To borrow from international wine-writer and judge Tyson Stelzer, we believe in a God who loves eating and drinking.
And 350 delegates, visitors and Rochedale locals raised their glasses in agreement at the Jazz & Shiraz dinner, put on by Our Saviour congregation’s aid and mission fundraisers HOSTS (Hands of Our Saviour Together in Service).
After the weighty business of Convention was over, the dinner was a chance to relax; enjoy good food, wine and the company of fellow Convention-goers; tap along to beautiful jazz tunes played by local musicians; and be moved, motivated and amused by the speakers. It was also the chance to raise $22,689 for two projects helping Cambodian children: one supported by LCA International Mission, the other by Australian Lutheran World Service.
‘God loves eating and drinking’, Tyson, a member of Our Saviour, said. ‘As Lutherans, we get that, don’t we? Food, wine and hospitality are in our DNA. But what if it’s more than that? What if our generous, unconditional hospitality could communicate the grace of God to our broken country more dramatically than anything we could ever say?’