VRBC has historically met the financial needs of those in need through a designated benevolence fund.
Recent economic and employment trends have caused an increased demand on the benevolence fund of VRBC. In addition, VRBC wants to give everyone a chance to participate in the encouragement and support of fellow church members and those within the community in need, so on every fifth Sunday of the month (four times per year), we take up a separate offering designated for the benevolence fund. On those Sundays, upon your exit from the worship service, ushers will be at the exit to receive your FAST GIVE PRAY Fifth Sunday Benevolence Offering. We suggest that you FAST from one meal that day and use that time to consider those in need, GIVE at least the cost of the meal to the benevolence fund, and PRAY for those in need and for wisdom for VRBC as we minister to our members and community. Please drop whatever cash, coins, or check you feel is appropriate in the basket. Baskets will also be available at the iCenter and Welcome Center for your convenience.
One half of the FAST GIVE PRAY offering is used to meet the needs of those within our congregation, and the other half of the offering is donated to our local community benevolence partners.
Internal benevolence needs are administered by the Benevolence Leadership Team within the Deacon Body. As needs are identified by church staff or a deacon, the request is submitted to the Benevolence Leadership Team. These requests can be caused by job loss, medical emergencies or other catastrophic events in the life of a church member. In many cases VRBC seeks to partner with individuals over a period of several months to help provide encouragement and links to resources. Periodically these requests are more crisis-oriented, and immediate needs are met through providing gift cards or referrals.
External benevolence needs are directed to local agencies who can better handle the complexity and scope of these needs. VRBC financially supports Metrocrest Social Services, Christian Community Action, and Irving Cares through the FAST GIVE PRAY offering and our missions budget.
Offerings to the benevolence fund can be made at anytime either online or by check– simply write “benevolence” in the memo line.
If you are experiencing a financial emergency, please feel free to speak with your deacon or any member of the VRBC staff.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need…” ~Acts 2:42-47
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” ~1 John 3:16-18