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There are many interesting and engaging things happening at St. Philip's. We've highlighted some of these things below. Check back often as we update this information weekly.

“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!

Our Vision: St. Philip’s is a vibrant Christian community, working together to know and love God, our neighbors and the world.

Our Mission: St. Philip’s Lutheran is a community church centered on Christ that invites you to come and see Jesus.

Come as you are to

Worship, Wonder, and Work

in Jesus’ name!

August 13 - 20, 2017

More Backpacks Needed: Deadline Extended
Thank you to all who have already donated backpacks and school supplies, however, we are seriously short of the amount needed for our schools. We committed to 75 backpacks for the Fridley Middle and High Schools, and so far only 20 have been donated. We are extending the deadline to Wednesday, August 23 and ask that you prayerfully consider donating a backpack (Containers for backpacks are located at Door 1 and 2). At this point, we are asking only for backpacks and we will supply the rest. Please help a child in need. Thank you.

Staffing Transition
As of this week, we have received a letter of resignation from Sara Quarberg, our Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. She has accepted a similar position at Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine. "I fully believe in the work and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I have taken a lot of time to discern this decision and fully believe it is the next step for me and my family." Please join us in celebrating her amazing work here over the past three years next Sunday, August 27. We will bless and send her in worship, with refreshments following the 9:30 am worship.

Wednesday Night Worship and Discussions
Join us for lakeside worship on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm here at St. Philip's. Following worship, everyone has a place to go. Children and families are invited to join Connie for activities, the youth with Sara for s'more conversation, and adults are invited to join one of our pastors for discussion surrounding each night's message from the book, The Gifts of Imperfection. Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us, too!

S.P.A.R.K. of Faith (3 years old through 5th grade)
Sunday School starts on September 17! With the excitement of a new year also comes a new name! S.P.A.R.K. of Faith which stands for St. Philip's Amazing Rejoicing Kids of Faith. New name . . . same great program! Register your child today! Questions? Please contact Connie Yerigan, Director of Children and Family Ministry at [].

Come, Host a LifeGroup!
We are now looking for members interested in hosting a LifeGroup for our fall session. Small Groups can be hosted at your home or here at church, and on whatever day and time works best for you. All materials will be provided, and a brief training/meeting will be offered in September for all LifeGroup hosts. Prayerfully consider if this is a leadership opportunity you would love to take part in! Contact Pastor Mollie [] with questions or to sign up.

Calling All Caring Adults!
We are in search of caring adults who would be interested in helping children grow in faith. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we couldn't agree more. Volunteers who teach a child about Jesus will find the journey so rewarding for both the children and themselves. S.P.A.R.K. of Faith which stands for St. Philip's Amazing Rejoicing Kids of Faith. New name . . . same great program! If you are interested in becoming a S.P.A.R.K. teacher or would like more information on what this exactly consists of, please contact Connie Yerigan, Director of Children and Family Ministry at [].

Library Group Meeting
There will be a special meeting of the Library Group on Tuesday, August 22 at 9:00 am in the church library. We will be doing some planning for our Fall activities. All are welcome to attend the meeting. See you there!

Coming Soon – “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday.
Join other members of St. Philip’s during the ELCA day of service on Sunday, September 10. There will be drop-in activities for all in the Fellowship Hall during the Education hour (9:35 - 10:20 am) that will benefit Meals on Wheels, Camp Noah, Global Health Ministries, and Union Gospel Mission. In the afternoon, there will be activities at St. Philip’s and out in the community that benefits kids, the elderly, and the hungry. Take part in the morning and/or afternoon activities. Watch for more details in late August.

"Murder" Mystery Game Event
The 55+ Retirees and the < 55 members request the honor of the presence of anyone over the age of 18 to a Murder Mystery Event titled “Till Death Do Us Part”. This mock wedding reception will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 4:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Come and see how your sleuthing skills can be used to help solve the crime! The cost of $20 per person includes enhanced appetizers, a wedding reception you will never forget, and a chance to solve the crime. Signup in the church office, please make a (non-refundable) check payable to St. Philip’s Church. Questions? Contact Amada at [ or 763-571-1500].

Parish Fellowship Fall Fundraiser
The Parish Fellowship Committee is trading in the Holiday Market fundraiser this year for a delicious dinner! Join us on Saturday, October 7 for a scrumptious ‘educational’ four-course meal prepared by Terri (Gilbertson) Chaffer from Love That Olive. Terri will be teaching us about the healthy cooking options using olive oil. The new fall fundraiser will be used for non-budgeted wish list items here at St. Philip’s (think Quilters, Knitters, WOW, Men’s Work Crew, SPDR, etc.). Tickets are $20 and will be on sale between services on September 17, 24, and October 1.

Growing Through Loss Series
This six - week series provides an opportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues. Each session begins with an educational presentation by a professional from the community, followed by small groups facilitated by leaders who understand the grieving process. Although there is no cost, donations are welcome. Registration takes place each evening before the program. Church affiliation is not necessary. Each session is complete in itself; attend any or all sessions. Free childcare is available, but please call a week in advance so they are prepared for your children. For more information [763-755-5335 or]. The next series will be held Monday evenings, September 18 - October 23, from 6:45 to 9:00 pm at Centennial United Methodist Church, 1524 W County Road C2, Roseville, MN 55113.

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