Like other cogregations, Peace Lutheran in Charlotte, Mich., has traditionally decked the sanctuary with poinsettias every December. But last year, the worship team asked members to instead give the $10 they would have spent on a poinsettia toward a cow from the ELCA Good Gifts catalog.
They moved a lonely Norfolk Pine front and center and tied festive hand-lettered dedication cards to the tree. The $870 was enough for a cow, alpaca, goat, sheep and duck.
"And now we don't have to throw away those poinsettias that died when we forgot to water them at home," said member Barb Myckowiak.
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