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Ecumenical UPDATE: Lutherans R Awesome!

Today's Gospel reading, in the Catholic Church as well as the Lutheran, was the whole bit about rendering to Caesar.  And today at Josh's church, the pastor decided to use a prop, which was... one whole dollar.  He didn't just wave a buck around in the air, no sir.  Everybody got his own dollar, tax free, to keep.

This brings the grand total of swag from Josh's church to the following:

-one coffee mug

-one pencil

-many doughnuts

-two magical color-changing tee shirts


See, I think they're on to something here:  Show up, because you never know when you'll walk away with cold, hard cash.   We Catholics have been toying with this option for a while now, in the form of endless raffles and the occasional $500 coverall.  But listen-- that's all pay to play.  Meet us in the middle, is all I'm saying.

rendering unto the 9:30 service at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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Reader Comments (12)

Last year after the parable of the talents, our pastor handed out gold dollars. I thought that was super cool. Money out of the collection plate instead of in.

The point was to use our talents to the best of our abilities and return with many coins to help the church.

As the best procrastionater in the world, my gold dollar is still sitting on my bureau. I am still undecided as to which talent I have that can make any money.

I have a feeling when I die, my heirs will find that dollar and cash it in for tons of money, since it will be a collector's item then. (I will provide in my will that a portion of that money goes back to the churh.) (perhaps prorastinating can be a financially useful talent after all.)

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKell Belle

Ah yes, the souveniers we do get from our churches. I used to work in the daycare that home church runs, as well as in the children's department on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. From all those years, I have acquired:
1 tie-dyed tee-shirt
1 frisbee emblazoned with our church's name
several pencils with the church's name
2 hot chocolate mugs (I don't drink coffee, you see)
assorted pens with the church's name
1 Bible
3 videos from the years I worked at our music camp
several slices of pizza, consumed at said music camp
assorted donuts
too many cans of pop to count (our church also has a gymnasium and pop machine!)
more photos and memories than I could ever hope to count.
It's the last one that I cherish the most.
I miss my home church. It's back in Indiana, and I miss it like you miss the things that are back in Cincinnati. It's just comfortable. When I go back, it's like I never left. I still know where everything is, and I like it that way.

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWiserlemmingAZ

Okay, the second sentence of my comment should read, "I used to work in the day care that my home church runs." I just read it after I submitted it and realized that it makes no sense whatsoever the way I wrote it.
Also, I should include that the name of my home church is Fairview Missionary Church in Angola, Indiana. They have a website! It's conservative Protestant, and the people are so friendly!

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWiserlemmingAZ

Our church tried something along those lines once. They sent a dollar out to the church members in the mail. It was going to be used as an incentive to give back to the church.

Unfortunately, I think most members hit the $1 menu at McDonalds.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Bell

Kell Belle, maybe you should go re-read that parable :)
If I remember rightly, bad things happened to the guy who just let his talent sit around in his sock drawer.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

I know you are supposed to multiply your talents but some days I feel my only talent is procrestinating. I figure if I wait long enough that coin will bIe worth a lot to collectors and I will multiply my talents.

Actually, I think I am going to offer a shopping and wrapping service for the men at church. Just give me a list and some money, they'll never have to set foot in a store at holiday time. I will also wrap said presents.
Or if they want to shop online, they can have packages delivered to my house and I will wrap them. (Haven't totally worked out the details yet)

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKell Belle

She's also a darn fine stamper!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB

[...] of icing at one sitting than the usual half.  It’s a constant struggle, what with the doughnut-pushing Lutherans and all, which means that the new Special K commercial really REALLY PISSES ME [...]

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIt’s Just Not Your Time

Why thanks! Being all Catholic-turned-Lutheran myself I feel fully affirmed by your wonderful pastor, even having not been there. We are quite the swag-giving, potluck-having bunch, and I have always considered my church family to be rather "awesome."

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDuchess Jackie The Reader

Kell >
OOOh, I LOVE to wrap Christmas presents! I will come help mutiply your talent! lol

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

KELL BELLE >>> I really like your idea of being a shopper/wrapper for others during the holidays. Maybe you can get a group of women together from your church to join you. It would be fun if you have some friends there already, PLUS a good way to meet others in the congregation.

You might also consider being a 'driving service' for the elderly who want to go shopping by themselves, but have trouble getting to the store because they depend on others for transportation. If you got a group together for this, certain women could volunteer for certain days and times so you're not committed to doing everything.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterj.s.

MB >>> Don't forget less obvious gifts the church has given you, like communion, spiritual education, etc.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterj.s.
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