Beloved Faithful,

Coffee Fellowship takes place following the Divine Liturgy and offers our parish the opportunity to spend time visiting with one another in Christian fellowship. It is also a wonderful way to commemorate an anniversary, birthday, family milestone, or memorial.  Offering to host it with friends or another family makes the effort easier more enjoyable.  A sign-up list with available Sundays is posted in our fellowship hall. This webpage is designed to offer suggestions about what food items to serve, and details the set-up and clean-up responsibilities of the host.  We hope you find this helpful and if you have any additional questions, please contact the church office at 847.482.1200.  Thank you in advance for volunteering to host this important element of Ascension's commitment to Christian fellowship.  The Ascension community appreciates your warm hospitality and donation to this weekly tradition.

SET-UP:  Many hosts find it helpful to get to Church prior to the start of the Divine Liturgy to set the two 8' tables up with table cloths, plates, napkins and utensils (provided by the Church). Service should be set up for approximately 200 people. Food may also be plated and kept on the kitchen counter and/or refrigerator until the commencement of coffee fellowship hour.  There are many serving plates, bowls and utensils available for use in the kitchen.

Coffee will be prepared by a Parish Council member and cups are available at Church.  Please set up the cream and sugar (also provided by the church).  

DURING COFFEE HOUR:  Please provide help as needed to serve and replenish the food, pour juice for the children and pour the coffee. Cups for coffee and juice are provided in the kitchen.

FOLLOWING COFFEE HOUR:  At the conclusion of the coffee fellowship hour, please clean off the tables and and wash all church utensils (serving trays, coffee pot, etc). A Parish Council member will be present to assist and secure the facility when everyone has departed.

Here is a list of a few suggestions when hosting coffee hour:

The Church will supply coffee, cups (for coffee & juice), sugar, non-dairy creamer, tablecloths, napkins, paper plates and utensils.

Hosts are responsible for:

-juice (apple / orange) (2 gallons)  (1 gallon in the summer)

-food stuffs for approximately 150 -200 people.  A combination of a few of the following suggested items*:

Bagels with cream cheese 

Muffins - Regular or Mini Size

Cookies 

Biscotti 

Banana / Pumpkin Bread 

Coffee Cakes 

Fruit /Veggie Tray

Oreo Cookies  

Cheese and Crackers 

Donut holes 

Pretzels

Popcorn 

Christmas Fast/Great Lent/Dormition Fast: 

During this blessed time, our Holy Church teaches that we should keep the sacred fast. Therefore during this time we refrain from all meat and dairy products. Out of respect for the fast and to those keeping the fast, please try to adhere to the acceptable items for coffee hour.

Suggested Lenten food items*:

1. Bagels/crackers/pita chips

2. Margarine

3. Jam

4. Tarama/hummus

5. Veggie / Fruit tray (no ranch dip for veggies)

6. Oreos

7. Costco brand of Apple Pie

8. Graham crackers

9. Rice crispy treats

*PLEASE make sure that all items are NUT FREE due to allergies.

Thank you for giving your time and offering to host our Coffee Fellowship.

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