Did You Make the Connection?
Many of you heard in Keith Gunter’s excellent sermon a couple of weeks ago that the story of New Creation Church really started 111 years ago, in 1902, when John Hill Eakin wrote his will. How in the world did the story of a church that is only about a year old start 111 years ago?
Here’s how. You see, Mr. Eakin, a moderately successful businessman in Nashville loved the church and believed that it can make a difference in people’s lives. So he decided to put that belief into action in a way that would live on well past his own lifetime. He certainly loved his wife, too, and so at his death, his assets went into a trust that benefitted Mrs. Eakin for her lifetime, but at her death, in Mr. Eakin’s own words in his will, would be used “to foster and aid the benevolent enterprises of said church [First Presbyterian Church] and to promote the building up of Presbyterianism in middle Tennessee.” Mrs. Eakin died in 1936, at which time the Eakin Fund was established at the church, to be managed by a group of trustees, elders and deacons of the church. Over the years, the fund has disbursed well over $1.25 million to help new and needy Presbyterian churches in our area, as well as help various charities that are well known to the church. Even after making those disbursements, because of wise investments, the fund’s current balance has climbed to a little over $3 million.
So here’s the connection. Helping to fund the start of New Creation Church in Hendersonville fits squarely within the purpose articulated in Mr. Eakin’s will of promoting and building up Presbyterianism in middle Tennessee. The Eakin trustees had no second thoughts about matching the church’s financial commitment to help get NCC going.
What could this connection mean to you? Do you love the church? Do you believe that it can make a difference in peoples’ lives? Have you thought about the fact that you won’t live on this earth forever and that when you die, your assets will be distributed? Has it occurred to you that you can leave a legacy that will benefit generations to come? If not, consider the connection: a simple will … a new church … that changes lives.
What will your legacy be? Now that’s something that’s worth considering.