Today was a luncheon for the Salvation Army that I was graciously invited to by M.L. It was a pleasant surprise to see Brian Tome (Sr. Pastor Crossroads) give the invocation. We sat a tables with empty plates for a reason - to highlight the number of families that will go hungry this holiday season and how the Salvation Army tries to minister to those in need.
Luckily food was delivered to the table - "Family Style". What a great touch to have each table pass the food and/or serve each other by passing the plates. This annual luncheon starts off the tradition (beginning Friday) that everyone comes to connect over the holidays - the ringing of the bell at street corners (or your local Kroger in Cincinnati) encouraging people to put money into the Red Kettle.