It’s been 6 years since The Great River Outreach opened The Table in Savanna’s New Unity Worship Center. Believe it or not, we’ve served more than 42,000 meals to people in need in Savanna and Mount Carroll.
Right now we are preparing for our Holiday Season with a Thanksgiving feast in Savanna on Thursday, November 21, and in Mount Carroll on November 20 at the Methodist Church. Our Christmas Celebration in Savanna is Friday, December 20. You’re invited.
I can tell you who else will be there.
Some of your neighbors who have lost their jobs; people overwhelmed by illness or addiction; families with small children who just can’t pay for groceries and heat. Many of our regulars are virtually housebound and depend on our van service and the meals we provide. Without The Table, some would spend the entire Holiday Season at home - alone and forgotten.
We are here for them, sharing God’s love with one person at a time, one hot meal at a time. But, we can’t do this without the community’s support.
A donation will allow us to provide food, holiday cheer, and a helping hand to people in need. A home cooked Thanksgiving dinner. A Christmas Celebration. For some of your Carroll County neighbors, these are the only Holiday celebrations they’ll have.
Nobody should have to choose between food or heat, being isolated during the Holiday Season, or face every problem alone. We’re here to provide hot meals, fellowship, and spiritual uplift - during the Holiday Season and all through the year. Donations make it happen. They are tax-deductible, and your donation will be put to immediate use serving the needy right here in Carroll County. Hope you will be able to help.
God Bless you,
The Great River Outreach
One Man’s Opinion
A Guest Column By Jim Sacia
If you haven’t seen it, you should, “A Guide to American Federal Debt Made Easy”. It’s a You Tube sensation with nearly three million hits. It’s a spoof where a bank customer asks his banker to raise his debt limit. The officer of course is perplexed – you make $21,000 per year, you owe $140,000, and you want to raise it to $170,000? The customer assures him that he had reduced his expenses by $380.00 per year so he should qualify.
The bank officer is now dumbfounded and refuses his request. The dejected customer expresses that he has no idea how to explain this to his wife and kids. The officer is excited to learn that the customer has kids. A short time later, a three year old child scribbles a signature on the loan document as she will be the one who is liable. Everything is put in place, a happy loan officer smiles and waves at the customer and his daughter as they leave to meet the rest of the family at an auto dealership.
The spoof of course is on the United States and you just add eight zeros to each of the sums of money.
There is another spoof where an interviewer asks people if a family making $24,000 per year can spend $37,000 per year? Every answer is “of course not”. The person is then shown America’s issue by simply adding eight zeros again. Most simply can’t get their arms around it.
If you think like a socialist you will find this very demeaning. If you think like a conservative you will know that it hits the nail on the head.
Our country has gotten aboard a runaway train. I laugh each time I see then Senator Obama chastising President Bush for projected $9 trillion budget. Let’s see that was about $8 trillion ago.
By Brian Stewart
IL State Representative, 89th District
I just returned to the District after spending three very busy days in Springfield for the first week of Fall Veto Session. I was honored to be joining the House Chamber on the same day as the new Republican Leader, Jim Durkin. I received a very warm welcome from Leader Durkin and Speaker Madigan as well as from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
We are expecting a variety of important and controversial issues to surface for our consideration during the second week of veto session. The Pension issue which needs to be solved is currently stalled in the Pension Reform Conference Committee. I am committed to finding a solution to this issue and am waiting to see the proposal that emerges. Additionally Senate Bill 10, known as the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” and another bill to stiffen sentences for gun crimes have not yet been brought to the floor for a vote.
I also had the opportunity to personally meet with over fifty constituents from the district who came to Springfield to support their respective causes. I consider it an honor to spend time with those I represent and listen to their concerns. Several of those were high school young men and women. I invited them as well as any other teens in the district to come to Springfield and be a Page for the day. This is a great program to see how the state legislature works and participate in a full day of activity. While visiting the Capitol building, you can tour the House, Senate, and Governor’s Office in addition to witnessing floor sessions and committee meetings.
Likewise, there were several members of the clergy who visited me, and I invited them to consider giving the opening prayer to the Illinois General Assembly. The beginning of each session day is opened with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. We have several limited opportunities to be a page and give the prayer each year. If you know of any teens or clergy who may be interested in either of these activities, please send a letter of interest to my office as these opportunities are sometimes scheduled months in advance.
I have also received dozens of e-mails from constituents in the district regarding issues of concern and importance to them. I appreciate each and every correspondence as I am there to represent you. I will respond to each of you; however, please be patient as there are lots to reply to.
I would be remiss if I did not mention my sincere appreciation and recognition of two very fine and hard working women who keeps things running smoothly in my legislative offices. Sally Huggins in Freeport and Shelly Stark in Springfield do an absolutely superior job serving the citizens of the 89th District, and I could certainly not do the job without them. “Thank You Sally and Shelly!”
Thank you for your support and prayers this week. I will leave you with this quote from Denis Waitley: “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” I intend on doing the later as I work for you in Springfield.