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“Come and See” (John 1:46) is the foundation of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church. We invite and welcome those of every spiritual background, ethnicity, gender orientation, or economic situation. We are committed to our place within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We seek to please God through expressions of grace, acceptance, and faithful living. We extend this invitation to you. Come and see!
God calls us to receive and share God’s love and grace with all people.
With God’s help, we will be joyful, compassionate and generous as we Worship, Grow and Serve in community.
March 29 - April 5, 2020
Currently all St. Philip’s sponsored events are temporarily suspended as of Sunday, March 22.
Update From Pastor Matt
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus,
Our times continue to be a bit turbulent, but God is always with us and will watch over us. The Governor has ordered the state to, "Stay at Home." There will be some effect on church, but not too much. We will continue to broadcast classes, prayer meetings, devotions, and worship services on Facebook. We ask that folks do not come in to church unless they are helping with these broadcasts. We can still keep in contact through phones, texts, email, and web-based chats. Please continue to support your congregation financially. You can always send in your offering, as we are getting and processing mail. You can also sign up for electronic giving. Please tune in to our worship and classes and like and share. We know there are some issues with production, and we are working on them.
Always remember that our God is the God who stilled the storm, gave sight to the blind, raised the dead, and has given us eternal life. Jesus said to the disciples then and to us now, "Do not be afraid." God is with you.
Notes From the Board
Since we are not able to be together, and our situation at St. Philip’s has changed in the past few weeks, we will do periodic updates from the board. This is a difficult time, and we want to be clear as to how we are doing. Financially, we are in trouble. When we do not worship together, there is no collection plate to pass, so money has not been coming in. We urge you to use our new online giving. When you join the service on Facebook, or any other method as we move forward, consider giving your gift, just as you would if you were in the Sanctuary. We all need to continue, as we are able, to support the church financially. At our meeting on Monday evening, the board approved applying for a line of credit of up to $100,000, which will allow us to continue to pay staff salaries and sustain the building. St. Philip’s has weathered many storms in the past, and we will weather this one as well, but it will take all of us working together to do so. God has been good to us, and we want to continue to do His work now, and in the future when we are all back worshipping together in our wonderful Sanctuary. Peace and love to all my St. Philip’s family!
LaRae Kazmierkoski – Board of Administration President
How to Access Worship Services
We will be utilizing Facebook Live as one of the means to connect with our congregation and community during the Covid-19 outbreak. Because the St. Philip’s Facebook page is public, you do not need to have a Facebook account to visit it.
On our church's website [www.splcmn.org] there is a Facebook logo button below our calendar. Click on the logo and it will lead you directly to our Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/
We will begin our live stream at the regular times of worship, including Wednesday Lent Worship at 6:30 pm, Sunday traditional worship at 9:00 am, and contemporary worship at 10:30 am. Scheduled worship times for Holy Week and Easter will also be streamed if the ban is still in place. Tuesdays Together will be cast on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm, Evening Prayer Group at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays, and Adult Catechism at 4:00 pm on Wednesdays. If you miss the Livestream, visit our website to watch the recorded version. Click on the first drop down ‘About St. Philip's' and then ‘sermons.’
Financial Giving Options
St. Philip's now offers two new ways to electronically give! The first option is to text SPLCMNGIVE to 77977 from your smartphone and click on the link it sends back to you. The second option can be accessed through the homepage on our website [www.splcmn.org]. Click on the blue 'here' in the Online Giving paragraph. Note: If you do not have a mobile phone for code verification, you can click 'how does mobile sign in work' on the second screen and then continue as a guest.
Both of these methods through PushPay are designed to be quick and easy to use. You are given the opportunity to make a one-time or recurring gift with any major credit card or through your bank account. If you need help, feel free to call the office to walk you through the steps.
You may also continue to mail in your offering.
Thank you for your continued financial support through this challenging time.
The memorial for Vern Johnson that was scheduled for Saturday, April 11 has been postponed. We will send you more information has new arrangements are made.
Easter flowers will no longer be sold in the church office. However, if you are interested in purchasing flowers, several kinds are still available: white Easter lilies, blue & pink hydrangeas and pink azaleas at $20.00 each. The flowers will be used to decorate the Sanctuary for Easter Sunday and will be enjoyed virtually, as services will most likely be online. If you are interested, please contact Becky Becker directly. She can be reached by phone or text at [763-913-4059] or by email at [email@example.com].
Food & Clothing Shelf
The food & clothing shelf is temporarily suspended as of Thursday, March 19.
The Community Supper will be temporarily suspended until Wednesday, April 22.
First Communion Classes - Update
With the recommendation to limiting gatherings to 10 people or less, our classes are temporarily suspended. Families will be updated immediately with new dates or alternate class style via video, etc. If you have questions contact Connie Yerigan, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries at [ConnieY@splcmn.org].
Congregational Directories Have Arrived!
Our new directories are finally here! A complimentary copy is available to all who were photographed, though we will wait until we reopen to distribute them. Please do not come to the church to pick up your directory.
Christ in Our Home
With the outbreaks of coronavirus in North America and around the world many people may be without a physical copy of Christ in Our Home. To assist with devotional life during this time, Augsburg Fortress is offering a limited-time complementary email subscription. Please sign up and receive the daily devotional to your email at 4:00 am Central Time for the remainder of March and April 2020. Visit the post on Sunday, March 22 on the Augsburg Fortress Facebook page to learn more. [https://www.facebook.com/
St. Philip’s Disaster Relief Trip
The SPDR 2020 spring trip is scheduled for May 2 - 10 to the Galveston, TX area. As of Monday, March 16 that is still the plan. There is a possibility that this trip will be postponed or cancelled altogether. Watch St. Philip’s publications, emails, and Facebook for updates. Contact Mike Anderson or Renee Johnson at [SPDR@splcmn.org] if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.
Endowment Fund Grant Requests
If your group, committee, or organization needs extra funds, please submit a grant request form found at [splcmn.org/ministries/
Growing Through Loss
A six-week grief support and education program that was scheduled April 13 through May 18 at Nativity Lutheran Church in St. Anthony Village, has been canceled due to the sponsors’ concern for the health and wellbeing of participants in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. The fall session of the program of lectures and support groups is scheduled for Thursdays from September 17 – October 22 at Incarnation Lutheran Church, Shoreview. For information, check the Growing Through Loss website [www.growingthroughloss.org].
The Governor has ordered the state to, "Stay at Home" through Friday, April 10. In following this order, the office will be closed except to receive the mail. Our staff will continue to work, mostly from home, but can be reached via email, text, or phone. Please do not come to the church during this time. Thank you for your cooperation.
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