Compassion is the driving force behind helping others.
Jesus was asked the question, “Who is my neighbor?” The wise teacher did not offer land barriers but expanded the view of the young man to people.
When we observe the Lord’s Supper, we receive a Benevolence offering. At the close of our worship service on December 29, the congregation gave over $580. The following week, another check arrived to add to the fund. Since then, we have assisted three families.
We now have approximately $550 in the account. This money is used for persons living within our community. We use our money to assist church members as well. Bus tickets for medical emergencies, gasoline vouchers to assist travelers, utility and rent assistance are some of the ways we extend the helping hand of Christ.
Emmanuel is at the center of our twin cities; almost daily we receive calls and visits of persons in various dilemmas. We are not alone in making a difference. Working in cooperation with The Shepherd Center, other congregations such as St. James Episcopal and Pineville Park, and other agencies, we minister to one person/family at a time.
Thank you for being a congregation with a generous spirit that offers hope to struggling people. If you wish to make an additional contribution to the Benevolence fund, mark your envelope “Benevolence” and Pat McKee will direct the money.