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Our view: Practicing faith, duty

First United Methodist Church in Crystal Lake is approaching its 175th anniversary this year, and the congregation also is celebrating a shorter but significant milestone.

For 10 years, members have hosted a weekly Community Dinner each Sunday evening for anyone who wants to attend, including the less fortunate members of the community.

Some aspects of religion might seem mysterious, complicated and difficult for certain folks to grasp. But there are also plenty of simple concepts in Christianity and other major religions. Feeding the poor is usually among them, and it is a powerful demonstration of faith.

We can argue about what government’s responsibility is when it comes to the poor, what is just and what is responsible, but the question of whether the less fortunate should be ministered to is a simple matter for people of faith.

As simple as the concept is, organizing a weekly dinner for a decade takes organization, commitment and money. We applaud those volunteers who’ve set an outstanding example for Crystal Lake and the greater McHenry County community.

There are many similar examples of good deeds being done by churches and food banks around McHenry County. They also are funded and run by volunteers and donors who choose action instead of debate about the worthiness of providing welfare to fellow members of the community, regardless of what government does or does not do.

By any definition of community, helping those less fortunate is part of our duty. We’re grateful to those who demonstrate that duty, and congratulate those associated with the First United Methodist Community Dinner on their 10th anniversary.

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