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Church Gives Donations Back To Members

September 27, 2011 by  

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 27 (UPI) — A New Jersey church reversed the cash flow of its collection plate by giving members envelopes filled with money — meant to passed on to charities.

The Liquid Church, a Morristown-based non-denominational Christian church with three congregations meeting in hotels and a middle school, said the envelopes of cash were distributed to members during Sunday’s service and congregants were encouraged to put the money to charitable use, CNN reported Monday.

“People are cynical about religion and expect to come to church and be shaken down, but really, it’s all God’s money,” Pastor Tim Lucas said. “Every bill in the U.S. economy says ‘In God we trust,’ and we’re going to put that to the test.”

Lucas said he and the pastors of the church branches in New Brunswick and Nutley hope congregants donate the money to charities or invest it for later donation. He said they hope some of the money will go toward New Jersey residents recovering from recent flooding.

“We’re not a rich church. We don’t own a building. We don’t hold a mortgage, but we’re trying to teach our people to be rich in good deeds,” Lucas said.

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  • s c

    This topic won’t get discussed much, but it’s basically a good, practical idea. It’s a great example of doings locally, and quietly telling Uncle Scam to take his FEMA crapola and stick it wherever it feels best.
    Americans don’t need lessons or “help” in helping others. We don’t need a tech manual or ‘government experts.’ We don’t need Washington sticking its huge, long nose into everything we do.
    Score one for common sense. Thanks, New Jersey. You have so much more potential than New York, where Uncle Scam has brainwashed so
    many people for so many decades that it’s better to be ‘from there’ than it is to live there.

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