Fancy Newsletters

May/ June 2020 – Signs of Hope

May/June 2020 issue: You may be receiving this letter shortly before Fancy Friday May 29 ... or you might be receiving it shortly after.  Either way, greetings and peace be with you!  With all the disruptions and challenges these days, a ‘fundraising event’ is way...

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April 2020 – Looking Back on a Tough Passover and Easter

Well, that was an interesting Holy Week, Easter and Passover. We sometimes forget that these historic events occurred in tough times themselves.  Passover, in the midst of great oppression, plagues and death in Egypt.  And Holy Week—from the Triumphal Entry to the...

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March 2020- “Someone” should do something!

Been hearing this a lot lately:  “Where does SLF stand on the Homelessness issue?  You guys seem very quiet concerning this critical community problem. Is SLF doing anything?”        We are not offended by these comments.  It’s our mission to support and magnify the...

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February 2020- Salem’s African-American Community

(Inspired by Pastor Ben McBride’s recent visit to Salem) When I think of my childhood friend Larry Wilson, I remember the little yellow house on Lincoln Street where his family lived.  It was across from Tim McFetridge’s house along the alley above Baker Elementary...

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January 2020- 68 Tons of Apples for Christmas!

Even though I’m the grey beard (literally) at SLF, I’m not the only one deploying our methodology of bridge-building.  After 23 years it’s very gratifying to see how our Staff (and our Board!) practice hospitality, ministry entrepreneurship, problem-solving,...

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Dec. 2019- Fear Not! Christmas According to Linus

Jennifer used to work in the Nordstrom corporate offices, and it was kinda cool to get perspectives on the storied Seattle retailer from ‘behind the curtain’.  Among many creeds, lore and traditions was the case of the lady who returned (and got a refund for!) a set...

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