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  • Writer's pictureLinda Thomson

Gather! A Season of Welcome, FriendsKeeping + the "Gather" Necklace Winner!

- Encouragement for Every Reason & Season -

"You are the friend that feels like home."

Can you feel the chill in the air? Here on the Central Coast of California we can. As our thoughts turn towards sweater weather and cozy evenings I'm all about casting out the net, no we're not going fishing, but it is time to gather in wouldn't you say? It's certainly a Season of Welcome. Time to invite family over, meet for coffee, maybe have a special FriendsKeeping Brunch, (it's not just for Thanksgiving) to thank friends that have been there for you!

"Provide a space where people feel warmly welcomed."

Why gather? Why make the effort when it takes time and preparation? Today's mindset can easily frame hospitality and serving others around convenience, weighing the payoff with the effort. But Jesus always made time for people, for the hungry, hurting and overlooked.

"Mistakes are forgiven and love is extended."

We provide a space and prepare a gathering because this is where we celebrate and warmly welcome each other. It's where we encourage, extend value and connect. It's where friendships are nurtured, mistakes are forgiven and love is extended. It's where we share Jesus with others.

Click here for A Heart Full of Welcome Devotion: A Common Ordinary Meal Where the Guest Became the Host and Lives Were Changed.

“This was the intimate moment Jesus was waiting for.

Jesus waited for their welcome.

He’s waiting for your welcome today too. ”

A Sunday Pie Social (Psst, it's not what you think)

Need a little push, a little jumpstart? Here's a great idea to get your sweeter than pumpkin pie hospitality going, why not send out a little invite for a Sunday Pie Social? Have everyone bring a pie to share - but it's not a dessert pie I'm thinking of. "When people think of pie, they think of dessert - and who could blame them? But the savvy baker never forgets that savory pie that welcomes, satisfies and fills up." So says Sherry Gore in her cookbook, Me, Myself, and Pie, More than 100 Simple & Delicious Amish Recipes."

Here's a suggestion she makes that I love, "Why not break with tradition this year and use those Thanksgiving leftovers to make a meat pie?"

Click here for her Thanksgiving Pie recipe.

A Home To Keep: DIY!

A Warm Welcome & A FriendsKeeping Brunch

6 Steps to Hostess With Ease

Welcoming family and friends inside our warm cozy homes is one of our favorite things about fall and the holidays! We long for the aroma of our best-loved cold weather recipes. We love the sights and sounds of the season from crunchy leaves to whipping winds. So curl up by the fire and start planning a FriendsKeeping Brunch (or lunch or dinner!) It's so easy to accomodate a crowd without it falling to one person with my guidelines and tips.

This endearing quote will personalize an apron or clay pot beautifully if you'd like to take a hostess gift or it's a fun and easy gift to make for a friend, neighbor, teacher too!

"You are the friend that feels like home."

Click here to start planning your next FriendsKeeping Brunch or make your personalized Apron or Clay Pot

I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who left a comment for the "gather" Necklace GIVEAWAY in my last post. It's a way I connect with you and have some "dialogue" in this social media world. Oh how nice it would be to sit across my table with you and visit! Until then invite someone over and sit and enjoy each others company!

And the winner of the "gather" necklace is - Ronda G. !!!!

Thank you Ronda for stopping by!

Bountiful Blessings,

From my home to yours, Linda

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up,

just as you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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