The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


You are what you give

Let the generosity after Sept. 11 continue

A few years ago we hosted a pledge dinner to talk about our congregation's financial needs for the coming year. After a potluck meal, a member of the finance committee suggested we each talk about places we give money and why we chose them.

It was an absolutely fascinating exercise. We heard about the work of local, national and international charities we had never considered for our own giving. One woman sends a goat each year, paid for by her contribution to Heifer International, to a needy family overseas. Another writes a check annually to the American Cancer Society in memory of her father on his birthday.

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