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Carefest - RonO's Ramblings

May. 3rd, 2008 06:10 pm Carefest

Today was Carefest. This is an annual event (since 2005, when it was in the fall and then moved to May in 2006) sponsored primarily by Wheaton Bible Church where members of our church, and this year 8 other churches, go and preform community service throughout DuPage country.

I was on a project that was, mostly, spreading wood-chip mulch at an elementary school in Glendale Heights. Out of this I have a couple of thoughts:

1: While spreading wood-chip mulch over landscape fabric will hide and eventually kill the weeds between shrubs, it won't be a long term solution. Before our mulch arrived, we were pulling weeds in areas that had previously been mulched -- many of which were growing not in the soil under the landscape fabric, but in the soil that used to be wood-chip mulch on top of the landscape fabric.

2: School playgrounds, and landscaping in general, are much different in northern Illinois and in New Mexico. Here, they are mostly grass and black-top, with wood-chip mulch or gravel around the swings and climbing equipment. In New Mexico, they are mostly hard packed dirt. The difference, of course, is the amount of rain and the natural fertility of the soil.

3: I wonder what people who are horrified at the idea of any taxpayer money going even vaguely to a church or religious organization, would think about money donated to a church being used to purchase landscaping supplies to be used at public schools?

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 4th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)

Funny #3.

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Ha! I like #3. Never thought about it. No doubt if CareFest continues to grow we will get detracters. Oh well.

Chrismc.net
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 4th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)

Donated Money, Weeds and Work

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RonO,

The mulch and other supplies were all donated by local businesses. Donated money was not used.

The school you worked at asked us to come. Officials wanted help and are very appreciative.

Dave Thomson

From:rono_60103
Date:May 4th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)

Re: Donated Money, Weeds and Work

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Nice to know where the supplies come from. But they still do come through the church (as does the labor).

I'm sure that Chris, the pastor who heads up CareFest, and other volunteers and staff people, spend a fair amount of time working with the sites to find projects that need doing.
From:rmeidaking
Date:May 4th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Regarding #3, I have found it amusing that folks who are complaining that their church can't get governmental funding are horrified that That Other Religious Organization (particularly Muslim, Jewish or Mormon) might get governmental funding. I think it's perfectly fair to not fund any of them.

Meanwhile, why IS your church working at a public school? I guess they figure their kids go there....
From:marahsk
Date:May 12th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
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3: I wonder what people who are horrified at the idea of any taxpayer money going even vaguely to a church or religious organization, would think about money donated to a church being used to purchase landscaping supplies to be used at public schools?

I can't speak for "people" other than myself, but:

1) Anyone who doesn't approve of what the church spends their money on is free to not donate to that church, unlike with taxes.

2) Separation of Church and State doesn't mean that church money can't be used in this way. You're comparing apples and oranges.

3) I don't have kids, but it's in my interest for children to be educated, so helping the public schools helps everyone.