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    SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018
Siuslaw News
Opinion
P.O. Box 10
Florence, OR 97439
Volunteerism is about giving to greater good
GUEST
VIEWPOINT
M ARISA B ARETT
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
O
n Jan.3, Coast Radio
KCST hosted a program
devoted to the Oregon
Coast Humane Society. In the
midst of the discussion, “Our
Town” host George Henry
broached the issue of volun-
teerism by asking the question of
why one would donate thousands
of hours of volunteer service.
He wondered why there was a
need to have so many individuals
volunteering on an almost full-
time basis.
“And I know it’s not because
they don’t have other things to
do,” Henry said. “ It’s what they
want to do because they are pas-
sionate about [volunteering].”
I am grateful to Mr. Henry for
initiating this dialog on the values
of service and stewardship.
We all live within a culture
where success is often measured
in terms of dollars and posses-
sions. Countless hours are spent
chasing after the more materialis-
tic facets of the American dream
while the other aspects of life —
such as volunteerism — get the
remaining dregs of available
time... if at all.
There exists an assumption
that if someone disregards this
paradigm, and instead spends the
majority of time on other “less
valued” pursuits, it is not out of
choice but perhaps because they
either lack the acumen to partici-
pate or have “nothing else to do.”
Challenging these misguided
assumptions is a growing move-
ment of people who choose to fol-
low a call to arms aligned with a
different set of aspirations more
Watch
“In Search of the Lord’s Way”
Sunday, 7:30 AM
KMTR Channel 12
closely supporting their values.
They measure their lives by
replacing “What have I accrued?”
with “How have I served?”
These outliers are working to
build a different paradigm that
puts the value of stewardship
front and center while mandating
action and personal responsibility
as the major catalyst for living a
“good life.”
Accumulation of status, power
and material goods holds no lus-
ter for these types of individuals.
They willingly choose to live a
life with more intention, discern-
ment and deliberation; they
believe that through focused, per-
sistent action they can make a dif-
ference for the better.
To some, these are the ideals
associated with those stereotyped
within our culture as minimalists,
anarchists, hipsters, artisans, hip-
pies, artists, poets, madmen or
nonconformists who have no
understanding of how “real” life
works.
There seems to be a prevailing
belief that “practical” people have
GUEST
VIEWPOINT
and experience the joy and simplicity of
pre-denominational New Testament Worship. (Romans 16:16)
Bible Study: Sunday, 10:00 am
Worship: Sunday, 11:00 am
www.churchofchristfl orence.org
B Y D R . R AY M ANS
P AST WLCF B OARD MEMBER
S
ix years ago, I was asked to
join the Western Lane
Community Foundation
board. I had retired from my prac-
J OIN U S I N W ORSHIP
FLORENCE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST
(3ABN) TV UHF Channel 48.
24 hour Christian TV highlights Bible studies of prophecy, inspira-
tional music, health lectures, healthy cooking and more.
Friday Evenings – 6 p.m. SINGSPIRATION
You are invited to come and sing your favorite Ole Time Gospel songs.
Come and enjoy a time of fellowship & refreshments before we sing.
Bay Berry Square is 1.5 miles north of Fred Meyers’ Store
88906 Highway 101 N, Florence, OR (milepost 185N)
For Info: Jack - 541-999-8278 + Ron - mccrary9483@gmail.com
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Located at Munsel Lake Road and North Fork Road
Worship Services 10:00 AM Sunday
All are welcome! 541-997-7268
87738 Hwy 101 at Heceta Beach Road
RUAUU? All are welcome to explore the answer.
Sunday Worship Service ~ 10:00 a.m.
www.FlorenceUUF.org - (541) 997.2840
FLORENCE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Worship Services 10:30 on 1st Sunday of each Month
9:00 and 10:30 each following Sunday
Adult Classes at 9am; Children’s Sunday School at 10:30m
Coff ee Fellowship Following Service
2nd & Kingwood • (541) 997-6025
FOURSQUARE CHURCH
1624 Highway 101 (next to A&W) –- 997-6337
Pastor George Pagel – Something for the entire family.
Sun. Services: 10:45 a.m., Wed. Bible Study 7 p.m.
Website:fl orence4square.com
COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
4590 Hwy. 101, Across from Fred Meyer –- 997-7418
Sunday School, 9:30a.m. – Worship, 10:45
Wed. Prayer - 6:00 p.m. –Wed. Ministries 1-8 Grade 7 p.m.
NEW LIFE CHURCH-UPC
tice of optometry the previous
year and have always felt the
need to be involved in my com-
munity and profession through
the years.
So when asked to join the
board, I felt I had the time and
knew that the WLCF was a stellar
foundation in giving back to the
people of the Florence and
Mapleton area.
I felt I knew — but discovered
I didn’t really know and under-
stand — the true purpose of the
foundation. Yes, it helps commu-
nity groups, as well as the schools
and organizations that are helping
adults and children, and manages
a great number of scholarships.
However, it also gives those
people who want to help now and
into the future a way for their
money to be managed safely and
in the way they want.
People who give can leave a
legacy in giving to their favorite
cause. The foundation had less
than $5 million in managed assets
when I began in 2012.
When I left the board at the
end of 2017, the assets had grown
to more than $6 million. This is
invested money, with the founda-
tion drawing only on the interest
generated — so the principal
remains to carry on for those who
wish to see their causes funded
even after they are no longer here.
I really did not understand the
full function of WLCF, although I
had been donating through
Rotary for over 30 years.
Three years ago, the board cre-
Senior Center, 1570 Kingwood • 541-991-9398
Sunday Services: 10am and 6pm
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00pm
CROSS ROAD ASSEMBLY OF GOD
Corner of 10th & Maple –997-3533
Wednesday, 7 p.m. - Family Connections
Adult Bible Class, 9:30am on Sundays.
Sunday Services, 9am and 10:45am.
fl orencecrossroad.org • offi ce@fl orencecrossroad.org
NEW LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH, E.L.C.A.
21st & Spruce Street – 997-8113
Adult Forum 9 a.m. – Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Worship services; Sun. 10:30am & Mon. 5:30 pm
Pastor Lori Blake
www.lutheranchurchfl orence.com
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - SBC
1935 25th St. – 997-7660 • Pastor, Dr. Marvin Owen
Series “People of the Bible.” on Wednesdays 6 p.m.
A friendly place to worship, vacationers welcome.
Sun.; 11am & 6pm, Sunday school 9:45am.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF THE SIUSLAW
Traditional Worship Service 10:00 a.m. , Reverend Greg Wood
Sunday School and Nursery – Organ and Choir
All Welcome. Come as you are.
3996 N Hwy 101 997-7136
FLORENCE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS (QUAKERS)
2nd & Ivy – 997-2961 –Non-Denominational
“War is still not the answer.” FCNL
We worship in homes at 11am Sundays
Call 997-4237 or 902-9511 for locations.
Worship Service: 9:00 am & 10:30 am
Middle School and High School youth groups meet on
Wednesday.
RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH,
L.C.M.S.
FLORENCE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pre-Denominational (Romans 16:16)
1833 Tamarack Street (2 blocks east of Hwy. 101 on 18th St.)
Bible Study: Sunday 10 a.m.; Worship: Sunday 11 a.m.
www.churchofchristfl orence.org
Every Sun., Bible Class 9 a.m., Worship Service 10 a.m.
85294 Hwy. 101 S. – 997-8038
DVD of Weekly worship service available.
Pastor Randy Benscoter
FLORENCE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
12th and Nopal –997-9020
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
10 am Wed., Women’s Bible Study
Saturdays, Mens’ Breakfast @ 8 a.m.
Online Worship Service@ www.fl orencenaz.com
2135 19th St. –- 997-6600
8:30am, Tuesdays, Morning Prayer
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. - Wed, 11 a.m.
Everyone Welcome – Come walk our Labyrinth.
FLORENCE EVANGELICAL CHURCH
1318 Rhododendron Dr. –- 997-2523 – Worship at 11:00 AM
–- Sunday School at 9:30 AM – Variety of Sunday evening
activities - 5 PM
Wed. Bible & Children classes at 6:00 PM
Call for details.
Join Us In Worship
4 lines, approx 15 words, $10 a week
4 week Minimum
Deadline 3 p.m. Mondays.
4445 Hwy 101 (South of Fred Meyer) – 997-3951
Worship on Saturday 10:30 A.M.
Adult/Children’s Sabbath School 9:15 A.M.
FLORENCE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
BAY BERRY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
pate.
Do not make volunteerism and
stewardship a goal for an
unknown future or when you
“have more time.”
The protection of this won-
drous planet and all the life it con-
tains deserves to be more than a
nebulous goal for an unspecified
future. Words and good intentions
do not replace action.
Commit, plan and most impor-
tantly, be a willingly volunteer.
If this level of stewardship is
preceived by some as impractical
ideas spawned from deluded
thinkers, then without hesitation I
proudly wear the hat of the village
idiot.
(Editor’s Note: Viewpoint
submissions on this and other
topics are always welcome as
part of our goal to encourage
community discussion and
exchange of perspectives.)
What I didn’t know about the WLCF
Then visit the
Florence church of Christ
1833 Tamarack
Florence, Oregon
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no time for the impractical idea of
volunteerism.
Ultimately, we are a species
with infinite appetites living in a
world with finite resources.
Feelings of entitlement have
led us to bend the world to our
will, with no regard to outcomes.
The fulfillment of human whim
has steadily and increasingly
superceded the wellbeing of our
planet and its inhabitants.
If we do not make the time to
try to heal the disarray that we
have created, then who will?’
If we do not all make a com-
mitment to dedicate at least a por-
tion of our lives for the greater
good and each other, what type of
future will we leave behind?
It is naivé to believe that some-
how things will all work out for
the better.
And no one needs to make out-
rageous sacrifices in order to
make a difference. On the con-
trary, a few hours a month, while
seemingly too minor to make an
impact, can make a tremendous
difference when we all partici-
SAINT MARY, OUR LADY OF THE
DUNES
CATHOLIC CHURCH
Masses: Sat. 5:30 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m.
1.5 miles south of river on Hwy 101 – 997-2312
To be included in this directory contact
the Siuslaw News at 997-3441, or drop off
information at 148 Maple St., Old Town, Florence.
ated a video explaining the pur-
pose and functioning of WLCF.
(available at wlcf@wlcfonline
.org) I would highly recommend
viewing this very informative and
entertaining video that gives
viewers a better understanding of
the WLCF — and why I will miss
being a part of its board.
I do know that the foundation
will continue to flourish with the
people involved.
The past two years I have been
involved with the scholarship
committee and have noticed a
glaring need from people wanting
to go back to college or advance
their skills with vocational train-
ing. Most of our scholarships are
designed for the graduating high
school students to help them in
the first year.
What’s lacking is the help for
those who have been out in the
real world who now recognize the
fact that, for them to do better for
themselves and their family, they
need more education.
There are also those who are
going to school and holding down
two or three jobs to pay tuition
and make living expenses. I hope,
as a foundation and with the help
of people in our community,
WLCF can be a part of address-
ing this need.
(Editor’s Note: Viewpoint
submissions on this and other
topics are always welcome as
part of our goal to encourage
community
discussion
and
exchange of perspectives.)
LETTERS
More Letters
from 4A
L ET THE MAYOR BE
THE MAYOR
Recently, some residents of
Florence have chided the mayor
for not signing his name to sup-
port the Paris Climate Accord
(Climate Mayors), or not making
special proclamations about
Florence’s sanctuary city status.
I’d like to suggest that, if the
mayor changes his mind, there
are a few other issues he might
consider putting his name on.
For example, there are about
14 Christian churches in
Florence. Maybe those 2,000 to
3,000 parishoners would appreci-
ate Mayor Henry recognizing the
“world-wide persecution of
Christians” (Mayors Against
Christian Persecution.)
I’m sure all atheists see the
humanity in that.
Also, President Trump seems
to be running into a lot of fric-
tion. How about Mayor Henry
signing a proclamation,
“Florence Supports our
President.”
After all, the majority, (47 per-
cent vs. 43 percent) voted for him
here.
Any democrats here on board
with that?
NRA, GMO, PETA, NARAL,
PLO, Israel, Iran, North Korea —
there’s a long list of national and
international causes and concerns
that thousands of Florence resi-
dents would appreciate the
mayor getting behind.
And thousands that wouldn’t.
How about we just let the
Mayor of Florence be the Mayor
of Florence.
—Jeff Ashmead
Florence
SOLUTION TO
HOMELESSNESS ,
AFFORDIBLE HOUSING
NOT THE SAME
I think one of the main chal-
lenges to affordable housing is
that, when the conversation starts
about building housing units,
immediately the waters are sul-
lied with discussion about how to
end homelessness.
The latter is a huge socio-eco-
nomic issue; the former a devel-
opment opportunity for those
who are able to navigate the ter-
rain of land procurement, codes,
investors, banking, etc.
Why should housing develop-
ers be denied an opportunity to
make a profit on their projects
just because of the incredible
boondoggle related to serving
people who are experiencing
homelessness for any of a variety
of reasons?
— Ivy Medow
Florence
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