Commendable reaction

When a driver drove through the front entrance of a Columbus church on Aug. 25, causing an estimated $100,000 to $200,000 in damage, Reformed Presbyterian Church practiced what many churches preach — turn the other cheek.

Instead of criticizing the driver for contributing to a months-long hardship while waiting for physical repairs to be made to the church building, the congregation’s leaders and members reached out to the 20-year-old and attempted to help him find his way in life.

That’s a great example for others to follow.

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Neat fundraiser

The Downtown Christmas Church Tour from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday will provide Christmas spirit and an educational opportunity, while also benefiting the Bartholomew County Historical Society.

Four churches all within walking distance — First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, First Christian and God’s House Missionary Baptist — are on the tour. Each sanctuary will be decorated and interpreters will share the history of each building.

Just follow the luminarias lighting the paths, learn a little more about the community and help a worthy organization. For more information, call 812-372-3541.

Connections through choir

Adults can be a positive influence on children in a variety of ways. Ruth Dwyer has done that with one children’s group for 20 years through music and singing.

As artistic director of the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir and education director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Dwyer has taught life skills in addition to music while instructing hundreds of students over her distinguished career.

Kudos to Dwyer for the role she’s played in encouraging and teaching children, and helping them grow as people.