PARISH CONNECTION Newsletter – September 22, 2015

Christian Education Program
We are up and running! Last Sunday Classes were held for both children and adults. So join us this Sunday as we seek to explore our faith and learn more about Jesus. Gathering time, 9:00 a.m.

ECW up Coming Events –September
September 2015
The ECW is sponsoring a “Blanket Drive” for our homeless brothers and sisters again this year! Please bring your donations of new twin size blankets to church beginning September 20th. The donations will be delivered to City Rescue Mission October 19th. Thank you for helping to support this ministry.
We have several ministries that we hope to implement before 2016. In order to do so, we need financial support. If you have not paid your dues for 2015 please do so as soon as you are able. Thank you Gloria Belton, ECW Treasurer.

Quarterly Parish Family Visits
On September 27th, our women will be going out to visit our sisters and brothers who we do not see very often. If you would like to participate, please contact our Coordinator Pam Pierce at 904-768-7124.

Prayer Group Gathering
We wish to remind parishioners that our Prayer Group continues to meet every Monday evening in the DOK Chapel from 6:15 P.M. Come join those who gather every week,as they intercede for our Church, our Nation and the World.

Bible Study Program
The Bible Study Group meets every Tuesday in the parish hall from 5:30 p.m. for an hour. Our study text for the Fall,is the Acts of the Apostles. Do join us.

Music Ministry
Pamela Smith will supply the music for our worship service this Sunday, September 27th, 2015.

Harvest Festival
We have set aside Sunday, October 25th for our Annual Harvest Festival. The Sanctuary Guild is asking that we all begin to collect our cans and nonperishable items. Whatever is received will be shared with St. Mary’s Mission in Springfield.

Edward Waters Day at St. Philip’s
Come Sunday, October 25th, the much exclaimed Edward Waters College Concert Choir will present a ‘Concert to Remember.’We ask that you invite everyone that you know,to join us on the day. Remembera love offering will be received for the college. Concert time is 4:00p.m.

Steel Pan Music
A special treat awaits us this Sunday September 27th, when two students from the Episcopal School of Jacksonville visit and showcase their talents on the pans. Our hope is to have eventually our own pan ministry.

ICARE Listening Sessions
We continue our “house meetings” this Saturday in the parish auditorium. These sessions allow us to review the issues we worked on before –Homelessness, Education, Mental Health, and Youth Crime, and perhaps addother vexing matters to the agenda. Join us at 9:30 a.m. for an hour.

Birthday Celebration
There will be food and fellowship immediately after church on Sunday, 9/27 sponsored by Joe Morrison in honor of his birthday! Everyone is invited!

October 2015
Think Pink!October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as such, the ECW will celebrate our Survivors on Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Auditorium. We are asking all women of the church to join us for food, fellowship and a time of reflection, as we give God thanks and Celebrate our Women!!

Oliver Says Thanks
Oliver Robinson called to say how grateful he is for all the thoughts and prayers we shared.

YP4C (Youth Presence Ministries)
We did it St. Philip’s! Game Night and Church Without Walls Outreach were a success! Game night brought out 60 people of various ages in fellowship to play cards, board games and to be creative with arts and crafts. We were also blessed to have several invited guests. Thanks to everyone for providing games, the potluck dinner, which was so delicious;and joining in the fun. On Sunday, we enjoyed worship with the brothers and sisters who gathered there. Mother Beth Tjoflat reminded us that we are all children of God, and that we were all welcomed there no matter our status in this life. The 100 bags lunches of sandwiches (meat and cheese or PB&J), chips, dessert, fruit, and a much needed bottle of ice cold water were served by the 22 parishioners from our parish. Thank you to all that attended CWC to participate in the service and help pass out lunches including our very own Fr Denis Ford who assisted with the Eucharist. Thanks to everyone who provided and/or prepared the bagged lunches. These two activities were planned by the Youth Presence Ministry. We commend our youth involved in this ministry, assisting in the planning, giving up a Saturday night and a Sunday afternoon to serve. Thank you all again! Youth Presence Ministry Pictures of both events will be placed on the St. Philip’s Facebook page and the Youth Facebook page. Please like both pages to stay connected and view pictures. We are looking for someone or a group to head the next Game Night and Church Without Walls event. In His Name Katrina Crews

Keep in Prayer this week
Jacquelyn Wright, Meisha Sudiene, Horace Quinney, Anthony Nembhard, Eleanor Hughes, Javon Roberts, Marsha Roberts,Alma Flowers, Jasmine Exson, and Darcel Wilson, Oliver Robinson