The Endowment Fund
“Leading by Example”
“In 1953 when Bob Hickman and I married, we decided to visit different churches with Second being our first. We never went any further! And, so it is today, fifty –eight years later. I think our family is here to stay.
“With the many memories of teaching Sunday School, being an officer in the Women of the Church, being an ordained elder and various other jobs in the church, it makes me so happy to be able to leave a planned gift to this church.
“Because of the personal commitment of so many – the excellent ministers all along the way, as well as the programs and many other vital programs – we are a strong church and I want to help keep it that way! Will you join me?”
Sam and Beth Highsmith
“The Importance of a Strong Endowment”
“We became members of the church in 1998. We are both ordained elders, have served on the session, and are both commissioned Stephen Ministers.
“Our first attraction to this congregation was the wonderful music program we found here. Over the years, we have come to deeply appreciate the inclusiveness of the church and our strong ministries in other areas such as education, pastoral care, youth programming, Stephen Ministry, and, of course, the preaching. We are blessed to have found this congregation of committed Christians.
“We have a background in charitable gift planning; therefore, we recognize the importance of a strong endowment to the future of our congregation and we have included the church in our estate planning.
“We have named Second Presbyterian as one of the beneficiaries of our Individual Retirement Account. Each of us has learned that IRA funds are among the best assets for charitable giving.”
“A Blessed Responsibility”
“Second Presbyterian has truly been a second family for my daughters and me. What does a family do? They cry with you in sad times, hold your hand in anxious times and rejoice with you in happy times. Families share the joy of watching darling children grow into independent and bright adults. A family is there for comfort and support through our loved ones’ final days. Having this church family has enriched our lives beyond measure. From Nancy Boop’s cheerful welcome our first time through the door in 1985, to hugs every Christmas Eve service, we have always had a home in Second Church.
“The love and importance of a Presbyterian church home was modeled for me by my mother and grandmother. Idlewild in Memphis and First Presbyterian in Houston nurtured our generations and were the sites of Vacation Bible Schools, Easter services, weddings, baptisms, funerals, and so much more. And like Second Pres, they provided the opportunity not only to learn about God’s love but to share that love with others through fellowship and outreach. It is a joy to me that these churches continue to thrive. And so it is that I have a blessed responsibility to leave my Presbyterian church home a gift for the future—a gift for the families who walk through our doors, that they can know the love of our members and thrill of Holy love, and for the community that is touched by our outreach.”