I'm watching the 9/11 memorial services as I eat my breakfast before church this morning. Wonderful tributes.
I have been busy in the past few days and come tomorrow, I will have a few projects completed and ready to move on to more. I am now a volunteer at my church coordinating the ministries - that is I am working to help improve communication between the committees. In that capacity our church staff is brainstorming ways to reach out to our community and help others. We are being guided by Christ's mandate to love one another.
Here is what we have been working on: reaching out to our local college students by delivering 1 dozen of homemade cookies to any student that wants them; trying to coordinate a potluck at our church a couple of times a month for the college students and young adults that attend our Sunday Morning Worship.
And there is more that we are working on related to men's and women's ministries, children's ministries, ministries to our senior citizens and so on.
It is a lot of fun working with our church staff and others to bring ministries to our community. Yes, it is fun.
Today we have invited some college students to eat with us for lunch and I have made plenty so that I can invite others as well. This afternoon I will be at the church around 3:30 to make sloppy joes as I am cooking for the youth group. Our middle schoolers and high schoolers meet each Sunday evening for their own worship service complete with band and then they break into their small groups. We are on a very limited budget for food and that is where I come in. We are making simple food, but plenty of it.
Tonight we are having sloppy joes, chips, corn and bar cookies. Next week I am planning on homemade baked mac and cheese with the sides being provided by parents. We will be feeding around 40 to 50 youth along with 15 adults.
If any of you have recipes to feed a crowd on a budget, please let me know. Serving at church is fun when you find a place to serve that is in line with your talents and gifts. Yes even frugal cooking is a talent that can be used in ministry.
What's the lesson here? Find what you like to do and then do it for others.