On Sunday February 19, 2017, Naomi Henderson, representing the Endowment Committee of the Scottsburg United Methodist Church, conducted a presentation of checks from proceeds of endowment funds through the Scott County Community Foundation. This committee’s purpose is to provide members and friends opportunities to make charitable gifts to the church that will become a permanent endowment of financial support and a living memorial. Endowments provide ongoing benefits for those that receive them by earning a market rate of interest while keeping the core endowment principal intact to fund future needs.
L. L. Lowry, Scott County Community Foundation Treasurer, presented the checks as follows:
$152 from the Hazel Gillespie Hunger Endowment Fund, received by Pastor Valerie Wilson.
$572 from the Kathy Nicholson Music Endowment Fund, received by Bill Henderson, Choir Director.
$572 from the Kathy Nicholson Mission Endowment Fund, received by Paula Baldwin, Missions Committee.
$1711 from the Ella Maude McCulloch Mission Endowment Fund, received by Paula Baldwin, Missions Committee.
$3535 from the Scottsburg United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, received by Heather Owens, Youth Leader.
About the funds contributors:
Hazel Gillespie was a faithful member of the Scottsburg united Methodist Church for many years. She was born in 1900 and passed away at age 83 in 1983.
Hazel worked at the Scott County State Bank for 43 years prior to her retirement. She never married, but lived on a farm just outside the Scottsburg city limits. As a single young woman she moved from the farm into town and lived on her own which was very unusual in those days. She was a loving long-term caregiver to her mother, Lilly Parmillia, who lived to be 100 years old.
In addition to some traveling that she did, Hazel had a passion for helping people in need. When she passed away, she left the Scottsburg United Methodist Church a gift from her estate to “Feed the Hungry.” Later, that gift was endowed with the Scott Count Community Foundation through a matching grants program which has greatly enhanced the ability to generate support and resources for her cause, mainly through the Scott County Community Clearinghouse.
Kathy Nicholson was born on May 28, 1956, the daughter of Kenneth Edward and Catherine Jual (Beals) Nicholson, who made their home on North Meridian Street in Scottsburg, where Kathy continued to live until she passed away on Sept. 13, 2012. Kathy was a member of the Scottsburg United Methodist Church at the time of her death. People who knew her have fond memories of her and remember her beautiful singing voice in the church choir, her acting abilities, and talent in sign language song interpretation. During her 56 years of life, she never married. She was the major caretaker for her aging parents until her father passed away in 2004 and mother in 2006. When Kathy became ill, she depended on her friends at this church to care for her. While in the hospital her faith in God was strong and she would ask her friends to pray with her during their times of visitation. When Kathy prepared her will, just a few weeks before her passing, it was her request to have two endowment funds set up. One was to assist with the music program at the Scottsburg United Methodist Church and the other to help with church sponsored mission work.
Ella Maude McCulloch was born on July 21, 1920, in Charlestown Indiana to John and Myrtle Faye Kenny McCulloch. Many of the members of our church vividly remember when Ella Maude would join week long group trips to Oklahoma to help build a church. She was also known to take off in her car any given day where there was a disaster close by or even in a neighboring state, to clean debris or anything that she could do to be helpful to those who had a need.
For many years, she quietly volunteered at the Scottsburg United Methodist Church to help fold envelopes, pick up the attendance sheets out of each folder in the pew, and count the offerings. She attended church each week without ever missing a Sunday. In 2007, she was awarded an attendance pin for 14 years of perfect Sunday School attendance. She continued to be a regular church attendee until her illness and eventual death in 2010. Ella Maude was 90 years old when she passed away. For her funeral services, she requested that the pall bearers be female. For those who knew her, it brings them joy to have her passion for missions and love for others recognized by the creation of the “Ella Maude McCulloch Mission Endowment Fund” with a portion of the money that she left for the church in her will
The Scottsburg United Methodist Church Endowment Fund was set up in 1999 and was created to support the ministry of the Scottsburg United Methodist Church.
This fund was set up in the name of the church with the emphasis on long-term growth and maturity of the fund. It was suggested that the earnings not be distributed for a few years giving the fund an opportunity for compound growth. With the passing of time and the generous contribution of several donors over the years the earnings from this fund have grown considerably. We have been pleased in the last few years be able to make disbursements from this account. This year we are awarding financial support to the Scottsburg United Methodist Church Youth Program.
We are so very thankful for these people, their families and all the contributors that have made these gifts possible. The money will be used by each ministry in a way that brings honor and glory to God.
Please contact the church office, (812) 752-3545, for more information on endowments or how you may contribute.