On the Table, November 17-30

And with last week’s double-header barn-raising at Heidi’s on Saturday (woohoo, the chain link fence is gone!) and the beautiful “Hungry” music service (still dreaming of that great food and music we shared together), we come to the 4th and 5th Sundays of November. Typically, the 4th Sunday is our barn-raising Sunday, and the 5th Sunday (when we have a 5th Sunday) are “off” Sundays.

Instead of racing to fill our church schedule with one more thing, we’ve left it open. Please take this coming Sunday morning to slow down your pace and do whatever you need to, whatever would minister most to your soul. Sleep in (if you don’t have young children ;-)). Stay in your PJ’s all day. Get up early, grab your Bible and a cup of coffee and read. Listen to some music. Play some music. Go for a hike or a walk or a drive and marvel at the changing seasons and the crunching leaves beneath your feet. Call up that friend you’ve been wanting to connect with and have a leisurely breakfast with them. Have brunch with your family. Sit in silence and listen to what God may be saying to you. Go and visit another church and enjoy their service. Whatever it is that would feel right and good and would fill your soul and allow you to bathe in the goodness that God brings – do that thing. And may God meet you there, in that place, and tell you more about who you are and who He is.

Looking ahead to the following week (Thanksgiving week), if you aren’t traveling, several of us will be gathering with New Hope Fellowship in Chantilly to help out with their Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 27th (worship service at 10:30, feasting at noon). Contact us for more details if you would like to help serve, or contribute food to their feast.

If you are out of town on the 27th, but still would like to find a way to participate and serve, Saturday, November 29 at 1:00 pm at the SERVE Shelter in Manassas VA, there is another exciting opportunity. Here’s the back story: a mother and her two daughters who were formerly homeless lived for a time with Tina and Mike in 2006.  Her situation was bad and getting worse, but she has remarkably turned things around– going to school herself while keeping her girls in school and finding some real stability in their life.  Now she is making good on her promise to pay forward the kindness that’s been extended to her, organizing a meal and event for underhoused families in the area.  If anyone is around on Thanksgiving weekend, Tina and Mike would love to have your help in assisting Marquis’s efforts.

And that’s all for now! See you all back at Jammin’ Java in December as we come together with hope for the fulfillment of God’s great promises to us, answered with a baby.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jackie Bulanow