As it has been in past years, there is a reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve, prepared for brethren and friends who could not return home for the occasion. Every year, brethren from China make plans for the dinner. This time, the New Year’s Eve happens to be on a Sabbath, so they stayed back after service to prepare the dishes.
There were six tables full of diners, and dinner started at 6:20pm. Ten dishes were served. In addition, Bro Yan Jing Pin and his wife prepared Northeastern-Chinese dumplings, which everyone truly enjoyed.
All of us gathered after the meal. Although there were no entertainment programs this time, we know that spiritual edification should never be lacking in fellowship. A short thanksgiving service was led by Dn Jason Hsieh, who spoke a sermon entitled “Lessons for Christians in the New Year” for mutual sharing of teachings from the Bible.