A simple lesson for children and a formative prayer time are bookended by food and beverage in a distinct neighborhood twice a month. Our first Family Tables are in Rocky River and West Park. This is where family gets extended and all are invited to get a little taste and sight of Jesus – who is good - while enjoying food and beverages together. This is for those who have gathered in church settings often and for those who Jesus misses the most. Some of those who gather in a neighborhood as Family Table will go on to explore their own talents, gifts, and callings in smaller settings to discover the ways God wants them to join him in the work of Jesus’s kingdom.
Family Table - Rocky River: Naomi & Matt Buehrle - firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Table - West Park Cleveland: Destiny & Steve Hisey - email@example.com
These are an extension of the Family Table in each neighborhood. These are the most informal of the Tables, as neighbors and friends are simply invited together to share a meal or a beverage in the neighborhood. As relationships between the friends and neighbors develop, the Community Table will often extend into other spaces and places where we can serve and learn from people who are in need.
What can community table look like in real life? Our friends Laurie and Jim Pantelemon are in the process of starting a simple prayer meeting, though the effects of a simple prayer meeting are usually anything but small. As they informally extend their own table in their neighborhood, feel free to join them on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7pm at Savor the Moment coffee shop for an hour of prayer specific to the West Park neighborhood.
This is our Sunday church gathering. It’s a twice monthly time for guided interactive teaching, prayers, testimonies, and songs with the Lord’s Table at the center of it all. The Lord’s Table fundamentally reflects an invitation into a reconciled relationship with God and communion with himthrough Jesus. The Lord’s Table is the place where we are together invited into God’s presence. At these gatherings, we pray and anticipate the reconciliation that happens at the Lord’s Table will extend into our neighborhoods through our Family Table and Community Table gatherings. We only meet twice a month for the Lord’s Table gathering to prioritize our other Table gatherings as just as integral to what God is doing in his church through us. Go here [insert hyperlink later] for FAQ’s regarding this gathering.