The ingathering is the kick-off of the church year for our congregation. Our congregation includes the Water Communion ritual in this service. This ritual involves congregants who have brought small amounts of water to the service, taken from special places they have been over the summer. Or the water is collected from a rainstorm or is otherwise significant or symbolic in some way. They can pour the water into a large bowl and in turn take some home as a reminder of the Fellowship. The La Crosse Fellowship has a tradition of including rocks in this ritual so feel free to bring a rock from your yard or a camping trip. The rocks are used in the joys and concerns portion of Sunday Service. As the summer ends, we will hold our annual ingathering on September 10th with Fellowship member Keith Belzer leading the service.