Thank you to all of you for the many ways you serve God’s church through the ministry of St. Philip. Truly our calling is about God’s work and our hands. Several of you have asked if there is a list of things that might be helpful as Church Council continues to discern next steps for staffing. There are a number of quiet ways you might make an impact in the ministry. If you have been thinking about ways to connect to the ministry at St. Philip and have not been quite sure how to start, please consider serving in one or more of these ministries:
Altar Guild – Each Sunday we, as a congregation, experiences the living Christ at the altar. The altar guild serves to make sure the table is ready. This ministry is wonderfully rewarding and truly as easy as getting ready to host a dinner.
Miss You Cards – The church office is looking for someone who would send cards to folks who have not been to St. Philip to worship for a while.
Children’s Table and Busy Bags – As school starts, this is a great time to re-supply busy bags that are provided to help children participate in worship in ways that make sense for younger ones. Additionally, there is a table just for little ones in the gathering space that needs freshening.
Property Care and Clean-up – A group clean up day planned is for September 22nd, but you do not need to wait until then to help out around the church. (see page 4) St. Philip has a wonderful facility that truly serves the whole community. It should be care for with pride.
Worship Assistants – Ushers, acolytes, power point clickers, sound system operators, readers, communion assistants. This is absolutely a great way to live out your faith on Sunday morning. Speak with Carol Dillman at 8:30am worship and Mary Jo Sahm at 11am worship.
Prayer Chain Coordinator – This longtime ministry of St. Philip needs someone to check in with the links in the chain. The prayer chain is made of praying volunteers who pray for special congregational needs. See Laura Latham if you might serve in this way.
Social Ministry “Sharer” – If you have a Facebook account, you can help share ministry of St. Philip with your family, friends, and community. Anything you see on the St. Philip Facebook page can be shared to your page and newsfeed. The social ministry task force is working to create more and more Facebook events about upcoming activities and ministries here at St. Philip. These events are open to all people, so please share and invite folks even outside of the congregation.
If you visit St. Philip’s Facebook page, you may have noticed some occasional videos of summer worship services. Soon, streamed services will be consistently available as an exciting new way to connect with the St. Philip community who may not be able to attend worship.
Several folks in the sound team and the new social media task force have been testing equipment and working to get the best sound and picture quality possible. The best placement for the camera has yet to be determined, so please be patient if a tripod might be near your favorite pew. The sound and social media folks hope to have a permanent placement soon.
For logistical reasons, St. Philip will most likely only livestream the 8:30 service, as well as some other activities, such as the recent Christmas in August Variety Show.
If you have a Facebook account, what a great way to share the ministry of St. Philip with your friends and neighbors. “Like” the live feed posts. Share them to your own newsfeed. Comment on something in them that moves you!
St. Philip Lutheran Church
8115 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24019