Bethel Lutheran Offers Free Planning for the Future Workshop

Life comes at us fast and things can happen unexpectedly. Talking with family about financial planning, retirement, long-term care, wills, and funerals can be hard.

To help the community navigate these conversations, Bethel Lutheran Church will host a free Planning for the Future workshop and luncheon from 2-4 p.m. May 15 in the church, located at 20650 Cumberland Road. The afternoon is designed to be informational; it is not a sales seminar for any kind of product.

“When we lose a loved one, questions can arise that we wish we would have discussed with that person,” said Kimberly Radant, workshop coordinator. “We find ourselves trying to make some decisions at a time when we are the least emotionally prepared to do so. The advice speakers will provide will help people of all ages better understand what to talk about and how to start difficult conversations.”

Guest speakers and topics will include Jim Hogle, US Consumer Credit Restoration Association, credit issues and related resources; Kay Hartley, Hartley Funeral Homes in Cicero, considerations and questions to ask when planning for a funeral, burial, cremation; Bethel Pastor Allen Schoonover, issues to consider when planning a celebration of life and how to have a conversation with your family and house of worship; and a representative of Thrivent Financial Services, financial considerations as we age.

“The workshop is planned as an open discussion to give food for thought in planning for the future,” Radant added. “Family, friends, and neighbors are welcome to attend.” Reservations will be appreciated so the luncheon can be planned for all to enjoy. Call Bethel to save a spot, (317) 773-4315.