As I have talked with folks over the past couple of months, one of the key desires of the congregation was to have opportunities for regular Christian Fellowship. It has been suggested that dinner at people’s houses and other ways of furthering relationships is important in our faith community - to be building one another up in Christ.
We read about this in Acts 2:42-47, as being important to the first Christians…
46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. - Acts 2:46-67
This brought to my mind something I had heard about a few years back where a group of 4-6 people agree to come together once a month for 3 months (a different host each month) and simply share a meal and possibly invite others (it is recommended that groups be no larger than 8 people).
Some call it “Dinner with Friends.” After 3 months, the members of the group rotate into other DWF groups.
This falls right in line with what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica…
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
If you might be interested in starting a “Dinner with Friends” group, please contact the Church Office and we will start setting things up.
Encouraging? I pray you continue to do so…
Grace and Peace in Christ,
Pastor Jim Kirschenmann