There are opportunities throughout the year for special giving. Each year our Christmas Offering is shared with special missions. Special offerings are collected for Blanket Sunday and One Great Hour of Sharing. We have several scholarships to which funds can be added by those interested in assisting students to further their education. Special gifts may include Memorial gifts which are often made in memory of loved ones who have passed on.
What are Living Memorials?
The Bridgewater Church of the Brethren recommends to its members and friends the practice of Living Memorials, which express appreciation for loved ones who are deceased, which testify to our faith in life beyond death, and which serve the ongoing mission and ministry of the church. If you have any questions about Living Memorials, please contact the church office.
Endowed and Memorial Gifts
For special contributions from accumulated assets to a specific project, a building fund, or an endowment with the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren Foundation, it is possible to donate stocks, parcels of land, retirement accounts, or other assets.
The Bridgewater Church of the Brethren Foundation is designed to provide a method for you to think ahead and, with some of your financial resources, assist the church in meeting its needs for the long-term future.
Also, in the event of the death of a family member it is possible to create a Living Memorial in the name of the deceased. Family members may designate the method of distribution of such memorial gifts or the Foundation will do so in accordance with its guidelines.
More About Endowment Gifts
The Bridgewater Church of the Brethren Foundation manages financial resources for the long-term future through an endowment fund.
These gifts, whether made directly or by bequest, may come in the form of cash, securities, real estate, life insurance proceeds, IRA benefits, or other kinds of property.
In designated gifts, the invested earnings are used for a specific project. Undesignated gifts are placed in an endowment fund, which will allow the income to be used as needs arise. In either case the earnings of an endowment will continue to be available for use in perpetuity for the benefit of the church.