St. Benedict instructed his monks to receive all guests as Christ, “for he will say, 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me'." Longterm member or new arrival, you can be part of this welcoming ministry, either by stepping up for a large special event or by taking the very simple step of providing snacks one Sunday!
Whether a picnic, a formal reception, small groups holding discussion while grilling out at members' houses, or a Bible study gathering at a favorite local spot, we build relationships in Christ and seek to cross the barriers of age, income, and class that the world tries to impose on us.
Emmanuel is a church that loves to get together, host one another, and welcome guests, especially around food. And that's no wonder, because Jesus also called people to the table.