I have read the previous letters on the topic of contemporary church music, but one really piqued my interest (“Music to churchgoing ears,” Dec. 6).
The writer accuses the youth of demanding their type of music, but they don’t do anything else for their church. She is demanding her type of music, alluding to the fact that it is the only true spiritual music.
I have no idea where she goes to church, but I can tell you this: If you don’t involve your youth in church decisions, they leave, and your church dies. I have seen it happen, and now that all the older people are dying and the ones my age are getting older, the church can’t even afford a full-time preacher.
Can’t there be some sort of plan that attracts both sides of this issue?
I grew up in a very liturgical service, and I loved it; however, I had to move away. I had a poor experience with another church of the same type. We found a church we felt very in tune with and started going there.
That congregation is Christ Community Chapel in Hudson. We do have a “traditional” service and then the others are more contemporary. I love the praise service now, but in the beginning, we were not sure about it.
Once we became familiar with the service, I came to love it and felt like I was “worshipping my God” with all that is in me.
Our young people are very active in their church. They do mission trips, help build things for others and help with Vacation Bible School, the nursery, the choirs and their own band.
They sing songs of praise, go to youth group sessions where they learn about God and what he means for their lives. They know Jesus. They get baptized, become pastors, teachers and coaches. Our church family continues to grow when others are declining because it offers things for families to do together.
My grandaughter would love to grow up and sing with a worship group, and her brother wants to play drums in church for worship.
Their sister loves the little ones, so she helps out with them. These kids have run into things at school that were difficult situations, and because of their “churchgoing” education, they took the higher road.
That’s not easy for kids today, but it is possible. Don’t complain. Encourage the kids to come sit with you and worship together in both types of services.
You might grow to like it and encourage a young person to become involved in their church family, but it won’t happen if they feel they are being pushed aside.
Victims in game of fiscal chicken
The “fiscal cliff” is a lot like watching kids play chicken. They run full speed ahead, hoping that the other person will pull up.
One usually does because there is a consequence for not doing so, and it hurts. That’s how the real world works.
To continue the analogy, now, when we play “fiscal cliff” chicken, add two more players, the boys’ fathers, leaning back on their lawn chairs with a few beers in their grasp.
Their job is to tell little Jimmy and Billy when it’s OK to stop running. In this game, little Billy and Jimmy may end up with concussions. Why? When you’re not the one getting hurt, then you are not really concerned with the consequences.
At the end of the day, the fathers have their lawn chairs, beer and a whole night of football ahead.
To the politicians, we are little pawns in a massive game of chicken. We are the ones who will get hurt, and the politicians will stay in their cushy offices. Sure, they’ll have to explain what happened, but the next presidential election isn’t for another four years.
So what do you say, Billy and Jimmy? You ready for another round?
Hard line against sale of Central-Hower
The Akron Public Schools administration is seeking to give away an important part of the community to the University of Akron.
The administration seeks to defraud the people with a claim that a gift of Central-Hower High School will provide a wealth of scholarship money to citizens of Akron.
The only wealth will be to the university and the administrators who will reap benefit from this sham.
Central-Hower High School is a valuable commodity.
If it is not used by the Akron Public Schools as a facility for the students of Akron, then it must be used as a means to return as much resources as possible to the people of Akron.
Central-Hower High School was valued at more than $20 million at one time. To accept a voucher for so much less would be a travesty to the people of Akron. The Board of Education members need to study this very carefully before making any hasty or ill-advised decisions.
There appears to be a lack of information regarding this most important decision, and the people of Akron need to have a say as to the merits of accepting a voucher as opposed to accepting money to deposit in an interest-bearing account to continually fund a scholarship program.
This proposal is a gold mine for the university but a total farce for the citizens of Akron. With the recent passage of a levy in Akron, to give away an excellent and centrally located facility is not acceptable.
Call each and every board member today to express your outrage at any decision to give away Central-Hower High School to the University of Akron, now or ever.
More than a game, future at stake
With the “fiscal cliff” looming over America, I find it hard to believe that Congress cannot find a compromise.
The future of America and its proud people is at stake. We can’t afford to have Congress toying with our futures.