I don’t know if I go as far as saying Jesus was a “foodie” but I do think he knew the importance of slowing down and spending time with people around a table enjoying a meal together. The kind of meal where you are able to push the plate way from the edge and have a conversation that allows for your elbows to be on the table.
We see Jesus providing meals for thousands and a few while demonstrating cooking over a charcoal fire is way more scriptural than using gas as he makes breakfast for the disciples – John 21:8. Jesus also had a reputation of inviting himself over to other people’s homes for a meal. I suppose it’s not so much the method of how Jesus shared a meal with others, but what was being orchestrated by the Holy Spirit through the experience of having a meal together.
I was recently asked about the rationale of serving refreshments before and after our services. I’m talking about the cookies, M&M’s, and popcorn on Saturday nights, and all of those donuts on Sunday mornings! We believe Jesus was on to something about food and conversation, so we are helping people connect by providing the space and goodies – the rest is up to you.
The real win for us is when the people of Richwoods grab some of these snacks and look for people they don’t know with the intent of getting to know them. It’s a transitional move from being friendly to becoming friends. We know from experience this is made easier with a cup of coffee and food. Give it a try.
One other thing, Jill and I are giving you permission to invite yourself over for dinner – with conditions of course. We are taking reservations for groups of 8-10 that you assemble. Once you have your group, email me and we’ll work on the date.
We would love to hear your heart about the church, what you are excited about, where you are serving and what you are experiencing, and field questions you have. I believe that around a meal we will be able to discover new and brilliant ways to help each other follow Christ at Richwoods.
On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2016 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
Our budgets are set on a calendar year, submitted by staff and approved by the Elders of Richwoods. Our ability to meet the needs of the people, provide programs, offer ministry opportunities, and so on, are all contingent on the faithful and generous giving of the people who call Richwoods their church home. As a church we do not take annual pledges to set a budget but we work off of our historical giving and attendance patterns to project a conservative budget.
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