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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 27 – June 3, 2018

Today: Summer Worship Starts

Summer Worship starts today with one worship service at 9:30 am. Worship will be rotated throughout the summer with Traditional, Contemporary, and Blended services. And be sure to join us for special Wednesday Evening Services on June 13, July 11, and August 8 at 6:30 pm!

Today: Grab A Tag . . . And Shop Away!

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner and the halls will soon be buzzing with little feet and hungry tummies! If you would like to donate items for their daily snacks please grab a tag from one of the boards, go shopping, and bring the items back by Sunday, June 10. Questions? Contact Connie Yerigan [].

Wednesday Worship: Blessing of the Animals

Please join us for our first Wednesday Worship on June 13 at 6:30 pm. We will be blessing our furry friends who live with us, so please bring any and all pets. We will also have a Bouncy House and Firetrucks for the kids. All are welcome!

Graduation Sunday

On Sunday, June 3, we will be honoring our high school graduates during the 9:30 am Worship. Please contact Tory Plucheck [] to add your name to the list of graduates we will be praying for. Everyone is invited to join us after Worship for a cake reception in Fellowship Hall. Blessings and prayers to all in your next life adventures!

Light The Fire Fundraiser

Help support our youth going to Camp Wapo this summer through our Light the Fire Fundraiser! We have seven youth heading to camp to learn more about their faith in relationship with their peers and young adult leaders. On Sunday, June 3 and 10 you will be able to purchase a “flame” to help build a campfire. Each flame has a dollar amount listed on it to represent the amount of money donated. Youth will be there to connect with the congregation and share why they are excited to go to camp and how it helps form their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ. Camp is one of the greatest ministries the church can offer to our young people, empowering each youth to be a leader using their unique gifts and talents.

Summer Special Music

Are you a musician who would like to share your gift with the congregation this summer? We are looking for volunteers to play special music this summer during Worship. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Jennifer Thurman [].

Updated Lector List

As we begin Summer Worship, we are wanting to update our Lector list. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Pastor Mollie [] or Michelle Angerhofer [].

Advocacy Group Committee Report

The Advocacy Group, in conjunction with Staff, attempted to present an Adult Forum (Holy Conversation) on April 15 with the Food & Clothing Shelf. Unfortunately, this Forum was cancelled due to the snowstorm but we are planning to reschedule. We also facilitated the Holy Conversation on April 29 with Pastor Bee Vang of the Amazing Grace ELCA Hmong Church that worships at St. Philip’s. This Forum was well attended and we heard many positive comments.

Heritage Group Update
The Heritage Group has been busy gathering materials that tell the story of St. Philip’s. If you are spring cleaning or downsizing and have come across any records, flyers, programs, or other material from the past years of the church, please consider donating them to the Heritage Group. We will be glad to recycle them if they are duplicates. You may leave them in the church office with a Heritage note. Heritage Group members are Dick Lekang (chair), Arlene Hamernik, Grace Kurtz, Thelma Nash, Ron Seekamp, and Marlin Sorum.

Food & Clothing Shelf

April was another busy month in the Food & Clothing Shelf. Like March, we had 57 visitors. We thank everyone for the food, gas cards and monetary donations. We purchased $471.87 in extra food to keep pace with the volume of visitors. We also purchased three clothing racks to replace the Garage Sale racks we had been borrowing. That purchase was $338.20. The total expenditures for April were $810.07. We continue to move forward on a grant and training from SHIP (Anoka County/University of Minnesota Extension grant services) and 2nd Harvest Heartland Food Distribution Center as we work toward account approval.

Garage Sale Funding Requests

The Garage Sale Committee is beginning to accept requests for funds from this year’s sale. Request forms may be found in the office and will be accepted until June 18. We will discuss funding at our June 21 meeting and funds will be disbursed after our final meeting in September.

Thank You From The Property & Grounds Crew

Property & Grounds would like to thank everyone who attended last Saturday’s Spring Clean Up. We had 25 people who came and helped us by working in the kitchen, cleaning windows, blowing out leaves, spreading mulch, weeding, splitting plants, trimming bushes, cleaning up edging, and clearing out the Highway 65 ditch. We discovered a momma duck has her nest on the north section of the parking lot island, so we did not cut back the tall grass in order for her to stay covered.

Help Your Neighbor

St. Philip's was contacted by the coordinator of the Anoka County Chores & More program requesting help to paint the exterior of a mobile home that belongs to a low income, disabled senior living in the Fridley Terrace Mobile Home Park. This project is tentatively scheduled for early June. If you have a few hours available to help out, please contact Richard Young at [612-270-4849] or [].

Yoga Classes

Please join us for Christian Yoga! Chair class is at 5:15 pm ($5/class) and mat class is at 6:15 pm ($7/class) every Monday in the Lounge. The Spring session is through June 11. To get a complete schedule, please contact Becky Becker [763-786-6702] or join the Facebook group St. Philip’s Christian Yoga. Everyone is welcome to join us as we focus on the Lord while we stretch, strengthen, balance, and relax.

Songs for the E-News:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
Come, Join the Dance of Trinity
Spirit of Gentleness

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