United Methodist Church breakfast benefit at La Porte church raises $7,000+


Salem Chapel United Methodist Church at La Porte in Northwest Indiana recently held a breakfast benefit for a member of the congregation who had lost his eye in a freak accident at his home. The gentleman did not have health insurance and Pastor Bob Raschka suggested to one of the church members who have experience in organizing benefits that perhaps the church could organize an event to help. She took it from there. Word and excitement begin spreading through the congregation. Soon, a date was set for an all-you-can-eat breakfast. The news spread throughout the community and to many of the farmers for whom the injured gentleman had done electrical work. They showed up at the breakfast in droves as did many other friends, acquaintances and family members. A vast majority of the church members participated. In the meantime, different groups within the church came together to provide assistance. When all was done – proceeds from the breakfast, a United Methodist Women Bake Sale, a donation from the United Methodist Men, a donation from the Missions team, and help from some of the youth, more than $7,000 had been raised to assist this gentleman with the medical expenses incurred as a result of losing his eye. Raschka said the man was beyond grateful and addressed the church one Sunday to thank everyone indicated, “I do not know what I would have done without the love and support of the people of Salem Chapel in helping me through this difficult time.” Months later, the atmosphere in the congregation is still grounded in a newly-found “can do” attitude. Varying groups and committees have begun working together on the outreach and betterment of the church and the surrounding community for Jesus Christ.

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