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by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter October 11, 2018

On Wednesday, October 17, our church family will participate in a community-wide gathering of friends and strangers around the tables in our Great Room. No, it won't be like our typical family night supper: you won't be at your typical table, you won't be sitting with your typical friends, you might have to introduce yourself to strangers. It will be different. Yet, at the same time, our "On the Table" partnership event will be all too typical of the kind of table fellowship Jesus offered to all people.

New Testament scholar Robert Karris writes: In Luke’s Gospel Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal. Jesus' reputation for dining with any and all, kindled critique with his enemies, who accused him being someone who eats too much and drinks too much with people who are "too much."

I believe amazing things happen when we embody the hospitality of Christ and open our doors for open conversations with open hearts and open minds in a moment open to all people. This is a simple way that we may profoundly love our neighbor and our neighborhood.

We need your help to set the table.

Here are a few things to remember:

1) Every Member has the ministry of hospitality at Highland Hills. Remember to welcome people to HHBC and invite them participate in our other offerings. This is an opportunity to make new friends and new partnerships.

2) Some of you are conversationalists who are skilled in the art of keeping the conversation going. We need a few more table hosts to commit to being present at each table. moderating the conversation. All the tools will be provided for you. If you are interested in hosting a table then sign up using this link.

3) Hosting this conversation seeks the peace of our city. It is one way that we begin to make our community more loving, as we listen to the concerns and wonder at the creativity of our neighbors.

4) If you are a regular of Family Night, then make your reservation using our usual web form by clicking this link. or by calling the office at 478-746-4846

5) If you would like to register your friend or neighbor use this link by clicking here.

Come and help us do our part to open a dialogue about life in our city. We will explore our shared opportunities and our shared challenges. We have invited people from our community and from each organization with which whom we partner, from the ladies at LifeSpring to the guys at the Creek, to have a conversation about life in Middle Georgia.

Come and pull up a seat at the table.