By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter October 5, 2018

What do you think when you hear a knock at the door or the ring of a door bell? Well, it depends. If you are expecting friends or family to arrive, then you might exclaim with delight, “Oh! So glad you’re here!” Unexpected guests seem to evoke excitement or apprehension or a quick dash to tidy up the formal living room.

For some welcome guests you roll out the red carpet with one hand, kick your clutter into the closet with another and open your door wide. For unwelcome guests or suspicious salesmen you might stand in the doorway and wait for a good reason to let them in. In my entire adult life, I have never knocked on the door of my mother’s house. When we go to her house, we pull into the driveway, unclip our seatbelts and before I can get Logan out of the van, the front door is open. I turn around to see that “Big Mama” has opened the door and is now halfway in the driveway walking from her house to our car. She never waits for us to find our way to the door. Her table is set and ready for both good food and good conversation.

On Wednesday, October 17, our church family will participate in a community-wide gathering of friends and strangers around the table. Our Wednesday night supper on that evening will be part of a larger effort called, “On the Table.” On the Table is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to bring people of diverse backgrounds together to share a meal and have meaningful conversations about topics that are important to the community.

We will be inviting people from our community and from each organization with which we partner, from the ladies at LifeSpring to the guys at the Creek, to have a conversation about life in Middle Georgia. This event will also be open to those who have discovered it on social media. On the Table will be open to all and closed to none.

We need your help to set the table. If you are interested in serving as a table host or helping out by welcoming neighbors who are new to Highland Hills, you may sign up to host using the link below.