ALMS FUND ( to give to the Alms Fund click on Alms Fund to the left)
Christ spoke most frequently about his concerns for the poor, the orphans, the oppressed, the broken-hearted, and the widows. From its early days, the early church's mission of evangelism included a ministry of compassion. In the book of Acts, we read of church members sharing their material goods with those in need. The early Anabaptists were also people of deep compassion. Menno Simons, whose name we have taken, stated, "True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant...It clothes the naked. It feeds to hungry. It comforts the sorrowful. It shelters the destitute. It serves those who harm it. It binds up that which is wounded. It becomes all things to all men."
Kalona Mennonite Church continues this tradition of compassion with an alms fund which supports members of the church community who are in need. Typically, people who receive alms money have encountered a sudden or severe crisis such as large medical expenses, loss of a job, stressful situations that have affected their ability to support themselves, or they simply do not have adequate resources to provide for day-to-day living expenses.
The Alms Fund at Kalona Mennonite Church is administered by the pastors and elders. Gifts into the fund and disbursements from the fund are confidential. There is a general accounting of the dollars that flow into and out of the fund but given its nature, there is no public report of disbursements and there is no formal application process for receiving funds. This process maintains the integrity of the fund and allows contributions to be tax deductible.
We at Kalona Mennonite Church are grateful for the interest and support this congregation has shown, and continues to show, in helping those who face difficult times. It is a tangible way we can show God's love for us by extending love to those around us.