Thrivent Funds

Over the past five years eligible Thrivent members have designated over $12,000 ($10,273 COS and $1780 to Endowment Fund) by taking advantage of Thrivent Choice. This is another way in which Thrivent, a 501(c)9 Fraternal Organizationdistributes its profits to member activities.

The funds are generated from qualifying insurance premiums and/or annuities held by its members. If you receive notices re: Thrivent Choice opportunities, please review and consider directing funds to COS or the COS Endowment Fund, If you are not a Thrivent member and would like to learn more you can go to or call Mark Gluckner, (866.614.4839) our local representative, who will provide personal information for you. 

Thrivent Choice Dollars ~ For those of you who are Thrivent members, the election period to designate the charity that may receive your 2021 Choice Dollars will expire at the end of March. Two choices for this election will benefit Christ Our Savior. You may designate funds for either Christ Our Savior Church or Christ Our Savior Endowment Fund. This year Thrivent Choice Dollars designated to the church will go to Belvoir Christian Academy in Chattanooga. Choice Dollars that are designated for Christ Our Savior Endowment Fund will be invested by the fund to generate income that will support the ministry grant/awards program. You may make your election either by telephone (1-800-847-4836) or by accessing your Thrivent account by computer or smartphone and selecting the Choice Dollar tab. If you are making an Endowment Fund election for the first time, the designation “Christ Our Savior Endowment of Loudon TN” should be given to the telephone assistant or entered in the search option (computer access).

Lutheran Church Extension Fund-Shared Blessings


The LCEF is now offering to all investors a Partners Plus investment opportunity that will support loans to churches, schools, pastors, and other church workers. This new Partners Plus program is offering a 1.625% fixed rate 2-year note. Also it offers a 2.25% fixed rate 4-year note. LCEF is continuing to offer the Y.I. Club for young investors at a premium rate for amounts up to $1000. They also offer a Connect Plus program for NEW investors at a 2.25% fixed rate. (Tiered amounts/1 per social security number.)

**Saving money with LCEF helps others learn about Jesus

You know it’s important to teach a child to give thanks for God’s many blessings and use them wisely to serve Him. When you help a child save for the future through the LCEF Young Investors (Y.I.) Club, you are teaching them the value of sharing, saving and spending money and at the same time those $$$ can help someone else learn about Jesus. Your child’s investment will empower ministry! With an investment of just $25 in a Y.I. Steward Account®, your child becomes a Y.I. Club member! For more info call either the Church Office or the LCEF at 1-800-THE-LCEF.



Christ Our Savior Endowment Fund

If you have had a Financial Plan in place for five or more years perhaps you may want to review the plan with your Tax Advisor and remember the Endowment fund in your planning. Or you might consider the Tax advantages of a gifting stock which has gained in value this year; you can deduct the value of the stock as a charitable gift and avoid the income tax. (Please be sure to have the stock sent to the Fund and do not cash it in.)

Alternately consider a gift of life insurance or other assets to your COS Endowment Fund. This fund will intentionally keep its principle intact, and as it grows will utilize its net income for future ministries which God presents to the COS family of faith.

“Christ Our Savior Endowment Fund at Work”

Each year the Endowment Fund is able to consider requests from within the congregation, and to a lesser extent outside the congregation, for funding to help start new ministries or provide needed support for existing ones. Dividends and interest from the investments are available for these grants. We recently awarded grants supporting a new ministry at COS called “Sisters in Hope” as well as for Bridge City Community Mission in Chattanooga and Lutheran School Scholarship support at St. Peter and Christ the King Lutheran Schools.
A brief comment from one of the thank you notes received, “The timing could not be more perfect as we recently purchased some new A/V equipment to better serve the needs of folks here and abroad though the ministry of the Bridge City Community” – Pastor Josh. Thanks, Christ Our Savior, for your support of the Endowment Fund! Please contact any member of the Endowment Committee for more information.

Life insurance

Life Insurance contracts offer a way to benefit the long term COS mission at a relatively low cost for the donor but with high leverage potential. In order to deduct premium payments as charitable deductions, the donor must name the charity as both owner and irrevocable beneficiary of the policy. Specific plans for the continuation of premium payments, if any, should be discussed with the charitable owner as part of assigned gift arrangements.
An estate leveraging technique and alternate means of using life insurance is the wealth-replacement option. A donor makes a gift to the COS Endowment Fund and then, using the tax savings produced by the charitable deduction from that gift, purchases and pays the premi-ums on a life insurance policy which has proceeds roughly equivalent to the value of the con-tributed assets. Thus, the assets used to MAKE the gift are, in effectively, “replaced” with in-surance, typically without incurring taxation on distribution.
Key Points:
Opportunity to make a substantial gift that may not have been possible in your lifetime or with your resources
Potential to provide life income for a beneficiary as well as support for our mission
Potential to reduce income and/or estate taxes

Electronic Giving!

Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account. Our electronic giving program offers convenience for you and much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. Authorization forms are available from the church office. Please place completed forms in a sealed envelope, address to Financial Secretary, and return to the church office. Thank you for your participation. Any questions, please contact the Church Office.

Tax Tips for Charitable Contributions

Gifts of Appreciated Securities: If you are claiming itemized deductions and have stocks or bonds that have appreciated in value, you can get a double tax benefit by making a charitable donation of these securities. The full value of the securities (up to 30% of Adjusted Gross Income) will qualify for a chari-table deduction, and the gain that would otherwise be recognized if the securities are sold is not taxed.

“Qualified Charitable Distributions” for RMDs: If you are over 70 ½ , have a traditional IRA or other retirement accounts, and are required to make “minimum distributions” (RMDs) each year, a direct transfer from the trustee of your retirement account to a qualified charity up to $100,000/year (called a “qualified charitable distribution” or QCD) may be excluded from taxable income. This permits taxpay-ers with RMDs who claim the standard deduction to get a tax benefit comparable to those who itemize. QCDs may also be beneficial for those who itemize, since the reduction in Adjusted Gross Income may avoid higher Medicare premiums, higher taxation of Social Security benefits, and “scale backs” that ap-ply to medical and other itemized deductions.

To achieve the intended result, it is essential that QCDs be processed and posted to the IRA prior to year- end. IRA trustees generally require that a form be submitted in order for them to submit a check directly to the charity. In this case, it is important that the form be submitted well in advance of year-end (i.e., not later that the first week in December). Fidelity and certain other trustees provide for check books for making direct IRA transfers that can expedite this process. Consult your tax advisor or a mem-ber of the COS Endowment Committee if you desire more information.

Excellent Time to Check Your Withholding

With about three months left this year, October is an excellent time to check your withholding amounts. In IR-2019-149, the Service explains enhancements to the Tax Withholding Estimator tool on The "estimator" is a mobile-friendly tool with new features for self-employed individuals. Many taxpayers now are self-employed or have income from side gigs. Users can enter their wage, pension or other retirement income. Any side income may then be added. The estimator will highlight your potential deductions from side income. These may include a self-employment health insurance deduction, a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) or other qualified retirement plan. Side income is also subject to self-employment tax, but there may be a partial self-employment tax deduction.

The estimator tool has several user-friendly features. It uses plain language, permits users to target a specific refund amount, includes a progress tracker and shows the taxable portion of Social Security benefits. Now is an ideal time for this withholding checkup because taxpayers can adjust their withholding over the last three months of the year. By withholding the correct amount, taxpayers may avoid either a large refund (which is essentially an interest-free loan to the federal government) or a shortfall in payments that may result in a tax under-withholding penalty. The estimator has links to IRS Form W-4 to change or update withholding amounts.

Ps: Remember the COS Endowment Fund is a 501(c3) organization and you may have opportunities to lower your taxes by an “Over and Above” gift to this Fund

Through the LCMS MILLION DOLLAR LIFE GRANT, Christ Our Savior has partnered with other area LCMS congregations to accept the $25,000 matching grant challenge from our Synod. Christ Our Savior has already committed a specific amount to this initiative and is now inviting us as members to consider how our additional individual gifts might further the work of two Pregnancy Resource Centers, one in Maryville and a new one in Sevierville, as they offer a lifeline of hope and Godly support to those finding themselves in an unplanned pregnancy. You are invited to attend a special event to pray and thank God for Life--for every life conceived and for every life spared and saved in Christ Jesus' name and to be inspired because God continues to grant life and hope in a fallen world. Your Lutherans for
Life Team will help facilitate carpooling for those desiring to attend, who sign up on the bulletin board in the CMC. Please plan to join us for this 2 p.m., Sat., January 14th free meal at Grace Lutheran in Knoxville, for prayer and fellowship, and to hear a special message.