• ELCA Stewardship: Web and DVD resources, including sermon starters, Bible studies, and ideas for children’s activities and congregational events. For more information, contact the ELCA stewardship office, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631; 800-638-3522.
• Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money by Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson and Patricia Snell (Oxford University Press, 2008).
• The Stewardship of Life Institute: An independent project out of the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.), offers stewardship resources, sermons, links and more.
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In addition to a warm meal, the senior volunteers provide hygiene items, clothing, sleeping bags and other necessities.
The Orange County area has felt repercussions from the housing and economic crises, with a record number of home foreclosures and a financial downturn also attributed to a slump in the tourism industry.
“Last spring we had 30 people coming to the luncheon on a regular basis,” said Steven K. Bieghler, pastor.
“Now we are averaging 45, even 50 sometimes. We are seeing more people who have been displaced by loss of job or housing.”
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