Leaving a Lasting Legacy of Your Faith

By Scott Oats, Chairperson of the Foundation

Whether you place your offering in the plate that is passed down your pew, make your gifts online, or have your gift automatically debited from your bank account, we hope it brings you great joy to support the work of Grace United Methodist Church as we spread God’s love.  

Have you ever wondered how your gifts can continue to advance Grace Church and its mission for years to come, but you don’t know how to start? 

All it takes is adding a sentence in your will or living trust. 

“I give to Grace United Methodist Church Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 300 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville IL 60540, ______ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use.”

This is only a suggested example of the wording that could be used in your will or living trust.  Wills and living trusts are important documents and you should consult your attorney to properly document your wishes.

You may restrict your gift by designating a specific purpose for which it can be used.  Long-time member Dorothy Kline left a restricted gift from her will to be used for training of church staff and/or laypersons that will “build up the church for the glory of God”.  Dorothy’s gift has been used on numerous occasions over the years to send our leadership for additional training and continuing education.  

By remembering Grace Church in your will or trust, you are leaving a lasting legacy and helping the church plan for the future with confidence.

Contact Scott Oats, President of the Grace UMC Foundation, (soats@sbcglobal.net) to plan your gift and learn more about the difference your gift will make to Grace Church.