Parishioners Receive Cash for a Cause

November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM EDT

Depew, N.Y. (WKBW) - When members of the Vine Wesleyan Church walked to service Sunday morning they never expected what happened.

"I was shocked. I've never seen anything like this before," Church Member Rick Fohl said.

Hundreds of people received a crisp $100 bill. It's all part of what the church calls their "Crazy Love Christmas Campaign".

"This was given unconditionally. We don't have police to watch over them. God's love is free and so is what is in this envelope," Pastor Christopher Baldwin said.

Pastor Baldwin asked the people to pray over what to do with the money and the church has one wish.

"They would meet a need so that might be in a neighbor, family member or in their very old household," Pastor Baldwin said.

Church Member Rick Fohl said he would give even more than the $100 bill to those who need it most.

"Some people will fulfill an immediate need. Others will multiply it and pass it on somewhere," Fohl said.

Rachel Sterling said she already has a deserving family in mind.

"That's what I wanted to for a while so I hope through prayer that it is the right decision," Sterling said.

The church is asking anyone who received the money to tell them what they did with the cash by writing it on an index card and sticking it to their Crazy Love tree.

Members of the church said because of this creative idea more people in the community will be touched by their message.

"It will go to places it wouldn't have usually gone. It would have gone to missions certainly but probably go in different ways," Fohl said.