At the beginning of each new semester, especially the Fall semester, college students flood back in to our otherwise quiet little community full of all the hopes and dreams that come with a new year and a fresh start. This past weekend in Auburn was no different, and at our Hamilton Road site, the Cornerstone Church family welcomed them “home” with open arms by providing our students with a warm home-cooked meal. While we (non college-aged folks) may complain about our now elongated “commute” or it taking a few more minutes to get to and from downtown – and once we get there not being able to find a place to park – deep down we are incredibly grateful to have college students as an integral part of both this community and our church.
After the 11 AM worship service at Hamilton Road last Sunday, college students filled the Worship Space with expectant stomachs, but what they didn’t know was that they would be joined by over 200 of their peers and met by an army of volunteers ready to serve them what would be their best meal until Thanksgiving. It was a truly awesome time of fellowship – both in meeting new friends and catching up with others who had spent the summer abroad.
As I shared with the Hamilton Road site on Sunday, College Lunch is more than just a free meal – there are plenty of those to go around in a college town – but a key first step for many students looking for something, anything really, that will remind them of home. College Lunch is a unique way for families at Cornerstone Church to say, “Welcome! We are so glad you are here. We hope you’ll make this place your home while you are away from home. We are here for you. We want to know you. We love you.”
If you would like more information on how you and your family can serve our students, please email Lee Cadden, College Pastor: email@example.com.