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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.

October 15 - 22, 2017

Congregational Family Meeting Update
Thank you to all who were able to attend our Congregational Family Meeting last Sunday, October 8. We discussed questions about our budget and where we are as a Church. We are preparing answers to the questions that were asked and we will have responses on Sunday, October 22.
“The family that prays together stays together.”

Education Hour Reminders . . .
• Sunday, October 22 there will be no S.P.A.R.K. of Faith, Middle School, High School or Education Hour.
• Sunday, October 29 is Reformation Sunday. Please join us during the Education Hour for different activities. All ages welcome!
Refugee Welcome Kits
Lutheran Social Services Refugee Services offers hope and a helping hand to refugees as they start anew in Minnesota. Please help us collect items needed to create welcome kits. The items needed are displayed on tags in the Narthex. Please take one, two or more and return the items to the office. Then join us on November 12 during the Education Hour on Sunday at 9:30 am, as we assemble the kits.

Advocacy Meeting
The next Advocacy Meeting will be held Thursday evening October 26 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. We will watch the nationally acclaimed National Geographic Documentary “In God’s Name”. All are encouraged to join for this 90-minute movie. This is a movie of wisdom from 12 of the world’s great spiritual leaders. We will have a question and answer discussion about the movie during the Educational Hour between services Sunday, November 5. If you are able to join us for the movie please let us know []. All are welcome!

A Martin Luther Play at First Lutheran Church
Join SPLC youth and families on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 pm for a dramatic retelling of Martin Luther at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights. Learn more about Martin Luther and the formation of the Lutheran church as we celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. The hour-long drama will be followed up with a medieval marketplace. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. For questions, please contact Nathan Roberts [].

Harvest Festival
Middle School and High School Youth! Join us on Thursday, October 19 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Twin Cities Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Park for some fun and fellowship as we explore the corn maze, take a hayride, and various other activities! Cost is $10, including lunch. RSVP to Tory [] by October 18.

Trunk ’or’ Treat
St. Philip’s is hosting Trunk ’or’ Treat again this Halloween and we are accepting candy donations (especially candy with “Christian” symbols); please drop off individually wrapped candy in the church office. This event is for all children in the area, not just members of St. Philip’s. All guests receive materials about St. Philip’s programs and a Christian message that Jesus Loves Them! This event takes place in the St. Philip’s parking lot but in case of inclement weather, the event will move into the Fellowship Hall. If you’d like to participate in this fun, community engaging event please contact Sue Davis [763-784-9318].

55+ Retirees: Dinner & High School Play
“They’re creepy and they’re kooky . . . mysterious and spooky . . . The Addams Family!” Please join us for an entertaining evening at the Fridley High School. Meet in the cafeteria, on Thursday, November 16 by 5:30 pm. We will have dinner; then walk down the hall to the Auditorium to view the play “The Addams Family”; a musical comedy. The cost of $15/per person includes dinner and the play. Sign up in the church office by Sunday, November 5. Any questions, contact Tom Schonebaum[763-786-2483].

Community Suppers
Did you know St. Philip’s serves a weekly Wednesday night community supper? Feeding the community is what God calls us to do and more kitchen helpers are needed to make this a success. Volunteer hours are from 5:00 - 7:00 pm (but any times would help). We need just TWO volunteers an evening, could you help? Please contact Renee Youngberg []. Thank you!

Bible verses and music for October 15 - 22, 2017
The Bible verses for this weekend is Philippians 4:4-9 and Matthew 22:1-14
Hymns for Sunday at 8:30 am
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
We Come to the Hungry Feast
Sent Forth by God's Blessing
Songs for Sunday at 10:30 am
Oh For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
Mighty To Save
Days of Elijah

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