News & Announcements

News & Announcements

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. 

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.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Tuesday February 13th 5-6:30pm

Lent is right around the corner, but we still have time for one more party. St. Philip has a long-standing tradition of holding a fun feast the night before Ash Wednesday, and this year we’re returning to pancakes. As always, everyone is invited whether they are parishioners or just friends and neighbors. We’ll be serving from 5-6:30pm If you can help set up or clean up, please reach out to Bernadine.

Annual Meeting This Sunday, February 11

Please plan to join us in person this Sunday, February 11th immediately after the 10am service for the Annual Meeting. We’ll elect new vestry members and Convention delegates, look at the 2024 budget, and hear reports from our ministry teams. We’re even providing Subway sandwiches, so there’s no need to hurry home for lunch!

St. Philip remains closed, Sunday, January 21st

While the Portland Metro area is recovering from the severe weather of the last week, the side roads, sidewalks, and parking lots remain unpredictably icy and dangerous. The Vestry was evaluating the potential of reopening the church for Sunday service tomorrow, January 21st, when they heard from the Rev’d Sara Fischer, our scheduled supply priest, that she is ill and unlikely to be able to serve. Given the lack of clergy combined with continued slippery walkways, the Wardens have decided…

Weather Update: St Philip CLOSED on Sunday, January 14

The Wardens have decided that we will not be holding church service this Sunday, January 14th due to the winter storm. Extremely cold temperatures, high winds, and icy roads make it unsafe to travel. Please stay home and stay safe. The Vestry meeting scheduled for this Sunday will be held next week after the parish conversation about the 2024 budget with the vestry and our bookkeeper. While many area churches have also cancelled Sunday services this week, there are some…

Inclement Weather

As you know, the Portland metro area is expecting severe weather this weekend. Heavy rain and sleet followed by frigidly cold temperatures and high winds will likely result in icy roads and sidewalks, and snow is forecast starting Friday evening. The Wardens are watching this very closely and staying in close contact with one another, the supply priest, and the parish admin. By Saturday morning, the Wardens will decide whether or not we will hold the Sunday church service in…

Why Support St. Philip?

Each year we spend time talking about why we love St. Philip and how we can continue to be a vital presence in the lives of individuals, families, and the community. Last Sunday, Gary Carroll shared invited all of us to come alongside the Vestry as they plan the 2024 budget. Kevin Sampson, a newer member of St. Philip, shared why he is at St. Philip. Here is what they had to say. Budget UpdateGary Carroll The vestry has been…

Farewell Luncheon for Rev’d Maria November 26

Please join us on Sunday, November 26th for Rev’d Maria’s last service at St. Philip. Let’s fill the church to show our love and appreciation for all she has done during her time here. We will share a meal together after the service and have a chance to celebrate Maria’s ministry. This is a good opportunity to say goodbye to both Maria and Elizabeth as they leave to begin their new adventures in Tacoma. Everyone is invited to this joyful…

Affordable Housing Update: October 2023

A housing project update from vestry member Gary Carroll: Dear St. Philip The Deacon Family and Friends, I am writing today to share news about our ongoing affordable housing process.  This is a followup to the news that I shared during services on Sunday.   We received news last week from Bishop Akiyama that the Diocesan Redevelopment Team will not approve our plan to sell a portion of the land that St. Philip occupies to Habitat for Humanity for the development of housing.  The…