Congregations face difficult choices in sour economy

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(UNDATED) When Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, S.C., was planning a 10th-anniversary celebration dinner, the $15-per-person ticket price seemed reasonable — until members started doing the math. “We began to realize that people in our congregation were going to stay home because of the cost. … If you’re a family with two teenagers, that’s 60 […]

  • For those who are already affected by the economy (being out of work, underemployed, etc), even a potluck dinner can cost them more than staying home.

    Most potlucks expect you to bring a dish to feed 10 people. If you bring less than 10 people, you are probably better off eating at home. I believe that more churches should find a way to help those doing well (or at least holding their own) support those who need the help while preserving dignity. Perhaps some could make extra dishes and the church can announce that those in need may attend without a dish.

    It’s a little thing, but it can mean something.