Legacy giving

A lasting legacy of faith

We stand on the shoulders of faithful people who have gone before us. The giving commitment of each St. Paul generation continuously creates the sturdy, growing congregation we enjoy today. It’s a ministry grounded in gratitude for all God gives us.

You can plant your own seeds of generosity to benefit the church’s ministry far beyond your lifetime. With thoughtful estate planning now, your gift can bear fruit for generations to come.

Funds for estate giving

Two St. Paul funds receive gifts through the wills and estate plans of St. Paul members and friends who wish to support the church’s work for decades to come. These funds allow the congregation to reach beyond the budget for daily ministries and fund special projects and causes that grow our ministry in Christ.

Gifts to the funds may be in the form of cash, life insurance policies, stocks, bonds, real estate, or personal property.

The Greatest Need Bequest Fund is the primary destination for estate giving. Resources are used, over time, to support special improvement projects, property and material acquisition of a substantial nature, and programs and initiatives that advance the long-range ministry goals of St. Paul. All bequests to St. Paul, unless otherwise designated by the donor, are added to this fund.

The Endowment Fund for Mission Outreach expands the reach of St. Paul beyond our doors. Estate and other gifts are invested to produce income for mission projects that share Christ’s love. The end goals of this fund include:

  • Tuition support for those who are actively preparing for church vocations
  • Scholarships for preschoolers whose families express a need
  • Mission projects at home and around the world

To learn more about how your will or estate plan might express a lasting legacy of faith, contact Pastor Peter W. Marty or the church business manager, Paula Durham.

Memorial Gifts

Many people give gifts to remember or honor loved ones or to express thanksgiving for life’s special events. These often arrive at the time of an event like a funeral. Memorial gifts are put to work quickly as church needs surface. Every gift is a source of joy for the donor and a resource for the continued work of the congregation.


Legacy Giving: Paula Durham

Malachi 3:1-4

The Coming Messenger 3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.[a] 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[a] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[a] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[b] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[c] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[d] took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[e] in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna[g] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[h] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. The Return to Nazareth 39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.