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Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Hebrews 13:2



Our coffee hour is held after each service in our Parish Hall.  
Just follow the signs on your way from the sanctuary.  
Please join us!!!

If you would like to sign up to help,
please sign up in the parish hall or 
on our Sign-Up Genius



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A few words about our coffee hour from Susan Ortmeyer, our liason for Hospitality and Welcome:

The Ordinary Grace of Coffee Hour
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Hebrews 13:2


Why bother with coffee hour after church? It's great if it happens, but it's not all that important, right?

Actually, I have always felt that coffee hour was one of the most important parts of church, without understanding why.  But recently, I read an article titled, "The Art of Coffee Hour," by Donna Schaper of Judson Memorial Church in New York.  In it, she states:
 
“Our theology of the incarnation . . . is reflected in our coffee hour, whether we realize it or not. The church coffee hour is not the afterthought of the worship service at all. Instead it is its reality test.  At the coffee hour we either extend the hospitality we proclaim or we withhold it. We either feel the grace we have acknowledged or we do not. We either extend the Eucharist of the holy meal to the little meal or we do not.”  
When I look around St. Philips' after our ten a.m. service, I see people sharing their lives in conversation with each other over cups of coffee.  I see the friendly chaos of children running around laughing and playing.  I see Girl Scout cookies and African art being offered side-by-side.  The Holy Spirit is at work among us, and I believe that we do feel God's grace in our midst.

As liaison for hospitality and welcome, my vision is that we all intentionally work towards making our church a welcoming place for newcomers, "those angels we entertain unawares."  Please join us each week in the Parish Hall for our coffee hour.