End of Year Giving for age 70 1/2 and Older

For those over age 70 ½, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts directly to Bethlehem without those distributions being counted as gross income.  Legislation was recently signed into law that extends this special opportunity. For a gift to count for 2017, it must be made by December 31, 2017.

To make such gifts, it is important to not withdraw funds prior to making the gift but distribute them directly from an IRA to the church. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA.

Contact Bob Wertz or Katy Stenross at Bethlehem, your IRA administrator, or your financial advisor for more information.

Important Year-End Giving Information

In order for a gift to count toward your 2017 charitable contributions, they must be postmarked or received NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017.



And So the Prophets Speak…

The holiday season is filled with expectations – heightened, lowered, or abandoned altogether. Our hopes are frazzled this time of year and so the prophets speak. Their voices rumble with the expectations and hopes of heaven. Their words gather us from isolation into new community, transaction into relationship, apathy into justice, and scarcity into abundance. In Advent, the prophets give us language for expectations beyond our best coping and compromises: love is coming. Expect the unexpected!

November   26 – Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14

December  3 – 2 Kings 5:1-19

December  10 – Ezekiel 37:1-14

December 17 – Isaiah 55:1-13

December 24 – Luke 2:1-21

December 25 – John 1

December 31 – Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Luke 2:21-40