It was some years ago when attending Redeemer Church in Downey, California that my family and I were invited to a dinner. Which does not sound like a big deal, but the way it was done made it a very special invitation. It was a “Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner” invite. At the end of service that one Sunday morning as we exited the church building we were given an envelope and inside the envelope was a name and address of where we would be having dinner. The guessing part was more for the host as they discovered who would show up to their home in time for dinner that very same Sunday evening about 6 pm. Our invitation stated to bring a side dish or a dessert. The host was asked to open up their home and given advance notice of the “Guess Who’s coming for Dinner” event where it was suggested to serve a crockpot meal they could prepare the night before or the day of.   

When we arrived at dinner things were already in full swing as guest after guest entered our hosts Rick and Nicki Ellis’ home. The atmosphere was filled with conversation and laughter as the aroma of comfort made its way from the crockpot meal asking to be consumed. Laughter filled our host home as she displayed the love of Jesus Christ with hospitality keeping our drinks of coffee, soda, and water filled to the brim and our stomachs full of good food.  

Our children remained in eyesight not too far away coloring, playing video games, and other age appropriate activities. Adult guest gathered around the table men on one side and women on the other as they prepared to engage in a game of Taboo men versus women style. The objective of the game is for a player to have their partners guess the word on the player’s card without using the word itself or five additional words listed on the card. We quickly learned men versus women in this game is not a good idea. For example the word on the card was “Diamond” and the men described it as what you find in the minds, sometimes associated with blood, etc. whereas the women’s description was, a girls best friend. Card after card and word after word it continued like this. Needless to say the women took the victory.

This is what COMMUNITY looks like, this is what FRIENDSHIPS look like, this is what it looks like when your LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE. This is what it looks like when you take your seat at THE MERCY TABLE.

We would like to have several Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner events in 2022. If you are interested in hosting or attending please let us know. It would be really great if we could have 12 homes ready and willing to fill the next 2022 year. We are stronger together.  

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