“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Thanksgiving and Christmas approach and as in the past we reflect on the year gone by. But this reflection is one we’ve never seen.
Everyone can agree that the year 2020 has been full of daunting challenges; the COVID-19 Pandemic felt by each of us, affecting our family, our neighbors and our world in countless ways; the people of our country polarized by political elections and racial tensions creating an even larger divide; catastrophic fires and natural disasters generated colossal danger and destruction for countless people and vast damage to the environment. These incalculable tragedies are virtually impossible to ignore as they have created unique ripples through our lives. These waves will guide us forward and help us shape our future course.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you…”
As we advance to the end of this year and sprint toward the next, we pray we are closer to a vaccine for COVID. We pray for the mental and physical wellbeing for all. We pray the experiences behind us will provide us with courage, compassion, resilience and a path to hope and healing.
In honor or in memory of those you love, or for the planet and its people we ask you to consider a gift to benefit the Monks and Nuns of New Skete. This donation from you will assist us as we continue to minister to those in need during these extraordinary times. Illustrated on the following page are some of the ways.
…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
We pray that God may bless you abundantly for your generosity of prayers, kindness, and friendship!
In Christ’s love,
Brother Christopher, Prior, Monks of New Skete
Sister Cecelia, Prioress, Nuns of New Skete
Monetary donations are the simplest way to support New Skete and can be used immediately for our current needs. Gifts may be made by personal check, cashier's check, money order, cash (not recommended by mail) or click on the Donate button below to quickly and safely donate with your credit card. We are a 501[c3] organization and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Some individuals choose to make the monastics recipients of part of their tithes on a regular basis, either weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually. All gifts are promptly acknowledged and you may choose to remain anonymous with your contribution.
Checks may be mailed to:
New Skete Monasteries
PO Box 128
Cambridge, NY 12816
Nuns of New Skete
343 Ashgrove Rd
Cambridge, NY 12816
518-677-3810 ext 111
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Often times our donors prefer to support us by donating tangible items. Please contact us
concerning our policy of accepting in-kind gifts.
A gift to New Skete is a wonderful way to honor a loved one on a special occasion or to memorialize a loved one as a celebration of their life. A card notifying the honored or the family of the deceased will be sent upon receipt of your memory/honor gift. The amount of your gift will not be disclosed.
To make a memory/honor gift, please include:
• The name of the person being honored or memorialized.
• The contact information for the person to whom you would like a notification to be sent.
Please remember us when making or revising your will. Your generosity means leaving a lasting legacy with New Skete. Often, a bequest can be arranged with a simple legal amendment to your existing will. Your attorney can help with specific wording that reflects your desires.
Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds may be transferred to New Skete Monasteries. Check with your financial advisors [attorney, accountant, etc.] to learn more about the tax advantages for you and your family.
Life insurance policies, whether paid up or by naming New Skete as beneficiary on a new policy, may be donated. Check with your financial advisor for tax advantages.
Naming New Skete as a beneficiary of a portion of your retirement assets [IRA’s, 401K’s, etc.] isanother wonderful way to provide support for us and our future. Donating retirement assets may provide tax benefits, such as avoiding estate and income taxes that might otherwise be due if the assets were left to your heirs.
A charitable remainder trust is a special tax-exempt entity and irrevocable. Charitable remainder trusts are an arrangement in which cash, appreciated securities or real estate are donated to us, but the donor (also called the grantor) continues to use the property and/or receive income from it while living. The beneficiaries receive the income and we receive the principal after a specified period of time. The donor avoids any capital gains tax on the donated assets, and also receives an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the remainder interest that the trust earned. In addition, the asset is removed from the estate, reducing subsequent estate taxes.
Upon termination of a charitable remainder trust, the remaining assets support New Skete.
*As with any estate planning decision, consult your legal, financial and tax advisors for advice and information on applicable state and federal laws.
New Skete Monasteries invite your support and participation in our ministries. We seek creative ways to share our lives with others and help to insure the future of our monastic community. You are always welcome
to join with us in:
~ Liturgical services:
~ Pre-sanctified Liturgy followed by soup meal on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent; morning Matins, evening Vespers, Saturday evening Vigil, Sunday morning Divine Liturgy followed by coffee hour; special Feast Day services throughout the year
~ Group, Individual Directed or Private Retreat
~ Open House / Cambridge Balloon Festival in June
~ Annual Pilgrimage at the Feast of Transfiguration in August
~ Mission Sunday meal on Palm Sunday evening
There are many ways to share in our lives; donations of your time, skills or talent or by helping us with various chores at the monasteries, is a gift we truly appreciate. We especially need help with cleaning and maintenance of the Holy Wisdom Church, as well as Spring and Fall clean-up of our grounds and gardens.
For more information on volunteering at New Skete Monasteries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support New Skete by telling others about our community and invite your friends and family to visit our monasteries, sample our hospitality and share in our life and mission
Please contact New Skete Director of Advancement and Stewardship, Karen Gladstone at 518-677-3928 x214 or email@example.com should you have any questions regarding ways to support New Skete.