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Open Book Small Group

Mark your calendars for January 25 from 6-8PM for a new small group called “Open Book.” Come to the church for fellowship, a potluck dinner, and book discussion over dessert.. Childcare can be provided, if requested. We will be discussing Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown. The church will purchase the books by way of a Thrivent Action Team. If you have questions or an interest in this group, please contact Sue Huntington or Pastor Laura.

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Celebrate Life Seminar

Life is a beautiful gift, one that we treasure deeply. Join in for a three-part event to learn more about how to celebrate life as aging adults. In March, St. Philip will have three sessions covering many important aspects of caring for elderly adults, including hospice care, legal processes, funeral planning, and legacy gift giving. Each session will follow the 11:00 service on Sundays and include a lunch. If you have questions, please see Pastor Laura.

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Two exciting events coming to St. Philip January 18!

Winterfest – 2-4pm – A fun winter carnival event! Free and open to the community! Bring your kids, grandkids, and friends to enjoy ice fishing, Balloon Twister, winter crafts, a cake walk, pin the nose of the snowman and more! Enjoy some wintery treats at the Snowflake Café!

Chili Cook-Off – 5-7pm – Warm up from the cold weather and enjoy a great selection of chilis! Savor the delicious food and partake in wonderful fellowship!

If you have questions about this event, contact Bev Stith.

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Advent: Season of Hope

In Advent, God’s people wait with hope for the birth of Jesus, God’s anointed one. Advent lasts for four Sundays (and the weeks between them); lighting candles helps us mark the time as we get ready for the Light of World, Jesus Christ. Great memories can be formed as candles on a wreath are lit, scripture is read, and the hopeful anticipation of Christ’s coming is celebrated. You are invited to pick up Advent devotions displayed in the narthex (gathering space) for you/your family to use during this holy season.

Advent Worship

All are invited to mark days of anticipation and hope during the season of advent each Sunday morning at 8:30 and 11:00am worship. Our theme this Advent will be “Everlasting Light.” We will use a new liturgy, light candles on the wreath, and hear the stories of the promise of the coming of Jesus. We’ll also have a station in the gathering area where you will be invited to name the ways in which you see God’s light in the world each week. We are looking forward to celebrating this season of hope together as we celebrate God’s greatest gift of love – Jesus Christ.

Chrismon Tree Decorating, Sunday, December 15, before each worship service

A Chrismon tree is a special tree adorned with symbols of Christianity in its earliest days, such as the Alpha and Omega and the fish.  Newer symbols like a dove, Bible, rose, and cross and crown can also be used.  All decorations and supplies will be provided.

Christmas Caroling, Sunday, December 8, 2-4pm

You are invited to share Christmas cheer! Meet at St. Philip. Then groups will head out and about in the Roanoke Valley. Please also bring some cookies to share with folks. Sign-up in the narthex if you plan to join the fun!

Children’s Christmas Program

The children of St. Philip will share the Christmas story at the 5:30pm Christmas Eve worship service. Rehearsals for the children’s Christmas program are each Sunday at 9:50am, now through December 22.

Christmas Eve, you have two opportunities for worship: 

5:30pm – Candlelight service and youth program

9:00pm – Traditional candlelight service 

Holy Communion will be served at both services.  

Morning Worship the First Sunday after Christmas (Lessons and Carols)

Do not miss a wonderful worship of Lessons and Carols the Sunday after Christmas, December 29th.  Jesus story is told both by scripture and many timeless hymns of the Christmas season.  We will have one worship service at 9:30am.

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New in faith formation

Spring Faith Formation

Learning more about God and the life of faith together is an important part of what it means to be the church. We are excited to share new opportunities for both children and adults:

· Pastor David will be lead our Adult Forum

· Pastor Laura will lead Faith Formation for our children (preschool -5th grade) as they have fun, explore faith, and learn stories about God’s love. 

This new schedule begins on January 12! Please mark your calendars and join in this important time for fellowship, learning, and growing in the faith!

Adult Faith Formation

Through December 22, Pastor Laura will host an adult forum in the Library on Sundays at 10am! We will utilize a curriculum called The Wired Word and engage in current event stories from a faith perspective. We’re called to live lives centered on the Gospel in a complex world, come join our discussion as we discuss how Jesus calls us to “Live Like that” in the world!

Monday Morning Bible Study Bible Study

Mondays 9:30-10:30am. Study the scriptures you will hear the following Sunday morning. This is a great way for you to come to Sunday morning worship ready to be engaged with the word as the story is told. If you have not been a part of the Bible study crew, now is the time to try it out! The crew meets in the church library.

NEW THIS YEAR: If you would love to join the Monday morning bible study, but can’t make it to the church, you are invited to participate from wherever you are using your computer, tablet, or smartphone via Zoom Videoconferencing using this link: 

Zoom is free for you to use and requires no download. The link to join the bible study remotely will also be posted on the website, Facebook page, and emailed to participants. Speak with one of the pastors if you have interest in connecting this way.

Faith Formation for Children

Through December 22, all children preschool age to 5th grade are encouraged to participate in Christmas Pageant practice and learn in a new way the story of Jesus’ birth.  

Cross Generational Faith Formation Coming Again in January!

“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’” Matthew 2:1-2

“Praise [God], sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!” 

Psalm 148:3

Have you ever wondered if chalk, water, and evergreens can be mixed? Do you fancy yourself a code decipherer – what then do you think 20 + C M B + 20 could mean? Be sure to plan to be a part of a cross generational faith formation experience on Sunday, January 5th at 10am in the St. Philip fellowship hall. This event is for absolutely everyone from age 1 to 100.

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Invitation to Staff Search Team Open Forum

Greetings St. Philip family!

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 St. Philip!

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 interview.

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 your questions.

In Christ,

Shannon Radmacher

On behalf of the St Philip search team

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Holy Week Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019, 8:30a.m. & 11:00a.m.
This worship begins as we gather in front of the church (weather permitting) with the Procession of Palms, remembering the triumphal entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 6:00p.m.
We gather in the fellowship hall for wine, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres. This night we remember the disciples gathered in the upper room for Passover and the Last Supper. After the meal, we will move to the sanctuary for Holy Communion and the Stripping of the Altar.

Good Friday, April 19, 2019 – 7:00p.m.
We gather in the sanctuary for the service of Tenebrae which means darkness. This service involves the reading of the Passion Story and the extinguishing of candles as we remember our Lord’s suffering and death, as well as the disciples’ denial and flight.

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
Easter Sunrise Service, 7:00 a.m. at the Outdoor Chapel
Easter Festival Service 8:30 a.m. & 11:00a.m.
Easter Breakfast, 9:45 a.m.

*A nursery will be provided for all services as needed.

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Lenten Worship Schedule

Sermon on the Mount
This series for Lent takes parishioners through some of the most familiar teachings of Jesus from his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 and relates them to the events surrounding Christ’s life, death and resurrection. In the process, the services will powerfully reveal that the cross itself is the ultimate sermon on the mount for our journey of faith in this sacred season.

March 6, 2019 – 7:00p.m., St. Philip Lutheran Church
Ash Wednesday worship with the Imposition of Ashes
Blessed are You, Matthew 5:1-11
In this service, we remember that we who are poor in spirit, who mourn, and who hunger and thirst for righteousness are called blessed by our Savior. Ash Wednesday reminds us that though we have been brought low by sin, our Lord will bless us with new life in him through the cross.

March 13, 2019 – 7:00p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Rev. John McCandlish preaching
Salt and Light • Matthew 5:13-16
Christ calls us to be salt and light in this world of sin. We who have tasted and seen his great love for us on the cross can spend our Lent savoring his salvation and shining with his glory and grace in the places where he has put us.

March 20, 2019 – 7:00p.m., Glade Creek Lutheran Church, Rev. David Derrick preaching
Prayer and Fasting • Matthew 6:5-18
Lent is a season of prayer and fasting. We grow in our relationship with Christ by communicating with him, and we learn more about him and ourselves by giving up those things that can distract us from our connection to him.

March 27, 2019 – 7:00p.m., St. Philip Lutheran Church, Rev. James Davis preaching
Do Not Worry • Matthew 6:25-34
So much of our lives, even in Lent, is spent worrying about what might happen or what has happened. Christ teaches us to stop being anxious, but simply to trust that he knows what is best and will take care of us to the very end.

April 3, 2019 – 7:00p.m., St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Rev. Bob Ward preaching
Judge Not • Matthew 7:1-5
We live in a very judgmental world, so Jesus’ advice not to judge sounds radical to our modern ears. When we leave all judgment up to God, we free ourselves to look at one another through fresh and forgiving eyes.

April 10, 2019 – 7:00p.m., St. Philip Lutheran Church, Rev. Ken Lane preaching
Build on Rock • Matthew 7:24-27
We build our lives on very shaky foundations, and then we are surprised when things start collapsing. Jesus reminds us in his teachings that the only solid foundation is himself, the Rock of our salvation. On him alone we build.

*All services except for Ash Wednesday preceded by a soup and bread dinner at 6:00p.m.

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Chili Cook-Off

January 26, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, lasso the date and hold on tight for a Wild West Chili Cook Off!

You will have the opportunity to sample and judge a variety of amazing chili recipes, homemade cornbread and biscuits, and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Not only that, but you have the opportunity to participate in the chili cook off. Enter your special chili recipe to be judged by St. Philip Congregation members and friends. Prizes will be awarded!

Bring the whole family for some good old fashioned hootin’ and hollerin’ fun!

This will also be a time to enjoy getting acquainted with the newest members of the St. Philip family and new intern Brian Katz.

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Worship Cancelled January 13

Due to potential icy and slick conditions tomorrow morning, all worship services and activities for tomorrow, Sunday, January 13 have been cancelled. Please stay home and stay safe.