Benevolence: Perspective & Gratitude

Think back to the last time you helped someone.  Our congregation is marked by care for one another in Christ’s name.  At times these are simple acts and at other times more complex.  Certain needs are brought by members to the All Saints Diaconate.  Sixteen men currently serve the body at All Saints as deacons. Our charge is set out in scripture and formalized for the PCA in the Book of Church Order — an office of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus.

These opportunities for service brought before the diaconate cover a broad range – financial needs, emotional support, advice on direction, encouragement and hope.  All Saints deacons work in pairs on these opportunities to walk alongside members through certain seasons of life.  As deacons, we are indebted to the All Saints staff and congregation who often assist the deacons in care for members and friends facing a trying time.  Additionally, care for members has been expertly facilitated through our women’s ministry, who are particularly gifted.  One point to note is that when a member works with the deacons there is a high degree of confidentiality maintained.

One particular resource deacons draw upon is the Benevolence Fund.  Members of All Saints generously give to this fund in addition to their regular tithes.  Deacons draw upon this money to support members in ways that we prayerfully consider will be of most help.  The deacons feel a deep gratitude for members continued contributions to the benevolence fund.  We have had the resources to support and care for members in sizable and helpful ways thanks to your generosity.

This Sunday we will be taking up a special offering for the benevolence fund. Simply indicate in the memo line of your check that you want it to go toward the benevolence fun. In addition to this Sunday, please consider a plan for ongoing giving to the All Saints Benevolence Fund and of equal importance please consider the deacons and the members we work with in your continued prayers.

— Ryan Motola on behalf of the All Saints diaconate