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Churches increase benevolent giving during tough times

from San Jose Mercury News

A new foreclosure-prevention program started at area churches is far from alone among church efforts to meet increased needs during the recession. Even a limited sampling of county churches shows that spiritual and emotional needs have shaped sermon topics and sparked greater interest in small prayer groups, while basic physical needs have led to increased giving of food and other staples as well as job and financial guidance. The recession began in late 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. It has brought some decline in tithing at churches as well, along with more people seeking solace. more

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