This month has been fabulous for Comments for a Cause. Even though WordPress has instituted some weird changes that have made it difficult for folks to leave comments at times you guys hung in there and made 418 comments. Add to the personal emails and comments on Facebook that I received and I am happy to say that $225 will be going to the Humane Society of North Iowa for the month of March. Way to go!!!
I have a special cause for April. Seems that I always find just the right one to donate to at some point in the month prior and this month is no exception. This “cause” is a little different than most of my previous ones but it is one that I am hoping you will all rally behind. When Chris and I were in college at Ohio Northern University we had various churches that we attended. One of these churches was Ada First United Methodist Church. It was within walking distance and since ONU is a UM related university it was the place that a lot of professors and students attended. My grandparents retired in Ada and made First UMC their home church. My parents were married there. Chris and I attended there. Chris’s sister and her family and now his brother, Carlton, are members there. So it was with much sadness that I watched the news unfold of the fire that destroyed that 100+ year old church on March 13th. The fire took out what was one of the landmarks of that little village and with it a lot of history. The congregation is currently meeting in the chapel at ONU (where Chris and I got married almost 30 years ago) and is in the the long arduous process of discerning what their next building will be. It is a time of dreaming and visioning for them and one that will most likely take some time. In the meantime funds have been established to help with the rebuilding. Certainly insurance will cover a good deal of the cost but there are always those things that will not be included and my Comments for a Cause this month will go toward those things. 100% of my April donation will go to Ada First UMC to help with exactly those things.
There was much coverage of the fire and pictures that break my heart. Suffice it to say this fire touched a lot of lives. So when you comment this month just remember that your comments will help rebuild a building—the “church” is always there and it is not dependent upon a physical building but your comments will help with providing the physical structure that was lost. Thank you!