NOTE:  Coffee Fellowship has been suspended due to COVID-19 Safety Guidelines Until Further Notice.

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 ushers.  We hope you find the following information helpful and if you have any additional questions, please contact the church office at 847.482.1200; or email Kathie Rutkowski by clicking HERE.

 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 call 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 enter the fellowship center through the east door (back parking lot).  An usher 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 a member of Parish Council. 

Place the tablecloths and then arrange the items the church provides on the tables.  Service should be set up for a total of 200 people.  To facilitate set-up, please plate items and bring them ready to serve (please label your serving platters and bowls). 

DURING COFFEE HOUR:  Please provide help as needed 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 Parish Council member 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.    Simple items (such as fingerfood or items easily served in small paper muffin cups) work best.

As indicated above, please remember that everything should be nut-free and plated, ready to serve.

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

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

Mini Bagels, (separated/quartered or cut in half)

Muffins - Mini Size (nut-free)

Cookies (nut-free)

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

Coffee Cakes, (nut-free, sliced and plated)

Fruit, washed and plated (grapes, strawberries, melon cut into bite size pieces)

Oreo Cookies  

Cheese and Crackers (cheese pre-cut)

Donut holes (nut-free)

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*:

Bagels/crackers/pita chips




Bite-size carrots


Costco brand of Apple Pie

Graham crackers

Rice crispy treats (individually wrapped)

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

Questions?  Call the church office at 847.472.1200; or email your questions to Kathie Rutkowski HERE.

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