Beginning with Ash Wednesday 2018, FPC Allegan will begin to collect loose change to benefit hunger programs in Allegan, such as, the Wednesday lunch and other programs designated by the Session.
What does Cents-Ability look like at First Pres Allegan?
- Everyone will be asked to take a small jar home to put on their table and have each family member contribute a small amount of money (perhaps a penny, nickel, dime or quarter) for each meal. The small amounts will add up quickly:
–10 cents per day X 30 days = $3.00 collected by one member in one month
–$3.00 per day x 25 people = $75.00 collected in one month
–$75 per month x 12 months = $900 collected in one year
- Families are then asked to bring the contents of that jar back to worship on one designated Sunday each month for a special “noisy” collection.
- Funds donated during the Cents-Ability collection will be used only to fund missions related to ending hunger. This will include expenses related to our Community Lunch program but may include other programs coordinated by the Presbytery or other helping agencies.
- Participants are encouraged to “live more simply so that others may simply live.”
Consider these thoughts from the Rev. Pat McGeachy in his now out-of-print book, Traveling Light, as our congregation embarks on the challenge of becoming part of the Cents-Ability program.
“Hunger is the most dreadful word in the English language.
Hunger can kill an infant or child, but it also can take a lifetime to kill, leaving in its wake mental retardation, loss of dignity and despair.
Both in our country and abroad there are people who if we could place in their hands the money, the tools and the know-how, could get to work to improve their own lives and thus help us with the greatest problem that confronts the human race.
It is not a question of pouring money down the drain. It is a question of the haves of this world being good Samaritans to the have-nots. We need to expand our efforts on behalf of justice and human fulfillment.
Such an effort might fail, of course, but could the followers of Jesus turn back from it because of that? Did not Jesus himself embark on a cause that led him not to success but to the Cross? He devoted himself to the cause of the poor and needy, the sick and the trouble of the world — and in the end it brought him to his own death. But that did not stop him and it should not stop us. And as Christians we know that after the cross comes Resurrection.”