Friday, September 29, 2006

Dinner on the Grounds

Where I grew up, from time to time, church folks got together for something we called "dinner on the grounds." Every one brought a dish for an after church meal together. There was plenty of good food including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collards, green bean casserole, chicken and dumplings, cornbread, and a host of desserts. We gathered around the table to share what we'd made and to fellowship with those we loved.

My dream for Sparkfly is that it would be a type of dinner on the grounds, a place where we all bring something good and homemade to the table. Recently, some readers have written to request a Sparkfly recommended reading list. Lori and I have discussed several ways to make that happen. With that conversation in mind, Susan Jones and I were sitting around a table dreaming about recommended reading and ways that Sparkfly could facilitate community. One dream led to another and in less than 24 hours Susan had whipped up a creation for the table.

Meet Impulse. A book community formed to promote global awareness and spiritual growth. For the month of October two books have been recommended. One is for the encouragement of spiritual growth and another for increasing our global awareness.

What can you contribute to this hodgepodge of community building? This is the body of Christ in action. You bring a casserole and I'll bring the biscuits. I'm hungry!
See you at the table,
S

4 Comments:

Blogger the hero formerly known as super said...

I just ordered the books and I can't wait to get them. Wicked awesome idea, friends!

9:57 AM  
Blogger sparkfly said...

Yay!!!! Thanks, Susie!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Woohoo... I am excited. See if you can recruit some of your young'uns, too. :)

10:33 AM  
Blogger Mindy said...

Hey ladies! This should probably go with the previous post, but here goes.

One of the largest issues that women face in the world today is sexual exploitaiton. Exploitation can occur in many ways, i.e. Human Trafficking, Child Sex Tourism, Prostitution, the Commercial Sex Industry (strip clubs, pornography), Date/Acquaintance Rape, and even on prime time television shows.
As women, we need to stand up against the exploitation that is occurring all around us. For me personally, God has call me to work specifically in the area of Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation. I am currently fund raising to join ICAP (International Christian Alliance on Prostitution) full time at the beginning of the year. Also, myself and another amazaing woman Christina MacKenzie are starting up (with the Lord's will and guidance) a Human Trafficking Ministry at our church, Irving Bible Church.

Let's raise our voices in community to end the expoitation of our sisters (and brothers). If you'd like more information, please check out my blog www.gypswonderings.blogspot.com.

In the Service of Freedom!

Mindy Ashley

12:11 PM  

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