Again this year, on Sept 28th, at the Salem Capital steps, we will walk to support people struggling with the issue of Suicide. Some will have experienced the death of a loved one to suicide. Some are struggling with their own issues around suicide. Join us – we gather about 9 and the walk officially begins at 10:30am. But I have attached an article from last year’s Western Oregon newspaper which summarizes the event so well, I thought you should read what Bailey Thompson | News Editor had to say: Continue reading “Why we walk – Out of the Darkness”
Today’s blog is from Loran Sell, member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and my friend. Enjoy.
Perhaps many of you were raised like I was with the impression that worship and prayer were very formal. There was some kind of template that needed to be followed to pray correctly. There was a right way to pray. Ie. Come, Lord Jesus; Now I lay me down to sleep; Our Father, Who are in Heaven.
This week we have a guest blog about important issues for people of faith from our Council President, Doug Odell – Take a moment read, won’t you?
What would you do if you were suddenly cast out of your home and had to live in your car or on the streets? Over fourteen hundred people in Marion and Polk counties are in that position right now. This includes families with children. How did they get there? Illness, loss of employment, unwarranted evictions, or lack of transportation are some of the many factors that lead to homelessness.
How can we help the homeless, especially the children? Continue reading “Finding a Place to Call Home”
by guest blogger Doug Odell, President of the Church Council at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Salem, Oregon
It’s hard to believe that the La Casita Garden Club just finished its ninth year educating the kids of our neighborhood. I remember when Holy Cross collaborated with many people across our community to transform a broken down playground and a neglected building into a gathering space and a learning center for our neighbors. Salem Leadership Foundation, Mano a Mano, Catholic Community Services, East Salem Rotary Club, McKay High School students, and many others helped us breathe life into the space once the graveyard for forgotten dreams. Continue reading “A Day at La Casita Garden Club”
Maybe one way we can change the world is through education.
Our ability to heed Christ’s call to love one another is dependent, in no small measure, on our ability to understand one another. Understanding, in turn, requires education. More than a decade ago, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Salem, Oregon began an endowment fund, in part, to foster educational opportunities for those connected to our church community. We believe that education is more important than ever today, given the fractured and contentious world we live in where understanding and empathy seem to be in short supply. Continue reading “Education – a rising tide lifts all boats”