Yesterday, as I was heading to the 66 bus, there was a pair of young men (I'd say early to mid-20s) offering people bottles of cold water. They were very polite, asking simply, "Would you like a bottle of water," nothing else. I accepted the offer of water (I never turn down water in the summer), and only discovered then that along with the bottle of water they were handing out a business card for Hope Fellowship Church in Porter Square, Cambridge. The card that I was handed says:
Yes...it really is free!
We hope this small gift brightens your day. It's a simple way of saying that God loves you, no strings attached.
Let us know if we can be of more assistance.
On the back of the card is the name of the church, their address, the time of their Worship Gathering, and a map to their location.
There was no mention of the church at all from the young men handing out the water. They didn't wear anything that specifically identified where they were from. They were just two guys handing out bottles of cold water to passers-by.
After looking at the bottle of water and reading the card, I went back to the guy from whom I had gotten the water. I thanked him for what I said I assumed was accidental ecumenicalism, in that the water he and his cohort were handing out was kosher (it was hechshered by the OU) and that they were thus aiding those who were not, in fact, their target audience. He said, yes, it was unintentional, but he would let the people back at their base of operations know.
And then my bus came, so I left him and his friend and their flat of cold water, pleased not to have been given the hard-sell.