Coffee hour hospitality - let's keep it simple!What is Coffee Hour?
This vital weekly event serves many purposes. It is a
time to touch base, catch up with friends, give and receive support
to/from members of our parish family, meet and greet visitors and
newcomers to our church, and to gather and share information about the
many activities, ministries, and upcoming events/programs at St.
St. Davidís provides coffee, tea, water, and juice each
week. The volunteers bring and set out the snacks, and clean up
afterwards. Coffee Hour is our social gathering in our church hall
immediately following Eucharist each Sunday.
Coffee Hour Policy
Refreshments for coffee hour each week are provided
by sponsors. A sponsor can be an individual or a family that would like
to host the coffee hour.
1.† Sponsors can sign up to host the coffee hour by putting
their name on the coffee hour sign-up sheet at the Communications Center
for a particular Sunday.
2.† The following are provided by St. Davidís: coffee, decaf
coffee, tea, sugar, sweetener, cream, juice, and in summer: paper
plates, cups; napkins, crockery cups, plates, glasses, silverware.†† If a sponsor is not comfortable using the
dishwasher in the kitchen, disposable plates and cups may be used at any
3.† If a sponsor would like to host a coffee hour, they are responsible for the following:
a.†† Providing simple refreshments which would
include mixed nuts, and one of the following: store-bought or home-baked
cookies, coffee cake, muffins, or bread to serve 25-35 people. To share
the ministry among all parishioners, we ask those who sign up for
coffee hour to provide simple fare. Letís keep the coffee hour for small
snacks like cookies and nuts.† Coffee hour is a time for parishioners to
get to know one another better. A cup of coffee is sufficient; a cookie
or some nuts enhances the experience.
There may be times during the year that there are leftover snacks from a parish event on a Saturday; this food may be served at Sunday coffee hour and it will be noted that they are from another parish event.
b.† Setting up the coffee hour: setting out
cups, plates, napkins, glasses, any needed utensils; making the tea;
filling the serving carafes.
c.†† Cleaning up refreshments, coffee and tea pots, and kitchen after the coffee hour.
4.† On Sundays when there is not a sponsor, only coffee and tea will
be provided for coffee hour. The hospitality coordinator will arrange
setup, serving, and cleanup on those weeks.
If you have any questions, please contact Judith Scarborough, hospitality coordinator.
Come to dinner with a twist!
by Judith Scarborough
parish family of St. Davidís is invited to spend social time together
over dinner. Last year several groups met in private homes and enjoyed a
potluck meal and quality time together. This year after discussion with
some of those who participated, we're offering a twist.
This year's dinners take place at St. Davidís, in Stretch Hall,
with everyone who signs up for Come To Dinner sharing the same meal.
The meal is served in three courses: salad,
entrťe, and dessert. For each course, you will be assigned to sit with a
different group of people. Meals will be potluck, so youíll have to get
up and get your food, and it will be easy to move to a different table.
During a social time before the meal, you can look at the table cards
to see where youíll be sitting for each course.
this sound like something youíd like to give a try? It's a fun way to get
together once a month.† There are sign
up sheets in the communications center.† Give me a call if you have
- the dinner is held on the same day each month (the second Saturday);
- each person has opportunity to get to know more fellow parishioners;
people cannot make it on a particular dinner night, their absence is felt, but the dinner group still has ďcritical massĒ and can
- people can opt to join in for one dinner, or all of them, and newcomers can easily be included;
- in the winter months, you donít have to find a new house in the dark;
- you donít have to worry whether your dining table will seat all your guests Ė there are lots of tables in Stretch Hall!
- potluck assignments are made, and we accommodate peopleís dietary needs.
Parishioner Pete Wyman organizes and leads a variety of nature outings once a month suitable for families and
people of all ages. Activities could range from a couple of hours after
the Sunday 10:00 AM service to all-day Saturday outings.
Pete wants to share the often little known natural and historical sites that
are in close proximity of our community, to enjoy family fellowship,
and to give people a chance to know one another better. Walking would be for all ages with
occasional, optional longer walks. Each family would bring a lunch and
may bring friends.
Past outings have taken us to Waikiki Springs and to Manito Park.† Details about the next nature outing(s) will be posted here as they are scheduled.†
If you are† interested, please
sign up at the Communications Center or give Pete a call for more
Lenten soup suppers
On some Wednesday evenings during Lent (the several weeks between Ash Wednesday and Easter) St. David's offers soup suppers. The menu is simple -- just soup, salad and bread -- as a reminder of those who have less than we do. Before supper there is opportunity to attend Eucharist. After supper there is a program, with topics varying from year to year.
St. Martha's GuildSt. Marthaís Guild was organized in 1998 to provide a variety of activities for the women of St. Davidís. The group meets from noon to 2:00 PM on the 2nd Monday of each month from September through June. During July and August other activities are planned such as social gatherings at members' homes or at other sites in the community.
Each year the group selects worthy recipients to benefit from their volunteer efforts and fund-raising events.† Examples include:
The guild also provides gifts for St. Davidís graduating high school seniors, helps weed shrub beds, cleans the kitchen and has planted more than 500 daffodil bulbs around the church as a memorial.
- December bake sale
- Scholarships for St. Davidís children to attend Camp Cross
- Clothing, food and financial aid to Hope House, a refuge for homeless women of Spokane
- Cooking and serving a Lenten Soup Supper for St. Davidís
- Volunteering quarterly with Interfaith Hospitality to cook and serve dinner for the homeless
- Bunco game night and dinner at St. Davidís each spring as a major fund raiser
- Preparing and serving a meal for workers at the Habitat for Humanity-Spokane Blitz Build
In addition to working toward the benefit of others, St. Marthaís members enjoy fellowship,† educational events such as tours, special events and trips to points of interest. We welcome all women of St. Davidís!
Crafts & ChatCrafts & Chat is an informal group that gathers on the second Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon, to work on individual crafts projects of all kinds while enjoying each other's company.† Bring your needlework, your scrapbooking, your quilting, your whittling -- whatever!†† When our supply of prayer shawls or quilts to be given to newly baptized babies†runs low, some in this group may work on those, too.
Come when you can, and stay as long as works for you.† Stuck on a hard part, or wondering how to do that crochet stitch?† Probably someone in the group can help.† We might decide to go to lunch together afterward once in a while, too.† If you have questions, contact Jeanne Mitchell or Barbara Gronberg.
Steak & Bake dinnerThis annual event raises money to fund Camp Cross scholarships for St. David's children, and for other worthy projects.† The guys fire up the gas grill and crank out dozens of juicy steaks, while diners fill the parish hall and spill out onto the grassy lawn (weather permitting, of course).† Headed by Ed McCoy, it's a fun evening for a good cause.
Library book clubs
The Library Committee hosts two book clubs for those who want to get together and discuss books they enjoy.† Both groups meet in the Travis library, at different times:
Newcomers are always welcome, as are suggestions for good books you'd like to read and discuss with others. † Please sign up by contacting Ann or Theresa, or the church office.† Some selections read so far:
- The daytime group, led by Ann Kauppi, meets on the fourth Friday of each month at 12 noon.†
- The evening group, led by Theresa Brim, meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.