Join the Anchor Legacy
Did you know that the sanctuary of Chapel by the Sea was made possible with a gracious gift from a long-time member who remembered her church in her will? That single gift enabled the whole congregation to see that a beautiful new building was possible. Everyone joined in giving donations, large and small. Without the legacy gift of that one individual, however, the rest of us might not have “caught the vision!”
The gift given by Mrs. Preston Root helped us start construction on our sanctuary, but hers is not the only estate gift we have received. Each year we receive estate gifts. Some are large, and some are small, but each are deeply appreciated.
Our estate planning (or the lack of it) testifies to our values and our faith. A properly laid out plan reveals how we believe God wants us to transfer the management of His property. Jesus said in Luke 12:34, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” The inverse of this also rings true, “where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.” Preparation of an estate plan by a competent attorney demonstrates your desire to “honor the Lord with your substance” (Proverbs 3:9).
The pastor and elders of Chapel by the Sea want to encourage all of our members and friends plan carefully for the well being of family. We also want to invite everyone to consider remembering Chapel by the Sea in estate planning. Your spiritual leaders at Chapel by the Sea believe that good estate planning is the spiritual responsibility of faithful Christian stewardship.
The Anchor Legacy is a group of individuals who want to testify in their estate planning about their love of God and their appreciation of their church. We invite you to be part of our Anchor Legacy.
QUESTIONS ABOUT LEAVING A LEGACY
Why the anchor?
We intentionally selected this window as our logo the Anchor Legacy. The anchor window is found in the church’s parlor, just off the Sanctuary and narthex. This window is one of many gifts made possible through estate planning. Elsie W. Britton remembered Chapel by the Sea in her will with undesignated funds which we received while we were purchasing many of our stained glass windows.
Can I designate how my gift is to be used?
Yes, but in order for us to use it effectively, you will want to plan with the pastor and elders. Some of our past gifts helped fund gifts for missions, music, youth, health ministries and parish nursing programs. Most are undesignated and are used according to the church’s current and greatest needs.
Can I make an anonymous gift?
Yes, however, we like to encourage others by your example. If you remember Chapel by the Sea in your estate planning, you will receive a pin with the Chapel’ s Anchor Window. Your name will appear in the Annual Report as members of the Anchor Legacy.
Can I remember my church “up north” as well as Chapel by the Sea?
Absolutely. Our Bachman Music Fund was established so that the Bachman’s northern church receives an annual income from an endowment, while Chapel by the Sea receives an equal amount. You might consider a similar arrangement. You may also have other charities you wish to support. One family was deeply touched by the work of hospice as they cared for a spouse for several weeks, but also made plans to remember the work of the church for providing a life-time of care and nurture.
Is there a committee or staff person at Chapel who can give me advice on my estate planning?
We have information from our denomination’s Presbyterian Foundation which will be helpful to you. Individual members may share their personal experiences outside of a professional setting. We occasionally offer workshops on estate planning. We encourage you to speak with your attorney, tax accountant, or professional financial adviser for reliable and personalized advice.
Remember Chapel by the Sea…
- … in your will or trust;
- … as a beneficiary in a life insurance policy, IRA, or retirement plan; or
- … through a Charitable Trust.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”