Posts by Jason Christ

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Gift Planning and Taxes

A good gift plan within one’s estate plan can help manage taxation. Kelly and Lisa were having lunch. Both of their husbands have passed in the last couple of years, and they are learning to take over the responsibility for finances. This has been a big transition for both.  Kelly said to Lisa, “I have adapted well. I have come to appreciate all that Howard did all those years.  The one thing that still intimidates me is the taxes. I…
Men having a business meeting in a restaurant.

Acknowledging God’s Blessings

Learning to acknowledge God’s blessings is the beginning step of faithful management of His gifts.  Greg and Mike were meeting for lunch. Greg was dreading this meeting because he was used to Mike always complaining about how hard his life is. On this particular day, Greg was surprised. Mike was telling the story of how he and his wife had recently decided that they should get their estate plan in place. The process began as Mike and his wife met…
Restful aged couple

Changing Your Plan with Life’s Changes

Life is full of milestone events that impact the gifts we plan from our estates. In 1971, Herb and Rachel lost their son in the Vietnam War. Though that was 52 years ago, Herb and Rachel still remember the day they received the bad news. Today, their son would have been 71. They wonder why they are still living at 94, when their son’s life was so short. They are thankful that in Jesus, both they and their son will…
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Singing the Psalms – November 2, 2022

Over the course of 4 weeks, we will reflect on 8 different psalms. Service starts at 7 p.m. in the Lower Level, but we’ll have coffee, water, and tea available at 6:45 if you want to come early and enjoy some fellowship. Bring your own mug or use one of ours! If you’d like to follow along with the Psalms in your own Bible, bring it along. We’ll be using English Standard Version (ESV) for public reading. This week we…

Ian Relief Trip: Day 7

Hey friends! We had a great day today helping at 4 different sites. Michelle and Nancy did more work pulling branches at another property. Jim and David cleared out two small jobs, then joined Dan, Susan, Jason and two others from the Orlando area: Bill and Mike. This is a short update because we spent more time on the worksite than usual to finish it up and then spent much of the night packing. We plan to leave at 6…

Ian Relief Trip: Day 6

Our team went in three directions today. Steve helped out with supply and food disbursement at the church. From 9-Noon each day they hand out supplies for people in the community. This includes a lot of the supplies that were purchased from the Amazon wish list we posted on Day 0. Tim Richter, the DCE here at Zion, organizes those efforts. As part of our team returned home from their site we saw a big Amazon delivery getting sorted and…

Ian Relief Trip: Day 5

Today’s adventures took us back to the mobile home park to complete their muck out as well as helping a neighbor with a few items. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to help her as much as we’d like because there were other needs we had to get to at another house. The main project there was completed though. We were able to get all the flooring out, all appliances except the fridge, and muck out everything on our list. Jim, David,…

Ian Relief Trip: Day 4

Quick update tonight as we’re pretty tired and getting ready for bed. We spent the morning back with our first set of houses and finished all the work there. Residents were very thankful for our efforts and the team did a great job! After lunch, we sent a small contingent to a new site. The homeowner at this second site lived in a trailer right on the river. It was a beautiful view, but because of their proximity, they received…
Hurricane Ian flooded houses in Florida residential area. Natural disaster and its consequences

Ian Relief Trip: Day 3

We spent our first two days traveling down to Ft. Myers for our mission trip. The trip was uneventful, but we did get to enjoy God’s beautiful creation as the leaves were changing. We also got to stop at a Buc-ee’s. It’s hard to describe, but it is certainly an experience. The work week started today as we went to one street to help residents. Judy lost nearly everything in her house. We ended up tearing out drywall up 4…