The Rosser Society is the vehicle through which people can support Washington Street United Methodist Church through their planned giving (estates, insurance policies, outright gifts of cash and stock, and more. To discuss this aspect of stewardship, contact Pastor Thomas at [email protected], or stop by to talk.)
We often think of stewardship as a simple act of giving – of our time, our talent, and our treasures – during our lifetime. The Rosser Society invites you to think more intentionally about the stewardship of your legacy. In 1849, our founding pastor, Rev. Leonidas Rosser, rode throughout the southeastern states raising funds to construct the building at 109 S. Washington Street. He raised $10,000, which allowed for the construction of the church building that is still home for our worshipping body today. His legacy and efforts laid the foundation for over 170 years of ministry in Alexandria.
Planned giving offers the foundation of support for generations to come. It has been planned giving that has historically allowed for building upgrades, renovations, and expansions at WSUMC. In recent years, planned giving has allowed for the church to upgrade the Sanctuary sound system, undergo a full renovation of the Sanctuary, and refurbish and upgrade the organ.
The church has long had an endowment, supported throughout the years by planned gifts, which helps fund missional work in the community, the hospitality of WSUMC through the upkeep of the facilities and premises, and to provide scholarship funding for local children. The endowment currently stands at around $1 million.
On a daily and weekly basis, our work is to profess God’s Word of new life in Jesus Christ. This gift of love is still making a difference and changing lives in our community today. Your planned gift can allow us to continue that focus without concern for the future health and vitality of the ministry. Planned giving offers a foundation for the long-term impact of the church. Below are some ways you can include the church in your estate plan. Contact Pastor Thomas ([email protected]) for more information about non-cash contributions and always consult your legal, financial and tax advisors about the tax deductibility of gifts in your particular situation.
Sample Language: “I give, devise, and bequeath all of the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal as follows:
1) I give one-half (1/2) of my residuary estate to (children, siblings, etc.)
2) I give one-quarter (1/4) of my residuary estate to (school, hospital, non-profit, etc.)
3) I give one-quarter (1/4) of my residuary estate to Washington Street UMC as a general charitable bequest.”