continued Madden’s family, his wife, Julie, and their four daughters, have not decided how they’re going to use the money, but will likely pool it. One idea the family came up with is to combine the money of three girls from the church that play soccer to create a scholarship for their youth soccer league.
Like most non-profits and churches today, Plainville Christian Church isn’t without financial needs. The budget has a deficit and within the past year several unplanned financial burdens were presented: the steeple was leaning and had to be fixed; a new roof is being put on the community center this fall; and repairs were needed for the church bathrooms and barbeque pit.
“Our church expected to have to pull a substantial amount of money from our interest-earning endowment, but then the roof campaign exceeded our goal. We took a portion of that extra income and used that for this project,” Rarick said. “It wasn’t too hard to convince the treasurer and board president to use the money for this project. My hardest decision has been where I want my $20 to go. The faith of this church and the generosity of its members have exceeded what I would expect from a small congregation. Even though we still have bills to pay, we’ve been blessed with a little extra and want to help those who aren’t as fortunate.”
“If you come to church and are a true Christian, that means helping other people,” Ken Landon, the church’s moderator, said. “And even though it might be a slight hardship, you can’t just come [to church] on Sunday and sing and pray; you have to do something.”
About 65 people are participating in the church’s project, Rarick said, meaning $1,300 was given away. But some members are growing their funds.