By Major Angie Pennington
Hold a tailgating party in the meeting room.
Encourage the women to come dressed in support
of their favorite football team. Set up a healthy
“tailgating buffet.” Ask the women to bring a healthy
dish to pass. (Related Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31.)
Set the drink station up as a “water break.” Yellow
napkins could be designated “penalty ags” and
silverware containers or lunch size paper sacks
could easily be decorated with football designs (See
Pinterest for a lot of ideas).
Game Ideas Websites
Football Charades— https://thejoysofboys.com/football-games-charades/
(Bingo using football terms.)
glossary_general (Read off the football terms and see
who can describe what they mean.
Rules for “Healthy Foods”
There are many options for creating the guidelines
for what constitutes a healthy food. One of those is
the paleo diet, which is “a diet based on the types
of foods presumed to have been eaten by early
humans, consisting chiey of meat, sh, vegetables,
and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products
and processed food.” Other options include Weight
Watchers® (based on points) and My Fitness Pal®
(based on calories), or Whole 30® (food with no
processed ingredients). Ask several of the women to
do some research on these diets and give a report to
the women. Another way to share would be to hold
a debate with the women defending why their diet is
the best option. Print out the guidelines for each type
of diet and provide some recipe ideas for each one.
You can nd many recipes online and on Pinterest.
Refreshment Ideas for a Tailgating Buffet
Serve food that was prepared featuring recipes from
the various diets featured above.
Using the letters of the alphabet, ask the women to
list what images of nature they see during the autumn
season. (A—apples, B—blueberries, C—colorful leaves)
Devotional – Do It For the Glory of God
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the
glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).
Think about your typical day’s schedule: get up, shower, get ready for
the day, make breakfast for you and for your family, get the kids off
to school, say good bye to your husband, spend your day completing
the tasks assigned by your employer, come home, make dinner, clean
the house, monitor homework, bath times, bedtimes . . . Our lists
vary, but they all have a lot in common. For the most part, our daily
routine is mundane. Every moment isn’t set apart as a powerful
expression of communion with God or sharing His love with others.
We need to carve out time in our schedules for daily Bible reading
and prayer, communing with God, and also weekly Bible study and
worship. But the majority of our days are lled with seemingly
mundane tasks but important tasks that need to get done in order
to have a paycheck, a clean house, a happy family, or a little bit of
sanity. But sometimes it seems these mundane tasks monopolize
our time and compete for time spent honoring God. In 1 Corinthians
10:31 Paul reminded the Corinthians, and similarly reminds us, that
in whatever we are doing, it should all be for the glory of God. From
toilet cleaning to taxi–driving the kids all over town, to mowing the
lawn, to preparing the meals, everything should be done for God’s
How exactly do we glorify God in our eating? We do this by eating
healthy foods that nourish our body and not rob it, foods that
restore health and not destroy it, foods that give energy and not
take it away. There are lots of opinions on the “healthiest” way to
eat and what is considered healthy. The purpose today is not “food
evangelism,” a conversion to a exclusive method of eating as the
only way to give God glory through food. There is, however, a food
myth that is prevalent today, one that says everything is good in
moderation. There is growing discussion in the science and nutrition
industry dispelling this as ction. It should come as no surprise to
us as Christians, for it contradicts biblical teaching in all other areas.
Unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, and idolatry—none of these are
considered good in moderation. God created us to thrive on the foods
He provided, but with a free will that often causes us to crave things
that aren’t good for us. Exploring what foods are good for our bodies
and that improve the way they function brings glory to God, while
ignoring the needs of our body and making ourselves sick with food
does not bring God any glory.
Let’s join together in fun and fellowship and enjoy the bounty before
us, foods specially chosen for the good things they will bring to
our bodies and for the nourishment we will receive as we eat them.
By choosing to enjoy the good foods God created for us to eat, we
declare Him Lord of the harvest, and Lord of our bodies.