By Rev. Doug Rokke, American Lutheran Church

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God”   1 Corinthians 10:31  (NRSV)

As we end September and move into October our congregation is already preparing for our annual Pork Chop Dinner. We are one of many churches who sponsor a congregational dinner in October with the proceeds going to some ministry of the congregation. Here in a small community such as ours, these dinners are an opportunity to visit each other’s congregations and share a meal with friends and neighbors.

But more than just eating these dinners offer other benefits. For the church sponsoring the event it is a chance for members to work side by side in a different setting than worship. Sometimes working with someone helps you to know them in a new way, or learn things you didn’t know about them. For those who visit it s an chance to learn a little more about the congregation and its members. And finally the dinner is a way of telling each other in our community that while we have different church, still we are united in Christ.

As we move into October let us take time to pray for the other churches. Let us pray for all those church dinners and for the ministries they help support.