About the Love Offering
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” ~ James 2:14–17
Metanoia’s Elders and Deacons are encouraging our church to collect a Love Offering to assist persons who are facing financial hardship resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please consider this Love Offering as an “above and beyond” your regular tithe/offering giving. All donations given to this Love Offering will go to meet needs in Metanoia Church, three local BCM/D church plants that we financially supported in the past, and also the Maryland Food Bank. Donations are tax deductible.
At the conclusion of the Love Offering collection period (May 1-31, 2020), the Love Offering will be distributed in the following manner:
- Metanoia Church Benevolence Fund – 30% of all donations to the Love Offering
- Three BCM/D church plants Metanoia has funded in the past – 60% of all donations to the Love Offering, divided equally between the three churches.
- Maryland Food Bank – 10% of all donations to the Love Offering
Additional details on current needs and potential ways the Love Offering may be used are below.
Care for our Metanoia Church Family (30% of collected funds)
Metanoia Church Benevolence Fund
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” ~ Galatians 6:9–10
Metanoia’s Benevolence Fund is overseen by our Deacon of Finance, Mary McClymonds. Funds go to assist Metanoia Partners and regular attenders who require financial assistance as a result of unforeseen hardship. Benevolence Fund resources may assist with things like groceries, rent, utilities, and other needs that arise as a result of financial hardship.
Once a gift is in the Benevolence Fund, it cannot be used for anything else other than meeting benevolence needs.
If you (1) wish to see a copy of the Benevolence Fund Policy, (2) would like to make a donation directly to the Benevolence Fund after Metanoia concludes collecting the Love Offering, or (3) are in need of benevolence assistance, please contact our Deacon of Finance, Mary McClymonds, at Metanoia’s benevolence email address.
Care for our Neighbors (60% of collected funds)
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” ~ 1 John 3:16–18
Broken Wall Community Church
In partnership with other local churches and the Maryland Food Bank, BWCC fed around 280 families the week leading up to Easter. BWCC delivers fresh produce weekly to diabetes and heart patients through St. Agnes Hospital. They are currently purchasing refurbished laptops (~$110 each) to assist students who have no way of accessing online learning.
The Garden Church
Garden’s One Hope ministry provides job training, youth after school programs, and internships in Baltimore. One Hope lost a major supporter due to the current recession. Their biggest need right now is additional support for One Hope to try to come back and still offer these needed ministries to the West Baltimore community after the pandemic.
Only By Grace Church
OBGC has at least 8 families who are struggling with unemployment and other job related financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.
Care for the World (10% of collected funds)
Maryland Food Bank
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” ~ Matthew 25:34–40 (c.f. Matthew 25:31-46)
The Maryland Food Bank provides food to a wide range of programs to help feed those who are in need. The MFB requests financial donations so that they can purchase food in bulk. With growing unemployment in the area, financial support of the MFB is a significant need.