Planned Giving

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Building a Bridge to the Future

The Planned Giving Committee is concerned with securing and maintaining the long term financial health of our church.

The Planned Giving Committee meets monthly, January through May, formulating plans to provide guidelines and information to assist our parishioners with information required to consider our church in their financial decisions. Read the latest update from the Planned Giving committee on the monthly CHS blog.

The CHS Planned Giving Committee membership consists of Wes Dreher (Chair), Bob Brimmer, Bill Gardiner, Mary Hammatt, John Holmes, Ernie LaFrance, Fred Plumb, Sue Sasso, and Bob Winter.

The Church of the Holy Spirit is similar to other nonprofit organizations in that we rely on the generous financial support of former parishioners who have included our church in their estate plans. At this time, over 50 members of our church have indicated intent to invest in the financial future of our church.

Planned Giving is the Ministry of the Month in April of each year. Posters describing Planned Giving are displayed in the Parish Hall and pamphlets are available upon request or located in various transepts throughout the church. In addition, members of the Planned Giving Committee are available to answer questions at any time.

Are you satisfied with the returns received on your savings accounts, investments, or certificates of deposit? Would you like to increase your tax advantaged income while including The Church of the Holy Spirit in your Planned Giving plans? A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) may be your answer. The CGA Worksheet (click to download) provides additional information and current interest rates for your consideration.

Have you considered creating a Family Legacy Plan? Do you have a Will and a Trust and is it up to date? What about your Power of Attorney documents? Have you considered a Planned Gift for the church? Are your named beneficiaries, both primary and contingent, up to date?

Have you scheduled a family meeting to review a Family Legacy Plan with all of the members of your family?

Although members of the Planned Giving Committee cannot provide legal or investment advice, you might find it helpful to review the Family Legacy Worksheet (click to download) which we’ve developed to help parishioners think through the issues involved. It’s always a good time to begin or review your estate plans.

For more information, please contact Wes Dreher, Chair of the Planned Giving committee,  email holyspiritorleansoffice@verizon.net (Attn: Planned Giving) or call the Parish Office at 508-255-0433.

Always seek professional legal, accounting, and financial advice when creating or amending your estate plan. All funds described and suggested are administered by the Episcopal Church Foundation, New York, N.Y.

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Announcements February 24 – March 2

PLEASE NOTE:  On March 3, our Saturday service will move to 5 pm until November 3.  Daylight Savings:  2 am on Sunday, March 11,  remember to “Spring forward”.

Sunday, February 25:  Adult Education – 9 am in the Fireplace Room. Come join an ongoing study group which meets Sundays at 9 am in the Fireplace Room. All are welcome.

Sunday, February 25: Book Discussion Group – After the 10 am service in the Fireplace Room. We will begin reading “All Shall be Well,” the introduction, Thomas Merton and Joan Chittister. Brian and Brooke Skea

Wednesday, February 28:  Wednesday Lenten Supper & Session – February 28, March 7, 14, and 21. There is a sign-up sheet in the Reception Room for the Wednesday Lenten Supper & Session. Please sign-up to bring Soup or Bread. Thanks!  Continuing on Wednesday, February 28, we will gather at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall, and share a soup-and-bread supper. Our discussion and reflection session will begin at 5:45 pm and finish by 6:45 pm. We will read from one edition:  The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan, Edited with Introduction and Notes by Roger Pooley, Penguin Classics; ISBN-13: 9780141439716; 2008/2009. This second session will cover  pages 43 – 71.

Thursday, March 1:  Ladies Luncheon – Our March meeting is also on the first; March 1st.  Come join us.  Bring a sandwich to share and the rest is provided.  Our committee for March is: Chips, Ginny Lucil; Paper Goods, Pat Carroll; Lemon and Half & Half, Jane Affleck; Table Decorations, Lori Linton; Juice, Marg Farrell.  Dessert will be our favorite decadent standby. We need to look for a sale!

Sunday, March 4:  Youth Group Brunch – After the 10 am service, in the Parish Hall.  Please come and enjoy a DELICIOUS brunch hosted and served by the Youth Group.

Saturday, March 10:  LENTEN QUIET DAY – LIVING IN THE WILDERNESS – A time for quiet reflection and self-discovery from 9:30 am to 2 pm, right here at Church of the Holy Spirit and led by the Rev. Gail Smith and the Rev. Anne Koehler.  Bring a brown bag lunch. Please let us know if you plan to attend.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Reception Room, or call or email the church office.

Altar Flowers:  In the Reception Room you will find a NEW SIGN UP SHEET where you can choose which Sunday(s) you would like to donate flowers for the altars of CHS. Please fill out an Altar Flowers request card. You may choose to do this to remember someone or perhaps to celebrate a special anniversary or birthday. For a donation of fifty dollars the Flower Guild will purchase and arrange flowers, and the name(s) of the loved ones being honored will be noted in the service bulletins of the weekend services of the chosen date.

CHS Artist:  This month Helen Richardson and Sharyn Laughton are sharing/filling the gallery with LOVE! Helen is director of the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  The work of Helen and many other knitters will be on display. Take a shawl off of the display board and give to a friend who is at home, a hospital, or a nursing home and who needs our love.  Please remember to sign out your chosen prayer shawl with the office. Sharyn Laughton will also be displaying and selling felt hearts and cards from her lovely Art Offerings…more love to share! Enjoy the show. Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – artoff@comcast.net – 508 255 7277.

FREE SHOP:  The shop is gladly and gratefully accepting winter clothing and paper shopping bags. We are open Monday: 12 Noon to 3 pm and Wednesday: 10 am to 1 pm. Donations can be dropped off during shop hours or placed in the box outside the shop door any time the parish hall is open. Questions? Call Sharyn Laughton or email: artoff@comcast.net.

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP:  The shop is open to the public on Sundays from 11:15 am to 12 Noon and on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm, except on Holidays. New: Janet Winter’s ready to frame water colors for children’s rooms! You know her work, you know her talent! Share with your friends and family. Please stop by, browse, and shop for yourself, family, and friends. Susan Owens

HEALTH MINISTRIES COMMITTEE:  February is Heart Health Month. Stop by the Health Ministries tables this month to pick up material that answer questions and includes information  on heart healthy living, warning signs, support groups and even a heart healthy recipe or two!  Handouts will be available during coffee hour following the 10 am service and on the Reception Desk. Ann Pike-Paris

MEN’S LUNCH:  We will NOT meet in February and March.  Our next meeting will be April 18 at 12 Noon, in the Fireplace Room. Questions? Call Bruce Lederhouse at 508-240-2853.

PASTORAL CARE:  Please help us to provide pastoral care by sending an email to: pastoralcare@chsorleans.org about anyone in the parish who has gone to a hospital or nursing home, or who has suffered any major loss or life changing circumstance. If YOU are taken to the hospital please inform the staff there, that you want your home parish to be informed.  Volunteers needed to visit people once a month. Please let me know, by this email or my personal one below. If you are already visiting someone; please let me know who they are and how they’re doing. Celia Calhoun, Coordinator (ccalhouncape@comcast.net)

Prayer Shawls:  Welcomed, needed at so many stressful times.  And such good projects during these wintery, often shut-in days. Knit or crocheted; all happily accepted, blessed, distributed where needed.  Thanks to all who help in this ministry. Questions or instructions needed? Please let me know. Helen Richardson

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Friday, March 2 at 1 pm at the CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION,  ROCK  HARBOR, ORLEANS. This is a prayer service for all to attend, but the focus is on women’s leadership. It will incorporate music, prayers, stories from the Woman of Suriname and a talk on the what is happening in Haiti. Questions? Call Jean Collins 508-345-7356.