What does partying have to do with church? The evidence in the New Testament is pretty clear: Jesus spent a lot of time eating and drinking with all sorts, and at some lively events. We couldn’t leave out this part of doing good, so we have a committee that just plans and carries out good times for good causes. The big Mardi Gras celebration in spring is one of their creations; jazz, jambalaya, and King cake provided at our expense, and a free-will offering completely given to a good cause. (Last year it was for a group that pays for music lessons for children in the community.)
Another popular event comes in June, just before the rains begin, when we sponsor Jazz Under the Stars. On a warm evening in our east patio, the Party Animals provide wine and cheese, fruit and cookies, and some wonderful music by local professionals. As the lights twinkle, and the capacity crowd hums along happily, a collection provides dollars for the Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Arizona. This evening results in some very tired Party Animals, and over $1500 for LCM.
If you have some ideas about parties, and are willing to move tables, pour wine, fill ice chests, or bake brownies, you certainly have a place with Party Animals.