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Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:13 

What does chili and a school in Rwanda have to do with each other? A lot, actually! We will be holding our next Annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday, February 9th after the second service. This year, the proceeds will benefit the currently “under-construction” school on the Shara Peninsula, Rwanda. The Shara Peninsula is in the province of Cyangugu on Lake Kivu, Rwanda. In this severely impoverished area, we have been privileged to help financially by building a school, church and establishing a feeding program. To complete this goal, we need to raise roughly $24,800 more to fully fund building and furnishing the school. Our friends in Rwanda have been hard at work and here is a photograph of the progress made thus far:

“Why chili?” you may ask. After doing a bit of research, we were interested to learn that the first modern-day chili cook-off was held in October of 1952 at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. After 68 years, chili cook-offs are still a great way to enjoy food, fellowship and to donate to a Kingdom cause.

How can you be involved?

Foremost, if you aren’t a cook, please come enjoy chili, vote on your favorite, and enjoy a great time of celebration and fellowship.

Secondly, bring your favorite chili to share with the congregation to be voted on as the Champion of the 2020 Chili Cookoff at CHS. Creativity is encouraged. In previous competitions, we have enjoyed chili with various meats, chilies, beans and yes, even chocolate! Sign-up to enter your chili in the Narthex before February 9th.

Finally, consider helping us finish the race, so to speak, by donating financially so that we can meet our financial goal to complete the school.

What a privilege it is to have a church that is mission-minded and Gospel centered. It is exciting to be part of His Kingdom work for the “least of these.”

Bring on the Heat or…Chili!

In Christ,

John Furman and Shannon Nunnally