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Hospitality @ CEC

You'll find us ...  doing real life together.
And one of the ways we do that is by showing hospitality to everyone - inside and outside the walls of CEC.

Hospitality is the practice of using what you've got .... for others!

It's the practice of making your "stuff" available and helpful for other people.  In the Bible, it means to offer lodging and/or a meal to strangers (that is, people outside your household.) In this day it has come to be seen as simply throwing a party or having someone over for fun.  But the true meaning goes much deeper.

It's a matter of the heart. Not how much or how big or how nice your stuff is. Bible hospitality is the creation of and extension of welcome.

"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God."  Romans 15:7

"Contribute to the needs of the saints; (practice) extend hospitality to strangers.

Romans 12:13

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2

"Be hospitality to one another, without complaining." 1 Peter 4:9

How do we live out hospitality at CEC?

In light of the Biblical view of the importance of hospitality, we want to grow our understanding and practice of hospitality. Using teaching, examples, ideas and practices, our desire is to increase our interactions with and welcome of those in our church and those in our neighborhoods and city.

We want to:

  • grow our understanding of and practice of hospitality

  • share ideas and give support in your efforts to live out this value

  • use several church-wide events that encourage and aid us in welcoming each other

Here are some fun ideas:

Outside (if there are covid concerns) : Invite 4-6 people over to your porch or patio - use a propane heater or above ground firepit and share answers to some fun, light-hearted questions.  Get to know each other, and of course, food is always a great addition!

Inside (if there are covid concerns): Invite 4-6 others to your largest room  physically distance, bring own snacks - and play some games like Charades, Scattergories, and Fictionary.

Invite 4-6 people over for a heritage night. Have them bring their own favorite dish from their heritage. As you share a meal, share some simple stories from your family regarding your heritage.

Invite 4-6 people over for a music memory reveal - share a favorite song and why it's a favorite. Then use your favorite technology to play the song and everyone can sing.  Don't forget the food!

(More ideas and helpful hints in the coming months.)

Questions?  Want more info?  Contact us HERE.