A Legacy Giving Society
of the
Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor

For more than 250 years the Light of the Christian Faith, Hope and Love has shone brightly in the people of the Boothbay Region. In 1766, John Murray became the first pastor of the then Presbyterian community founded in the newly formed town of Boothbay. In the honor of this young, dynamic , Scottish-born evangelist we are pleased to invite you to consider and to pledge a planned gift to our church and thus become a member of the John Murray Society.

The John Murray Society was established as part of the 250th anniversary of our church. Now located in Townsend Avenue, the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor continues its mission to bring Christ's light into the world. Our steeple shines in the night sky as a beacon of hope and with your support will do so for the next 250 years.

Ways to Give


A bequest through your will may be for a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. It may be a gift of cash, securities, or real estate. Such a gift is not taxable on the donor's estate.

Life Insurance Gift

The Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor can be named as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy either in total or in part. Such a gift passes tax-free outside of the estate.

Retirement Account Gift

Similar to a life insurance gift, the church can be named as the full or partial beneficiary of your IRA, SEP, 401 K. or 403B accounts. Often heavily taxed, assets from these accounts can be given tax-free to the church or other qualifying non-profit.

Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)

With the gift of a CRT, a trust is created into which assets such as cash or securities are transferred. The trust account is managed by a trustee nd the donor is provided annual income for an established period of time. Often the donor and spouse receive income for life. The gift of a CRT yields a tax deduction in the year it is established on the present value of the remainder of the interest which will ultimately be received by the church. Bequests, Life Insurance, and Retirement Gift accounts, though thet very easily be arrangedm need to be considered in the context of your entire estate planning. The gift of CRT is more involved.

*We recommend you discuss all planned gifts with your family, attorney, or financial planner as appropriate. We have parishioners who would be pleased, at any time, to meet with you and your advisors on a confidential basis to discuss your support through a planned gift.

Dick & Jeanne Whittier

Honorary Chairs

“We are honored and pleased to serve the church in this capacity. As you may know, The John Murray Society was established to provide a conduit for those members who have the financial means and desire to leave a portion of their estate to the church. Regular offering, from yearly pledges and other donations collected each Sunday, cover most of the operating expenses. Society Funds, when not directed for a specific purpose, may be used for capital projects and the general advancement of the Christian faith. There are pamphlets explaining the many ways to make a bequest, which can be found in the church library. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance.”     

- Jeanne and Dick Whittier