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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.

May 24 - 31, 2020

Message From Pastor Matt
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus,
As the state starts to reopen, we are all wondering when we can come back and worship in our Sanctuary. We don't know yet. We won't be able to have congregational worship on site until the state rules for gatherings change. We are making some preliminary plans, but we must wait. I've spoken with the Board of Administration and the Worship, Music & Arts Team about some ideas and we will continue to discuss and refine them. As soon as we have new guidance from the state that allows larger gatherings, we will finalize the plan and get the word out. For now, we are limited to groups of 10 or fewer. Whatever the guidance, we need to stress safe practices. We can have physical distancing and social connection. I also want to thank you all for the many words of encouragement and your continued prayers. They truly mean the world to me.

Many Thanks – Pastor Matt
I'd like to thank all those involved in the wonderful Drive-in worship on Mother's Day. We had quite a crew who put in many, many hours in the week before, the day of, and in cleaning up after. It was wonderful to see so many folks gather in the parking lot and it was deeply meaningful to take communion with you. It was cold that day, but after all, we are Minnesotans. Thank you again, to all who helped and to all who came.

Notes From the Board – BOA President, LaRae Kazmierkoski
While the governor's announcement that the state would be slowly reopening was a welcome message, churches were not included in this phase. Plans are being made for when that phase is implemented, and it will be wonderful to worship in the Sanctuary again. It will be different, and the staff is making sure we are safe when that happens. We have certainly learned to accept change! The board met on Monday evening, and financially, we are doing relatively well. We continue to monitor that situation on a month by month basis. As a church, we are weathering this storm as well as we can. I hope this finds you all enjoying each day of wonderful weather. Happy Memorial Day to each of you. God's continued blessings on you all.

Take Us With You - Our St. Philip's App Is Here!
St. Philip's has its very own App! The App is designed to help us all stay connected and allows access to worship services, upcoming events, our calendar, office communications, prayer requests, volunteer opportunities, electronic giving and much, much more!
You can download it for free, here are two ways:
Text SPLCMNAPP to 77977 and then follow the prompts to download or
go to your App store (iPhone/iPad) or Google Play store (Android phones) and search for
St. Philip's Church, Fridley. Look for an icon of our purple church logo. Once downloaded, it will ask if you would like to receive notifications. We recommend you do as,we will occasionally send notifications through our app to keep you up to date on church related activities and info based on the ministries you choose. We will be continuously updating the app and adding more features as needed. If you have questions, please contact Jeannine [] or Connie [].

How to Access Live and Past Worship Services
We begin our Facebook live stream at our regular service times. Sunday at 9:00 am for traditional worship and 10:30 am for contemporary worship. Tuesdays Together is cast on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm and the Tuesday Evening Prayer Group at 6:30 pm. Adult Catechism is live at 4:00 pm every Wednesday.
To access Facebook - On our church's website [] there is a Facebook logo button below the calendar. Click on the logo and it will lead you directly to our Facebook page [].
If you miss the Livestream, you can also watch the recorded version on our new St. Philip’s App, which you can download on your smartphone or tablet.
Or on our website [], click on the first drop down ‘About St. Philip's' and then ‘sermons.’
If you would like a DVD copy mailed to you, please contact the office.
We are glad to have these means of communication to stay connected with our congregation and community during this time.

Financial Giving Options
St. Philip's now offers three ways to electronically give! The first option can be accessed through our new church App. At the bottom of the screen is a heart that says '
Give'. If you click on that, you will be taken directly to our giving site. The second option is to text SPLCMNGIVE to 77977 from your smartphone and click on the link it sends back to you. The third option can be accessed on our website []. 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.
All of these methods through PushPay are designed to be quick, secure, and easy to use. You are given the opportunity to make a one-time or recurring gift with a credit card or through your bank account. If you need help, please call Jeannine or Connie in the office to walk you through the steps.
You can also continue to send your offering by mail if you prefer. Thank you for your support!

Coming Soon: A New Look to the E-News
We are excited to announce an enhancement of the E-News to complement our other communication platforms. Instead of the E-News solely displaying the announcements, it will now, similarly to our new app and website, provide a way to stay informed with varying aspects of St. Philip’s. With just a click of a mouse, the E-News will allow you to still view the announcements but also include direct links to: Facebook Live events, our new app, ministry news, giving options, prayer requests, our website, The Friend, and so much more! Our goal is to bring this to you via email beginning Friday, May 29. Please continue to send your announcement requests to Jenni and if you have any questions, please contact Jenni at [].

Worship, Meetings, and Ministries
Currently most St. Philip’s sponsored events remain temporarily suspended. However, in following Governor Walz’s, “Stay Safe Minnesota” order, groups of 10 or fewer can meet while still practicing appropriate safety measures (maintain six feet of distance and wear masks). We will continue to keep you updated with any new information as we receive it.

Food & Clothing Shelf
Curbside pickup service is available on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and Friday mornings from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. We will hand out one prepackaged bag of non-perishable food and one bag of perishable food to include: milk, cheese, eggs, and a frozen meat product (assuming all are available).
Volunteers will wear masks and gloves when meeting visitors and ask for your name, whether you have visited the food shelf before, and then they will bring the food out to your car.
We will continue this schedule until testing is sufficient for the Minnesota Department of Health to give the all clear for the release of social distancing and it is safe to return to the food and clothing shelf rooms. Please contact the church office, [763-571-1500] email, [] or visit the church website at [] for updates.

Community Supper
Until further notice, the Community Supper will be served by curbside pickup at Door 11 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. We will not know the menu until the day of the meal. If you would like to volunteer, please find us on the new St. Philip's app to sign up. On the app, you will click the 'Home' button at the bottom, then click 'Connect' and then 'Volunteer Options'. Once that screen shows, click 'Community Supper' and then 'Sign up to volunteer today!’ We would love to see groups volunteer (a family, troop, club, etc.) for helping serve via curbside pickup. Thank you for your help.

Office Operations
The Governor has transitioned his executive order to “Stay Safe Minnesota.” In following this order, the office will remain closed except to receive the mail. Our staff will continue to work, mostly remotely, but can be reached via email, text, or phone. Please do not come to the church during this time. Thank you!

The June Friend
The Friend will be emailed to you before the beginning of the month. You can also find a copy in our new App or on our website. Those without email on file will be mailed a paper copy. Please let the office know if you would also prefer a copy mailed to you.

Memorial Day – Office Closed
The office will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Scripture for Sunday
Psalm 68
John 17:1-11

9:00 am Worship Songs
Alleluia Sing to Jesus - ELW 392
A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing! - ELW 393
Lord, You Give the Great Commission - ELW 579

10:30 am Worship Songs
Days of Elijah
I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)
We Fall Down
Living Hope
Revelation Song

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