MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- Almost everyone knows what to do when the offering plate is passed around at church, you put money in it, of course. But what if you were told to take money out?
That's exactly what happened at Cornerstone Church in Midwest City last week. As part of the Set-N-Motion Campaign, each member of the congregation was encouraged to take an envelope out of the plate. Some envelopes had $5, others had larger amounts, up to $100.
But the money came with instructions. It was to be given away during the week. Those who took money were to find someone who needed it, and "bless" them.
"You needed to give it it away that week, and tell people what you were doing," said Carol McKey, Cornerstone Church Administrator. "And then we asked them to come back and tell us their story."
Ron Mckey, the Senior Pastor at Cornerstone, saw the project as a win-win situation.
"We're doing two things, we're blessing you to be a blessing, and we're sowing seed for what our spiritual and financial needs are at the church," McKey said.
Cornerstone member Robert Fields received $20 dollars in his envelope, but wondered what he could do with the relatively small amount.
"It's not much money," Fields said. "You can't buy a tank of gas for $20."
The next day, Fields wandered into the grocery store, looking for someone, anyone actually, that he could give the money to.
He had all but given up for the day, when he decided to buy some strudel, but he had to stand in line to pay.
"This lady was trying to give the cashier a coupon, y'know, and the cashier said 'No these are all no good.'"
"She said 'I don't have enough money,' and she started taking some shampoo and conditioner out," Fields continued. "She took some laundry soap out, and I said 'Wait a minute.'"
Fields gave the woman the $20, grateful that he had found the right person.
"She said thank you, and I said 'You don't have to thank me, Jesus told me to come in here and give it to you,'" said Fields.
Cornerstone Church Administrator Carol McKey has heard the story many times this week.
"I believe we all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves," Said McKey. "And when we start thinking of others, then it grows us."
"You just wanna go do it again," Fields said. "You just wanna take some money and go bless somebody. It's really cool."