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Grab Your Guitar

                                    
                         February 22, 2017
Dear Friends,

I couldn't believe what I was seeing as I rounded the corner and headed
for the door. People were spilling outside and the sound of music was
in the air . I don't think anyone could have predicted the success of this
simple fundraiser.

It was a great idea.  Get a few musicians together and ask them each to
sing a song.  Invite people to come and enjoy the jam session.  Then ask
them to make a donation to the WARM Center.  At the end of the day
they had 20 acts.

They called it "Pass the Guitar."  I watched as one performer after
another took the stage in front of a standing room only crowd at Christ
Episcopal Church.  They promoted it as "20 acts, one guitar" but it was
really all about WARM.

The musicians and the audience came together to help support the Center
and the compassionate way that they move people from homelessness to
permanent housing. I loved the way they did it.  It was positive and powerful.

When I see things like this, George Bernard Shaw's famous line, often
attributed to Robert F. Kennedy, comes to mind: "You see things; and
you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'"

I like the idea of doing something positive to support the causes we
believe in.  I'm not talking about marches or rallies.  They are fun but
don't have a lasting impact.  I'm talking about getting involved by
volunteering to make a difference.

The truth is that it was people of faith that started many of the great
institutions in our communities.  Many of the schools, hospitals, libraries
and agencies like WARM are here because someone had a vision and
stepped up to see it through.

Jesus sent us out to be a light, to bring his hope, love, grace and salvation
to the world.  Our call is to make a difference.  You can't do that by sitting
on the couch.  So grab your guitar, your shovel, your wallet or whatever
talent you have and let's do something that will make a difference.

God bless!  See you in church.

Cal
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