Since the end of the Civil War, Americans have paused at the end of May to remember and honor their loved ones who fought for our freedom. I am old enough to remember this occasion as “Decoration Day.” In the Eastern Kentucky town where I grew up, people still gather socially with flowers and lawn chairs in the cemetery. Scouts adorn the graves of veterans, including my father’s, with individual American flags. It is important to remember. And memorials come in many forms.
Jesus himself charged us to observe the sacrament of Holy Communion in remembrance of him (1 Corinthians 11:24).
Not just for the rich
Some of us have been blessed with earthly prosperity sufficient to remember someone special with a lasting financial gift. Consider how you might honor a special person over the long term by supporting the ministries and causes that stirred his or her passions. The temptation is to exclude yourself from this opportunity because you perceive it to be an option for the rich only. But there are ways Moravians of ordinary means can participate in this special type of giving.
Thoughtful ways to remember
The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America is here to show you how and help you make the best choices for your unique circumstances.
- It doesn’t take a penny of your own money to request gifts for ministry in lieu of flowers through the Moravian Giving Portal. Friends and family from across the country can make gifts in honor or memory easily, online, 24/7. You do this for your loved ones and you can let them know how much this would mean for you as part of your own planning.
- A number of Moravians have established Donor Advised Funds to remember a loved one.
- You can specify combinations of congregations and ministries to benefit from your life insurance policies, stocks, real estate, or other assets through a number of planned giving options.
Let this Memorial Day be the time of remembrance by making a plan for a lasting gift – for the people and ministries you love.
Contact: Chris Spaugh, email@example.com, (336) 725-2589.