Pastor Perspective

Pastor Paul Mattson

August 2019

. . in Pastor’s Perspective:

August 2019 

“Taste and See” 

“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34:8) 

In our part of the world, we live in a seemingly growing “foodie” culture. Food shows on TV remain popular. Every year, the Minnesota State Fair announces its newest food options. Same is true for sports venues and stadiums. Every week in the Minneapolis Star Tribune you will find a listing of the best gourmet burgers around town. And most restaurant menus and chefs are ranked and rated and reviewed with the click of a mouse on your computer. 

It has been reported that the Twin Cities has grown to become a national “food destination” with its many diverse and unique dining options. Even here in the Cuyuna Lakes area, we have seen an influx and growth of food and dining options. 

Did you know that God is the first and foremost “foodie?” After all, God created food in the first place, and designed our bodies to need food to survive and thrive. 

This Fall, our congregational learning and small group event is called “Taste and See—Discovering God among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers.” by Christian author and speaker Margaret Feinberg. 

The study is self-described this way: “Go on a global culinary and spiritual adventure with Margaret Feinberg in this six-session video Bible study that will change the way you read the Bible forever…and the way you approach every meal.” 

Sessions include: 

You’re Invited to the Table Delighting in the Sweetness of Fruitfulness Chewing on the Bread of Life Savoring the Salt of the Earth Relishing the Olive and Its Oil Discovering the Liturgy of the Table 

Getting a bit hungry? Whetting your appetite? More to come! 

Look for small group materials to be arriving in the coming weeks. I hope everyone gets involved in a small group for this study. If needed, we can help you find a small group. It all begins the week of Sunday September 15. 

Until then, Bon Appetit!! 

Pastor Paul 

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