March 31, 2014
By Fred Koenig
Doors Open, Lives Changed
“Marvin and Bettyrae Fluke have been the kind of church members that pastors pray for; always actively participating in worship and anything else that was happening here,” shared Rev. Dr. David Maggi, Senior Pastor of Clinton United Methodist Church. “I think they have served on about every committee we have, and served with enthusiasm and wisdom. If the doors were open, the Flukes were here (and sometimes when the doors weren't open).”
Shortly before Marvin's unexpected death, he and Bettyrae attended a Missouri United Methodist Foundation program at Clinton United Methodist Church. Bettyrae leaned over to her husband and whispered, “Let’s put these CD’s into a Charitable Gift Annuity with the Foundation.” Marvin agreed. “The joy we felt in doing something for our church was tremendous. Marvin was thrilled we did it,” said Bettyrae.
“Marvin and Bettyrae Fluke’s gift will be used to provide scholarship money for our youth to continue their education,” said Rev. Dr. Maggi. “By their generosity new doors will be open to generations of students.”
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