September 15, 2014
The proverb says: “Who practices hospitality entertains God himself.” Thirty Plymouth ushers, greeters and companions showed up for the recent hospitality training. Led5 by Betty Eberharter and June Hayakawa-Fung, the Saturday morning gathering offered tips as well as an opportunity for participants to bring their questions and ideas to the table.
“Everyone was engaged. It was an interactive experience and we all talked about the challenges of the current space and how to make all people feel welcome. Betty is just wonderful,” said Reverend Brigitta Remole. She also emphasized how important it is to maintain a good sense of humor, while appreciating the importance of this crucial ministry. “Social justice and outreach begins with hospitality.”
Hospitality, defined as ‘the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers,’ provides a foundation for lifelong relationships and a caring community. So next time you see a stranger walk through Plymouth’s doors, take that extra step, be aware of the angels in our midst and remember that hospitality is everyone’s responsibility.