Give thanks to God because he keeps his eye upon us.
Through the generosity of this congregation we have a long-established Benevolence Fund that provides financial assistance for individuals and families in crisis. This past year we disbursed $70, 000.00 to meet these needs.
The purpose of the Benevolence Fund is to meet financial needs, whether a congregant of SHC or from the community, usually in times of personal crisis. The personal crisis could be an unexpected lay-off from work or reduction in hours, an excessive car repair bill, medical crisis or the sudden illness of a spouse. The fund is managed by the Benevolence Team, and members of the church approved by the Elders. They are responsible for the disbursement of funds, according to the church policies and guidelines.
The Benevolence Team prioritizes providing help for congregants, but does have the opportunity to help people in the community who are not part of the church. We continue to partner with Princeton Human Services and the Princeton Housing Authority to provide assistance in the community. In some cases we make referrals for financial coaching and job coaching. Recently, we have been making strategic investments so that families can become financially independent by learning a trade and receiving appropriate financial coaching and training. Our approach is holistic, offering prayer, guidance and financial help. God has used the ministry of the Benevolence Fund to extend the reputation of Jesus Christ in a tangible way in our community.
If anyone is in a financial crisis please don’t hesitate to call the church office. In order to maintain adequate funding, we invite you to contribute to the fund by directing a gift to the Benevolence Fund. There will be a special offering for the Benevolence Fund on November 20th during the evening service. We appreciate your generosity and will always prayerfully, confidentially, and with great stewardship, disburse the funds to those in need, all to God’s glory.
By Tammy Dawkins and Tracy Troxel