Generosity with Roots

Padraig O'Tauma, an Irish theologian and poet, once told a story of meeting with fellow Irishman and poet  John O'Donohue to chat.  O'Tauma was discussing with O'Donohue about how he was thinking about loaning a family member some money.  Their exchange went something like this,

"How much will you loan them?" O'Donohue asked

"Oh, about $500 pounds," O'Tauma replied. His relative was living in Britain at the time.

"Double it," O'Donohue said.

"What?" O'Tauma said.

"Double it," O'Donohue said with a smirk. "Be over-generous. You can, so do."

O'Tauma did.

A time later, O'Donohue and O'Tauma were at a party together, and O'Donohue remarked to his friend that he was now thinking about loaning one of his relatives some money.

"How much?" O'Tauma asked.

"Uhoh, I know where this is going..." O'Donohue replied.

Money is a tricky thing in this world.  A very private thing, for most of us.  And as we come up to this week' s first budget forum at church, I imagine that we'll be looking at a bunch of numbers together, money together, and thinking about it in those economic terms.

But what if we all looked at it in the same sort of way that O'Donohue and O'Tauma encouraged one another to look at it?  What if it wasn't about numbers and amounts, but about an opportunity to be generous?

What if all of our life looked like an opportunity to practice generosity?

This week's Gospel lesson has the rich man coming to Jesus to inquire about how he might achieve eternal life.  "What must I do?" he asks.   You can read it here...do so before we go on.  I'll wait.

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This Sunday's Readings
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Psalm 90
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

It's Preschool Sunday!  Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool students will share a gift of music during worship. Be sure to welcome them, their teachers, and their families.

Lutheranism 101 continues this Sunday at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall i n addition to the weekly Sunday Morning Education classes.

Stop by the College Care Packages table in the Narthex to sign a card and drop off donations for our college care packages. Items needed include individually-wrapped packs of chips, cookies, candy, soup, tea/coffee, hot chocolate, and travel-size toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, Q-tips, etc.

Stop by the Agape + Kure Beach Trail Run/Walk table in the Narthex to join Good Shepherd's team or donate to the raffle basket. You can also register for the run/walk here.

Budget Forum at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  Join us for the next step in our budgeting process - presentation of the 2019 preliminary budget. 

Refugee Concerns Meeting at 6:30 pm in Underwood West.  Adrienne Morton of Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) is joining us to move forward on plans for our congregation to sponsor a refugee family. All who are interested are welcome. 

Building Independence Documentary Viewing -  Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm, Fellowship Hall -  This 36-minute documentary produced by our own Angela Alford is a beautiful summary of the collaboration between Serving Cup, Lutheran Services Carolinas and Habitat for Humanity, Wake County that led to completing two independent-living homes for adults with developmental disabilities. The film focuses on the residents and their families and how all their lives have been changed and continue to do so.  RSVP here .

Men's Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Rams Men's Ministry - Saturday, October 27, 3:00-6:00 pm, GSLC  - All men and boys 12 years old + are invited to an afternoon of cornhole, competition, fun and food! Hot dog dinner will be served. Cash prize will be awarded. $7/person. Register online.

Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser - Sunday, October 28, 12:00-1:30 pm, Fellowship Hall -  Enter a chili and/or help us judge a winner at this year's Reformation Sunday Chili Cook-Off. Proceeds will support the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering participants headed to Minneapolis. Sign up and RSVP on Realm or by contacting the church office.

More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's  
Health and Healing for Jeanne Luther; Marcy Edmondson; David Perlowin; Rick Resovsky; and Lawahiz Eckhart.

Thanksgiving for the two/three-year-olds blessed last Sunday morning including, Elliot Fox, Connor Lindsay, Lauren Nunalee, Crew Schoeller, Hudson Thieme, Ella Upton and all the young children with whom we worship.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish, including Cristabel Zhou and Reward Gumbo.
 
Cristabel will be 23 in a few months. She successfully completed a vocational program to work a "till" (cash register). After a long search without any job opportunities she enrolled in a course at a hotel in Zvishavane, working in the kitchen, learning to bake and cook. She then received training at the reception desk. She is now preparing to graduate from the program. Unfortunately, she missed a lot of work due to severe headaches and was not offered a position at this hotel. She hopes to find employment soon. Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Dickson family and Holly Livingston. Cristabel is featured in our September issue of Shepherd's Voice!

Reward is 28 and successfully completed his degree in Agriculture Sciences at Midlands State University and attended his graduation ceremony. He has been job hunting, but many companies are in a "wait and see" mode until the new government in Zimbabwe is firmly in place. His Mail For Mnene partners are the Hoyle and Kuchenreuther families.

Visit the Wittenberg Information Center in the Narthex for photos of this week's orphans and  more information on the Mnene Ministry.
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