Imagine fun, kids, food, country western music, and almost 200 people. Then you can see the community picnic held at Palmyra First UMC yesterday. I wanted to see us invite the neighbors and welcome people in the spirit and way of Jesus. I think we may have done that, but I'd love to hear what you thought.
What I know is we did some things to work at being more welcoming: we dropped "Church" from the picnic name; we dropped off invitations to 160 of our neighbors; we chose a picnic theme that we thought everyone could enjoy--western; we aimed for quality with the horse rides, games, food and live square dance caller; we gave some rides, we took time for genuine conversations, we worked at the whole thing with a spirit of love and fun.
What I know is that we haven't had this many people at a picnic in years, and we had a blast.
I know that following Jesus is an amazing journey. This week that looked like a picnic.