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Blessed to be a Blessing -- Ways to GIVE

posted Aug 18, 2016, 4:58 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 24, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

WAYS TO GIVE, while Lowering Your IRS Taxes


I just want to remind you of a few things I have written on in the past that may improve your giving experience with Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.

REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION (RMD) -Those of you who are of age, and are required to withdraw a RMD from your IRA account, can direct a payment to BSLC and that amount will not be taxable to you even though it counts toward the amount you are required to distribute.  If you are in the 25% tax bracket and pay yourself $1,000 as part of your RMD you will pay a 25% tax on that payment and you are left with $750 to help fulfill your pledge to BSLC.  

  • If, instead, you direct that payment to BSLC the church will receive $1,000 and you will owe no tax on the distribution.  With the larger standard deduction this year, more people will not receive a tax benefit for charitable contributions and this is one way to receive the deduction and still claim the full standard deduction.  This is not tax advice and you should consult your tax advisor with any questions concerning your particular tax situation.

THRIVENT “CHOICE DOLLARS” - Many of you who are Thrivent Financial members receive “Choice Dollars” which you can direct toward a charitable organization.  BSLC is an entity that can receive these dollars and many of you are already choosing BSLC as the recipient of your “Choice Dollars”.  This choice must be made on an ongoing basis.

AMAZON SMILE - If you shop through Amazon you can go through Amazon Smile and Amazon will direct a certain percentage of your sale toward the charitable organization of your choice.  BSLC is one of the eligible organizations.  With the holidays just around the corner this is a good way help BSLC at no cost to you.

These are just a few ways to enhance your giving experience.  I would be happy to talk with you further about these or any other charitable giving strategies.

Bill Christensen, “Treasurer”

The Stewardship of Trust

 The Lord has created a wonderful world. The heavens and the earth and everything in between have been made in such a miraculous manner that they proclaim the handiwork of the Creator. There is nothing more magnificent than the grandiose vastness of space. There is nothing more fantastically fashioned than a strand of human DNA. Despite those who say that these exist as a result of the roll of the dice in a cosmic crap game, it is clear that the design and creative power of the divine word of God is the key. This amazing creation has been spoken into existence by an amazing God.  What makes this God even more amazing is that once He created this wonder, He actually trusted humanity with stewardship of it. Human beings, prior to the first stewardship crisis that we see in Genesis 3, were held in the highest regard by the Creator. Not only did He speak this creative wonder into existence, the Lord then spoke into being those to whom He would entrust all of this wonder. He made them male and female in His image. Our Lord trusted humanity to care for creation as an extension and reflection of His will.

A Shattered Trust

But as we know, that trust was violated. Man and woman reached out to own that which had only been given for them to steward. They claimed ownership over this perfect creation that was not theirs to own. With this trust shattered, everything else was shattered. The creature could no longer be in the presence of the Creator without fear of death. The creatures themselves, designed to be in perfect harmony with the Lord, each other and the creation had their perfect relationship shattered. Even the perfect creation would languish under the burden of the curse that was not its own making. This would cause the creation to work against the stewards who were still to manage it in their fallen state. These consequences resulted from the violated trust of the Owner by the stewards. Since trust played a huge role in the created task of stewardship, is it any wonder that even to this day trust plays a substantial role in congregational stewardship? Individual and congregational stewardship is completely linked to trust. The first level of trust is trust in the Lord. The second level of trust is the trust that the individual stewards have in those who are tasked with being steward leaders in the congregation. This two-fold trust is a must if faithful stewardship is to be cultivated among God’s people. (Excerpt: StewardCAST March 2017) Shopper?  FREE rewards for Church!!

Amazon donates to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. 
It is very easy to sign up, and costs you nothing!

#StartWithaSmile at:  

Thank you!

SMILE. . .. . .that is, AmazonSmile. Beautiful Savior has been registered with AmazonSmile to receive a contribution based on purchases by people who select it as their recipient. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases made by those who designate Beautiful Savior to receive it.

If you are already an Amazon shopper, simply go to from the web browser on your computer of mobile device. Your account will come up, just like always, and you will have an opportunity to enter Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church as your charity. This only needs to be done one time—Amazon will remember it and then every eligible purchase will result in a donation.

Shopping will be the same as always except your purchases will qualify for the contribution made to church. As you shop, you will see products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product page. Most of the tens of millions of items are eligible.

If you haven’t shopped at Amazon before and don’t have an account, it’s very easy to open one and then proceed to as above.

There is no cost to the church or to you for this. It is simply a way to add a few extra dollars to support our church. . .and that’s worth a smile.

Donations for Kitchen Supplies

Donations for kitchen supplies are always appreciated – just drop off in the kitchen. 

  • Coffee, decaf coffee, lemonade mix, plastic utensils, napkins, disposable plates (small, large divided) and cold drink cups
  • Cleaning supplies including: paper toweling, sponges, scrubbing pads (such as Brillo, SOS), dish soap, glass/multi-purpose spray cleaner (Windex etc).
Thank you for your donations!!