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J. Thomas Shelley

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"When you give alms...." A.D. 2021
« on: March 18, 2021, 06:58:11 PM »
This week many of us received (or will shortly receive) the $1400.00 per person stimulus checks.

An appropriate Lenten offering might be to donate at least 10% of this unexpected money to the local congregation, a seminary, Lutheran World Relief, etc.
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Re: "When you give alms...." A.D. 2021
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2021, 08:05:46 PM »
I agree.  My wife and I have decided to give all of ours away.  Sending money to people who are employed and living well enough is stupid and insulting.  I've done nothing to earn this money so I will in no way benefit from it.
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Re: "When you give alms...." A.D. 2021
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2021, 08:12:30 PM »
I agree.  My wife and I have decided to give all of ours away.  Sending money to people who are employed and living well enough is stupid and insulting.  I've done nothing to earn this money so I will in no way benefit from it.

I admire and applaud the sentiment. Do you feel the same way about money you might inherit?
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2021, 08:30:04 PM »
I agree.  My wife and I have decided to give all of ours away.  Sending money to people who are employed and living well enough is stupid and insulting.  I've done nothing to earn this money so I will in no way benefit from it.

I admire and applaud the sentiment. Do you feel the same way about money you might inherit?

In the 20/20 of hindsight I should have made at least a 10% gift of inherited money after my final parent's repose over a decade ago.

At the risk of sounding like the self-condemned Pharisee, part of my repentance was to offer 10% of the proceeds of the public sale/auction many years later.

I was blessed to have known parishioners who donated even higher percentages of inherited monies.  One of them (now of blessed Memory) gave thousands to the ELCA Department of Communications for the digitizing and redistribution of the Davey and Goliath Easter program.
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Re: "When you give alms...." A.D. 2021
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2021, 10:32:44 PM »
Ahem.
Itís your money in the first place.
Itís still your money now.

Peter (Putting mine all on rouge) Garrison
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2021, 07:17:51 AM »
I agree.  My wife and I have decided to give all of ours away.  Sending money to people who are employed and living well enough is stupid and insulting.  I've done nothing to earn this money so I will in no way benefit from it.

I admire and applaud the sentiment. Do you feel the same way about money you might inherit?
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Joan and I were blessed by families that had little to leave, so it wasn't much of an issue for us.  On your point though, inherited money is not in the public treasury and it is not, therefore, being taken from one person and given to another, in this situation irrespective of need.  The very little bit we did inherit (well under 5 figures for both families combined) was tithed to the church.
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Re: "When you give alms...." A.D. 2021
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2021, 12:57:31 PM »
Sent a piece of our stimulus check to the local food ministry yesterday. More will go elsewhere.
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