christmas banquet recap

so last night we had our annual christmas banquet. we did a potluck in the sanctuary. nice lighting, candles, and a few decorations. nothing fancy because we didn’t want people to be unnecessarily overworked and distraught over it all. the food was simply awesome… everything from ham to sushi. it was incredible. the deserts were to die for… some pastries of all kinds, including shortbreads, chocolate tortes and the best rum-cake i’d ever, ever had. you could TASTE the rum! that lasted an hour. then the entertainment. darryl daniels and julia mawer m.c.’d, and it was a scream… a regular standup routine. violin solos, singing, jesus’ brother bob was there, forest gump, some scottish guy in a kilt, and a redneck to give his version of a night before christmas (that was me!)… many laughs. there were lots of first-timers there. over 100 showed up. i won’t forget that night. and my wife, in her black dress, looked FABULOUS!!!!

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David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Jacquelyn

    Would some fancy decorating make people feel overworked and distraught over it all? Anyway… It sounds like it was a great time! Merry Christmas Y’all!

  • Kelly

    The banquet was fantastic! That there redneck from bammer was great, i was laughing so hard I was almost crying!

  • Heidi

    Jacquelyn next year you can fly in and do the fancy decorating! 😉 I’m all for the simple and easy, and it really was a nice set-up. Everyone helped put the sanctuary back together too which was super.

    Got to meet Kelly and her hubby too!

    Yes, my stomach was literally getting cramped with how hard I was laughing at that southern redneck!!

  • John Smith

    And the power point presentation was over the top great!!! Especially, with the short notice :)

  • Jacquelyn

    Heidi – I am not for doing fancy decorating all by myself but sign me up for one table next year —At the church I attend, the ladies were asked to volunteer to do one Christmas themed table setting of 8 and it was so cool. So see all of the incredibly creative ideas that came in from the various people who signed up was just so beautiful. From simple to extrav. and doing just one table was so easy, nothing to get distraught over! So next year I’ll fly in (lol) and lets do it together with all of those gifted creative types you got there at the V. No seriously, I do wish we could have been there with y’all. You have no idea how blessed you are, I miss your community.

  • Heidi

    The thing I miss most about you Jacquelyn is your sense of humour. It’s a character trait that I personally place a high value on and I enjoy being around people who have that gift. Maybe some day you guys could come up here for Christmas!!

  • Matte

    Hey, we had our Christmas Feast on Sunday night as well. Yours sounded cool, too. I agree, we didn’t want to spend all our energy on preparation, so everyone brought some appetizers and we set up a few tables and candles and voila…banquet time. After the food, we did a little gift exchange, plus the church gave a little gift to everyone that came, and then we had about 10 people give us a brief “snapshot” of Jesus (everything from photos to songs to stories to a hand-made cross to a lesson from Hanukkah complete with candles). About half the people there were visitors from Mexico so we had a tri-lingual service (English, French and Spanish). You can always expect something extraordinary when you celebrate Jesus!

  • Jacquelyn

    You are too sweet!! One day we’ll get there again – lets get together when we do!!!