A handshake. A simple gesture used for a variety of reasons. Resolution to a disagreement (I remember the schoolyard fights when I was a kid). The "good game" of sportsmanship when we'd all line up and, win or lose, shake (loosely) the hands of each of our opponents.
How about when you would settle on a price for something, say, a car? Yep, handshakes are employed there, too, to seal the deal.
When you meet someone new, what is the first physical contact you normally have with that person? Yep - a handshake.
Resolution. Sportsmanship. Sealing the deal. Greeting. All of them valid uses of the handshake. We also employ handshakes also to indicate fellowship, acceptance, even love.
Our newcomer lunch at MPCC is like a collective handshake. Or knuckles. Or maybe even a high five. We use it to inform, greet, help folks make a decision about MPCC, show love, affection, acceptance, and fellowship.
It is coming up on July 26, right after church. Group leaders are ready to serve, and we want you, if you are new to MPCC, to know that we would love for you to be there. No one is going to pressure you to do anything other than to eat a burger or dog, and to maybe pass the ketchup. Pretty low pressure. And did I mention dessert? You will get to know our leader folks here at MPCC, and you will get to ask questions in a low key setting.
So, think of us reaching out a collective hand to you :-)