Operation Connect is an exciting new resource for congregations wishing to use the gifts of food and hospitality to connect with friends, families and community.
Hospitality involving food is something Lutherans have always been good at. It’s indigenous to who we are. Perhaps it started with the traditional German heritage many of us share – where hard manual labour fuelled large healthy appetites. Perhaps it’s the blessings we now enjoy, thanks to the many cultures that gather in our Australian and New Zealand congregations as Lutherans. Perhaps it all goes back to Martin Luther himself who regularly brought people together around food and wine for his famous ‘Table Talk’ sessions.
But the real inspiration for Operation Connect is the example of Jesus who enjoyed food and hospitality as a way to break down barriers and connect with those for whom society had no time. The series of food-focused Bible studies within Operation Connect offers you the chance to discover new insights.
An African dinner. Christmas in July. A ‘What Jesus would have eaten?’ meal. And dozens more ideas congregations have been talking about or tried. At Operation Connect you’ll not only find ideas for events, you’ll also find recipes, tips on how to make a great event, invitation and media release templates, even food-handling guidelines. To get you inspired there are case studies of what Lutheran congregations are already doing. You’ll be amazed at the imagination and ideas!
Operation Connect is presented as a service and resource for you to use as best suits your local community. Bon appétit!
You'll find out more here.
Operation Connect is supported by funds raised through the Lutheran Winemakers Club.
On 30 October the first LCA Longest Lutheran Lunch was held across the LCA. Over 130 congregations, from New Zealand all the way to Western Australia, participated in what was a stunningly successful opening event for Operation Connect. It was a veritable feast of creativity and connection, with many congregations using the opportunity to invite community members to join them. Read all the stories, be encouraged and inspired, and start planning next year's Longest Lutheran Lunch. Click here.