Wednesday Night Dinner
We recently closed out the 21st year of Wednesday Night Dinners, with Joe Duncan’s famous Lasagna – it was yummy. I have become convinced that they cook stuff like that on the last Wednesday night of the spring, so that we will remember it all summer long and come back in the fall – and it works!
Wednesday Night Dinner is something that amazes me more and more with each passing year. Joe has shared how it came to him when he was visiting a town in Florida 21+ years ago where he saw a church offering a similar type meal in their church on a mid-week evening. He saw the very wealthy sitting right alongside others who had to scrap together $5 to be there and eat the meal. What impressed him was the level playing field that was laid out before him. The common thread was that everyone came to share a good meal and to be with each other.
This reminds me of the verses in the book of Acts about the early church:
“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:44-47
There is something about coming together around a meal and spending time together that builds the spirit of a community and every Wednesday night that I can possibly make it, I make it, because the community shows up.
Last Wednesday, I was standing on stage with Joe before any announcement or prayer was spoken and he leaned over to me and said, “look at this place”. He was referring to the Great Hall that was filled with people and the buzz of conversation. He said, “a very small percentage of these people come to our church on Sunday morning, but they are here tonight.” I realized he was right and it made me want to preach and pass the plate. I am kidding!
What it did make me remember is how important it is to have a place like this in the center of Tipp City. I think of all the people that I have seen through the years I have been at the church that have worked tirelessly to help that fellowship happen. Thank you, Carolyn Royer and Bernie Evans and Hugh Hadden and Matt Tarzinski. Thank you, Barb Schimer, the Maranka’s and the Hoover’s. Thank you Mike Chaney and Helen Clark and each person that receives the money and gets the groceries and washes the dishes and delivers the meals to those who cannot get out.
I visited a gentlemen in the hospital last Thursday after the last Wednesday Night Dinner, and I said, “Wow you guys missed a great dinner last night”. He turned to me in his hospital bed and said, “I didn’t miss that Lasagna last night, it was delivered to me.” I thought, “What! We are now delivering to the hospitals”. He went onto say, “I might be sick, but I am not going to miss a Wednesday Night meal”.
Wednesday Night Dinners will be back in the fall, but please understand what is being served up on Wednesday nights at our church is more than food, it is Community. Come join us and bring a friend, you have the summer to ask them.
Generations Working Together,