“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
The Bible is filled with references to Believers gathering together to share a meal and fellowship, to God’s glory. We believe this is an essential part of our weekly gatherings and displays God’s generosity and love for His people.
Basic Information About Friday Meals
We typically serve approximately 80 people, including participants and staff, on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at EFree church. The thought of serving a meal to this many people may seem overwhelming, but it is not that difficult. We have lots of recipes for serving this many people, and a number of people can “coach” you before and during meal preparation. We also have helpers on Friday evenings that can help with food preparation. Others set up and tear down the dining area and also clean up the kitchen. Refreshments are covered, so you need only attend to food. We typically provide a main dish, salad, and dessert. If you would like to bring/prepare only one of these elements, that is fine… just sign up for one.
The meal should be ready to be served at 6:25 p.m. Different groups take different approaches. Some arrive around 5:00 and make all preparations onsite at EFree. Others do some prep work at home and arrive at EFree a bit later. With the recipes we have, you should be able to prepare a meal for 80 people for under $2/person, or $160. Most groups split the cost of the meal between themselves. You can claim a donation tax deduction for the amount that you spend (AALRM is a 503(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible). We sometimes have donated food and a limited budget for food also… ask us about options here.
Why You Should Help Out
The most important reason you can help with meals is to demonstrate the love of Christ. We believe that this ministry, first and foremost, should be a witness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the greatest gift we can give any AALRM participants. Secondly, our mission is to assist people in recovering from addictions or addiction-related effects. There are tremendous needs for this in the Gallatin Valley, and AALRM plays a crucial role in serving these people.
You will have a great time preparing a meal with other people. Kitchens are great places to make new friends or catch up with old ones! You can eat with each other, and you will find that everyone involved is very friendly.
How You Can Sign Up to Help
First, you should decide if you want to sign up individually or as a group, and if you want to prepare the entire meal or just one element. There are three ways to sign up:
Online: You will need to create an account initially; but thereafter, it is quick and easy to see the available dates. Schedule Now
Phone: You can call Cheryl Arnaud at (406) 763-3145.
Email: You can email Cheryl Arnaud at firstname.lastname@example.org