I’ve been invited to a bunch of banquets lately, and interestingly enough they are all great, and they are all on the same weekend, April 21-23. It is unique that they all ended up at around the same time, but it is not unique to get invited to banquets. Have you noticed that there are lots of banquets these days. Maybe you have been invited to them too. The ones I’m invited to tend to be fundraising banquets. The organizers bring in a special speaker, or a music group, have a silent auction, live auction, etc., and they give you an update about their charity or ministry, then raise money. The cool thing is that not only do you get a really good meal, but you hear about so many good causes, and you get a chance to support them! I love a good banquet, but I can’t say yes to them all. Frankly, I’m just too busy.
Because I can’t go to this group of banquets coming up, let me invite you to consider them!
First there is the Wenger Foundation Praise Dinner, on April 21, a banquet that raises money for a number of local charities, including Evangelical Seminary, of which I am an alumnus. The cost of this banquet is $125. This banquet supports great causes, and Evangelical has amazing educational programs for all kinds of people, but at $125 a plate, I’m not going to be able to swing it. The invite says the cost of the banquet is entirely underwritten, so all of the $125 goes to the charities. That’s great, but we’re busy that night…believe it or not, because we’re going to another banquet! To hear about that other banquet, I invite you to join us for Easter worship on Sunday at Faith Church.
The very next night, April 22, Michelle and I have been invited to the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding annual celebration banquet at Shady Maple. Michelle and I have gone to that one numerous times, and some of you have joined us. It is always really great. Not only do you get a wonderful Shady Maple meal, it is free! Again, the banquet costs are completely underwritten so how does CPYU raise money that night? They have tons of silent auction items, and a live auction, and it is fun! Like the praise dinner, I’m busy and can’t make the CPYU banquet. If you want to go, you’ll hear an awesome presentation about CPYU’s important ministry to teenagers, parents and youth workers.
Believe it or not, that very same weekend Michelle and I had also signed up to go to the International Justice Mission’s prayer gathering in DC. It’s not really a banquet, and we’ve heard it is an awesome prayer-filled weekend. IJM is also doing incredible work rescuing women from trafficking around the world. We were excited to go, so we paid the registration and booked our hotel. But after giving it some further thought, we backed out. With the kids in sports, work, the general busyness of life, and preparations for our big trip to Cambodia in June, we decided it would be best to stay home.
So many great opportunities. But life is just too busy to go to every banquet.
On Easter at Faith Church you’re going to hear about another banquet invitation. Shouldn’t Easter focus on the resurrection? Yes! We’ll talk about that too. But you’re also going to hear about some people who, like me, are too busy to go to a banquet. But this is a banquet invitation like no other. It’s not a fundraiser. It’s one you won’t want to miss. Will you be too busy?
At the turn of the new year, we skipped a section of our study through Luke, and I promised we would return to it on Easter. So on Easter we jump back to a very interesting story of a banquet invitation in Luke 14:15-24. Hope you can join us.