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In September, they launched their Sunday service. However, very few of the people who were attending the Thursday meals were attending—despite their gratitude for the outreaches and Thursday meals. Stubborn and naïve, they forged ahead for two years, trying to get those living on the margins in inner city Denver into their Sunday service. Finally, in August 2015, sensing the leading and the courage of the Holy Spirit, they simply canceled the Sunday service. More than anything, it was an acknowledgement and an awareness that they were already having church on Thursday nights! They were a dinner church. The banquet quality and quantity of the food, provided by their “chef team” of friends who rotate and provide the meals, speaks to Christ’s abundant gospel. And they are reminded of two things nearly every week. 

“People tell us we have the best food in the city for the homeless community,” the Olivarez’s say. “But more importantly, we are told by many that while they used to come just for the food, they now come to hear the Christ story.”

Making the move from Sunday to Thursday was also a realization that the barrier to Sunday morning attendance wasn’t simply a spiritual one, but a sociological one. They have been faithfully sharing meals and talking about Jesus ever since, and have since added a kids dinner church as well.