I should not be surprised, but I still am. Christmas is Saturday!
I did finish shopping with the kiddos. Presents are basically wrapped and ready.
The dad in me is looking forward to seeing the kids reactions. The husband in me is looking forward to my bride’s. And of course, the kid in me is looking forward to seeing what’s under the tree for me. (Come on new frying pan!!!)
The pastor in me is looking forward to the Christmas Eve service. I love the quiet, beautiful moment when we light candles. I’m looking forward to Sunday’s service (and a special music treat too!).
The LRM Executive Director in me? Well, let’s be honest, I usually get nervous this time of year. As my non-profit friends know, we rely on end-of-the year gifts to help carry us through the year. With economy in turmoil, how will things turn out? (And, ironically, Sunday’s message is on “Peace.”)
Note to self: God gives peace!
Let’s get excited about the New Year. We are looking forward to exciting things. Events are coming up on the calendar. Celebrations, leadership retreats, conferences, workshops. And…
OUR NEW WEB SITE IS LOOKING REALLY, REALLY, REALLY COOL!
No sneak peaks! You’ll have to wait patiently.
One note to supporters. This just came through courtesy of a friend. If you aren’t aware, check with your advisor for more info on the following press release:
Congress has extended legislation that allows donors ages 70½ and older to gift up to $100,000 from their IRAs to charity. It’s easy to make a gift by directing your custodian to transfer a portion of your required minimum distribution directly to charity. The gift is not counted as part of your taxable income, so it is tax-free!
The new law extends legislation for 2010 and 2011. Also, because of how late the bill was passed, IRA gifts made through Jan. 31, 2011 can be treated like they were made in 2010—applied to the 2010 required minimum distribution, the 2010 tax year, and the $100,000 limit for 2010.