This fall, we have identified some core values we want to live into as a community of believers. Two of those are:

  • Authentic community through building genuine Christian relationships
  • Simplicity and rest through Sabbath observance

Let’s pursue both of those by sharing good food and fellowship together on Friday evenings, as many of us close out a week of work. Introducing: Feast Fridays!

  • Friday evening is the traditional night for Sabbath dinner, since this is the start of the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.
  • For the people of God, Sabbath dinner was to be a feast shared by a community in order to celebrate who God is and to remember how he has provided them.
  • Jesus teaches us that God created the Sabbath for his people (Mark 2:27) to practice a weekly rhythm of rest, which he modeled for us in creation; this rhythm of rest trains us to trust God to meet our needs and restore our souls, and it also brings us together regularly as a community, because we were not created to do life alone. (Exodus 20:19-20; Isaiah 58:13-14; Hebrews 4:9-11)

When: October 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 19.

What time: Show up anytime after 5:30pm. We plan to begin eating at 6 pm, and then you are welcome to stay to enjoy fellowship for a few hours.

Where: The Einfeldts’ backyard in the east Irving Park neighborhood.

Who: This is an open invitation to whoever wants to come – come every week or come just once – everyone is welcome. Invite any friends as well!

RSVP: Please email feastfridays@firstfree.com by 6 pm on Thursday if you can make it that week and let us know who will be coming with you, so we plan enough food. Keep an eye out for an email reply with the address and any other gathering details for that week.
Weather: Dress to be comfortable! We have a fire pit and patio heater for the chilly nights. If it’s raining or snowing, we’ll cancel; but otherwise we’ll hold it in any temp!