Friday, May 06, 2016

OL 2016: Albuquerque Mennonite Church Potluck Featured Breads of the World, Letter Writing, and Fellowship

This is a third in a series about the congregations and schools in New Mexico that participated in the 2016 Offering of Letters. We have also featured Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (and South Valley Preparatory and Holy Ghost Schools) and Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces.

Albuquerque Mennonite Church is one of seven churches that scheduled their Offering of Letters on Sunday, April 24.Organizers used the monthly potluck to entice members of the congregation to participate in the letter-writing activities that Sunday.  However, there was a slight twist to the monthly potluck. The potluck involved breads of the world  to commemorate the Bread for the World theme, "People were sitting down with breads instead of statnding in one big line," : said  lead organizer Jeanne Elmhorst

One of these breads of the world...halal, injera, kalamata olive, Danish Kringle, Russian, croissants, cardamom bread, challah, cranberry walnut..ended up at each table.

Here's how it worked...
At each of the tables, a bread server 1) asked each person say their name and their favorite bread. 2) asked all to join in a special prayer for the day with other table members, 3) distributed plates and other items 4)  served the bread of the table. (As people waited to be "tapped" to go through line, they ate the appetizer --bread/dipping--and visited with each other). 5) The server asked if all have written letters and encouraged those who hadn't to do so before they left.

The Offering of Letters potluck produced a total of 53 letters to Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.In their letters, participants urged Congress to prioritize support for global maternal and child health programs, emphasizing nutrition.  Thank You Albuquerque Mennonite Church for this innovative way to involve your congregation in letter writing.

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