Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Odds & Ends

Dunwoody United Methodist Uses Facebook for Japan Relief

By Jennifer Leslie
WXIA-TV & Dunwoody Resident

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody United Methodist Church has launched a Facebook campaign to invite people to attend Easter services and help Japan at the same time.

The church has placed targeted ads on Facebook for Easter and Holy Week services.
The Easter ad contains an incentive. If the visitor clicks on the ad, they will see a coupon that they can print out and place in the church offering plate on Easter morning.
For each coupon, DUMC will give a donation to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Japan Relief.
Holy Week services beginning at noon each day, starting on Monday, April 18, and include a complimentary lunch afterward.
"This is an effort to bring people into the church and give them the opportunity to assist a worthy cause through us, all in one shot," said Senior Pastor B. Wiley Stephens.
DUMC members have already given generously to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The congregation has sent $24,176 to UMCOR for Japan relief through the "Miracle of His Touch" special offering.
Members pledged more than $70,000 for earthquake relief in Haiti last year.

Sunday Alcohol Sales

As reported in this week's Dunwoody Crier, the Dunwoody City Council will begin discussions next month on Sunday sales of beer, wine and distilled spirits (click on the link to learn, exactly, what a distilled spirit is).
According to The Crier, Dunwoody City Attorney Brian Anderson said the council will take up the measure with the idea of placing it on the November ballot.  I realize there are some who are against Sunday sales for the reason that it will lead to an increase in alcohol-related crimes such as DUI, but studies and statistics on this subject are mixed (read DUI Foundation).  With that being the case, I really don't see an issue with Sunday sales (it seems inconsistent to allow sales on Monday-through-Saturday but not on Sunday).  Stay tuned.

All Saints Fish Fry Sets New Record

The All Saints' Knights of Columbus held its final Lenten Fish Fry this past Friday night, and 2011 was a record-breaking year.  Over 7,500 meals were served, shattering the old record by more than 800 meals.  All proceeds from the fish frys go towards Knights of Columbus charities. Said Grand Knight Stan Wasowski, "this is a wonderful community, we can't thank you enough."

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