You will notice a wooden box near the entrance to the sanctuary marked for this purpose. Why? Benevolence giving within a church among brothers and sisters in the faith is rooted in scripture passages such as James 2:15-16.
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
Throughout history, the Church has always placed an emphasis on helping those who are needy or vulnerable. Our benevolent fund allows us to provide relief to those within our congregation who are experiencing temporary, short-term needs as a result of unforeseen circumstances such as unemployment, underemployment, or various other life crises.
There is also a discipleship aspect to the benevolent fund. While in the short-term it provides relief, in the long-term our goal is betterment. This means that we are careful to protect people’s dignity and to encourage personal growth through spiritual and financial counseling where that is needed.
Our elder board oversees the benevolent fund and if you ever become aware of a need, please contact any of us. You can be assured that your contributions to the benevolent fund will be used wisely and prayerfully.