First of all, according to Luke 14, this apparently is just the kind of party Jesus himself would throw! His “Guest List” would include: the lame, the blind, the poor, the disabled, and the outcast – just the crowd He loved to hang out with!
Some of the activities we have this year: professional square dancers (for entertainment and participation!), face painting, puppetry (provided by a 32 year old with autism!), a full petting zoo, The Sunshine Singers (a choir whose members all have down syndrome), county fair booths, antique tractors, hamburgers and hot dogs hot off the grill, clowns and more! We've invited people from all around our community, and so far have more than 240 guests coming! Be praying for this event: the volunteers, the guests, the details! This is also a kick-off of sorts for our disability ministry at our church. This Sunday will be our first Sunday School class for adults with disabilities, and we already have three members! And we're starting to provide Special Care for children with disabilities while their families attend church/small group. Most of the people attending are unchurched, and we're hoping to provide a place where all can come. Please pray with us for this.
Luke 14:12-14 "Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."