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May 18th, 2009
08:14 AM ET

Taking money from the collection plate: a church helps its community

It started as a church's simple offering in tough times.
Now it's a help for many in need.
A Texas pastor told his congregation to take money from the collection plate if they needed it.
And that Sunday - the church took in more donations than ever before.
Now the church has gone beyond its members - to help others in its community.

This is such an inspiring story! And we are showing it to you - today in the CNN Newsroom with Heidi Collins.
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  1. michael armstrong sr.

    Taking from the collecthion plate that sounds like somthing I seen on the Simpsons .

    May 18, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  2. Jim

    A church helping its community shouldn't be newsworthy, it should be commonplace. Makes me sad.

    May 18, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  3. scott stodden

    I think it is a beautiful thing for the church to finally step up and actually give back to the members of the church. Usually churches ask us to always give and most of us usually always give without question and now this church sees its members struggling in a time of recession and to give back to the people suffering, I only wish more churches would follow there example and give back a little bit more.

    Scott J Stodden (Freeport, Il)

    May 18, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  4. Peg Shambo

    I belong to the Unitarian Church in Davenport, Iowa. Every week, part of the collection goes to a "good cause" in our community of the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois.

    May 18, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  5. Beth Joyner

    Really LOVE CNN.......always relevant, always fun, always accurate, always running........Thanks from a devoted fan of CNN !!

    May 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  6. Manuel Mrs Pelosi, to working all her life,for american people.Now the GOP, with the support the certain media, are standing a barricade de distraction, agaienst this woman,who to so much to give,to american people.She working nigth and day,for to put back economy.. and to create, the jobs... for a life more better.this woman to need to work.we are not in the years 1914,and 1918, or 1930. She courageous,professional.Stop,stop, your distraction and work for american people.The Democrats,stand UP,behing mrs Speaker pelosi and President Obama.She honest. the new car, is more expensive,because the dealers car,are out the car 2010. the car 2009 are in liquidation.

    May 18, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  7. David

    It's amazing that when he asked people to help themselves that they gave even more. I was moved to see the woman who had received a modest monetary gift, crying with gratitude. Sometimes even the slightest help or kindness can be everything to someone, the bit of help that they need.

    It worries me to think that the economy is at the root of this, however, and this does point to the need for more rapid and greater assistance. Maybe the economy can start creating jobs again. That would be the best.

    I don't know why Nancy Pelosi threw in that comment about the CIA that started the tit for tat btwn her and the agency, maybe it just fit in well with what she was saying politically. But she did stand up and let her feelings be known, almost shamelessly and I have to respect that.

    Getting to work with the big three is serious business. And for it all to work out with GM and Chrysler, they have to look each other in the eye and acknowledge what they're doing to climb out of bankruptcy or possible bankruptcy, take each other by the arm and give support when it's needed. That's sort of what they've been doing though.

    Nice live pictures from the Shuttle Atlantis, astronauts working on the Hubble telescope, installing that huge camera? Please show at some pt again shots of the pictures the Hubble takes of celestial bodies, nebulae, galaxies, the milkyway, star clusters...beautiful and awe inspiring for this viewer anyway.

    May 19, 2009 at 9:49 am |

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