Each weekend I have “homework” to do in the form of many available copies of articles that will be part of our local newspaper in the coming week. The papers (two from two towns) come out on Mondays and have to be sent in for printing before noon on Mondays which means that the two of us who do the proofing of the copy have to do it at home on weekends. We have little time to read it all on Monday mornings.
This weekend I proofed a few church notices about upcoming dinners, sales and bazaars et. al. One struck me with great impact although I KNOW that the purpose of most church dinners, etc. are for the same stated reason in the notice that hit me hard.
It was for a very appetizing sounding dinner upcoming at a church in a small town but what got to me was this:
“The donations will be applied to the roof repair fund”
Where did churches get so far off the track that they hold fund raising activities so others can pay their bills?
I really object to this. There are other churches that have held dinners and bazaars and rummage sales (Junk For Jesus) in order to pay for building projects, and kitchen repairs and rebuilding projects.
I never object when I learn that a fund raiser is for a missions project or for a charity benefit for someone who has deep needs due to illness or other disasters like a home fires or destruction from a storm, etc.
But paying for their building maintenance or their new building bill ??? No way, Jose!
Assuming that these churches still honor what the word of God says, it is said plainly that churches need to meet their needs by the members the first 10 % of all income to the Lord’s work….mostly via contributing to your church and it is also done by contributing to individual missionaries in a lot of church fellowships. But I refuse to pay for new potato mashers (electric) or new furnaces or new roofs or new flooring or new pianos or anything along that path. That route is purely selfish and an admission of their own niggardliness.
(do not confuse “niggardliness” with any kind of racial slur..look it up!!)
It means being a cheapskate or a “piker”.
Teach your members to give generously of their FIRST FRUITS and fundraisers become obsolete. I have been part of both sorts of church fellowships and the ones who encourage tithing never have any problem with economics or paying bills or building buildings or supporting missions.
I far prefer that sort of fellowship to the ones who have to “fund raise”.
One time some years back at the Rollag Steam Threshers’ annual reunion where church food booths abound, a member of a rural church confided that they “would not be able to keep their church open if it weren’t for serving food at this Rollag Steamer Hill annual event.
That is a sad and distorted comment about the way we should be about our “giving” if we are part of church fellowships.

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!