I think Halloween should be retitled “National Church Planter’s Field Day” and find its way onto the Christian Calendar like Ash Wednesday or Advent. I mean, really, when else do neighbors go out on the street and actually talk to each other? Halloween is a miracle in American culture, and it needs to be celebrated!
The tortilla soup in transit to my house
For me personally, Halloween has become a parable of my life as an accidental church planter. Last year on Halloween, my friend Patsy said she was dropping off some soup at my house “for everyone.” When I got home from a meeting, I saw this enormous vat of tortilla soup, and immediately called Patsy to let her know it would take a month for my family to eat it all. “It’s for everyone, Bill,” she said. “You know, for your neighbors.”
“Right,” I mumbled. “Of course.” The thought had never occurred to me.
But what a riot Katy and I had last Halloween, passing out candy and tortilla soup.
Fast forward to last week. Patsy again makes tortilla soup and asks me if she can invite others over to help out. What am I going to say to that? (besides maybe, “the thought had never occurred to me, again,” which is just too embarrassing to admit).
Favorite costume: an Elephant Pirate Robot
Friday night, October 31, rolls around and the soup shows up. Then David and Jamie show up with about ten pounds of chips and cheese dip. Then the Garcias show up to help serve, then the Valdez’s show up to greet folks, then the Macias’s
show up with Ceviche, and someone else brings some cookies, and piles of candy show up from somewhere, and there’s Tamara serving up soup and Erykah helping clean up…
And that’s not to mention the neighbors who don’t go to City Church. A zillion spider men, cheerleaders, zombies, and robots joined the party – often a crowd of thirty or forty was hanging out on the sidewalk and front yard. A game of chess broke out, a play date got arranged, I think my friend David might have sold some car insurance, and a game of basketball started up. Not to mention a thousand other connections, neighbor to neighbor. Best Halloween ever!
Hanging out in the front yard