Congregational Church of Excelsior UCC
With each gathering at the Congregational Church of Excelsior, United Church of Christ, we blend the traditional with the contemporary by exploring the Scriptures and discerning their relevance to our everyday lives. We celebrate the way religion nurtures our relationships with each other. At the church on the hill, "Everybody knows your name"—we're small but mighty! We hope you can come join us before long and explore how God's Grace complements your life. We normally worship together on Sunday mornings and do all sorts of other things together: garden in the summer, get together for breakfasts and lunches, quilt, sing, celebrate children, support local charities, and more.
Things were a bit different during the COVID-19 pandemic, with no in-person services but rather with zoom services (see recordings on the Services page). We are now, under current recommendations, allowing in-person attendance with no mask requirements for those who are fully vaccinated (of course you are invited to wear your mask if you wish, and those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear a mask).
We were fortunate to be able to host a very successful "drive by" Harvest Dinner in the fall that was a huge success! It was designed to be delicious and safe, to build community, and to remind us of the fun we'll have again before long! And see our latest "Rock" project just below.
Note: We often are led in services by Rev. Lindy Purdy, who grew up attending our church and continued to be active into her adult years; she has most recently been a pastor at Wayzata Community Church. In addition, some Sundays we have guest ministers, and we are hoping to have a more permanent new pastor soon.
Our 2021 Rock Ministry!
To lift everyone’s spirits during this stressful time, church members have painted dozens of river rocks with positive messages and whimsical creatures. Church youth have hidden the rocks along area trails and in downtown Excelsior, sharing messages of encouragement and hope. Everyone is invited to join the hunt! When you find one, consider taking a selfie with your treasure and posting it on Facebook with the tag @congregationalchurchofexcelsior or the hashtag #ccofe. Photos may be posted on Facebook and on this site.