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NLCS Sponsors Grammy-Winning Composer and The Concordia Choir to Perform in Washington

January 25, 2016

National Lutheran Communities & Services is pleased to sponsor world-renowned composer and conductor René Clausen and The Concordia Choir to perform in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, February, 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The concert, part of the choir’s 15-day 2016 tour of the Northeast U.S, will be held at National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue N.W. Tickets are available online at ConcordiaTickets.com, by calling 800-838-3006 or at the door. 

Clausen, conducts the 72-voice a cappella choir and is the artistic director of the Emmy® winning Concordia Christmas Concerts seen by audiences of 18,000 each year and televised nationally through PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). He has written more than 100 commissioned compositions for ensembles across the world including the St. Olaf Choir and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Touring nationally and internationally since 1918, the choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States and continues to affirm its reputation as one of the nation’s finest a cappella choirs.

The set is titled The Music of Living, which includes works by Bobby McFerrin, Dan Forrest, Aaron Copland, and Clausen himself. Bach, Mendelssohn, Dickau, Ives, and more are on the program as well as pieces such as, “Christ The Appletree,” by Stanford Scriven, and “Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Tim Peifer Joins the National Lutheran Family as Director of Philanthropy

January 12, 2016

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) welcomes Tim Peifer as the Director of Philanthropy for The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., and The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community in Staunton, Va.

            Peifer will split his time between the two communities, working with individuals to enhance giving programs at each location and raise the awareness of NLCS’ mission. Peifer has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He previously worked as the Vice President Retail Sales Manager for Blue Ridge Bank in Harrisonburg. With his financial acumen, he is able to help individuals understand the impact their donations can have and suggest a variety of ways in which a gift can be made.

            “I’m pleased to be a part of a great service organization with such a long and faithful history,” Peifer said. “I look forward to serving the needs of The Village at Orchard Ridge and The Legacy at North Augusta, and contributing to their philanthropic heritage.”

            NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald noted that Tim’s background will be a welcome addition to the team.

            “Tim brings not only an understanding of the importance of charitable giving, but he also is very familiar with the area that NLCS serves in the Shenandoah Valley,” said Baerwald.

            Peifer attended Northern Virginia Community College and he’s had successful careers in retail management as well as financial sales.  He and his family have lived in Harrisonburg for 17 years.  His wife Kristy is a Vice President at Peak Construction at Massanutten Resort and their daughter is a junior at Virginia Tech.  He and his family are active members at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church where he currently serves as the Chair for the Finance Committee.  Peifer also is the board President for People Helping People, volunteers for Rebuilding Together and is a member of the Harrisonburg Lion’s Club.   

How a Typo Helped Those in Need

December 24, 2015

What do you do with 300 custom-imprinted blankets that have a typo?  The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) was in that predicament earlier this week.  Rather than letting the warm fleece blankets go to waste because of a printing typo, several staff members took the blankets to be donated to Interfaith Works in Rockville, Md. 

On Monday, Dec. 21, staff members Alan Bangnam, Victoria Blakemore and Robert Forbes delivered the 300 blankets to Adriana Pulido at Interfaith Works.  The blankets will help keep needy individuals warm this holiday season.

“This was a very humbling and fulfilling experience to be able to donate these blankets,” TVAR’s Talent & Culture Director Victoria Blakemore said. “Our staff are thrilled that these blankets are being put to good use helping others this holiday season.”

To learn more about Interfaith Works click here. 

myPotential at Home Featured in Winchester Star

December 23, 2015

myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service was featured in The Winchester Star’s Open for Business column on Saturday, Dec. 19.  myPotential recently launched in-home health and wellness services to the greater-Winchester community in September.  After operating services on the campus of our sister organization The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community, we are thrilled to bring these services to individuals in Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties.    

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New IRA Tax Benefit for Donations

December 22, 2015

For those aged 70 & a half or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.

On December 18, Congress passed and the President signed legislation retroactively extending the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

To make such gifts, it is important not to withdraw funds prior to a gift, but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA.

Check with National Lutheran’s philanthropy team, your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.  Our team can be reached at:

Kirsten Haalboom, Director of Philanthropy
The Village at Rockville

George Sims, Director of Philanthropy
The Village at Orchard Ridge and The Legacy at North Augusta

Kathryn Baerwald, Chief Philanthropy Officer
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