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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Advent Suppers?


Are you kidding? Another meal during Advent? Aren't our calendars full enough with enough December obligations to be adding a weekly dinner? Nobody will come! It's one more expense of money and time! The budget is already tight! Who will cook, who will set up, who will clean up?
But my staff members would not let up. They believed this church was hungry for meals together. One family whose home burned down requested a weekly meal with another church family with an in tact home. Then staff members and others expressed their desire to have meals with those who have been dislocated. Then the wave grew and the staff said that they really felt there was a deep hunger for just hanging out together; no program, no music, no complexity, just a meal with each other in the middle of the week.
Then another staff member proposed hosting a Christmas shower for burned out families. The donations poured in, overwhelming tables and families. So the two ideas came together tonight. Suzanne Medlyn cooked a marvelous turkey meal, tables groaned under the load of gifts, 120+ people gathered and would not leave! I left an almost full gym to teach a Bible study. When others came up to congratulate me on my good idea, I had to admit that the idea was not mine, I just gave in and said "yes" to an incredibly creative staff!
So for the next two weeks we will have dinner together in the gym and just hang out (at least until I leave to teach the Bible study).

2 Comments:

At 11:03 PM , Blogger Isaac Johnson said...

did you offer communion? Seems the perfect (literal) occasion

 
At 9:55 AM , Blogger Kate said...

I'm so glad that you all did this! We wish we could be there!

 

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