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As a caring Christian, you want to use your God-given resources to provide for people you love and ministries you care about. Founded in 1983, the Saint John’s Lutheran Foundation can help. There is a deep satisfaction in knowing that some of the funds and property you have accumulated during your lifetime will be used to spread the love and forgiveness of Christ.

Approach making a living memorial gift or bequest by will to the Saint John’s Lutheran Foundation with much care and prayer. Be guided by your consideration for your family, your fellow human beings, and most importantly, your Lord and God, the Giver of it all. Through the Saint John’s Lutheran Foundation, you can willingly, lovingly and cheerfully aid the cause of Christ’s Kingdom and you will be richly blessed.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

The Saint John’s Lutheran Foundation was formed:

  1. To establish a “legal entity” to receive gifts, bequests and other financial documents.
  2. To encourage financial planning, commitment and giving of short and long-term duration.
  3. To comply with the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service for tax exempt organizations investing and managing assets to receive adequate returns.
  4. To insure that all assets received by the Church are applied in the manner and for the purpose designated by the donor within the life of Saint John’s Lutheran Church of Fort Collins and in a Christian fashion, for outside activities as approved by the Church Council.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Psalm 24:1

Saint John’s Lutheran Foundation is a non-profit corporation existing in perpetuity established with the authority to:

  1. Act as custodian of funds, securities, investments and property donated to the Foundation and held for the benefit of Saint John’s.
  2. Acquire, hold, own, vote and sell, assign, transfer, mortgage, pledge or otherwise dispose of capital stock, bonds, securities, real property or other assets consistent with the purpose of the Foundation.
  3. Do all acts and things necessary and expedient to carry out the purposes for which it was formed, and to possess and enjoy all powers now or hereafter conferred by the laws of the State of Colorado on non-profit corporations.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Galatians 6:10

Some Giving Options:

  • Gifts of Cash
  • Bequest in a Will—such as a set amount of money, a percentage of an estate, a specific asset, a trust, or the naming of the Church as a contingent beneficiary, etc.
  • Gifts of Securities
  • Gifts of Real Estate
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Gifts of Life Estate-such as the deed to a home, condominium, vacation home, ranch, farm, etc.
  • Closely Held Stock
  • Gifts of Tangible Personal Property such as jewelry, coins, stamp collections, works of art, furniture, antiques, automobiles, boats, etc.
God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sin … he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13b–14

See the Foundation Brochure (pdf)

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Spring Congregation Meeting Update

The mission of the Foundation is to receive gifts, memorials, insurance proceeds, stock and other financial documents in order to provide funds for needed projects and missions within the Church.

Wente Estate Status

As many of you will recall, Saint John’s was gifted a portion of the Minnie Wente Estate, which included mineral rights on land in Weld County. We extended drilling rights to Noble Energy. We are a part of a seventeen-tract drilling area.

A brief history of how these mineral rights came to Saint John's: it started with Louie Wente, who received his interest by a U.S. patent in 1911. In 1946, he conveyed the surface portion and reserved the entire mineral interest. Subsequently a portion of the mineral rights were conveyed to other family members and through estates a part was given to Saint John’s.

We are in the process of clearing up legal matters which occurred throughout all of these transactions and have engaged a local attorney to assist with cleaning up some of the questionable conveyances.

At this time, Noble is extracting oil from this area and we will soon know to what extent this will benefit Saint John’s. The gift is very restrictive and can only be used for scholarship-type uses and possibly our organ. Our attorney is looking into the possibility of modifying these restrictions to allow us to use the funds in other areas.

As we move through this process we will continue to update you.

The mission of the Foundation is to receive gifts, memorials, insurance proceeds, stock and other financial documents in order to provide funds for needed projects and missions within the Church.

Chancel Floor Refinishing

The chancel floor was installed in 2005 with the renovation of the Worship Center. The beautiful cherry floor served us well for nearly ten years, but took a few dings in that time. The scrapes, scratches and divots of normal use (plus a few larger dents from Christmas programs, piano moving and some “oops” events) were becoming noticeable, so it was time for our first refinish.

The Foundation decided to fund this project after finding that it would cost between $3,000 and $4,000.

The week of the refinishing, a volunteer crew cleared the chancel. Then, during the week, the floor was sanded down and a new stain was applied. (We’ll get another coat in a few months.) Then everything went back up onto the chancel in time for Sunday services.

Enjoy the new floor—gently! Remember: pads on anything that stands on the floor and only water (absolutely no chemicals) to clean the floor.

The mission of the Foundation is to receive gifts, memorials, insurance proceeds, stock and other financial documents in order to provide funds for needed projects and missions within the Church.

Communion Kits

Staff petitioned the Foundation for funds to provide a portable communion case to each of the Lay Ministers to allow them to assist Pastor Nickel with serving communion to our homebound members (see Pastor Nickel’s article, “Lay Ministry Developments” for details). The board found that the money remaining in one of the Foundation's memorial funds would be just enough to cover this expense.

The family agreed to utilize the funds in the memorial for this purchase, and soon twelve new, zippered portable communion service kits arrived for the Lay Ministers to use.

Each case has a container for the consecrated wafers and a small bottle for the consecrated wine as well as a stock of disposable communion cups and a copy of the communion liturgy.

The mission of the Foundation is to receive gifts, memorials, insurance proceeds, stock and other financial documents in order to provide funds for needed projects and missions within the Church.

Your Foundation at Work

During the last couple of years, Foundation funding as well as money designated to the Foundation through Thrivent Choice Dollars have been spent on numerous items.

Here's a list of those expenditures:

  • Supported mission trips to Haiti and New Orleans and upcoming trips to Africa, Peru and India;
  • Purchased a set of books and worship resources for the office library;
  • Replaced the carpet in the downstairs hallway (between the Large and Small Fellowship Halls);
  • Funded the salary of our summer intern;
  • Recarpeted and repainted the church office;
  • Replaced many church office furnishings;
  • Set up a reserve for future replacement of our aging boiler;
  • Purchased a set of new white coffee cups with the Saint John’s logo;
  • Made many roof repairs and replaced some sections of the roof;
  • Repaired and resurfaced the parking lot;
  • Paid for continuing education seminars for our called workers;
  • Provided educational funds for the training of church workers from our congregation;
  • Provided scholarship funds for seminary students;
  • Funded some marketing efforts of Open Arms preschool;
  • Paid for the hiring of special musicians—trumpet and other brass—for Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday’, Easter and other special worship services
  • Made funds available for maintaining the organ and grand piano;
  • Refinished the wood floor of the Chancel.

Thanks to the current Foundation board members. Their care and concern for Saint John’s is shown through the decisions they have made to provide funds for these many needed projects.

The Board would like to encourage each of you to consider how you can contribute to the Foundation, whether with current assets, future death benefits, insurance proceeds, etc … . There are a number of ways these funds can then be used to provide financial support for so many uses which would not be able to be covered from day-to-day operations.

The mission of the Foundation is to receive gifts, memorials, insurance proceeds, stock and other financial documents in order to provide funds for needed projects and missions within the Church.

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