Ok, so neither have I (ok, there was that awkward embrace with my 2nd cousin last Friday).
Each year our church hosts a chili and wing cook-off/Firefighter appreciation banquet. We invite the firefighters and their families to the church for an evening of entertainment and food, and there is a competition for best chili and wings. This year, we decided to do things a little differently, and show them our appreciation by first taking them some chili and wings along with an invitation to the cook-off.
I called the fire stations to find out how many people were on staff at a time to know how much food to take to them. You would have thought I was asking them if I could bring them a million dollars – they were very appreciative!
Today I took the first chili and wings into 3 stations. They were all thrilled that we thought of them, and a little curious why a church was doing it. Shouldn’t the church be the first ones showing our support in the community? The fire department is the first group into an emergency, and wouldn’t it be great if the first people they thought of to call for help was the church? As it is, the church is not called for help because we have stayed in our comfortable buildings behind our pretty stained glass.
Let’s get out there and be the church!