First for the background. For the last thirty-four years our church has met in various places. We started above a garage, sometimes meeting in a neighboring park, and then moved to various buildings until we outgrew them. We settled in Greene’s Body and Paint shop, and each week some of the men would hose down the floors and set up folding chairs. Eventually, when Logos School got started, we met in their facility, and when Logos moved, so did we. We met in their auditorium, until we outgrew it. Then we met at various places, including the local high school auditorium, the Admin building on the university campus, and at a local hotel. Once Logos built a field house (gym), we began meeting there, and we have been meeting in the gym now for years.
But we own property, and we have wonderful blueprints for our church building. Trusting in God’s providence, we are hoping to see that building in our lifetime! (My husband says that since the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years, perhaps it will take us that long before we get our church building…..but we’re coming up on that milestone in just a few years.) Meanwhile, because we have a large congregation, we are often stymied when it comes to social events.Â I have yet to see a wedding in the field house, though it has hosted many receptions. Other local churches are kind enough to rent their space to us for weddings and funerals as well as conferences. So you can imagine that the women in our church are eager to get their hands in and on a church kitchen!
The past couple years the ladies’ fellowship has started an event we call the Fall Jolly, which is a combo craft fair, tag sale, food and arts sale. And we have squirreled away the money made at this event into a “fund” to be used at our discretion. And each year we also help put on our church dinner, called the Winter Feast, which just so happens to be tomorrow night. Rather than renting dishes this year, we have taken our Fall Jolly fund monies and purchased place settings of dishes, silverware, and glasses for 300. And, providentially, we have something like 290 attending the Winter Feast tomorrow night.
Of course this has been a boat load of work gathering all this stuff, and then, you guessed it, washing it. But it has also been quite exciting. After the dinner it will all be hauled off to a closet in the basement of the church office (yes, we do own an office building for Canon Press, our church office, etc.). This huge pile of dishes and glassware is our official Hope Chest, the first installment of what we hope some day will be a large, efficient kitchen, attached to an even larger fellowship hall, which will be attached to a glorious sanctuary.
When that happens, we will throw one big party.