A New Home in Pebble Beach
My name is Carle Mowell, and my husband Larry and I moved to Pebble Beach in 2018. I began my search for a church home soon after, and found my way to Church in the Forest. Lucky me! You have all been warm and welcoming and I feel a part of this wonderful faith community.
As an active member (Covid 19 has been so hard), I take my financial support of the Church seriously, through pledging and recognizing church and community needs. So when it came time for Larry and me to update our will and estate plans to align with California laws, we had an opportunity to review our established bequests.
Like many of you, we had a deep and fulfilling earlier life in another community, and those church and community needs are still compelling to us. But we saw the opportunity to look forward to this stage of life, and identify some new organizations and initiatives that support our values. Some things don’t change!
And we had timely help with this process–our church’s “What Really Matters” program of 2019–2020.
What Really Matters
Throughout 2019 and into 2020, through the “What Really Matters” meetings hosted by the church, our congregation undertook the process of looking inward to identify our values and priorities for this later chapter of our lives. Through guided exercises we explored more deeply the messages we wished to share with our families and what end of life rituals were meaningful to us.
These gatherings motivated Larry and me to complete our medical directives and will
and estate plans.
What Are Your Next Steps?
Did you know Church in the Forest has a planned giving program? Those who remember the Church in their final plans–regardless of amount or type of gift–join our Legacy Circle. When I notified the Church that we had made that decision, we became a part of that Circle that wants to bless our Church for the future!
I am looking forward to being in worship with you all very soon. When we get back, you will find a Planned Giving brochure in the pew pocket. Please take it home and consider remembering CiTF in your plans.
The Church hopes to host a recognition of Legacy Circle members in June, which is National Leave a Legacy Month.
If you have not yet informed the Church of your plans and would like to, simply send a note to Terri. But, if you prefer to keep that information private, we respect that too–and will celebrate you on some future date!
If you have any questions about Legacy giving, please feel free to contact me or Reverend Swenson.