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.

Rest Eternal: Allison Belcher

We are sad to announce that Allison Belcher died peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning surrounded by her husband and children after a period of time in hospice. Allison was beloved by St. Philip and will be missed. Memorial service arrangements will be announced as they become available. Let Us Pray Compassionate God, your ways are beyond our understanding, and your love for those whom you create is greater by far than ours; comfort all who grieve. Give them…

Housing Project Update: September 2023

Hello fellow members of St. Philip the Deacon, I am proud to present this update about our ongoing Alcena Housing Project to you. Through our connection with Second Stories (the project developer that has been attached to this project from the beginning) our project was introduced to Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat for Humanity is widely known for making the dream of homeownership come true for low income families.  You can see some of what they are doing in our community…

Covid Exposure

There was a Covid exposure at church on Sunday. If you are feeling unwell, even with sniffles or cold-like symptoms, please mask and test yourself for Covid, Please let the church know if you test positive. We are entering the season for increased cases of Covid, flu, and RSV so please take care of yourselves and pay attention to respiratory symptoms. We continue to stream the Sunday service, so if you are feeling unwell you can stay home and still…

SafeChurch Due October 30th

If you serve at STPD in any capacity- vestry, EM, EV, altar guild, lector, greeter, book group leader, Saturday Lunch volunteer, hospitality, music leader, etc- you must complete the online SafeChurch training. For our congregation, that is almost everyone. SafeChurch training is required by the diocese every three years. You need to register on the diocesan website will send you an email to set up your personal account with Praesidium, the online learning platform. Once you have your Praesidium…

Clarification: This Here Flesh book study resumes October 1st

This upcoming Sunday is the fourth Sunday, and we will be doing Coffee and Conversation as we usually do on the fourth Sunday. We will pick up with the book study of This Here Flesh the following week, October 1st. That is the first Sunday of the month which keeps us on track with the first- and third- Sunday book study schedule. Sept 24: Coffee and ConversationOctober 1: This Here Flesh book studyOctober 15: This Here Flesh book studyOctober 22:…

Coffee + Conversation + Connection (C3) with Grace Memorial

Parishioners from St. Philip have been invited to join those from Grace Episcopal in their C3 program. All who self-identify as women are invited to attend and the group is kept intentionally small. From Gwen Harvey at Grace Memorial: C3 meets the first Thursday of every month from 10-11am at the Lloyd Center upper food court. The meetings for the rest of 2023 are: Thursday, October 5:  Paul’s Letter to the PhilippiansThursday, November 2: The Book of the Prophet DanielThursday,…

Volunteers needed for Swing Night

Our first Swing Dance Night is coming up on September 28th from 5-9pm. We could use some volunteers to set up at 4pm and especially to clean up afterwards. The more people who can stay and help with the clean up, the faster it will go. Please reach out to Aimee Kriz to let her know you are willing to help with set up or clean up.

Vote for your favorite chair

Vote for your favorite chair this Sunday The second set of chairs we received from the library are slightly different from the ones we originally installed in the sanctuary. The second set of chairs (as seen on the left of this photo) are slightly darker, with taller backs and deeper seats than the first set (seen on the right). We’d like to know which you find more comfortable. Please have a seat and try them both, then give us your…

Albina Library Construction Update: Tree Removal (Completed)

UPDATE: The tree removal was completed on Monday, September 11. The parking lot will be available as usual beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12, The Multnomah County Library construction project is right on schedule. They are planning to complete the demo portion of the project next week with the removal of the three large trees between the parking lots. The construction team will set up safety cones in the parking lot to prevent people from parking beneath the trees during the…

Hope and Light Fall Overnight Lock-in for Youth

On October 12-13, St Michael & All Angels is hosting a Youth Lock-in for youth grades 6-12. All youth in the diocese are invited to attend. There will be games, a corn maze, a serviceproject, and more. Questions? Reach out to Ruby Welch at Thurs Oct 12 at 4pm Drop off – Fri Oct 13 @ 12:30pm pickup

Swing Dance Night at St. Philip

Swing Dance Night at St. Philip September 28th 5-7:30pm Join us for an evening of music and fellowship on Thursday, September 28th. At 5pm we will enjoy the sounds of Old Time Music trio Ellis and Wallace, followed by a swing dance lesson by Rachel Lidskog-Kim of Dance with Joy dance studio. Finally, we’ll show off those new dance moves to the music of the Carroll Raaum Orchestra from 6pm-7:30. All are welcome; invite your friends and family.