On the Table– March 18 through 24

It happened again last week. I was sharing a beverage with several nationally noted church leaders, and one of them prodded me yet again to talk about the concept of ‘service worship.’ I’m always unembarrassed to passionately extoll this Common Table virtue, because it wasn’t my idea! Rather than meet week after week after week, we’ve intentionally scheduled an imbalance into our life together– a chance to ‘call our own bluff’ and take our homegrown, high-minded spiritual activism to the streets and actually help people!

Our project of late has been a perfect fit with our new hosts at Good Shepherd. For many years, they’ve been providing Sunday lunch to Bethany Women’s Center… but their delivery team has gradually become weary and so we’ve stepped in to help out. A largish vehicle loads up with the food at Good Shepherd on Sunday morning at 10:15, and we bring it to the Center in Northwest DC.

We’d love to have you help out! Last month, Erin optimized our system when she pointed out that servers need not necessarily muster in Oakton, but could instead meet the food directly at Bethany Center. Which she did, which worked out perfectly! So please feel free to Metro or drive into the city and meet us there (there is parking provided in the parking garage below Bethany).

A possible wrinkle this week is the health status of the Stavlunds (who have been the main delivery force and servers of late)… currently two of us have been diagnosed with the flu, and placed on house arrest through the weekend! The other three are hanging tough, but it’s possible that we will need extra help by Sunday. So if you’re available in any way, please contact me and we’ll make this thing happen!

–Mike Stavlund

PS. Our inaugural Spirits and Spirituality is happening NEXT WEEK! Come on out to Caboose Commons in Merrifield on Wednesday, March 27 at 7pm.

PPS. Our long-awaited BOOK CLUB will meetup in Fairfax, VA next Saturday, March 30. We will be talking about the award-winning The Underground Railroad, and while completion of the book is not required, I can’t recommend this novel more highly– and it’ll mean a much more meaningful conversation if you’re able to bring all of your insights.  Either way, please join us!


Mike is a solid, stand-up guy that enjoys writing poetry and prose, hanging out with family and friends, and long walks around a Weber kettle grill.

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