Neighborhood outreach idea #1 - Foodie Connection

As Etna and I prayerfully move into house church planting, we've asked the Lord to give us new ways to connect with our neighbors. Yesterday, we got a blast of an idea from God (the first of many, I'm sure) and I wanted to share it with you. This will work great for anyone who wants to connect relationally to their neighbors, so it's not just for church planters... small group members can easily employ it!

"Foodie is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. The word was coined in 1981 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr, who used it in the title of their 1984 book The Official Foodie Handbook." ('s definition)

The Foodie Connection Event

I watch the Food Channel all the time, and not just because Etna's watching it. I really enjoy seeing amazing cooks cook amazing food. And, the over-saturated colors on my plasma TV make my mouth water.

This got me to thinking that there's probably a LOT of people (men and women) that live near me that enjoy watching the Food Channel, making new dishes, and consuming new recipes with reckless abandon. So our plan is to throw a Foodie party in our back yard this fall when the temperature finally falls out of the 90-100 degree range. Here are the details:

We'll go door to door and give everyone a card with the info on it. We'll ask them to bring their favorite recipe on a 3 x 5 card and have 30 copies available for others with their name on it so folks know who to thank for the tasty recipe. They are also invited to create the dish on the recipe card to share with everyone.

We will not require anyone to bring a recipe or a dish, but our neighbors gladly participate!

The goal is to connect on a social level and use our gift of hospitality. This is gonna be fun! I'll come back to this blog entry and let you know what happened!

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