Consider Attending the Picnic This Sunday
Each fall and spring we have a church-wide picnic in conjunction with the launch and close of Community Groups. If you would like to participate in a Community Group, please fill out our interest form. This Sunday, August 26, our fall picnic will take place at Stocksdale Park (901 S La Frenz Rd). I want to draw your attention to the when, why, and what of this year’s fall picnic.
When It’s Taking Place
Instead of our normal scheduled picnic time of 12:30 pm, this year’s picnic will begin at 4:30 pm. Having a later starting time will help us struggle less with hangriness (feeling or showing forms of anger because of hunger). You can go home, have lunch, and then go the park more refreshed as a result. The later starting time will also allow families to put their children down for naps, make their side dish, and allow for a change of clothes. Please mention the time change if you teach an Equipping Group class or hear the picnic mentioned in conversation. If someone needs a ride the picnic, please let the church office know.
Why You Should Attend
With our recent transition to two services, the picnic will provide a setting for the entire church to be together. If you’ve missed not seeing “such and such” because you go to a different service, you could connect with them at the picnic! In fact, you can catch up with as many members (and guests) as you are able. The picnic is designed to be an informal time of fellowship. By you attending the picnic, you are participating in the further unification of our church and proclamation of the gospel’s power in uniting a diverse people.
What to Bring
The church is providing hamburgers and hotdogs which means members will need to supply a side dish or dessert to make our meal complete. You might also think about bringing a lawn chair and/or blanket, and a game. Do you have something at your house that small children or adults would enjoy playing? Bring it—even if you won’t play it yourself. More important than anything material item you bring is your posture in coming to the picnic. Try to view the event as an opportunity to have conversations with people you don’t normally interact with on Sunday or throughout the week. Seek to benefit them by asking them spiritually-focused questions. Not every interaction has to be serious or spiritual—but some should be. Who needs encouragement and how can you frame your conversation to bring about such encouragement?
We hope that you’ll consider attending the picnic this Sunday. If you have any questions about the picnic that weren’t addressed in this post, please contact the church office.