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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.

December 17 - 24, 2017

Christmas Worship Schedule

Advent Wednesday –December 20

6:00 pm – Dinner, Fellowship, and a hymn sing

Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24

• 2:00 pm – Family Worship with the Worship Band

4:00 pm – Traditional Worship with Candlelight

10:00 pm – Traditional Worship with Candlelight & the Sanctuary Choir

Christmas Day – Monday, December 25

10:00 am – Worship

New Year’s Eve – Sunday, December 31

9:30 am – Worship with Christmas Carols and the stories behind the songs

Sanctuary Flower

The single yellow rose is given by Wylie Klawitter and Ezekiel Williams in honor of their beautiful daughter and sister, Hazel, who would have celebrated her first birthday on Friday, December 15.

Today - Education Hour Speaker

Ever wonder about the organizations we support for our giving trees each Christmas? Today during education hour (9:35 - 10:20 am) come hear from representatives from each group and learn about their outreach and how St. Philip's helps in their missions. The organizations we support are: SACA (Southern Anoka Community Assistance), CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Programs), Alexandra House, Stepping Stones, and Kinship Project.

Advent Paraments

The primary purpose of paraments is to announce the season of the church year by their color. There is a pattern of magenta, blue, purple, and some white squares which may be seen as a flickering light – the light of the expected Christ coming into the world. The pulpit and lectern paraments have four white lights, implying the four weeks of Advent.

Poinsettia Sale – Last Day!

Now’s your chance to beautify the Sanctuary for Christmas by purchasing a poinsettia. You make take “your” plant home anytime after Christmas Day service. Please sign up and pay in the church office. Sale ends today, Sunday, December 17.

LifeGroups - Winter Session is Coming!

Join a LifeGroup - join the conversation! Starting the week of January 7, we are once again offering a small group ministry opportunity where you will meet on a weekly basis, watch a video together, and have a discussion. LifeGroups will run for 4 weeks and the topic for our winter session will be TED Talks. TED Talks are videos that present a great idea in 18 minutes or less. Their goal is to share Ideas Worth Spreading in fields such as science, technology, business, culture, art, and design. Sign-ups will be in the church office through the month of December.

2017 Contribution Deadline

As the end of the year approaches, please keep in mind the deadline to drop off 2017 contributions is Friday, December 29 by 1:00 pm in the church office. If you prefer to mail in your offering, it must be postmarked no later than Saturday, December 30. Per IRS guidelines, envelopes postmarked after this date will apply to 2018. Stock gifts should be in the works by December 15. Thank you for your generous and faithful donations to St. Philip's Lutheran Church.

Offering Envelopes

Beginning in 2018, offering envelopes will be mailed out by the U.S. postal service every quarter, direct from our vendor. You can expect to receive the first set in the mail prior to the end of the year. Please be sure to keep your current address on file in the office. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Young Adult Movie and Cookie Decorating Party

Young Adults (ages 18 - 29): Join us this Tuesday, December 19, at 6:00 pm for a Christmas movie and cookie decorating party! We will meet at Faith Lutheran Church (11115 Hanson Blvd NW, Coon Rapids). St. Philip's partners with Faith Lutheran to bring young adults together in community while exploring and growing in faith! Contact Tory for more information [].

Thank You

The 2017 Christmas Pageant was a success and would not have been possible without our volunteers. A big thank you to our S.P.A.R.K. teachers, the parents and grandparents, and other volunteers who helped behind the scenes. And a very special thank you to the children! Amazing work! Blessings to you all, Connie Yerigan, Director of Children and Family Ministry

Articles for the Announcements and The Friend

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Employment Opportunities

St. Philip’s is seeking a new Sanctuary Choir Director and a new Publications and Membership Coordinator. The Choir Director position is 6 hours a week and the Publications position is 28 hours a week. To learn more about these positions or to apply, please visit [].

Transition Team Question

A question from the Transition Team for Sunday, December 17 to ponder, “How do YOU plan to encourage and support our new pastor?”
Music for December 17, 2017
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Jesus Messiah
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming
Grace Like A Wave

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