Members of the Christ Lutheran Church in Monticello visit the Apple A Day
Café at Kirby Medical Center every Wednesday and Friday for friendship,
fellowship and a few laughs. Because they always look like they’re
having so much fun, we decided to ask Pastor Micah Garnett what these
groups are all about.
What do you do at your coffee groups?
Mostly, we (the guys) sit and talk about sports and current events, infused
with a healthy dose of humor.
How did these groups begin? How long have you been getting together?
The group has been getting together for many years now - I don't even
know how many, as they were already meeting regularly when I started as
pastor of Christ Lutheran a little over four years ago. They began as
a men's Bible study breakfast group that met two Wednesday mornings
each month. For a time, the group met one of those Wednesdays at Bement
Bowl and one at the Red Wheel in Monticello. Eventually, they enjoyed
the fellowship so much that they went to another place after breakfast
for coffee and conversation. The coffee group became a weekly gathering
and expanded in the last couple years to two mornings per week.
Who usually attends?
The Bible study and coffee group is for men of any age, and it is usually
attended by about 10 men from Christ Lutheran Church; however, it is open
to anyone who wants to stop by! We like to say hello to friends and neighbors
as they pass by. People from other congregations who had coffee groups
in our previous locations will often come down to the café and
give us a shout if they happen to be at Kirby Hospital for a medical procedure.
The time of day is easiest for retired people, but sometimes guys will
come if they have the day off from work.
There is also a separate women's group of about 8-10 from Christ Lutheran
that meets at Apple A Day Café for breakfast each Wednesday. They
had been meeting at other places around town but settled on Apple A Day
Café when the men's group kept telling them how wonderful it is!
What do people like about the coffee groups?
The coffee group bounced around to several locations in Monticello before
ending up at Apple A Day Café. We tried Apple A Day Café
for our Bible study breakfast while the Red Wheel was under construction,
and we enjoyed the location so much that we have stuck with it ever since!
The space is quiet, which really helps folks who have trouble hearing.
The layout of the cafe is also very convenient for large groups, much
easier than the fixed booths and tables in the fast food places where
we used to meet. The food is tasty yet inexpensive, there are a variety
of coffees available and the staff are absolutely top-notch – they
even bring the made-to-order food out to our table!
Who can join, and how do you go about joining?
The groups are open to anyone who would like to attend. The men's coffee
group gets together each Wednesday and Friday morning around 8:30am, and
we usually sit in the booth along the left wall as you enter the café
– it's close to the restroom, which is a major plus for retired
guys who drink a lot of coffee! We also have a simple Bible study before
coffee group on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning
The women's group meets for breakfast each Wednesday around 9:00am,
and they either pull tables together near the food service area or sit
outside around one of the patio tables.
Anyone interested in joining is invited to call Christ Lutheran Church
at (217) 762-5826 or email them for more information.