For years now I have been opposed to “fund raising” by the church. I felt that we should support our own ministries and not ask those outside the church to support us. I realize that fund raising is often necessary for many nonprofit organizations such as schools. My kids did it and I am sure my grandkids will be selling stuff at some point and “BoBo” will have to shell out some cash. It’s just the way things work. However, my big concern has always been whether or not this is the wisest way to raise money for church endeavors? Over the years my stance has softened somewhat as I have seen the strain put on families who are struggling to send kids to church camps and other extra activities that can at times be quite costly. So we have done a few things in the past that I would label as sort of fund raising in nature. My unwritten rule on these has always been that they must be done “in house” and “in good taste.” For example, the dinner theater that the teenagers did several years ago helped finance one of their trips. Also, when the youth have done their big yard sales, you provided the stuff to sell. Therefore, you are in essence the ones funding the projects. From time to time we will continue to ask you to consider supporting these “ministry boost” efforts (formerly known as fund raisers). One such event will take place on Sunday, February 19 in conjunction with our Family Movie Night. The students are hosting a meal prior to the movie along with popcorn and drinks to help defray the cost of their two camp opportunities this summer. The movie is free, the meal is $5, the popcorn $1, and canned drinks will sell for 75 cents. I don’t know if you been to the movies lately, but that is a BARGAIN. Come have some fun and help support our kids.