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 are a bit different during the COVID-19 pandemic (see "Sheltering in Place" section below), but we do have recordings of zoom services on the Services and Reflections page, and we're happy to announce that the Harvest Dinner (see just below) 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 it did just that and more!
Harvest Dinner to GO, GO--Sunday, Nov 1
We've had a wonderful tradition in the fall of a Harvest Dinner, always thanks to our own "Chef [Ross] Rogney" and his "big-cookin" family. Even with the ongoing pandemic, the Rogneys served up a terrific meal, which served to sustain our feeling of community even when we're not together. The wonderful menu included smoked, slow-roasted pulled pork, skin-on mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, roll, homemade dessert bars. Wow! And there was curbside delivery right to your car.
The best news: We had a record turnout--over 160 meals were served!! Huge thanks go to the Rogney family, all of whom (minus daughter Sophia, who is away at school) did the lion's share of the work, with loyal help from a number of church members!
During our Sheltering-in-Place Time
A note from Rev. Tom Porter: In this very difficult and uncertain time caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it is especially important for everyone to remember that while our worship and gatherings are temporarily postponed, faith and hope and love are not.
During this time of self-isolation, we can still minister to our community through such actions as monetary donations to organizations that are helping others. For example, the ICA Food Shelf, which our congregation has long supported in many ways, is busy providing food and other supplies to families in need. Visit www.icafoodshelf.org to make an online donation and to get the latest information on their services during the pandemic. There are many other groups we support as a church and as individuals, and they can all use our help.
While we are apart, take care of yourself and your family. Find new ways to perform random acts of kindness, and remember that we are always together in spirit until we can be together again in person.