Sunday morning was one of those times to which all of us at Special Gathering look forward.  It was Spud Sunday.  Several of the Sunday school classes at First United Methodist Church prepare large baked potatoes.  These gi-normous spuds are filled with huge amounts of chili, cheese, veggies and all the yummy things that belong on a baked potato but probably don’t belong in a human body in those massive quantities.

Because it’s a missions fundraiser for the classes, our members love the food; and they love the fact that we are helping various missions efforts.   Additionally, it’s just plain fun.  Every year we all laugh at the large potatoes that fill our plates.  We eat until we are too, too full and then we laugh at how much we ate.  In between bites, we talk and share and enjoy the company of friends.

The Bible tells us that the early church did three things.  Prayer, studying the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship were part of their daily lives.  I’ve always found the fellowship part of the founding father’s equation the easiest part but the hardest to understand.  Yesterday, I garnered a glimpse of the true purpose of fellowship.

One of the men in the class that was sponsoring the Spud event came over to introduce himself to The Special Gathering members.  It was evident that even though he had never had much interaction with our members before Sunday he was thoroughly enjoying their antics, bad jokes and interactions.  During times of fun and fellowship, we are able to see the uniqueness and depth of a personality.  Relationships are almost always begun during the fun times.  They are strengthened by play and laughter.  It is because of the times of fellowship that the cruel events of life seem to make sense.

Sunday, our Special Gathering members met and made a new friend.  Prayer deepens our relationship with God.  Study deepens our understand of God.  Fellowship deepens our relationship with and understanding of God’s children.