I recieved my brochure the other day from the Legal department of the WTBTS in Patterson NY.
I have not had devoted time to look at all 32 pages with the most critcal eye, but will share my most immediate observations...
FIrst, we are not talking about some newspaper type document. In my opinion, it is the FINEST layout and printing job done by the society to date. The copy I have is copyright 2000. The fund that orginally peaked my interest is not mentioned anywhere I can find.
Of the 32 pages only 6 have no color pictures on them. The paper used is better than any publication I have ever seen them print.
If you did not know it was from them, you would almost miss it as the cover has nothing indicating the WTBTS
it just say
" Charitable Planning to benefit Kingdom Service work".
I would strongly recommend everyone requesting a copy from the office in Patterson. for a few reasons, 1) it costs money to send these out and they have to send it out by law if I am not mistaken. 2) you can see that the writers of other printed matter and the folks that wrote this document , probably never met.
I can give you the direct # if interested.Email me
Further, its always nice to read in front of other JWS and then when they ask what are you reading..you can say...YOU MEAN YOU DONT KNOW?...I told my wife this is from her Non profit corporation, she still didnt believe me till I showed her the back cover.........
I did read about half of it, and i n that half I have not run across the WORD Jehovahs WItnesses anywhere.
In 32 pages there are 4 scriptures.
Guess they draw the line when they talk about money
I will include the first couple of paragraphs page 4 and one on page 5
" Estate Planning
Every person who has money or owns property that will not be expended or disposed of during his lifetime has an estate. Estate planning is simply the process of deciding how your assets will be distributed after your death, or even now and includes taking steps to carry out your decisions effectively and economically. these steps may involve titling assets , naming beneficiarys and creating such doucments as wills and trusts In complex situations much more is involved.
Such estate Planning can be intimadating,but need not be.It does however, involve time, energy and determination. SOME SERIOUS DECISONS NEED TO BE MADE. ( this cap part is in italics)
Paragraph 5 page 4
Regardless of age, health or financial circumstances, one needs to plan in order to benefit the family as much as possible.Estate planning is not, as many believe only for the elderly and the rich. The fact is those who exceed a certain annual income or who acquire a certain amount of assets during their lifetime cannot keep all of it for the benefit of the family. Taxes must be paid.
Page 5 para 2
For a christian, then , the term"charitable planning" or planned giving", as it is often called-implies that a portion of ones assets will be used to advance kingdom interests.Many have benefited from receiveing clear suggestions on how best to arrannge theri affaris so as to minimize taxes and maximize the benenfits left to their loved ones and to the Society.( I did not capitlize society ...it is capitalized)
I could dissect this in 29 different ways , but will just say these few words.......
I thought the new sytem was coming, throw your burden s on god..trust in him.......
I gather from this , JWS are the only christians as all christians are suppose to contribute to kingdom work of the Society.
I like the word WILL in that paragraph....quite subtle
Well if anyone is interested again I suggest getting your own copy. You will laugh I guarantee.