Not long ago, Mark offered to clean it out because he thought he “smelled something growing” in it, and I was more than
happy to accept his kind offer. I was quite surprised when he came back from the outing with the news that he had found
over $20 in change “stored” in the nooks and crannies of my car. Now, I hadn’t missed that change, and I obviously hadn’t
needed it, but it was still surprising to me to learn that a few dimes and nickels tossed here and there in the car added up to $20. A little change over
time can certainly add up, can’t it?
That’s the concept behind the Change a Life with Your Change! collection banks which are available beginning November 10. Instead of tossing your change in the glove compartment of your car or a drawer of your dresser, deposit your coins into a plastic Change a Life with Your Change! collection can. Then, on the first Sunday of each month, bring the contents of your bank to the Gathering Space and place it in big black buckets. (Be sure to take your coin bank back home!) The buckets of change will be counted, and every penny will be used for missions, many of which are not targeted by our budget but which are wonderful programs and projects, nonetheless.
If this plan sounds familiar, it is! In 2009, members were encouraged to do the same thing through a program called “Power of One.” Since its incep- tion, over $18,000 of unbudgeted money has been collected benefiting pro- grams and agencies such as the Gift of Warmth, Operation Greensboro Cares, Meals for Learning, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Society of St. Andrew, Disciple Prison Ministry, Georgia Disaster Relief, Strength for Service devotion booklets for military troops, Potters House, Room at the Inn, Guilford Interfaith Hospitality Network, Mary’s House broken freezer replacement, Souls4Soles, District Christmas Store, Out of the Garden, Family Promise and more. Wow! Together, Christ Church has already changed lives, and together with renewed commitment, we can change more lives.
Each household is encouraged to take one bank. If you already have a “Power of One” bank, simply take a new “Change a Life with Your Change!” sticker to “redefine” your bank. Then, start saving that change. Who knows? You might even want to clean out your car!
(The November Change a Life with Your Change! offerings will go to the “Beyond GUM” ministry, whose focus is to transition homeless individuals and families into housing and jobs. Mike Aiken estimates that $2,000 can transition a family of 4. Let’s try to transition at least 2 families with our November offering!)