The Benevolence Committee is responsible for allocating and distributing funds for the greatest benefit to benevolent and missionary causes: to give assistance to the needy: and for promotion of the Christian faith. The Church at Horseshoe Bay does not have an annual stewardship drive. The congregation generously supports the church and its ministries on an individual voluntary basis. Currently the church budget allows 29% of undesignated contributions to be used for benevolence programs.
Benevolence or agencies who have been suggested or requested to be considered for support will be asked to submit details of their goals or objectives, their beneficiaries and their Christian associations, endeavors or intentions. A written outline of this information in addition to financial statements should be provided to the Benevolence Committee at an agreed upon time.
The Committee will review the information submitted and will ask for additional information or notify the applicant of acceptance or rejection in a timely manner.
If a request is approved, a member of the Benevolence Committee will be assigned to monitor the organization and to maintain a close liaison to determine if the support should be modified, increased or discontinued. A review of the applicant’s information will be done annually.
Organizations and Programs Supported by the Benevolence Committee
Alpha Home- A treatment center providing services to chemically dependent women
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary- educates individuals for Christian ministry, service and leadership
Baptist University of the Americas- a university dedicated to the study of ministry from a Hispanic prospective
Boys and Girls Club- a youth development program for disadvantaged youth
Burnet County Meals on Wheels- delivers nutritious meals 5 days a week to qualified shut-ins
Burnet County MHR-MSC Camperships- sends special needs children to camp
Burnet County Pride- provides resources for infant developmental enrichment
C.A.S.A.- works with state protective services, attorneys and counselors in service to child victims
Camp Agape- a camp for children who have experienced the death of a parent or loved one
Camp John Marc- a camp to serve children with chronic illnesses and major physical disabilities
Camp of the Hills- a camp dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with inner city youth
Camp Peniel- a camp that serves both young people and adults in Christ-centered activities
Cherokee Home for Children- a home for children 2-17 years of age, providing guidance and introducing God’s word
Children’s Advocacy Center- provides services to physically and sexually abused children
Christmas for Others- provides Christmas gifts to needy children who live in this area
Christian Veterinary Mission- an organization that teaches a better way of life to people in third world countries.
Christian Women’s Job Corps- offers courses that teach job skills, parenting and budgeting to help women be productive members of society
Compassion International- a Christian ministry helping children in need around the world
Faith in Practice- a ministry improving the physical, spiritual and economic conditions of people through health-related programs
Family Crisis Center- provides shelter and support to victims of domestic violence
Hearts and Hands Student Mission
Habitat for Humanity- a ministry to help economically disadvantaged people create a better habitat in which to live and work
Helping Center- a program providing food and financial assistance to local citizens in need
Helping Hands Crisis Center- and organization that meets the short-term needs of food, financial and home repairs in crisis situations
Hill Country Community Action-Llano County Meals on Wheels- provides meals to shut ins
Honduras Dental Mission-The Honduras Dental Mission assembles a team of dentists and other volunteers who travel each summer to remote villages where dental care is unavalable to provide a great variety of medical and dental procedures to underpriveleged people.
Houston College of Biblical Studies- provides education to minorities in church ministry
Joseph’s Food Pantry- provides food and clothing to local citizens in need
Kids Alive International- a ministry meeting physical and educational needs of children
Literacy Highland Lakes- a support system providing education to illiterate adults
O.A.R.S.- OARS, Older Adult Rural Services, helps impoverished seniors in rural areas of Burnet and Llano Counties by providing food, funds for utilities and medical and dental bills and any other justifiable needs.
Seton Care-a-Van- addresses the unmet health needs of children from low income families
Share the Joy Ministries- an evangelizing and medical mission in Mongolia providing health, therapy and educational materials for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities
Sharing the Harvest- assists low-income families with food, rent, utilities, prescriptions and fuel in the Highland Lakes area
St. Frederick’s Baptist Church- provides lunches to supplement the 5-day Meals on Wheels program and serves a free Thanksgiving meal
St. Vincent DePaul- offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis
Volunteer in Mission- a ministry of the Church of Horseshoe Bay that builds casitas and ministers to physical and spiritual needs in villages in Mexico
Young Life Texas- an organization introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and faith
Youth Cue- develops youth choirs bringing young people together in world service