A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Monday, January 26, 2009

Too Close to Home

Last night, the show, 60 Minutes on CBS, ran a segment on Wilmington, Ohio which has been home to a DHL express package services company and is leaving the area. Xenia, Ohio, where I serve as pastor is located just north of this community.

Wilmington has a population of approximately 12,000 people. Over 7,000 employees are losing their jobs. The hit to Wilmington and the surrouning area is huge. 20% of the region's businesses are dependent on the presence of DHL.

Clinton County is facing a 2 million dollar gap in a 14.5 million dollar budget due to the loss of this company.

How can the church be there for people who have lost their jobs, their dreams, and the many friendships they had through their place of employment? Any suggestions/ideas?

If you haven't already seen it, watch the 60 Minutes segement below.

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