Getting More Good out of Doing Good


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Foodshelf Donations (every Sunday in March) on Palm Sunday

(letter to the Editor of the Northern Star newspaper)

March is the season when we consider those in need and contribute to our local area emergency food shelf. Our church asks congregants to bring bags of food to set in the church aisle every Sunday in the month of March. The children bring the bags up to the altar as part of our offerings. It is a joy to watch the little children struggling to carry all the generous contributions up to the front of the church. What a good lesson for them!

I've found a way to get three benefits from this March food drive:

1) Helping others. Our friends and neighbors, sometime unbeknown to us, use the Big Stone Area foodshelf. Some for the first time ever- after many years of hard work and frugal living.

2) Support local business: I purchase my foodshelf donations from Bonnie's Hometown Grocery on mainstreet Clinton. This helps keep a mainstreet business running and benefits all of by keeping our local grocery store healthy so we can buy our food close to home. I purchase food from the weekly specials circular to donate- healthy fruits and vegetables and staple items.

3) Buy Locally Grown Foods: Food grown by local farmers contributes directly to our farm economy. For example, Bonnie's is running a special on Dakota Growers pastas this week (March 16-21). Dakota Growers was formed by North Dakota farmers and makes their noodles in New Hope, Minnesota and Carrington, ND. So I will buy a couple couple cases of this brand of noodles and know that I'm helping keep dollars "local" (compared to foods grown and processed in China- for example). I would also like to add that when I found out that Dakota Grown has whole wheat and organic pastas, Bonnie said she would look into carrying them in the store. Bonnie has always added items to her shelves when we've asked her too.

So I encourage you to give to our local causes, support our local businesses, and support our local farmers all in one generous act.


Hi! - What an awesome shot. Someday we'll all know the value these small town (and country) congregations have had on the forming of stable individuals to keep things on the straight and narrow. (Does that mean we are running low on these kind?) YOUBETHEJUDGE
Went to a policy meeting a couple weeks ago for LSP, and a lady there (we were adressing health care)said the past few months they started seeing young people with degrees and`very talented working people coming in for help in SE Minn for the first time ever.
Anyway just wanted to say Happy Easter!! ES

ES- We moved here for the wide open space for our kids to run in. To instill a work ethic and learns skills in planting, weeding, harvesting (including butchering chickens at some point).

But what I didn't know when we moved here was the other lessons that these kids would be engaged in. Caring for others among the top of the list. Caring for your neighbor. Taking care of each other and those who are "others."

I think that the heart of Christianity can come through here. I've more and more come to see our faith as the guide of how we moved from hunters/gatherers to farmers. We left the "garden of Eden" and had to sow our way and find comfort there.

The images of the Bible are still REAL in some of our rural places. It is hard to image what these agricultural images mean if you are in a concrete jungle...

Lay me down in green pastures.
Faith of mustard seed.
Reap what you sow.
Good shepherd.
Bringing in the sheaves

We are having Soil Stewardship Sunday on April 25th. How cool is that?

Yes ES- there are many things that we need from our rural areas. The least of which is commodity crops.

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