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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.

March 24 - 31, 2018

Today: New Member Sunday

We welcome the following new members to St. Philip’s: Matt, Micaela, and Harrison Holland; Ryan, Danielle, and Philip Nestrud; and Katie Johnson.

Lent Paraments

The purple paraments of Lent have red lines, suggesting the challenges we face in our lives and the challenges Christ faced in His ministry on earth. Along the upper portion are white lines, reminding us of the continuous presence of our caring God. The lectern parament has a cross representing Christ’s final challenge. It is tipped to imply it is being carried.

The purple banners on the back wall represent the cross and the fish symbol. The fish symbol reminds us of the good news of Jesus. Also, during Jesus’ ministry He referred to His disciples as “fishers of men” and He fed huge groups of His followers’ meals of fish. The fish represent the followers of Jesus.

Easter Flowers

Please consider purchasing flowers to decorate the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Easter lilies, pink azaleas, or blue hydrangeas are available. You may take your plant home after the 10:30 am service on Easter. The flowers are from Gertens and will brighten your surroundings. Please sign up and pay in the church office.

Save The Date - First Communion Classes
The season of Lent is upon us, and that can only mean one thing! Our First Communion classes are starting soon! Classes will be Wednesday nights, March 27, April 3, and April 10 from 6:00 to 6:55 pm with Lenten worship to follow at 7:00 pm. If you have a child or know of a child ready and interested in receiving their First Communion, please visit our website. You will find the registration link under the Children and Family tab and then click on First Communion Classes. Or contact Connie Yerigan at [ConnieY@splcmn.org] for more information.

Support Our Youth!

Make sure to visit with our youth who will be in the Narthex after worship today and on March 31! Eight young people will be heading to Denver, CO this summer to encounter Christ through service and learning. Our youth will be fundraising through the Envelope Project. The Envelope Project is an opportunity for the congregation to support our travelers while learning more about them. Participants will be asked to donate the dollar amount listed on an envelope in exchange for a bio of one of our youth and a commitment to keep them in your prayers.

Festival of Tables

The Parish Fellowship Committee is hosting the 11th Annual Festival of Tables on Saturday,
April 6, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. This beautiful event is a fundraiser for area food shelves. Lunch will be served and there will be door prizes and an author/motivational speaker. Tickets are $15 and will be sold between services today and next Sunday in the Narthex. Tickets are transferable but non-refundable. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the St Philip’s Food Shelf. Additional funding provided by Thrivent. For more information please contact Julie Small at [kjsmall74@msn.com]. Make plans now to attend. See you there!

SPDR Ministry Spring Trip Registration

Registration has begun for the Hurricane Harvey rebuild trip to Galveston April 27 through May 5. If you are interested in being part of this team, please submit your registration as soon as possible. If you need the registration form, please contact SPDR via email at [spdr@splcmn.org] or call Renee Johnson at [612-202-1959].

SPDR Ministry Paint Supply Collection

SPDR has started a collection for paint supplies that the team will take down to Texas and donate to the Galveston Long Term Recovery Committee. Needed supplies include: new paintbrushes, new roller covers, tape, can openers, paint cups, paint trays, paint tray liners, roller handles, and extension handles. Please – no paint! If you have any of these items to donate, please place them in the collection cans in the Narthex or near Door #2. Items will be collected through Wednesday, April 24.

Joy Circle

Joy Circle meets the first Monday of the month at 1:00 pm at St. Philip’s or a member’s home. Our bible study comes from the magazine, Gather, a publication of the Women of the ELCA that can be found in the St. Philip’s library. This year we are studying the book of John. We would love to have new members so please join us Monday, April 1 in Room 3 at St. Philips. Any questions call Sandy Goman at [763-786-4177].

Greeters Needed

We would love to have you join our greeter ministry. Volunteers are welcome to join a team and greet prior to our 8:30 and 10:30 am worship services. It is about a 20 – minute commitment each time you are scheduled. Greeters are the first point of contact on Sunday for our members, guests, and those experiencing St. Philip’s for the first time. Would you be interested in making their first interaction a happy and positive one? If this opportunity is exciting to you, please contact Jenni Anderson at [jennia@splcmn.org].

Christian Yoga

Join us for our spring series, “My Identity in Christ.” Classes will run for six weeks, ending on Monday, April 8. Chair class begins at 5:15 pm ($5/class) and Mat class begins at 6:15 pm ($7/class) in the Lounge. Christian yoga is where our yoga practice and our faith intersect. Everyone is welcome!

Board of Administration Meeting

The next Board meeting will be held Monday, March 25, at 6:30 pm in Room 3. All members are welcome to attend.

8:30 am Music
Blessed Assurance
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
Rock of Ages Cleft for Me

10:30 am Music
10,000 Reasons
Sing My Love
Come to the River
Good Good Father
O Come to the Altar
Build Your Kingdom Here

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