A Word from Pastor Stefan
Chat and Chew
What is your favored meal? I remember the Sundays when my mother made “Sauerbraten with Spaetzle,” a marinated beef roast with homemade noodles (Spaetzle) and red cabbage. Another of my favorites was when my mother made venison with homemade dumplings and red cabbage. Growing up, we had delicious family dinners that my mother prepared. Today, Melanie and I keep up this tradition by having our own nice family dinners together. One of our favorite family dinners is “Raclette,” a Swiss cheese dinner. For this meal, we use an electric table grill that melts cheese. Every person has their own small pan to melt cheese and then put it over potatoes, vegetables, or apple slices.
We all have our favorite meals.
In the bible, we find many stories that have to do with meals. There are more than 100 meal events mentioned in the Gospels. Jesus started out his ministry with a wedding banquet. Jesus attended many meal invitations where he listened and shared his mission of his life. When Jesus had dinner with Zachaeus, he changed the man’s life from a taker to a giver. When Jesus broke bread and thanked God for the food, often something remarkable happened.
Multitudes were fed. People began to recognize who Jesus was. He ate with the disciples after they came back from a fishing trip and again with the two disciples he met on the Road to Emmaus. Jesus brought special meaning to the meals he attended and shared. Over meal conversations lives were touched and changed.
On Good Friday (April 19), you are invited to follow “In the Steps” of Jesus from his last supper (we will all eat together potluck style) to the Garden and to the cross. On Easter morning, we will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with three worship services and Holy Communion. Following the services, we will come together for a delicious Easter breakfast (served from 8:00am to 10:45am).
After Easter, we would like to start a new ministry that is inspired from our Dinner for Eight Ministry. The ministry will be called “Chat and Chew.” Here we will have a host who will invite some neighbors, some old and new friends, to come to his/her home for a meal. Each person who comes is invited to bring some food – potluck style – so that a meal can be shared. One person will have some thought-provoking questions and a topic to discuss during or after dinner. The goal is to have a good time, to eat together, to become friends, and to have an interesting conversation about faith, God, and life. The group leaves with a new date in mind and a place to meet.
The first Christians started out with a meal and sharing God sightings in their daily lives. We hope these fellowship events will help us to connect with each other, invite new friends, and connect with God in a relaxed and fun setting. This meal gathering where we “Chat and Chew” will help us to grow in our love for each other and for God.
You are all invited to be a part of this new ministry. So, start thinking about your favorite meal that you might want to bring and share with others. More information will be forthcoming.