Let’s all have a “Pumpkin Painting Party” and invite the neighborhood kids! Cover a table with newspaper or disposable table cloth and use washable paint, stickers, glitter, etc.. for the kids to decorate their pumpkins as much as they want! Make it fun!
We have a great party favor for you to use. Wrap up a bag of candy corn, Chex mix, or whatever your favorite treat. And attach a copy of the Pumpkin Prayer from us at Entertaining for Eternity. Here’s a link to the pdf… PumpkinPrayer2014
Feel free to print as many copies as you’d like and share with friends! This is our gift to you, pass it on!
One of my daughters recently asked me while we were driving in the car, “Mom, where is Jesus?“. I started explaining that God and Jesus are in Heaven. And Jesus is with us wherever we go even though we can’t see him, my adult explanation was interrupted by giggling from the back seat, “So is he down here somewhere in the car? Where are you Jesus?” I LOVED her simple question and how easy it was for her to imagine Jesus riding right there with us in the car!
That same child-like faith is what drove the leper to ask Jesus to heal him, the friends to bring their paralytic friend to Him, and the Centurion to ask Jesus to heal his servant. I think it’s easy to forget to actually believe God for what He says in his Word. That he can transform lives, our own lives and that person or situation we’ve been praying for, a child, spouse, friend. He can do far more than we could ever imagine! Give it up to Him in prayer today. We love that Entertaining for Eternity is all about seeing God do big things in the lives of those nearest to us right in our homes. If you have a story you’d like to share please send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween is hardly a Christian holiday but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it to reach others for Christ. Everyone loves to dress up and eat free candy, who can deny that? But we can’t ignore the dark side of this holiday either. So we need to redeem it with positive experiences, especially for children. Turn the focus to the fun not the spooky.
A visit to the pumpkin patch is a wonderful way to include children in a fun and memorable experience and a great way to include others. There are also some wonderful resources available like The Pumpkin Prayer that can help you talk to your children about fall and pumpkins and the wonderful seasons God created.
Available at http://www.lifeway.com/Product/a-pumpkin-prayer-P005468213.
Another simple way to send a message of hope with trick or treaters or guests in your home is to send them home with this special testimonial tag along with a bag of treats. Its a beautiful picture of what Christ does in our hearts when we let His light shine through us.
From Entertaining for Eternity p .170
When we were first married we attended a Superbowl party at one of our friends houses up in Cambridge, MA. My dear friend (who is from Texas I should add!) had outdone herself and made a football shaped cake, delicious appetizers, the works. My bag of tortilla chips with salsa fell flat as I walked in. And what’s worse on the way home my husband couldn’t stop talking about how amazing the food tasted and how good of a job she’d done making it all. She had executed a wonderful event and everyone felt loved through her hard work and thoughtful planning and it was fun! I laugh about it now but at the time, I admit I was a bit jealous of my friends home-making and entertaining skills. Can you relate? Ha ha.
Here’s the thing, God doesn’t want us to compete with each other for the best party or best decorations. He sees our hearts and will show up in surprising ways when we open our home to those who desperately need to feel His love. So this football season, we want to challenge you to be “Jesus with skin on” in the form of a football party to your unreached friends. We’ve got to let our guards down and let people into our lives so they see we are just like them, sinful yet forgiven.
A few take away points…
1. Allow a space in your home where people can come and flop on the couch and put up their feet.
2. Guys bond over football. Have some yummy finger foods on hand for them to enjoy. Go as crazy as you want, pumpkin cookies to football shaped cakes!
3. Engage, do your homework a little bit and find out about the team that’s playing, your friend wants to know you are normal too and not just all about shoving God in their face.
4. Give each guest a mix of “Puppy Chow” to take home with them at the end of the night with a simple scripture attached. Recipe coming!
5. Follow up with friends later to invite to coffee, church, etc…
Written by Yvonne Lingo
Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin butter, you name it! Fall is in full swing all around us. And a new season calls for some new friends.
We all have busy fall schedules kicking into high gear but did you know that there are people all around us who have never been invited into someone’s home for a meal? Maybe its the single guy or gal at work or the new couple who just moved in on your street, or a new family at school. Extend the invite! See what happens. People LOVE an invitation.
We’re going to make it easy for you…here’s your game plan. Pick out who you want to invite, make sure its 2 or 3 people to make it a good group. Stock your fridge, nothing too fancy. Easy enough for even a mom of little ones!
* (2) Trader Joe’s family lasagna
* Fresh salad
* Warm Apple pie
* Vanilla Ice Cream
* Decaf coffee w/creamer
Remember, this isn’t just E4E speaking, the Bible itself teaches us to exercise hospitality. And God will give you the grace and boldness to reach out to the ones He’s laying on your heart.
“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:9-10
Nan McCullough, founder of Entertaining for Eternity will be at Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory, NC tomorrow, Saturday 9/13! She will present her ministry, Entertaining for Eternity (E4E) during a special women’s event Saturday morning from 9am-1pm. Lunch is included. And tickets are $5. For more information visit the Mountain View Baptist Church website at http://www.mtnviewbaptist.net.
The terrible events of 9/11 happened 13 years ago but it still feels like yesterday to so many Americans. As the images flash over the television and show up on your news feed its easy to fall prey to fears and anxiety. If you have friends who are anxious, why not invite them over for some comfort food right now? Spur of the moment events are often the best. Run to the store and pick up some simple items and put up your flag. If you feel up to supper buy a frozen lasagne or whip up some mac and cheese. Or easier than that, do a simple comfort dessert of chocolate chip cookies or an apple pie. It doesn’t get more American than that. When your guests arrive have them share where they were on 9/11 and then share how your faith gives you peace in times like these. Listen to them and then be real and transparent.
Today I got to sit down the founder of Entertaining for Eternity, Nan McCullough herself! We had a blast trading stories about dinner parties, getting out of our comfort zone, entertaining with little ones and many NEW & EXCITING ideas for our E4E fans! That’s YOU!
So stay tuned, you may see some changes around here. And we want to hear from YOU! Let us know your questions, your hospitality hangups, and most importantly what YOU want to hear about.
You can find us at entertainingforeternity.com. And don’t forget to “Like” our Facebook page and share it with your friends!
Written by Yvonne Lingo
Are you ready for this? Hold onto your socks because according to FoodBabe.com there is NO pumpkin in the ever-so popular Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Say what? So before you indulge, you may want to educate yourself. Entertaining for Eternity wants to give you the skinny, right here!
Happy fall y’all from your friends at E4E!
God’s Not Dead (now available on DVD!) is a breakout movie about the existence of God. Follow college freshman Josh Wheaton (a devout Christian) as he stands up for his faith against his atheist Philosophy professor who declares “God is dead.” Let the debate begin….This film is a perfect conversation starter to watch with believers and searching friends.
Create a fun watch party around this thought-provoking and soul stirring movie. It may just spur on a life-changing decision in someone’s life. God’s Not Dead is rated PG, perfect for high schoolers and adults alike. So what are you waiting for? Plan your watch party today!
For more information about the movie, discussion guides, and watch party tips go to: http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis