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 a wonderful upcoming event, the Harvest Dinner (see just below) that's designed to be delicious and safe, to build community, and to remind us of the fun we'll have again before long!
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, we urge you to participate this year, not only to enjoy what is sure to be a terrific meal, but also to sustain our feeling of community, even when we're not together. Here's the wonderful menu: Smoked, slow-roasted pulled pork, skin-on mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, roll, homemade dessert bars. Wow! And you'll get curbside delivery right to your car between 4:30 and 6 pm.
The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children. To reserve, call Karen at the church (952-474-5919) or Judy (952-448-4026) by October 25; cash or check only. And please consider buying an extra meal or two for a friend or neighbor--maybe it will be warm enough to eat outside that night or at least together with social distancing! Huge thanks go to the Rogney family, all of whom (minus daughter Sophia, who is away at school) will be doing the lion's share of the work!
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.