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									                                                                                Canadian Mennonite January 25, 2010                       9

done so the people in these areas would be engaged in        how good the deals or how noble our mission—with-
our common journey we call life. Unfortunately, some         out engaging those people in the essence of who we
of the warm church-like things the article mentions          are: fellow pilgrims, sharers of hope, love and peace.
don’t automatically happen with or to the visitors to          While we proudly display the banner which pro-
our stores.                                                  claims, “Every purchase a gift to the world,” maybe
  However, when the store becomes an inviting place,         in our hearts we could also say, “Every volunteer
a welcoming place filled with warmth and caring, we          and every customer, a gift to the local and global
catch a glimpse of our shared humanity.                      community.”
  In my opinion, it is never good enough to just take        Rudy Friesen, Winnipeg
money out of a low-income area of town—no matter

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                                                                                           our churches, in this way, may I make

              Cars are for travel,
                                                                                           some humble suggestions:
                                                                                           • First, ask committees to be leaders in
                                                                                           mobilization of gifts and mission, rather

                    not talking                                                            than doers of deeds. Such teams should
                                                                                           lead the church into effective ministry,
                                                                                           not do ministry for the church.
                                                                                           • Second, simplify your bureaucracy as
                                       Phil Wagler                                         much as possible. Take a hard, honest
                                                                                           evaluation of whether you are unneces-

            nce upon a time we had a talk-   be structure-free, but I have yet to see a    sarily over-structured and then repent of
            ing car. I hated that vehicle. I body that worked well without a skeleton. it, simplify, and move on. Most structure
            won’t give away the company—       That, however, is the least of most         that begins as a good idea is only “good”
it’s in enough trouble already—but my        churches’ concerns. Many established          for so long and then needs to be re-
hunch is the idea emerged when a few         congregations are ove
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