Monday Supper Group 

"Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,"  Acts 2:46 (NIV)

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One of the long-standing traditions and ministries of Highpoint Episcopal Community Church ("HECC") involves its Monday Supper Group (or "MSG").  Starting in the 1970s as a weekly dinner meeting of four or five men of the Church, the group has flourished and grown over the years.  In 2016, what was then known as the "Men's Supper Group" changed its name (to "Monday Supper Group") and identity (by formally inviting women to attend; actually, a few women had typically attended these dinners to help-out their husband/evening chef).  Today, we are pleased to report that approximately half of the members of MSG and attendees of the weekly dinners are women.

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The Monday Supper Group meets on most Mondays (except holiday weeks) at 6:30 p.m. in the kitchen of HECC.   Between 20 and 30 members and guests usually attend.  We gather to enjoy favorite beverages, snacks and, most importantly, our fellowship.  Around 7:00 p.m., dinner is served in the adjoining dining area by the volunteer chef of the evening, followed by dessert. We usually finish by 8:15 p.m., sometimes a little later depending on the topics discussed during the meal.  The cost of the evening's meal is an unbeatable $7.00, which, after reimbursing the cook, is accumulated and used to fund various Church-related projects and charities during the year.  Servings of the meal are usually dished-up and delivered to members, who are ill or unable to attend the dinner.

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MSG publishes and distributes its own weekly newsletter, The MSG Message, which is received by nearly 60 interested readers.  Today, we are pleased to count over 40 of those readers as members of MSG.

IMG Bill Sunderland.1Bill Sunderland (pictured right), one of the founding members of MSG, has provided us with an insightful account of the origins of our group.  MSG is indebted to Bill, Ralph Edwards (pictured below), and the other founders of MSG in creating and sustaining this wonderful organization for all of us to enjoy: 

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Many years ago [the early 1970s], when John Brewster was the minister, John suggested that a few of the men of the Church get together once a week at his house and talk about the affairs of the Church and life in general.  He chose four of us at that time:  Harris Simpson, Bill Kumpmier, Ralph Edwards, and myself [Bill] to join him.  After John moved on, the four of us moved our meetings to the Church and started to meet every Monday night at 6:30.  Since we started so early, we started to cook a small meal for each other, rotating each week to cook. As time went by, we have lost a lot of kind, wonderful men – Fred Harp, Howard Grimes, Tyson Beardon, Conrad Freeman, Dan West, Bill Comer, and Tommy Tilman – to mention a few.  Today, the group has grown to include women.  At our last meeting, there were 25+ loving, caring friends of Atonement there.  And the latest is the Rev. Ruth Pattison.  Welcome!  Sincerely, Bill Sunderland.”

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Bill, Ralph, and our other founders, the following photo tells the story of how far MSG has come from the days when four men met weekly for supper on Monday evenings with Father Brewster.  Quite a legacy, for sure!

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If you'd like to learn more about MSG or wish to sign-up to receive a weekly copy of The MSG Message, please contact Ted Erck via his email at   You may access the latest copy of our weekly newsletter by clicking on the "Newsletters" drop-down tab in the black tab bar near the top of this website.

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