Be careful who
Remember Many vocal Lutheran "Christians" have suggested withholding benevolence funds from the ELCA because they are angry about the vote taken last summer that allows gays to be ordained. Their anger is misdirected.
The ELCA funds go for such things as missions, hunger, disaster relief, and other help for the hungry and poor. Starving the hungry will not change last summer's vote.
Last Sunday, members of Trinity Lutheran of Cyrus gave over $7,000 (including matched funds) to Haiti earthquake victims through Lutheran World Relief. The insert in the Sunday bulletin explained that 100 percent of the offering collected would go directly to Haitians because benevolence funds from the ELCA and Missouri Synod pay the administrative expenses of the Haitian relief effort.
After service, TLC held its annual meeting. The Church Council proposed that TLC withhold $10,000 in benevolence funds from the ELCA beginning Feb. 1 and until the council could review it next September. Thankfully, we members voted (30 to 24) against withholding the funds.
Be careful who you punish. Instead, let's put that energy into working together to help the poor and needy.
Join in and serve
Most people in the Stevens County area are familiar with the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets, and other groups as they march in parades, honor their fallen comrades at burials and conduct the Memorial Day ceremonies.
But, locally they do so much more as they donate to events and assist many ways around Stevens County. That includes helping families of those left here when a loved one is deployed.
The Legion also sponsors boys to Boys State and Boys Nation, and nationally has awarded $9 million through its Child Welfare Foundation. The Legion also runs a transition program for severely injured service members, participates in the Voluntary Services program at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, as well as awarding scholarships to sons and daughters when a parent is killed in service though the Legion Riders program.
The VFW spent more than $3 million in scholarships nationally, volunteered more than 13 million hours, and spent $67 million in volunteer efforts in the 2008-2009 years. The VFW also sponsored Operation Uplink to allow 1.3 million calls to be made by service members hospitalized or deployed. And, of course, the Legion, VFW and AmVets do so much more locally and nationally, but I list the highlights of what these men and women do.
If you are eligible to join the Legion, VFW, AmVets, Sons of Legion or the auxiliaries, why not do so?
Every member, regardless of how active he or she can be adds to the good these organizations can do.
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