*Check Your E-mail - It's Survey Time!
You should have received an email inviting you to participate in the Renewal Works Survey. Your participation in this survey is important and will help us see what is "abundant" in our parish ... and where's our greatest growth potential.
Renewal Works is more than just a survey. It's a prayerful reflection on our spiritual journeys as individuals and as a parish. Please grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to reflect on your spiritual journey and participate in this spiritual life inventory. The survey will only be available for 3 weeks - September 16 to October 7th.
*Bark in the Park - Blessing of the Animals
This year we will be blessing the animals in conjunction with the annual Bark in the Park in Memorial Park on Saturday, October 6th. Blessings: 10:30 - Noon.
*Parish Dinner - Sunday, November 11th, 6:00 p.m.
*New Vestry Members
We will soon be electing three new members to the vestry. As you may know, the vestry is the group of lay persons that, with the rector, leads the parish by helping discern and articulate the vision toward which God is drawing us and by holding the community accountable for the realization of that vision. The vestry consists of nine persons each serving a three year term.
Every year three vestry members retire and three new persons are elected to begin serving in January. This year Greg Baber, Lee Case, and Mike Moore will be finishing their term on the vestry. I am grateful for their work and commitment to St. Philip’s, and it has been an honor to serve with them. Please offer them your thanks for their service and leadership.
Please also begin prayerfully considering who might be called to next serve on the vestry. As you do so please consider the following:
- Is this person regular in worship attendance?
- Does this person participate in spiritual formation classes and demonstrate growth in and attentiveness to a life of prayer?
- How present and involved is this person in parish life beyond Sunday worship?
- Does this person tithe or, if not, is he or she intentionally working towards a tithe as the standard for financial giving?
- Does this person show a willingness to grow and learn, an openness to new ideas, and a vision for the future of St. Philip’s?
- Is this person a capable leader?
Please give the names of potential candidates to our Senior Warden, Charlie Downing.
*Expanding our Communications and Social Media Presence
As you may recall, Fr. Mike spoke at the 2018 Annual Meeting about reaching beyond our walls and connecting with people who may never come through the church doors but who, nevertheless, could be or already are being impacted by St. Philip’s. Pat Carver took that idea and ran with it, creating a brand new outreach project, The Uvalde Lamplighters. This is a ministry to the lonely. You can read about it soon in the Uvalde Leader News.
Reaching beyond our walls is a large part of what is happening with live-streaming the Sunday liturgy, our Facebook presence, and Fr. Mike’s blog. We’ve reached out and people are reaching back to us. It’s people who e-mail Fr. Mike seeking some spiritual guidance. It’s people from out of state who watch and comment on our video. It’s people for whom we have become their spiritual community.
In recognition of this and wanting to further our reach the vestry has hired Cyndy to work part time on a contract basis. Her work will focus on editing and promoting the live-stream video, enhancing and expanding our social media outreach, and advancing and developing our internal communications.
The key to social media is . . . is it is social. So watch for some tips and invitations from Cyndy about how you can help us reach beyond the walls. Oh, the places we could go!
Children's Sunday School
Becky Capt and Sharron Haag are back and the children are excited! They are looking forward to seeing your children and teaching them about the love of God on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. Classes will be held in both the Godly Play room and the children's Sunday school room across from Grace Hall. If you have questions or would like to help please contact either Sharon
Episcopal Relief and Development - Hurricane Relief
Florence caused much damage and destruction on the East Coast. Donations to Episcopal Relief and Development
will help provide critical supplies and assist with the long-term efforts needed to help them rebuild and heal. Please consider a gift to ERD to help assist those affected by this latest storm. Click Here to Donate
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UPCOMING SERVICES & EVENTS
Sunday, September 23, The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. - Spiritual Formation Classes: Fr. Mike's Book Study, Lectionary Study, Children's Sunday School
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
Saturday, October 6
- Blessing of the Animals at Bark in the Park
Sunday, October 7
- Last day for Renewal Works
Sunday, October 28
- Bishop Reed's Visit
Friday - Sunday, November 9-11
- 47th Annual Silent Retreat TBarM - New Braunfels, TX
Sunday, November 11
- Parish Dinner
God calls St. Philip’s to be a public face of Christ and to offer all people concrete ways to participate in the mystery of God. St. Philip’s responds to God’s call by: