Saints Society 2015 Luncheon

Saints Society Luncheon

Betsy, Matt, & Coleman Shouse

Betsy, Matt, & Coleman Shouse

All Saints Day provided a perfect opportunity for the Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Endowment Fund to honor the living saints among us.

The Church created the Saints Society in 2002 to honor those who have made a lasting commitment to our congregation by contributing to the Endowment Fund during their lifetimes or by including charitable gifts to the Endowment Fund in their estates.

On Sunday, November 1, 2015, members of the Saints Society gathered at Larkins to share a great meal, reminisce about good times, and hear an update on the Endowment Fund. From its beginning in 1992, the Endowment Fund has grown to $4.2 million, and in 2015, gave out grants totaling $195,000. The Endowment Fund serves as an umbrella and comprises 35 named funds within the larger whole.

Members heard a report of one of those: the Sutherland Leisure Ministries Endowment, which was established in 2003 by Laura and Frank Sutherland in recognition of the leadership and Christian influence of David Stubbs, Director of Adult & Family Programs, and in honor of their two sons and wives, Christopher and Amy, Brian and Christine, and their families. Here’s the power of collective investing.

The Sutherland Fund was established 12 years ago with $25,000. In 2007, an additional gift of $5,000 in memory of Don Davis was added. Since 2002, the Fund has granted $17,326 to leisure ministries AND grown to its current balance of $38,391! We think the Sutherlands are living Saints who continue to bless this congregation with their generosity and intentional planning for the future of Buncombe Street UMC.

The Saints Society provides a way for the Endowment Fund to recognize and thank all such individuals, during their lifetimes and beyond. Becoming a member of the Saints Society speaks of one’s life of stewardship and desire to leave a legacy to further God’s kingdom.

If you would like to become a member of the Saints Society, we would be delighted to meet with you. If your estate plan has been completed, simply notify us of your plans to leave a gift to the church or to the Buncombe Street UMC Endowment Fund.