About a year ago pop musician Prince died suddenly, and it was discovered that he had no will.  His tremendous wealth was, in a sense, “up for grabs.”  Two weeks later the Gallup organization launched a poll to find out how many other Americans might be in a similar situation.

Here are the findings:

  • 44% of Americans say they have a will.
  • That figure was 51% in 2005; 48% in 1990.
  • 68% of those over 65 say they have a will, but only 14% of those under 30.
  • Nearly 4 in 10 with incomes over $100,000 per year are without wills.

I think I can surmise with some assurance that none of us have the wealth of someone like Prince.  But we do have some wealth — we are blessed with assets for our use, and for being a blessing to others.  We are called to be good stewards of the resources that God has given us.  Yet many do not consider a well-planned or consistent giving strategy during our lifetime.  Some people give on impulse and others give with caution.  But we all want to make a difference, and we all want to contribute to what we value during our lifetime.  God calls us to have a generous spirit – always.

Good financial planning is important not just for our monthly and yearly budgets, but for long-range goals as well.  It is of utmost importance to our families, our friends, and our valued causes, including our church, that every adult have a current and updated will.  There is no ideal age at which to begin the process, but there is an ideal time to begin – AND THAT TIME IS NOW!

Calendar this date:  WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 6:30 PM

At that time Sheri Altland, Planned Giving Director of the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation, along with an experienced wills and estates attorney, will help guide each participant in important financial decisions, and will share the tools to make it easier to take the steps to create a financial road map that is “just right” for your particular circumstances.

There is a sign-up form at the Hospitality Desk in the Gallery. If you have questions or want to register, contact Keith Watson by email at keithwatson1944@gmail.com  or by phone at 720−684−6546.

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