Posts filed under ‘Hospitality’
Eating is a basic need we all have. It’s preferable if the food can be tasty, healthy, and consumed on a regular basis. Sometimes life interferes and it’s difficult to cook. These times include death, birth, illness and surgery.
CNC has a meals ministry for such times. The meals ministry is not just about providing a meal. It’s also about showing the recipients that we care.
“Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort.” Norman Kolpas
If this is a ministry you’d like to be a part of, click on the following link: Meals_Ministry pdf. Print out the form and return it to church.
Cook a meal and deliver it. It’s that simple. But the recipients are hugely grateful!
In July 2009 I spent about 2 weeks teaching English and being helpful to the international workers who housed and fed us. I’ve had some time to reflect on my journey. I’d like to share three things I’ve learned from my trip.
- It doesn’t take a lot of talent or skill to make a difference. Our main work was talking to the students. Most of us were quite capable of speaking well in our native tongue. We listened to our students. Again this is something that was managed easily. Lastly we showed them affection, compassion and care as the situations arose. We treated all people with dignity. None of these behaviors needed a lot of talent or skill to do well. And yet, the exercise of these behaviors yielded great gain. I.e. One student recently said that until attending classes at the learning center, he hated all Americans. But through the ministry of compassion, listening, and dignity a blinding stereotype was eradicated. That has worldwide as well as spiritual implications!
- It doesn’t take a lot of time or words to make a difference. The time we spent with individual workers was limited. And yet, by their own admission, we made an emotional and relational difference because of the time, prayers, and thoughts we shared with them. Our very presence let them know that we placed a high value on them as individuals and as co-laborers.
- It doesn’t take a lot of donations to make a difference. As you might remember we posted a list of needed items in the CrossRoads and bulletin. We requested such things as aspirin, multi-vitamins, baby clothes, thank you cards, granola bars and chocolate chips. Your response overwhelmed us (“carrier pigeons”) because it was so generous. The workers were surprised and touched as well by your response. Individually we wouldn’t have made such an impact. But together? Together our individual donations made a huge impact and difference.
As a side note, it was cool to be able to be a “carrier pigeon” and see/experience the delight and warmth of the workers as they realized what and how much you all gave. One of the workers expressed wonderment that people she didn’t know cared enough to send items (gifts) and she recognized that for some this was a sacrificial gift.
“Christian hospitality is a matter of obedience to God.”
(I will give the proper attribution once I find out who said that.)
What do you think?
Sunday nights I attend a hospitality group with (9-18) adults and scads of kids. This 4 week small group, led by John & Shula, will help us to understand and then to better implement hospiality in our own spheres of influence.
We start out with a potluck dinner and lots of talking.
John then leads in a lecture/discussion on some aspect of hospitality.
The evening progresses to dessert, coffee, and more talk.
Sometimes we have homework assignments to fulfill during the week.
When we get to the lecture/discussion portion of the evening, the kiddos and a babysitter go to another room and have some fun more suited to their ages.
I am attending this group for 4 reasons . . .
To get me back into the entertaining/hospitality mode . . . . In July of 2006 I felt like hospitality had taken a backseat far too long. Read here for more. Despite some valiant attempts (here, here and here) I didn’t get past the writing stage. John & Shula are great examples of showing hospitality. Nothing like learning this from the “masters.”
To eat a meal with people . . . . As a single I eat most of my meals alone. The exceptions are my evening seminary classes and when my nieces/sista invite me over.
To get to know others better .. . . You can’t get to know others on Sunday mornings at church – too much going on.
To observe group communication for a paper I have to write . . . . This observation has made me sensitive to what is working well in this group. And there is plenty.
Eventual Outcome of Group
The typical Dinners for 6 has been suggested. But an even better idea was suggested.
Form a Sunday hospitality group – Couples, singles and families would sign up (maybe once a quarter) to invite others to share the Sunday afternoon meal with them after Church. This could be at a restaurant, park or at the host’s home. Really the ideas are endless.
We are just at the beginning stages of brainstorming and it is exciting. It is also exciting to “work” with John, Shula and their kids in this hospitality experiment at CNC.
What do you think? Any ideas? Suggestions? What’s worked at your church?
Note: It is Jan. 4, 2010. This group is not currently in operation.
Passover is Tuesday, April 3rd. Obviously it is a very important holiday for the Jews. It also has high significance for Christians as well. Would you like to know why? Celebrate its beauty?
We are collecting a list of host homes who would be open to offering this celebration to our CNC family. Each host home can choose the night (first week in April) that best suits them.
If interested, please let me know. Tell me which night and how many people you can invite.
If you are interested in leading or attending, please let me know that as well.
More information will be in upcoming bulletins and on this blog.