From Jacob Schult, Griffin Horacek, and Bradley Craig
From Jacob Schult, Griffin Horacek, and Bradley Craig
A message from Drew Derrick and Nick Muir. Be sure to follow live streaming of the ELCA Youth Gathering at http://elca.org/Gathering
Opportunity for Fellowship
Fun Variety Show coming Sunday, August 19. It’s going to be a “Really big show!”
ALL ages and ALL acts are welcome. Do you play an instrument, talk to puppets, sing, write poetry, sketch, dance, or tell jokes, perform magic? Maybe you’d like to do a little skit with your friends or family? The more acts the merrier the show will be!
More details later but register with Cathy Dudley or Sarah Melendy now. Deadline for act registration is August 12.
The date for the annual church picnic this year is Sunday, September 9 beginning at 4:00p.m. Hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixin’s and a fun bouncy house for kids of all ages provided by the church. Bring you’re a lawn chair, a friend, and your favorite side dish to share.
St. Philip Youth 17th Annual Golf Tournament
September 29, 2018 at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club. Plan now to get a group of golfers together or speak to your favorite local business about sponsoring a hole or a tee.
During the summer, the church choir will be taking a bit of a break from rehearsals each week and helping to lead worship every Sunday. The choir will only sing twice each month, although the specific Sundays the choir sings will vary from month to month. The worship band will be also be leading us in worship a couple of times this summer. On the Sundays that neither the choir nor band will be in worship service, a variety of special music will be offered.
ELCA Youth Gathering
This summer, St. Philip sends 9 youth and Pastor David to the National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas where they will join with over 30,000 others from around the country. This will be a great faith-filled, fun-filled week (June 26- July 2) as children of God called to serve with compassion, energy, and excitement.
Ultimately, St. Philip wants youth to understand the fierce love that God has for them, just as they are, and that by grace, through faith, they have been saved. When young people (or really any age person!) truly claim this reality, it indeed changes everything.
As the Gathering approaches please pray for our St. Philip group.
Other Summer Youth Events
Regular youth group will pause for the summer. Check out these youth events for summer fun!!
Jesus promised to make his disciples fishers of men. But in the modern church, it seems like we hesitate to cast the net. We float happily along in our boat, and hope the fish will simply jump in.
At St. Philip, council wants to figure out how to cast our nets for a vibrant, 21st century church. We’re going to start exploring some ways of improving outreach to the community using the modern tools available to the church.
I’ll be working on developing a strategy for this, but I could certainly use some help from any social media-savvy members of the congregation. If you have thoughts or ideas, or a willingness to help out in any way, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple of things council is considering starting as soon as possible include live-streaming services using Facebook Live. A tripod will be set up with a phone or tablet and broadcast services live. The hope is this will both offer a convenient way for members of the congregation who can’t make it to church to still experience service, and to help spread the word about St. Philip and its ministries.
Other events may be livestreamed as well.
In addition, council is going to start a church Instagram account to supplement the Facebook and Twitter presence. The hope is to spread the responsibility for keeping that account vibrant by having different people “take over” the account for several weeks at a time. If you have an active Instagram presence, and would be willing to help the church build its own presence, please contact me at the email address above.
Images are an important part of any effective outreach. Please take photos whenever you can at church events. Leadership will figure out the most effective way to share them. If you have a particular interest in photography, let me know.
If we want St. Philip to grow and thrive, we cannot be content to simply wait for fish to jump in the boat. Please let me know if you’re interested in helping find better ways to cast our digital nets.
Maundy Thursday, March 29
Good Friday Worship, March 30, 7:00pm
Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 31, 10am
Easter Sunday, April 1
Sunrise Worship, 7:00am
Easter Celebration Worship, 8:30am and 11:00am
Easter Breakfast, 9:45am
Children’s Faith Formation at St. Philip happens in multiple ways. During Sunday morning worship services kids participate in the central communal act of god’s people, worshipping together! On the second Sunday of each month, there is opportunity for ALL to come together between worship services for Intergenerational Faith Formation. And on the fourth Sunday of each month in the afternoon Family Faith Formation allows families to celebrate and fellowship together in faith and fun. Read more
Pastor David and Maribeth Shermer
St. Philip is a community of faith ACTIVE in ministry. I hear that comment all the time from colleagues, other churches in our community, neighbors, and friends. I love that people around us have noticed and I truly hope that the activity among us points directly to the God who loves us unconditionally.
Let’s not stop! Let’s stay ACTIVE! Let’s keep exploring where God is calling us to LOVE, FEED, SERVE! Read more
St. Philip Lutheran Church
8115 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24019