Posts by Maria McDowell

Posts by Maria McDowell

Good Friday Psalm 22 and Veneration

During our Good Friday Liturgy, Elizabeth Schroder chanted Psalm 22 as a part of the Liturgy of the Word. During the Veneration of the Cross, Elizabeth chanted “He Who Hung the Earth Upon the Waters,” a traditional Crucifixion hymn in the Eastern Orthodox churches.

A Note from the Rector: The Music We Love

On the 1st Sunday of March, we gathered as a community over a pot of soup, salad, and bread for our first Lunch & Chat. It was a wonderful time of listening to one another and delving into how we experience music, our topic of the day, as a part of our life together in God. The goal was, in part, to learn to trust one another in conversation, something we sometimes struggle with as a community. It was also an opportunity for me get a sense of how we feel about music in our community, and where we want to go. In this letter, I want to reflect back to you what I learned, giving you a sense of what we are going to do with this information.

Pray-Ground Letter from Ashley & Children’s Ministry Team

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14 Hello St. Philip family. I’m excited to share that soon we will be putting action behind our words. For a long time now, we as a community have said that we hope to attract more individuals and families to our church — well now’s our chance! Next week the children’s ministry team will…

AmazonSmile and St. Philip the Deacon

AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St. Philip. All you have to do is select St. Philip as your charity of choice, and start all amazon shopping at Here is how it works:] Sign in to amazon.comon your desktop or mobile phone browser. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity (or select). Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your…

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

You can St. Philip the Deacon earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card. Freddy’s donates over $2 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here is how the program works: Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Cart to St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal at You can search for us by name. Then, just USE YOUR CARD! You will still get all the benefits…