When two or three are gathered…
As Christians, we believe that fellowship—being together to share interests and support each other in our lives and in our faith—is foundational to the church experience and was modeled by Jesus Christ during his life and ministry. Episcopalians will use anything as an excuse to get together, especially when food is involved. The planning and preparation of these times together is a ministry itself. Thanks to those coordinators, cooks, and preparers, our communal experiences are rich and blessed. If you can help with this ministry, please contact our parish administrator, Mary Gibson, and she’ll connect you with the right people to match your interests.
Both churches enjoy coffee hour after their worship services. This is a time to greet each other in the name of Christ and get to know one another in a casual, warm environment. Coffee hour provides social contact for those who live alone, healthy communication between different age groups, and an opportunity to check in with those whom we only see on Sundays.
Pot luck meals
Sometimes everyone is asked to bring something for a potluck meal. This may be in conjunction with an annual meeting, a joint service, a stewardship campaign, or just because… Bringing something is not required, and no one ever goes away hungry.
Part fellowship and part outreach, both churches have community meals to feed parishioners and visitors as well as to foster fellowship. St. Andrew’s has a monthly community luncheon. Emmanuel has a Thanksgiving supper and a Christmas brunch for anyone in the congregations or the community who needs a place to celebrate the season in the company of others.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers
Both churches have celebrated Shrove Tuesday—the day before Lent begins—with a pancake supper that usually also includes sausage and apples or applesauce.
Gathering to serve
Many of our parish outreach activities are also times of happy fellowship for those who come to help and experience the satisfaction and joy of giving and working together.