St. Philip Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We have been a congregation for more than 50 years and have many active ministries devoted to helping us all Live Like That.
Pastor Laura will begin her ministry as Associate Pastor at St. Philip beginning on Monday, August 12. Feel free to stop by the church office during the week of the 12th to greet and welcome her to this community of faith. Pastor Laura’s first Sunday in worship will be August 18th and will again be an opportunity to introduce yourself.
This truly is an exciting time at St. Philip as we seek to answer God’s call to live like Christ – to live like that. Ask questions, make suggestions, practice hospitality, and pray without ceasing knowing that God’s got us and will guide possibilities into the future.
More exciting news about Pastor Laura’s new journey with St. Philip, including ordination and installation invitation can be found in this special edition of The St. Philip Invitation.
On behalf of the search team, I would like to invite each of you
to an open forum on Sunday, June 30th, after 9:30 worship. This will be an
opportunity for the congregation to hear from the search team and church
council about the candidate we are hoping will become our new staff person at
The search team has identified a first call rostered minister
(i.e., a new seminary graduate) as our primary candidate for the open staff
position. This candidate will be visiting St. Philip on Sunday, July 14 to
preach at worship and meet congregation members. Please mark your calendars and
make every effort to be in worship this date to meet our candidate.
As you may recall, the congregation, council, and search team went
through a very intentional process to discuss and decide upon the type of
candidate we hoped for, and the skills and strengths needed to complement
Pastor David and current staff. We cast a wide net in advertising the position
to both rostered and lay candidates, and the search team selected four people
to interview from approximately 25 lay applicants and three recommendations
from the synod. We were pleased with each of the applicants invited to
As the process of resume review and candidate interviews unfolded,
it became more evident to the search team that a rostered candidate would be
best suited to help St. Philip continue to grow ministry together. It amazed us
to see how the Holy Spirit not only guided us in discerning the best direction,
but led us to a candidate who “checks all the boxes” of the qualities and
strengths we are looking for. We are excited!
The open forum on June 30 will provide an opportunity prior to the
primary candidate’s visit for congregation members to ask any questions about
the search process, how we arrived at our recommendation, and the steps that lie
ahead. Please plan to come and bring