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Coffee and Conversation #153 – And a Summer Fun Bible Study

Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #153!

Today I have a treat for you (in more ways than one…).

My friend Sue, from WelcomeHeart recently finished a series called “Every Table Tells a Story“, which was a series of guest posts where bloggers shared their own “hospitality stories.” I was honored to be included in that line-up, so today she’s returning the blessing by sharing her brand new summer Bible study…AND her recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies (yes, everything good that chocolate stands for!)… Hope you enjoy both 🙂

Please read through Sue’s post and enter to win a copy of her study!

Welcome to Coffee and Conversation #153 - Hope you enjoy this fun summer Bible Study from our friend Sue Moore Donaldson over at WelcomeHeart.com

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Summer Fun Bible Study–Lessons From the Ultimate Host: A 12-Week Bible Study #giveaway!

June just ended and now you’re thinking:

“How did that happen? Summer is almost over and I never began a Summer Fun Bible Study!”

Who said Bible Study couldn’t be *fun? God created fun, after all. Which reminds me of when our eldest child went through 6th-grade facts of life course at the public school. At recess, her friends were discussing what they had just heard, and Bonnie piped up: “Well, God created sex so I don’t think we need to worry about it.” (#whew #homeeducatingwhiledoingpubliceducation)

Back to summer fun.

Hospitality, 101: Lessons From the Ultimate Host is a great way to spend the rest of your summer. Yes, it’s a 12-week course, but the chapters are short and do-able and you can double up if you like. And it includes recipes. Who doesn’t like a good recipe? And they are easy recipes because who doesn’t like a good easy recipe?

Each chapter is divided into three (fun) parts:

  • God’s Hospitality on a Platter: studying God’s welcome to us
  • RSVP: Accepting God’s Hospitality: evaluating our response to His welcome
  • Passing the Platter: practicing a little simple hospitality each week, including simple recipe

Chapter titles include:

“God’s Welcome: The Open-Arms Inn”

“God’s Invitation: It’s All About the People”

“God’s Provision: What’s in the Pantry?”

“God’s Open Heart: Developing a Hospitality Worldview”

You might want to do this on your own and take your time. Or invite a neighbor or two and introduce them to the welcoming heart of God. Right now my dear friend Erin and I are working our way through it and having a blast (see *fun above.)


I wrote this studybecause my mentor, Laurie told me I had to and I usually do what she says. But I had never sat “under it” myself until now and it’s a great study for both old and new believers as well as “seekers” seeking more to life than a good meal.

Did I mention recipes? Here’s one of our family favs that gets raves: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies.


I know. Get a napkin. For the drooling.

Hospitality, 101: Lessons From the Ultimate Host A 12-Week Bible Study
$10.00 plus s/h

A party and a dog and a Bible Study.


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Contest closes midnight on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Now, on to our features…

Looking at these, I’m thinkin’ I had strawberries on my mind this week…


No-churn Strawberry Ice CreamNo-churn Strawberry Ice Cream


Looking for a treat to beat the heat? We love anything with cold, but with allergies in our home, finding dairy-free desserts isn’t easy. So a long time ago I began freezing fruit and experimenting. You literally can make any “ice cream” out of frozen bananas, even dairy-free strawberry ice cream!

You literally can make any “ice cream” out of frozen bananas, even dairy-free strawberry ice cream!



Red White and Blue Cupcakes (with Strawberries)Red White and Blue Cupcakes (with Strawberries)


Making multi-colored cupcakes is such an easy way to add some more fun to your parties and celebrations! You can color a simple cupcake mix to match any theme or holiday – I will show you how!

Here are some red, white and blue cupcakes we made for Memorial Day that are equally good for the 4th of July!





Mocha Morning Breakfast YogurtMocha Morning Breakfast Yogurt


This Mocha Morning Breakfast Yogurt Parfait is loaded with chocolate whey protein, Greek yogurt, honey, cinnamon, crunchy granola, fresh fruit and a jolt of caffeine to start your day off right!

It’s time to wake up with an incredibly delicious Protein Parfait that will knock your socks off! Make it the night ahead for a quick breakfast, or take the yogurt and a bag of granola to work, for a fantastic afternoon “pick me up”.




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8 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #153 – And a Summer Fun Bible Study

  1. bluecottonmemory July 8, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    Sitting around the table, sharing something delicious and bringing God into it – the best of the good things in life! Our summer is over in about 2 weeks. Makes me sad and miss the old days when summer lasted until September!

  2. Sue Donaldson July 7, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    Thanks for including me, pat. I will repost on fb page Every Table Tells a Story to see if anyone else wants to enter the giveaway – and then let me know who I can send it to! love, sue

  3. Marilyn Lesniak July 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

    Thank you for hosting this holiday weekend! I hope you had a relaxing time.

  4. Patrick Weseman July 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Thanks for hosting and have a great rest of the week.
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  5. Michele Morin July 5, 2017 at 6:42 am #

    Thanks for sharing Sue’s good work here — I always come away from her posts with a good thought and a smile!

    I’ll be back later to join the party!
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  6. Helen Reynolds July 5, 2017 at 2:16 am #

    Pat, there is no place to click to add a link.

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