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Stories of the Cross - June 2019

A Source Of Giving


One parishioner of First Church Congregational has given away a lot of crosses. A whole lot of crosses! He gives them to coworkers, friends at his club, people he just met, ministers he talks with, and friends of friends. Anyone who he thinks would appreciate it, he gives it to them freely.


What surprises the parishioner is the response he gets from people. For the majority, the recipients almost always say “this is great – I’m going to give it to my mother.” …or friend with cancer. …or sibling looking for a job. …or co-worker having marital issues. …or cousin in recovery. Very few people actually intend to keep it for themselves. Instead, they see the gift, a simple wooden cross, as a way they themselves can give to others. The drive to pay it forward, especially with a symbol of faith, is nearly constant in all who receive faith.


In these cases, he gives them two crosses.



These stories of the cross are documented from true experiences related to a mission of First Church Congregational. We invite you to make your own experience through the simple act of sharing part of our faith through the cross. If you find a moment where they have made an impact on yourself or others, we invite you to share it with us anonymously. Please contact Josh Ferry for more information.