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October 18th, 2013

4 things you should know about our Benevolence Ministry

By Ken Corr, Congregational Care Minister

Recently, a former recipient of our Benevolence Ministry shared with our team that she often invites people to church who say, “I don’t attend church because they’re always asking for money.”

She said she likes to answer that complaint by telling them there’s one church that gives money—and gives it generously.

Here are some things you need to know about our Benevolence Ministry:
1. So far this year, this team has received more than 400 requests for help.
2. They’ve generously distributed more than $135,000 to meet needs.
3. Of that $135k, more than $18,000 has been for Kroger gift cards.
4. A lot of people in our community and church are hungry. We’re responding.

Believe it or not, many of the people in need sit next to you in church on Sunday mornings. They are: families out of work and trying to pay a mortgage; single parents recovering from illness and facing utility cut-offs; and individuals in the midst of difficult life transitions and needing help.

Unfortunately, our benevolence fund is depleting fast—and our funds have reached an annual low. Because this fund isn’t included in the church budget, giving to this ministry is totally dependent upon your offerings outside of your regular tithe.

We want to continue to help them, especially as we move into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Thank you for being a church that gives generously.

If you’d like to give to the Benevolence Ministry to help people in our church and community who need our support, use the blue envelope in the back of the pews in the Worship Center and check “benevolence.”