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 and more enjoyable.  

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, with the help of the coffee fellowship ministry.  We hope you find the following information helpful and if you have any additional questions, please email Kathie Rutkowski by clicking HERE, or contact the church office at 847.482.1200. 

To sign up, click HERE. The Church is using SignUp Genius to coordinate coffee hour hosts.  If you need assistance with any aspect of this on-line tool, please email Kathie Rutkowski by clicking HERE, or 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.


IMPORTANT:  PLEASE make sure that all items served are NUT FREE due to allergies.

SET-UP and ITEMS SUPPLIED BY CHURCH:  We recommend that hosts get to church around 9 a.m. to begin setting up so that you may attend Divine Liturgy when it begins at 9:30 a.m.  Please do not set up during Divine Liturgy.  Please continue to enter through the doors of our fellowship building, just north of the main church doors. The Coffee Fellowship Ministry  will be available to assist you with a cart to transport items to the fellowship hall serving area. 

Items supplied by the church --  tablecloths, cups (for coffee & juice), sugar, non-dairy creamer, napkins, paper plates, silverware and serving utensils -- will already be in place by the serving area.  The church also supplies the coffee, which will be prepared and brewed by the Coffee Fellowship Ministry. 

Place the tablecloths and then arrange the items the church provides on the tables.  Service should be set up for a total of 125 people. Currently, per the Metropolis of Chicago COVID safety protocols, all food must be pre-packaged (see suggestions below).  To facilitate set-up, please pre-bag and plate items and bring them ready to serve (please label your serving platters and bowls). 

DURING COFFEE HOUR:  It is the responsibility of the host to serve and replenish the food, pour juice for the children and pour the coffee.

FOLLOWING COFFEE HOUR:  At the conclusion of the coffee fellowship hour, please clean off the tables and return the church's items to the kitchen and wash as necessary.  All leftover food needs to be taken home.  A member of the Coffee Fellowship Ministry will be present to assist with clean-up and secure the facility once everyone has departed.

Here is a list of a few suggested food items to serve during coffee hour.    As indicated above, please remember that everything should be nut-free and pre-packaged.

Apple Juice (2 gallons)  (1 gallon in the summer)

Food stuffs for approximately 125 people.  A combination of a few of the following suggested items*:

Mini Bagels (wrapped or individually bagged)

Muffins - Mini Size (nut-free, wrapped or individually bagged)

Cookies (nut-free, individually wrapped or bagged)

Banana / Pumpkin Bread / Pound Cake (nut-free, sliced and pre-bagged)

Coffee Cakes, (nut-free, sliced and pre-bagged)

Fruit (cut-up and bagged), Clementines, etc. 

Donut holes (nut-free and pre-bagged)

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


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*  As indicated above, please remember that everything should be nut-free and pre-packaged.

Fruit (cut-up and bagged), Clementines, etc.

Bite-size carrots (pre-packaged or bagged)

Oreos (pre-bagged)

Costco brand of Apple Pie (sliced and placed in a container or bag)

Rice crispy treats (individually wrapped)

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


Questions? Please email Kathie Rutkowski by clicking HERE, or contact the church office at 847.482.1200.

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