Celebrating over 120 Years of Service
The Chapel takes seriously the Christian teaching of reaching out to the less fortunate both locally and throughout the world. The congregation enthusiastically supports local mission organizations with their time, talents and dollars. Chapel charity dollars support the mentally and physically challenged, the homeless, the hungry, those with addictions and learning disabilities, the elderly and the many abused and neglected children and adults in disadvantaged communities. $80,500 was funded this spring to 22 local charity and mission organizations in the Palm Beach area. The agencies we support currently have or have had Chapel members serving as volunteers, board members or employees. Globally, we humbly supported Eagles Wings Foundation in their relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irma last year.
On Christmas Eve and on Super Bowl Sunday we invite the congregation to participate in special offerings that are collected for the homeless and hungry at local organizations. This November is our 15th year participating in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Boxes are filled for children with simple joyful gifts that are mailed all over the world. At Christmas, we give gift cards to local homeless shelters for their clients and we collect toys and bikes for local children. We have monthly collections for sun protection items, food, personal hygiene needs and school supplies that are delivered to agencies to disburse to those in need.
This fall we look forward to the return of the Benevolence Fair where the organizations we support financially have a chance to meet the congregation following a Sunday worship. We hope to partner with some of these organizations for hands on work and activities in the community.
On November 29th we enthusiastically welcomed the amazing talent of David Phelps, American Christian music vocalist, and songwriter, as part of his 20th anniversary tour, “It must be Christmas”. Proceeds benefited Chapel Charities.
In addition to supporting local mission, we have for the past twenty-four years given scholarships to undergraduate students. The first scholarship was given out in 1994 and since then over 375 students have been assisted. Funding for the scholarships is received through numerous sources including our endowed scholarships, gifts made from Chapel members and budgeted money from the Chapel’s operating fund. Our scholar recipients are chosen annually based on financial need, academic record, church and community involvement, and leadership qualities. The Chapel currently has 22 endowed scholarships given in honor of or in memory of individuals. A gift of $40,000 endows a scholarship. This fall semester over $50,000 has been funded to 31 students.
We are grateful to Chapel members and friends in the community that support and sustain our benevolence outreach and scholarship programs.