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February 24, 2013

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Churches find ways to serve

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Benefiting the community

Ministries to benefit the community can take many other forms as well. Take Beulah Missionary Church for example as members there go to great lengths to support people affected by cancer.

“Many families have been affected by cancer,” Brent Poe of Beulah. “Here at Beulah we have a thriving Cancer Support Group that benefits our community. We offer support to survivors and caregivers through education, moral support, prayer and friendship.”

The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and features an oncology nurse from Michiana Hematology Oncology and is led by Poe, a cancer survivor.

And Benton Mennonite Church, located southeast of Goshen, impacts the community in many ways.

Doug Kaufman, co-pastor, explained a few of his church’s ministries:

“River Stewards is part of the statewide Hoosier Riverwatch program and we monitor the health of the water of the Elkhart River three or four times a year. We do this at the place where we baptize people so it is part of making sure the water in our community is healthy.

“Red Cross blood drives are held here every two months. This is something that we have just started doing.

“Sharing Fund is a fund we use for both congregational members and people in the Clinton-Benton community who are struggling with paying bills or need help maintaining their home. We see ourselves as supplementing what the township trustees do. We also participate in donating food and referring people to the Fairfield community food pantry.

“Sonshine Daycare in Millersburg is a ministry that we support along with several other congregations. About once a year we host a haystack breakfast to raise money for the ministry.”

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