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.
of various denominations have reported that their members are receiving scam
emails that are requesting gift card donations for a charitable cause.
Religious groups and congregations are becoming easy targets for these types of
is a form of “social engineering,” whereby a hacker with bad intentions sends
an email (or text or phone call) pretending to be someone the recipient trusts
and asks the recipient to take an action which can have adverse effects. In the
case of targeting congregation members of churches, the scammer disguises
themselves as the pastor or a lay leader in the church. Sometimes, scammers
request money. Other times, they invite the recipient to click a link or open
an attachment that can trigger malicious code.
good rule of thumb with emails you’re not expecting is to reach out to the
sender through another method of communication. Do not reply to an email
request. Do not click on a link, or send money, gift cards, or provide checking
account or credit card information without clarifying from the trusted source.
To get a better sense of what to look for when receiving unsolicited emails, try this Google Phishing Quiz.
Hackers are getting more sophisticated every day. The best defense is to pause and look for warning signs before responding to any unsolicited email, text, or phone call.
If someone in your contact list reports that an email has been sent appearing as you, it’s advisable to alert your entire contact list. You may use this message as a warning:
I’ve been informed that today an email that appeared to be me was sent out to many of you stating I am traveling and needed money in the form of gift cards.
I am not traveling. I do not need gift cards. This is a scam. Please do NOT reply to any email you received requesting gift cards, either from me or other people. Please do NOT send gift cards to the scammers sending these emails.
If you need help or have questions, please call Laura in the church office.
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
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.