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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Peek From My Porch

If you were to peek into our home, you would see much planning and preparation that is being done by my parson husband as he gets ready to host the regional Fundamental Baptist Fellowship here in two weeks.  By "here" I mean at our church.  There will be about 75 pastors and their wives attending the two day conference.  He has been hard at work for the last two years getting things ready for this event.  It's all meant to encourage the hearts and ministries of those that will be coming.

As part of that encouragement, my husband has asked the church members to "adopt" one of the attending families.  They were asked to be their personal hosts; to greet them when the arrive, show them the facilities, sit with them in the services, and perhaps even provide a small gift.

A gift!  What a great idea, but, whoa!  What kind of gift?  What could they use?  What would be appropriate?

Have you ever received a hospitality basket?  I have, and oh, my!  They're so nice, and really makes you realize that the people that gave it were thinking of you and glad to have you there!

I've gone ahead and put together at least a part of what I'm going to give to the family we'll be hosting. Perhaps these ideas will spur some thoughts in your mind for a way you can show hospitality.  Even if you're not a part of what we're doing, a hospitality basket could be given to someone visiting your home, your church, a new neighbor, someone in the hospital or nursing home or just at home not feeling well.  Of course, you would need tot adapt the ingredients for each type of scenario, but this might just get you started.

  • A container to hold the items - A tin, ceramic jar, a basket, a decorative cardboard gift box
  • Paper filler
  • Ink pens
  • Highlighters
  • Note Cards
  • Note book
  • Chewing Gum
  • Chocolate bars
  • Snack mix
  • Tea Bags
  • Tea cup and Saucer
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Mints
  • Cellophane Wrap to cover the container

I purchased most of this at the Dollar Tree.  It's amazing what you can find in there!

Cut cellophane wrap so that it will reach up above the container.
Grab it from all four corners and scrunch it together,
then tie it with ribbon.

I will probably also add a couple pieces of fresh fruit the week of the conference.  Our church is providing snack all day, so I just want to give them a little something they could enjoy in their room at night. We will also be giving each family a map of the area and a restaurant guide, so I didn't need to include that in my basket.

Some other ideas for gifts instead of the gift basket would be:

  • Gift card for Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A or other area restaurant (They will be going out for dinner Tuesday evening)
  • Homemade cookies or candy in a tin or basket
It doesn't have to be a big anything!  Just a small gift to say, "We're glad you're here!"

Have you given or received a gift like this?  What did you give?

From my country porch,


Karen in Spain said...

What a thoughtful gift to receive and fun to make! Customizing for your special guest can be so much fun. Other ideas are bottled water, purse-sized hand sanitizer, sugar - free gum or mints, and gospel tracts with your church's address to use locally. Thanks Denise!

Denise said...

Love the idea of the tract! Thanks for these suggestions!