Westminster Presbyterian Church | Des Moines

Who is FPU Really For?

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Who is FPU really for? It’s for EVERYONE!…from the financially secure to the financially distressed. Over 650,000 families and individuals have attended Financial Peace University. How would your life change if you were debt free? What could you do? Who could you help? Get control...

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Daylight Savings Time

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American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin proposed a form of daylight time in 1784. He wrote an essay, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” to the editor of The Journal of Paris, suggesting, somewhat jokingly, that Parisians could economize candle usage...

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Giving and Westminster Stewardship Facts

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According to 2016 data collected by The Barna Group for "The State of the Church Report" 54% of Americans give to churches. 22% of Americans give to non-profits but not churches and 24% give neither to churches or non-profits. 96% of practicing Christians give to churches or other...

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Good News IRA Owners!

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At the end of 2015, Congress passed a tax bill that permanently extends the “Qualified Charitable Distribution” provision, which lets people over age 70 ½ transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a charity and have that distribution count toward their required minimum...

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Increase Your Charitable Giving Impact

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Stewardship Corner:  Increase Your Charitable Giving Impact  This is an illustration of how to increase your charitable giving to the church if you own appreciated stock. This example assumes that you are in the 28% tax bracket and would like to donate $100,000 worth of stock. This...

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Stewardship: A Calling, Not A Season

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Imagine that somewhere there was a church that approached stewardship using a letter like the one here. It highlights among other things (and to an absurd degree), the limitations of viewing stewardship as a season to be endured, rather than a year-round, ongoing essential element of church...

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Faith Issues

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by Tim Wilson, Director of Development and Stewardship I recently ran across a report on a survey done a few years ago by the Barna Group, which does extensive interviewing and surveying around faith issues. Among its findings were that nearly 4 out of 5 Americans do most of their praying at...

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Motives for Going to Church

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There are many opinions out there about what motivates members to give to their church (and just as many theories as to why people hold back). One recent variation on this is from consultant Casey Graham. He cites five reasons: They see a need. People give when they perceive real needs of...

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Matching Donations

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About 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies match employee donations. Matching donations are charitable gifts made to a non-profit organization by a matching donor (e.g., an employer) after the original donor (e.g., an employee) first makes a gift to that organization. And about two-thirds of...

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