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Share your Blessings

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


The Doxology reminds us to consider God's many treasures in our lives.  The final "Amen" provides a powerful exclamation mark as we lift our worship offering to the Lord, providing assurance that our meager gift has been consecrated for a greater purpose.  As it is lifted up to the Lord, there is joy in knowing that God will use these gifts for the sake of the collective mission we share together - Bringing the Light of Christ to All Creation!

"One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."

Proverbs 11:24–25

Where to Give

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Weekly Offering

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.

Green Envelope

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.

Endowment Fund

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.

Scholarship Fund

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.

Building Maintenance Fund

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.

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Pastor's Discretionary Fund

This fund is distributed at the discretion of the Pastor often to quietly assist those with unanticipated needs.

Special Requests

 From time to time there is a special request to meet a one-time need.  Memorial or special gifts can be designated with Council approval. 

Make your Gift go Farther

Goodshop

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Participating national retailers will donate a portion of each sale to Morning Star.   Register and find participating retailers.

TAGG

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Download this app and visit participating local businesses.  This is a way for local businesses to donate to local charities.

Corporate Matching

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Check your companies donation matching program.  Your donation may also be eligible for a Thrivent match.

Be Tax Thrifty

Tax material including a 1040 form, a calculator and some money.

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.

Charitable Giving and The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017

How to be Charity-Generous & Tax-Thrifty

(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 

October 20th & 21st, 2018 

 

 

  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: a.)  Reducing taxability of social security benefits b.)  Larger deductions of medical expenses (if itemizing) c.)  Lower Medicare premiums d.)  Lower net investment tax (NIIT) e.)  Reduction of taxability of long-term capital gains/qualifying dividends f.)  Use of charitable giving for tax purpose if using new standard   deduction ($26,600 - married filing jointly / $13,600 single)
  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 - such as The Omaha Community Foundation.  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 402-334-0600