Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2012
Let's beat Trinity, Rev. Keeler says
The Trinity/Zion Joint Ministry Committee committed our two churches to a challenge match to see which church could collect the most goods for the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau by Nov. 18.
A special committee of judges will evaluate the material donated by each church when we gather for a joint Thanksgiving potluck and devotion at noon Nov. 18 in the fellowship hall at Zion.
"I absolutely don't want to lose this challenge," Rev. Keeler said. "I would be ashamed if Zion couldn't give more than Trinity to help the needy this year. I also don't want to be responsible for all the work delivering the food."
The Joint Ministry Committee voted that the losing church must haul all the donations to the Holiday Bureau, while the winning church will receive for the first time a special annual traveling trophy recognizing its contribution. Rev. Keeler urged members of the churches to ask neighbors and friends to donate to our collection and recommended that, if they know people in food service positions, they seek additional food donations from those sources. He recalled a gentleman who had access some years ago to a firm that packaged pudding. Each year, he was able to convince that company to give cases and cases of pudding to the Mountain Mentor program.
"If you know someone, for instance, who works at Hirtzel's canning company, you could ask if they donate to worthy causes. I don't think it's beyond imagination that our church, if everyone helps and everyone seeks help, can collect two or three truckloads of food."
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