Helen Bernice Burns Gift to UMFA Will Benefit Asbury UMC and Conference Ministries

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 27, 2015) – The late Helen Bernice Burns, a long-time member of Asbury UMC in Little Rock, established a fund at the United Methodist Foundation through her estate plan to continue to support her local church and Arkansas Conference ministries beyond her lifetime.  

Through the Helen Bernice Burns Memorial Endowment Fund, Asbury UMC and the UMFA will receive annual income from the investment of $560,000 in perpetuity. Half will go to Asbury to support local church ministries and the other half will go to the UMFA Seminary Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships to students attending United Methodist seminaries and return to the Arkansas Conference to pastor local churches.  

“Mrs. Burns was a quiet but friendly lady who attended the Robert Moore Sunday School Class and served as its treasurer,” said Ginny Kurrus, a member of Asbury and the UMFA Board of Directors. “Mrs. Burns was a part of the greatest generation. She lived modestly in a home in the Broadmoor neighborhood, and it is amazing to see the gift she was able to make at the end of her life to continue her service to the church.”  

Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO, said, “Individuals who establish endowment funds at the United Methodist Foundation are being faithful stewards and making a powerful witness to the rest of us. Bernice is a wonderful example of someone who lives quietly, simply and faithfully, and then surprises all with a generous and powerful legacy. She reminds us that wealth is not a prerequisite for generosity”.  

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $135 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.