St. Paddy's Day 2014

danny-dougsr-webGreat food, great music, and lots of laughs. That’s how I would sum up the St. Paddy’s Day season at church. Click here to see pictures.

As I walked into our Irish themed community breakfast, I could hear lively music, hearty conversation, and joyful laughter. The breakfast featured the fabulous music of Caleb Harris and Phil Darrow who finished their set of Irish music by leading us all in a song. We are very fortunate to have them share their musical talents with us.  Lynn Scott’s homemade scones topped off another delicious breakfast by our chefs Peter Oligny and Jim Krebs, who managed to feed a packed house of diners.

Our chefs then out did themselves with an amazing corned beef dinner, featuring corned beef as tender as butter, as well as homemade porter cake and Irish soda bread. A special thanks to the young people of our church who served the dinner. We are blessed to have so many wonderful young people in our midst. Over 75 people attended the dinner which raised over $800!

So you see….great food, great music, and lots of laughs…..all of it adds up to a great community of faith!


Pie Contest 2014

Well…another pie contest is in the books. Click here to see pictures of the pie contest.  When the dust settled, there was a familiar face standing on top of the podium wearing the gold. Congratulations to Dana Kellogg who won his second pie contest. That’s a lot of success for such a young baker. Well done Dana!

The silver medal went to another familiar face, Dick Scott. The bronze went to Russ Peotter, who also looks familiar, but I can’t quite place him…..it seems like I’ve seen him on t.v….. 

The winners were honored in a ceremony which included a rousing group singing of, "We are the Champions" by Queen, the "This Land is Your Land" by Woodie Guthrie, and finally, "It's Hard to be Humble", by Jim Stafford.

The pie contest raised a whopping $650! Our church sure does love pie and some laughs. Thank you to all who baked pies, ate pies, and voted with their dollars.

A special thanks to Peter and Cindy Oligny for organizing this now annual event. We very much appreciate your creative fund raising efforts and fun spirits. We are blessed to have you in our community!

The next pie contest is only 364 days away….start planning your pie now!

Click here to see pictures of the pie contest.


Easter Season 2013

easter-sunrise-1In spite of the fact that it has been a long winter, this year’s Easter services filled our souls with resurrection and re-birth.

Thank you to our friends in Worthington for hosting a wonderful Maundy Thursday service of tenebrae. This “service of darkness” marked the last supper of Christ and included an opportunity to share communion. The service ended with a very moving version of the song “Were You There”, performed perfectly by Worthington’s own Brad Fisk. Thank you Worthington and Thank you Brad!

New this year was a Good Friday Passion service at our church. This “service of nails” included a reading of the passion story followed by contemplative time in which participants were encouraged to turn the sin in their own life over to Jesus. This service may be a new tradition at our church.

Mandy Thursday and Good Friday are meant to be somber and help communicate the full meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion. Experiencing these dark times makes Easter Sunday all the more joyful.

A large crowd braved a chilly morning with snow on the ground to attend the Sunrise service. The sunrise did not fail to provide a spectacular back drop to the service. As always, people brought thoughts and insights to share. Of particular note this year was an outstanding original poem by our very own Elenor Klitzke. Following the service, A.J. and Sylvia Lapinski treated everyone to coffee and donuts in the fellowship hall. See pictures of the sunrise service.

Finally, our traditional Easter service was alive with sights and sounds, as flowers covered the altar and the choir treated us to some rousing songs filling us all with the spirit and emotion of Easter Sunday. Thank you for all of your hard work choir. It is greatly appreciated! See a picture of the flowers and choir.

Four services in four days….that’s pretty impressive for two small churches! Thank you to all who helped organize and participate in the services and thank you to all of you who attended. It is the shared experience that makes the services so special!


Pie Contest 2013

winners-2013Our fourth annual pie contest is in the books! Thank you to everyone who participated...bakers and tasters alike. This year our pie contest raised over $500!!! All proceeds will go to help support our church. See pictures of this year's pie contest.

Congratulations to this year's winner Stephanie Kellogg! She has earned the top honor this year and one year worth of bragging rights as the best pie maker in the hilltowns. Well done. Way to keep the Kellogg winning tradition alive.

Below is a listing of the full results.

  • 1st Place: Stephanie Kellogg with a fantastic banana cream pie.
  • 2nd Place: The father & son team of Jeremy and Andy Brisbois, making their famous apple pie.
  • 3rd Place: Debbie Curtis making a delicious peanut butter pie.
  • 4th Place: Maggie Brisbois, in a brave turn from family tradition making a lemon meringue.oldest-youngest-2013

The annual meeting is a wonderful expression of the self-governance that makes a congregational church. Our potluck and pie contest are great ways to compliment our annual meeting as we can celebrate our church community by sharing a warm meal and sweet treats. It is also an activity that everyone can participate in.In fact our oldest pie maker this year was over 90 years old and our youngest was 6!

In addition, it is great to see some people from the community stop by and enjoy a piece of pie and coffee. For those of you who did not win, you have an entire year to plan and practice! Thanks for everyone's support. See you next year!


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