Message from Pastor Lawlor
It's already a decade plus, that I have been privileged to serve as one of the pastors at UDLC. Time flies by in such a busy, entrepreneurial, capable, inviting, community for ministry! I once described this congregation as a “hold on to your hat” kind of place. It’s a whirlwind of dynamic volunteers using their gifts and elbow grease to make God’s world a better, more equitable environment for all. We have an obvious devotion to: outreach, social justice and service, generous stewardship habits, multi-cultural investment, and growing warm, fun relationships for ALL ages, within and outside our doors... All this is a rare find nowadays. People care deeply about our global neighbors and our local needs, from Appalachian home repair to delivering Beds for Kids in Center City and feeding homeless at Chosen 300 for 18 years, and to the dirt road villages of Tanzania. We are growing ‘younger’ by demographics, yet have a history of being “Church” in Ambler since 1753.
Still, I was caught off guard when a member recently asked me, “Pastor, do you plan to leave UDLC a “ legacy gift” from your estate? “YES!” I admitted. “Have you made the arrangements yet?” he nudged me. “No, (the ultimate procrastinator) but I will very soon!” Time flies by, indeed! Have you also considered giving a gift to ensure this con- gregation will continue making a faith-filled difference for generations to come? Read on to see how worthwhile that investment will be. Don’t wait!
- Dyan M. Lawlor, Lead Pastor
"You feed the hungry through several programs and keep meals on hand at the church ... when they experience a health crisis or death in the family. You welcome refugees into your community, and demonstrate that all people are God’s people ... (even) from faith traditions other than your own. You provide beds and bedding for children in poverty with a goal of 500 beds per year. You provide 25 plus scholarships for Tanzanian students, and you’ve helped build and sustain SEKOMU, a university in Tanzania with a mission to train special education teachers. - Pastor John Hougen
Consider a Legacy Gift Today!
Consider providing UDLC a ’reservoir’ of re- sources far into the future through making a gift to the Living Waters. If you have in- cluded the church in your plans already or plan to create an endowment for its support, please let us know. We are happy to come visit you at home and to explain possible methods for giving, when and how you choose now or in the near future. Qualifying legacy gifts include naming UDLC as a beneficiary in your:
• Will or trust
• Retirement plan
• Life insurance policy
• Other planned gift methods at any age include:
• Charitable gift annuities
• Charitable remainder trusts
• Charitable lead trusts
• Directed Cash Gifts
For more information about the Living Waters So- ciety or to learn more about how you can establish your own legacy, please return the enclosed reply card or contact our office at 215-646-7999.
"Upper Dublin has been following the path of peace for many decades, never with the goal of being recognized, but with the goal of simply being on that road with as many partners as possible. And today we recognize this church not in a spirit of boasting about what you have accomplished, but what God has accomplished through you." - Bishop Claire Burkat