Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7
Would you like to help someone in a special way? Wouldn’t you want to be helped in such a time of crisis? It is such a loving thing to do as a Christian and it cost so very little. We invite you to be a part of the Benevolent Fund here at First Christian Church of Hessville.
What is the Benevolent Fund?
The benevolent fund is a voluntary memebership that was established by the congregation of the First Christian Church of Hessville to provide a modest “benefit” (a varying sum of money) to the family or estate of one who has passed on and was a member of the fund.
The Bible cearly states in the book of Acts that the Christians of the early church shared their possessions. This ministry included taking care of widows and orphans (Acts 2:42-47; 6:1; James 1:27).
What costs are involved?
The initial membership fee is $10.00 per family. From then on, as members of the fund pass away, a benefit equal in dollars to the number of members, minus $5.00, will be given at the time of death to the beneficiary. (e.g. if there are 100 members in the fund, the family of the deceased will receive $500.00). After the fund has been disbursed, each remaining family member then owes an “assessment” to the fund in the amount of $5.00. This helps to replenish the fund so that it may be given to the next member family at the time of death.
How do I sign up?
Registration is as easy as giving your name and birth date of you and your family members to the treasurer of the fund, along with your initial $10.00.
Ask about the fund at the welcom center or call the church office (219-844-7396) for more infomation.
Registration forms can be picked up at the welcome center or mailed to you by calling the church office, requesting a Memebership Registration form.
How long can I be a member of the Benevolent Fund?
As long as your remain a Christian in the Christian Churches/ and have established membership at First Christian Church of Hessville, and you have kept up with dues, you may remain part of the benevolent fund. What could be easier than that?
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27(NIV)