The Morning Star family generously cares about each other, our community, our nation and our world!
Simplify your giving by completing the linked form.
Use the link to make a donation now to one of our giving funds.
Pledge and share in the weekly offering. These funds are spent on general operational expenses and service projects. See below for information on setting up an automatic donation with your account or call the Church Office for assistance. Weekly envelopes are also available.
Each month our Outreach Team designates a focus for giving. Green Envelopes are provided in the pews to allow for gifts to be gathered for this focused project.
Primarily funded by memorials and special gifts. This is an endowed fund which distributes funds with three focuses: special one-time needs within the church like seed money for a new program, local area programs, and world relief projects.
We are blessed to have generous donors who have funded an endowed scholarship program. Each year we select undergraduate students who have recently graduated from high school and have actively served our church community as acolytes, ushers, or have participated in our other outreach and support programs.
In order to minimize unexpected impact to our operating fund, we have established a building maintenance fund. These funds are used to support major facility expenses.
Participating national retailers will donate a portion of each sale to Morning Star. Register and find participating retailers.
Download this app and visit participating local businesses. This is a way for local businesses to donate to local charities.
Check your companies donation matching program. Your donation may also be eligible for a Thrivent match.
Questions about charitable giving and tax impacts? Unsure of the impact of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017? Check out the presentation notes below.
(from a presentation given October 20th & 21st, 2018 by Lori K. Mueller, CPA Treasurer, Morning Star Lutheran Church )
How to be Charity-Generous & Tax-Thrifty
1. Qualified Charitable Distributions - or QCDs:
Taxpayers who are 70 1/2 or older (or beneficiaries of inherited IRAs) can use up to $100,000 per year of your Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Distribution must be not result in any benefit to donor/taxpayer. Distribution must be made directly by the IRA trustee to a qualified charity (excluding donor-advised funds), IRA with check writing is o.k. Dollar amount transferred is not subject to Form 1040, page 1 income taxability. Must still get a qualifying receipt from the charity. Benefits of lower Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) which could lead to:
2. Donor Advised Fund:
Donor-advised funds are charitable accounts set up in your name but held by a large nonprofit organization or qualified charity. There are also some brokers that offer these funds. You can donate cash, appreciated stocks or real estate and take an immediate deduction in the same year. This would allow you to front-load your donations to insure tax deductibility. You would then make donations as you normally would annually from your foundation checkbook.
3. Donate Appreciated Stock:
You can avoid long-term capital gains tax of up to 20% by donating appreciated stock from your non-qualified accounts to charity. You get the full market value of the stock as a tax deduction & the charity can sell the stock to use in their charitable programs tax-free. Wealthy taxpayers will also save by not having to pay the 3.8% NIIT. Morning Star Lutheran Church can accommodate Qualified Charitable Donations as well as donations made in the form of stock. Please have your broker contact me and I can get him/her instructions on how to get the stock transferred into the church's brokerage account. The church can also accommodate members who want to donate for two or more years in one tax year if bunching of the Morning Star Church donations increases their ability to itemize deductions.
It will be my pleasure to discuss any of these Charity-Generous & Tax Thrifty measures with any member who is interested.
Lori K. Mueller, CPA Treasurer
Morning Star Lutheran Church