Have you ever thought that church is all about bureaucracy, burned-out volunteers and money-stress? Well, on February 10th,Â we all experienced a very different church: the fellowship of our winter chili cook-off. Eight different versions of the beloved dish made for a fierce competition with red paper ballots drawn later that evening. First prize winner was Andrew Hoeksema, a member of the Highland Park Reformed Church. Second and third prizes were won by Liz Hance and Marie Knox. We thank all contestants for their tasty submissions, and we include in our thanks all those who contributed other delicacies but chili that evening. The attendance speaks for itself: It was the best attended dinner event of our Invitation & Outreach Committee so far.
But why the reference to Warwick, the famous place of our summer camp-outs? Well, there was a tent, too, in Fellowship Hall that night. Our church school staff had decided to grant a long harbored wish of our youngsters for â€“ not a complete sleep-over â€“ but a rest-over during much of the evening. So we had a tent in Fellowship Hall, a cushy camping carpet in it, and the big old TV-screen in front of it. All our kids in one tent, and there was silence anyway! Thatâ€™s because they watched â€œThe Prince of Egyptâ€, the story of Moses leading Israel out of Egypt land.
Indeed, it felt like a typical Warwick evening â€“ the children did their thing, while we adults sat in a circle after dinner and had a good and spirited conversation. If you were there but have never been in Warwick with us, wonâ€™t you consider coming now?