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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 Mission:

God calls us to receive and share God’s love and grace with all people.

Our Vision:

With God’s help, we will be joyful, compassionate and generous as we Worship, Grow and Serve in community.

November 17 - 24, 2019

Thanksgiving Eve Schedule

Wednesday, November 27

5:30 pm: Community Supper

6:00 pm: Worship

7:00 pm: Pie and Coffee Gathering

Advent Worship Schedule

Each Wednesday November 27 – December 18

5:30 pm – Community Supper in Fellowship Hall
6:00 pm – Advent Service in the Sanctuary

Today: New Member Gathering
Are you or a friend interested in becoming a member of St. Philip’s? Join us today at 11:30 am –1:00 pm in the Lounge. Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions or would like to join but are unable to attend today’s gathering, please contact Eric Nelson at [] or Pastor Matt at [] and they would be more than happy to chat with you.

Today: Poinsettia Sale
Poinsettia plants will be sold from 8:30 – 11:30 am today. Please complete the form found in the bulletin and bring it to the table in the Narthex. Delivery for personal Poinsettias will be Wednesday, December 4. You may also purchase a plant to temporarily donate for Sanctuary decorating. Sanctuary plants will be delivered at a later date to be announced.

Youth Holiday Market
Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 8, when our youth are hosting a Holiday Market inthe Narthex. They will be making items to sell and welcome any contributions, such as baked goods, crafts, or other holiday gift ideas. Donated items should be dropped off by Wednesday, December 4. Please contact Connie at [] with questions or to drop off items.

Plant Adoption Success!
Our first annual Plant Adoption went very well last Sunday! Thank you to those who adopted a plant from our Garden Group, as they are very pleased with the way you all volunteered to help love and nurture the plant babies this winter!

Additional Date for Congregational Directory Photographs
The first two rounds of our Lifetouch photography sessions are complete. Because of the amazing turnout and additional requests to sign up, we have added one additional day on Saturday, December 21 from 12:00 - 7:00 pm. Signups are available on the homepage of our website under New Congregational Directory, or by contacting Jeannine or Connie in the office. Thank you for making our directory complete!

Thanksgiving Baskets
Because the need was significant, we increased the number of Thanksgiving basket beyond 50 this year. Additional tags have been added to the boards in the Narthex and Door 2. Please take a tag, shop for the item(s), and return them to the office before Wednesday, November 20. We hope to provide families with supplemental food, as well as a CUB gift card. Cash donations are also appreciated, as any food which is not donated will be purchased to complete the baskets. Thank you for your support.

Holiday Book Fair
Join us Sunday, November 24 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm in the Narthex for our annual Library Group fundraiser, which will be held in cooperation with The Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. This is an excellent opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done without a trip to the mall.

Reverse Advent Calendar
All are invited to take part in our Reverse Advent Calendar activity beginning Sunday, December 1. Each day you may add an item to your box from the list of needed contributions, which you will find in your bulletin next week. On Christmas Eve, you may donate the box to a food bank (preferably the St. Philip’s Food & Clothing Shelf). Please bring your box full of gifts to either the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service and place in the altar area. Thank you in advance for your participation and generosity!

Christmas Giving Trees
We will begin our Christmas giving early this year, as Kinshoppe, an event hosted for teens and adults, is being held on Saturday, December 7. Beginning Wednesday, November 20, please choose a tag or two from the tree, purchase items, and bring them to the church by Thursday, December 5.
Other giving opportunities for this year:

  • Hope4Youth - A program serving youth – gifts are needed by Sunday, December 15
  • In Love, Word and Deed - A program serving homeless men – gifts are needed by Sunday, December 15
We will also have a table set up in the Narthex to purchase gifts for residents of Lynwood Care Center. Please choose a card from the table and return the unwrapped gift by Sunday, December 15.

Help Needed for Kinshoppe Event
On Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, the Benevolence Committee will be hosting a Kinshoppe event. The areas where volunteers are needed include:

  • Gift wrappers
  • Craft Room
  • Shopping Elves (helping children choose a gift)
Set up for the event will be on Friday, December 6 in the afternoon (TBD). If you have an interest in helping in any of these areas, please stop at the poinsettia table and sign up. This is a fun event to be a part of and space is limited.

St. Philip's Disaster Relief
A SPDR team comprised of 13 members left for Houston on Saturday, November 9, for the fifth time since Hurricane Harvey struck in the fall of 2017. The team will return home Sunday, November 17. The purpose of the trip is to continue work in a home that Harvey Team #4 began a few weeks ago. This team hopes to complete enough of the rebuild so the family of eight can move back in prior to Christmas. The St. Philip's congregation is changing lives through the outreach of the SPDR ministry.

Volunteer Needed for Meals on Wheels
St. Philip's is looking for someone to help coordinate drivers for our Meals on Wheels route. The commitment involves making phone calls to our team once every nine weeks and filling in 4-5 slots on the schedule. Meals are delivered in Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop, and St. Louis Park areas and provide nutritious meals to the elderly and people with disabilities. Please contact Jeannine at [] if you are interested.

Christian Yoga
Join us for our fall series: “Giving Thanks and Joy to the World.” Classes will run every Monday through December 9. Chair class is at 5:15pm ($5/class) and Mat class is at 6:15 pm ($7/class) in the Lounge. Christian yoga is where our yoga practice and our faith intersect. Everyone is welcome!

Scripture For Sunday

Psalm 98
Luke 21:5-19

9:00 am Worship Songs
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Christ Be in My Waking - Sanctuary Choir
If You But Trust in God to Guide You
When Peace Like a River: It is Well with My Soul

10:30 am Worship Songs
This is Amazing Grace
Take My Life
All Who Are Thirsty
I Am
Love Never Fails

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