As we enter the Thanksgiving/Christmas season, the words in a Glen Campbell song come to mind: "If you see your brother standing by the road, with a heavy load, from the seeds he's sowed, And if you see your sister falling by the way, just stop and say you're goin' the wrong way. Try a little kindness ... overlook the blindness ... lend a helping hand ... shine your light for everyone to see." A simple plea, but not so easy to accomplish. It requires getting involved and doing something beyond just commenting on how awful things are.
We live in difficult times. Dialog and sharing differences of opinion seem to pose the proverbial "unreachable star.” One place, here in Spencer, offers a respite from the chaos and calamity. The Grand Avenue Community Outreach provides caring, kindness, nourishment and a place of peace. Good things happen here. Miracles abound. Each day it is open, the outreach touches lives and offers hope.
On Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, all are invited to a community meeting that is being held at Faith Lutheran Church. It is an opportunity to hear where "the GACO" has come from, where it is today, and what it is looking forward to doing in the future. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m. As a community outreach, we need to hear from, and dialog with, the community at large. Won't you set aside some time, as Christmas approaches, to learn more about this truly amazing ministry, and help us take it forward into a new century of caring for our less fortunate brothers and sisters? It's a Christmas present we can all receive and enjoy!
— Bill Kersting, Spencer