Sermon Snap Shot October 29, 2017

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Sermon Snap Shot October 29, 2017

Early in my time as a Campus Minister at Clemson I was looking for ways to connect with students through service. Given that our church and student center was located right cross the street from Riggs Field – where the men’s and women’s soccer teams played – I thought it might be a nice gesture to practice hospitality toward visiting soccer teams.
Having played baseball at a smaller school, I decided to focus my efforts mostly on those teams that would likely have a limited budget. I sent out eight to ten emails to coaches, and a few schools bit on the offer. One was the Georgia State men’s team.
Georgia State arrived into Tigertown shortly after Labor Day as a huge underdog. We hosted the team in our student center before the game to give them a chance to relax a little before their pre-game preparations. I told the coach that we’d have some burgers and dogs for them afterwards – at the time it was very difficult to find any decent food in Clemson after 7pm on a weekday.
Several hours later, the Georgia State team made they way back across the street from Riggs Field…and they had won the game!*
“I figured you guys wouldn’t want to feed us after we won,” the coach said with a surprised look on his face.
“No, no. Congrats on the win,” I replied. “Make your way inside – everything is set up there.”
The players fixed their plates and began loading into their vans to head back to Atlanta. The last player, as he walked out the door, turned back to me and said, “You know, it sure is awesome seeing the church being the church!”
From Sunday October 29 message, “3 Signs of True Community: Practicing Hospitality”
* Clemson’s record versus Georgia State is 18-1 all time, the only win coming in the fall of 2001. The teams have not played since.
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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