Announcements and updates from St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon.

Our Community: North Portland Library

The North Portland Library is asking for community feedback on the design of its interior. Between now and February 13th, you can vote for your favorite of three options online at Go to their website to see the architect’s rendering of the North Portland Library expansion project which will add 1,500 square feet to this historic builing. Closer to home, take a look at the architect’s rendering for the expansion of our next door neighbor, the Albina Library…

Best Gifts Workshop

A Best Gifts workshop will be held on February 11th from 9 :00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. What do I have to offer? In search of an answer, this workshop invites participants to explore three questions: What does success mean to me? What skills do I use when I am successful? How can I offer my skills in service of others? Pre-registration is essential. Contact Rebecca in the office or sign up in the parish hall.

Build, Share, and Shelter Love

What can I do to joyfully build, share, and shelter love at St. Philip? We need to decide who and how we want to love, and realize that may not reflect our historical membership. We need to be creative, be willing to do new things, and hand leadership over to those, if any, who want to take it in new directions.

Board Game Day at St. Philip

St Philip will host a board game afternoon on Saturday, January 28th from 2-6 PM. All are welcome to come, have fun, and get to know our new and returning members. Please feel free to bring your favorite board game and a snack to share, but we’ll have light refreshments and plenty of games. Contact Bri with any questions at (602)872-0846, or

Rector’s Note: Writing our Next Chapter

I am going to begin with a very difficult reality: the closing of St. Philip, in its current form, is virtually inevitable. The only thing that will change this is the development of a larger, actively engaged community living out God’s presence at the corner of NE Knott and Rodney, and the corresponding funds to support that community. Without both of these elements, we simply cannot continue long-term in any effective way. 

Empower the Dream Interfaith Service

On Sunday, January 15, 2023 from 2:00-4:00pm, Portland’s historic Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church will host an interfaith service. This annual event honors the lives and legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Ms Rosa Parks, and Ms Yolanda D. King. The Pacific Youth Choir will provide music and several civic and interfaith leaders will speak. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. W.J. Mark Knutson, Senior Pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland. He spearheaded…

Housing Update: A Potential New Path

In order to live into our decades long vision of building affordable housing at St. Philip, the Vestry has decided to explore additional opportunities that combine market rate and affordable housing, and explore affordable homeownership options.

De-escalation Training

Have you felt called to engage more fully with our neighbors, but aren’t sure you have the tools to do it effectively? This free training can help. Saints Peter and Paul is hosting a De-escalation training on January 17 from 9am-12:30pm Sponsored by the highly successful Portland Street Response, this training will help to equip participants in engaging and supporting neighbors and community members experiencing crisis. There is no cost to the event. Participants should bring their own water bottle, snack…

Rector’s Note: Resting in the Lord

The vestry believes that it is time for St. Philip to consider resting in the Lord, to lay down this Parish, and together with God, let the Spirit do a new work on this small plot of land that has been our home. We have been good and faithful servants, and the Spirit of this community is still with us, despite the aging of our bodies. Our mission for the future calls us to be willing to be transformed in ways we cannot yet see, and of which we may not be a part. Please join us for two congregational meetings where we will discuss our future, and answer questions: December 11th and January 8th.