once we learn and understand how to manage our finances, we can take care of our family, while being obedient to what God has called us to do. Hopefully, people will also use their resources to care for the needs of the community and the Church. I, like many others, don’t have a will, yet I keep saying this is something I need to do.

The Impact
Our members gave rave reviews about GUMF’s Wills Clinic! The information was easy-to-understand and offered good starting points and insight. The only thing constant is change. Making sure your will is up-to-date allows you to take advantage of tax laws. Having a plan gives you comfort that you have made provisions for your family and church in a way that you may not have been able to do during your lifetime. Plus, your family won’t have to worry about all the details if you handle everything in advance. A few members shared that they are already moving forward with preparing their wills. Even if you have a will, I recommend this Wills Clinic to everyone. It's invaluable!

Nancy Young
Vice President of Development