Coffee Hour Hospitality Hosts
September through June
Much of the fellowship and community life of St. Elizabeth’s takes place at Coffee Hour each Sunday, following the 10 a.m. worship service. The parish depends on volunteers to present Coffee Hour, and fairness suggests that everyone take a turn sometime in the year.
All you need to do is brew a pot of coffee, boil water for tea, buy or bake breakfast goods, set up before church, and clean up afterwards. Partnering with someone else, or another family, makes hosting much easier.
Please sign up to host. It’s a wonderful way to get involved in the fellowship of St Elizabeth’s. Please consult your calendar, choose a date that works for you, and sign up on the sheet in the Parish Hall or contact Parish Administrator Ann Dowling in the Church Office (201-444-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Instructions are in the kitchen, and the office can mail or email them to you in advance if you would like them.
In the summer months, iced tea and lemonade are served.
St. Elizabeth's Traditions
Sunday Coffee Hours (each Sunday following the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services)
Senior Luncheons (Four times per year, September through June)
Chapel Families Brunch (November)
Families with children in Second Grade or younger are invited for brunch each fall. Parents gather while Church School is in session, and continue after Church School is dismissed.
Ingathering Brunches (November)
This is a season when we reflect on how we can hold fast to those things that endure, even “while we are placed among things that are passing away” (BCP, p. 234).” The ingathering process leads up to two all-parish brunches, one after the 8 a.m. service and the other after the 10 a.m. service, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day.
Advent Craft Party and Potluck (December)
Parishioners of all ages gather for St. Elizabeth's annual Advent and Christmas Craft Party and Dinner. The evening features seasonal craft projects for all ages: making ornaments, wreaths, and decorations, starting an Advent Calendar, and a personal favorite, stringing popcorn, cranberries, raisins, and various other small edible objects. As it is a school night, it is e an early evening. This warm and festive evening of food, fellowship, and fun is a fond St. Elizabeth's tradition.
Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing (December)
Parishioners, friends and neighbors gather at 5:30 p.m. in the last moments of twilight to turn on the lights on our small (but growing!) live Christmas tree on the front lawn of the church. By lantern, candle, and other lights, we sing carols of the season — accompanied by a wonderful brass quartet — for about 30 minutes, followed by hot chocolate and refreshments. This is an unmatched opportunity to create a holiday memory of holy and festive joy suffused with some of the most beloved music of our culture. Families, children of all ages, neighbors, holiday houseguests, resident shepherds, and visiting kings are all welcome.
A Christmas Carol at the Rectory (occasional, December)
In the middle of the twelve days of the Christmas Season, Susan and John Hartnett offer an evening at the rectory, for adults, centered around a reading of an abridged (by Charles Dickens himself) version. Space limits the group to about 35 people, and potluck supper is served. The reading is offered in sections, with breaks for food in between, with an expected finish around time before 10 p.m.
Annual Progressive Dinner (February)
Cocktail party at a parishioner's home, followed by intimate catered dinners in parishioners' homes. The evening ends with dessert at another home. Always a fun evening of good fellowship and delicious food.
Annual Shrove Tuesday All-Parish Pancake Supper (February or March)
Pancakes for dinner, in the Parish Hall, on the eve of Ash Wednesday. There is a small fee to attend.
Lenten Monday Night Potluck Suppers
These are evenings of fellowship, dinner, teaching, and conversation, held five Mondays during Lent, in the Parish Hall.
Women's Luncheon (February)
The women of the Needlecrafters, Moms Group, Book Group, Altar Guild and ECW meet for luncheon mid-winter, in the Parish Hall. Childcare is provided.
Dads Fellowship (February)
Dads of Chapel or Cherub Choir age children (second grade and younger) are invited to come for coffee and conversation in the Committee Room on the second floor of the Parish House after Chapel ends, while children are in Church School.
All-Parish Picnic (June)
The annual picnic follows the 10 a.m. Flower Sunday service, rain or shine. The picnic is held on the church grounds and features a barbecue with potluck sides, plus games, activities, fun and fellowship for all ages.