Last night was an outreach night. This is a push for our students to bring (we have stopped using the word "invite" and implemented "bring") their friends. Usually we serve something other than just chips and drinks and the main emphasis is on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the students.
Everyone got a coin and I shared the good news of salvation using the following outline: (thanks to D. Fields)
As Believers . . .
Penny - Reminds us that our Past is forgiven in Christ
Nickel - Reminds us that Now that the Holy Spirit lives in us
Dime - Reminds us that God has an eternal Determined Destiny for us in Christ
Quarter - Reminds us that followers of Christ have Quality growth
Bonnie's family group doubled their size last night. We told students that the group with the biggest percentage of guests would get a prize. This is a group of high school girls and they had the option of playing laser tag and eating pizza or making jewelry and eating pizza. They chose lazertag! (and their guests go with them) Sounds like an outing I may have to do with them to make sure the event goes well.
Some stats from last night:
Attendance was 60% group members and 40% guests
15% of our members were absent
5 of the 10 family groups brought the guests
5 large bags of chips
75 hot dogs with a fully loaded hot dog bar
3 gallons of lemonade
3 gallons of ice cream with a fully loaded sundae bar