Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Last year in September and October, around eighty members of St. Paul’s participated in a new venture together: small group dinners in members’ homes! These were universally enjoyed, both as an opportunity for fellowship and a chance to discuss planning for the church in a relaxed setting.
This year, we’re bringing the small group dinners back! By next year, maybe it will officially be a tradition. In the coming weeks, you will receive an invitation to join in a dinner at someone’s house. There will be many possible dates from which to choose. The catch is—you don’t who is hosting which night!
Once we have the responses back, you will hear from your host and find out where you will be dining. Although this might sound a little intimidating, it was one of attendees’ favorite things from last year. It allowed everyone to mingle and get to know people they may not talk to at church. People from different services, different ministry areas, different ages were all mixed up, and new connections were made.
A lot of the evening is socializing, but there is also time to talk about what is going on at church: things you’re excited about and wish to see more of, and also things that you think need some attention or more time devoted to them. In smaller groups like this, it is often easier to share and to listen to others. It is a great way to kick off our program year and to get important feedback and suggestions.
Having attended one of the dinners last year, I felt blessed by the ability to make deeper connections and by the faith and commitment present around the table. When you receive your invitation to our dinners, I hope that you will prayerfully consider what an opportunity it might be to attend and how your presence will be a blessing to others.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me, or our stewardship chair, Carol Hammarberg.
Hope to see you there!
(If you might be interested in hosting one of the dinners, let us know!)