Posts by Maria McDowell (Page 2)

Posts by Maria McDowell (Page 2)

Walking and Talking: Meditating Together

Last Sunday (Jan 30th) a group of St. Philip folks walked the block around Matt Dishman Community Center, observing the weather, the creatures, the land that surrounds our church. The purpose of a Walking Meditation is to use all our senses to experience our parish neighborhood at a deeper level – the land, the trees and plantings, the creatures, and the neighbors who reside close to STPD. Afterwards, we gathered to share our perceptions, thoughts, and feelings about the experience.…

Neighborhood Walking Meditation: Jan 30th

The St. Philip the Deacon Neighborhood Listening Team will do a short Neighborhood Walking Meditation after church on January 30th. You are invited to participate. The purpose of the Walking Meditation is to use all our senses to experience our parish neighborhood at a deeper level – the land, the trees and plantings, the creatures, and the neighbors who reside close to STPD. One of the members of the Neighborhood Listening Team will provide guidance before we walk. We will…

Annual Meeting Liturgy: January 23rd

Our Annual Meeting is woven into our Sunday Eucharist as a reminder that it is the work of every other day of the week that makes our work together on Sundays possible, and it is our work on Sunday to celebrate in gratitude and hope the many ways in which God works through us as individuals and as a community.

January Housing Update: P-BOS, 130 NE Knott, and Kafoury Court Funding

The Alcena and P-BOS Funding In the wake of learning that we did not receive the M-BOS last fall, we were invited by the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) to re-apply for the same bucket of money, the ‘P-BOS’. In December, the P-BOS submission was completed. It was based on the M-BOS submission which was not accepted, but which received specific recommendations from PHB for a second submission. The total amount requested is  $11,250,000. Salazar Architects was brought on as an…

FRIDAY: Parents, Students Gather to Save Dr. MLK Jr. Elementary School

PPS plans to move Harriet Tubman Middle School and is considering dismantling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School to do so. To kick off Dr. MLK Jr. Day weekend, community members are gathering Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. to celebrate Dr. MLK Jr Elementary School with a student parade, food (to-go), live art project, and a loud, clear call to PPS: “Invest in our schools, don’t shut us down.”

Omicron and N95/KN95 Masks

Due to the high transmissibility of Omicron, we are asking all participants to wear an N95 or KN95 mask during Sunday liturgy. These masks are significantly more protective than cloth masks, and will allow us to more safely pray and sing together. You may bring your own N95 or KN95 mask, but it may not have ventilation holes. Please note that the popular blue surgical masks do not qualify as N95 or KN95 masks. If you do not have an…

Walking Meditation – January 30th

The STPD Neighborhood Listening Team will do a short Neighborhood Walking Meditation after church on January 30th. You are invited to participate. The purpose of the Walking Meditation is to use all our senses to experience our parish neighborhood at a deeper level – the land, the trees and plantings, the creatures, and the neighbors who reside close to SPD. One of the members of the Neighborhood Listening Team will provide guidance before we walk. There will be a virtual…

2021 Tree of Life

This year, St. Philip the Deacon is supporting eight organizations as a part of our Tree of Life. Saying “Yes” to God means supporting the work of the organizations around us that seek God’s justice, mercy, and peace.

Advent and Christmas Schedule

Advent and Christmas Schedule The First Sunday of Advent with Godly Play Sermon, November 28th, 10am. The Second Sunday of Advent with Godly Play Sermon, December 5th, 10am. The Third Sunday of Advent with Godly Play Sermon, December 12th, 10am. The Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19th, 10 am. Christmas Eve Eucharist, December 24th. Eucharist w/ Godly Play Nativity Story, 7pm. Christmas Day Eucharist, December 25th, 10am. First Sunday after Christmas, December 26th, 10am. Second Sunday after Christmas, January 2nd,…

COMMUNITY MEETING: LIBRARY DESIGN

Albina Library & North Portland Library What can your library do for your community?We want to hear from you! JOIN US Learn about the library bond projects, see what libraries of the 21st centuryhave to offer and share your ideas and dreams for your local library! Community Meeting at North Portland Library 512 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217 Saturday, December 411am-1pm Grab your masks and stop by North Portland Library! Share your ideas about what you’d like to see…

First Sunday of Advent at St. Philip

At St. Philip, we reflect an awareness that going deeper into God is about responding to God’s work and play in our lives and the world around us now. A deep and authentic spiritual life is rooted in responding with God and God’s prophets to this place, to this time, to this neighborhood, in this body (and bodies). Come, join us, as we continue to hear the stories of God told to children and elders alike. Wonder with us. Journey with us.

Celebrating our Gifts!

Celebrating our Gifts for 2022! On Sunday, November 21st we will celebrate the gifts God gives to us, the gifts we give to one another, and the gifts we give to this community. Come celebrate!

Kumoricon Supports Hand Up

Kumoricon has a long history of giving back to the local community. Since 2005, Kumoricon has hosted a Charity Auction benefiting a local charity. In 2018, they raised over $12,000 toward OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and The Greeney Family Fund for Japanese Track Scholarships. This year, Kumoricon is supporting The Hand Up project, which is the organization behind The People’s Pantry run out of St. Philip and the Q Center. Food Drive “Feed Your Waifu / Husbando” Join Kumoricon in…

We are worshipping in-person!

This is a reminder that we are now gathering in-person for Sunday Eucharist. We made this decision at the end of August, and have been gathering every Sunday in-person since then. It has been lovely to be in person again, to hear our voices praying in word and song together. Being Healthy, Together Our congregation is almost entirely vaccinated. Due to the Delta variant, we are asking everyone to mask when in the building. Masking keeps us and those around…

Welcoming Our Elders Home

This blog was written and contributed by the Rev. Maria McDowell and the community at St. Philip the Deacon, Portland. It appeared in the Diocesan Digest on September 30th and the full article is on the Diocesan website. St. Philip the Deacon, in partnership with Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI), Urban League of Portland, Northwest Pilot Project, and the Leaven Community Land and Housing Coalition, is welcoming our elders home. We are stewarding the resources God has given us to build affordable housing for Black seniors…

Listening to our Neighbors: What do we cherish?

At St. Philip, we are moving into a period of listening. Over the next six months, we are going to be asking our neighbors, “What do you cherish about this neighborhood? What keeps you up at night?” To help us learn how to do this, and to help us understand why listening is so important, we will have a special guest this Sunday (October 3rd): LaVeta Gilmore Jones, co-director of the Leaven Community Land & Housing Coalition.