Wish I lived in Ohio

Gas prices keep rising, slowly but steadily. Meanwhile, my mom keeps telling me to be more religious. SoGasprice
what should I do? I’ve tried praying for lower gas prices, but that doesn’t seem to do much good. If only I lived in Ohio.

XENIA, Ohio  —  With Easter
approaching, a church in western Ohio plans to help people fill up and
also hopes to help fill their spiritual needs.

This
Saturday, Pastor Wesley Miller and his Xenia Christian Center will pay
25 cents of the price of every gallon of gas purchased at a local
United Dairy Farmers convenience store.

Miller
says by offering the deal, his church can promote its Easter services
planned for the following weekend while helping those squeezed by the
high cost of gasoline.

AAA’s statewide average for a gallon of regular is now $3.37, just 3 cents below last year’s record high.

The
pastor says the church doesn’t mind if people show up purely out of
greed, because his congregation would like to reach them, too. [Link]

I wonder what kind of reaching out they’ll be doing.

First church member: "How would you like to save?"

Driver: "I’d love to save! That’s why I’ve been waiting in line."

Second church member: "How would you like to be saved?"

Driver: "Excuse me?"

Church member: "Do you know who else saves? Jesus does!"

Driver: "He was here too?"

Member: "No, what I mean is, Jesus saves souls.  We invite you to come to our Easter services and learn about the sacrifice he made for you and me."

Driver: "No thanks. I’m about to save three bucks. You’re crazy if you think I’m going to come to your church and put it back in your collection plate!"

Photo by iotae

 

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