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- Meditations & Articles | Mysite
Father Terry's Mediations and Articles "Keep Calm and Carry On" "Be Mindful of Other Epidemics" "Allow your Hearts and Homes to be a Temple of God" "Prepare a Place for a Sacred Space" "Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!" "Patience is a Virtue" "St. Patrick Day -- Every Day" The Prayer of St. Patrick "We're Back (Sort of. . .)! "And We Begin Again. . ." "Stimulus Giving" "My Response"
- About Us | Mysite
A COMMUNITY OF FAITH We worship God in the Anglican Tradition. As we worship, we seek God's truth, grow in Christ, and proclaim God's Word to the world. This is the center of this parish's focus. From this worship experience, our actions of outreach and missions go beyond the congregational boundaries. We work in joy to bring the good news of God's love as witnessed in the Son empowered by the Holy Spirit. The History of St. Philip - Davieshire The Rt. Rev. W. Fred Gates, Jr., Suffragan Bishop of Tennessee, presided at the first service of St. Philip Church on Sunday afternoon, December 8, 1974, at the J. B. Griffin Memorial Chapel in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Brunswick, Tn. Three weeks later, December 29, 1974, Mrs. Ellen Davies Rodgers donated ten (10) acres for a church to be built on land that was a part of Davies Plantation. On January 24, 1976, St. Philip Episcopal Church was accepted as an Organized Mission at the 144th Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee. “Miss Ellen”, as she was affectionately known, would later give more land and most of the means for the construction of the church building. The late Rev. H. Gordon Bernard became Vicar of St. Philip in July,1980. Ground was broken for the new church that same year on September 14, with more than 300 people attending on an afternoon when the temperature soared to 103 degrees. Both Bishop William E. Sanders and Suffragan Bishop Gates took part in the consecration service for the new church on Sunday, November 1, 1981, (All Saints’ Day). St. Philip became the first congregation admitted to parish status in the newly created Diocese of West Tennessee on January 20, 1984, under the Rt. Rev. Alex D. Dickson. Fr. Bernard served as Rector until his retirement in July of 1988. The Rev. John Sterling came to St. Philip in the fall of that same year and served until his retirement in April of 1994. On April 25, 1994, the Rev. Joseph N. Davis began his duties as the third Rector of St. Philip. After thirteen years, in June, 2007, Fr. Davis left to accept a call to the Church of the Resurrection in Franklin, Tennessee. In August, 2008, the Search Committee and Vestry of St. Philip concluded their nationally advertised search for its’ fourth Rector when they called Fr. Terry Street. Fr. Terry came to us from St. John’s Episcopal Church and Barth House. It was with a unanimous vote by the Search Committee and a separate unanimous vote by the full Vestry that Fr. Terry was called. Fr. Terry began his ministry at St. Philip on Sunday, September 21st, 2008 with formal installation to follow on November 20th. St. Philip has grown from "six warm souls" in a cemetery chapel to a busy parish of approximately 200 members. St. Philip has many lay ministries, including an energetic Men's Club, an active women's organization which meets monthly and is very involved in several outreach programs. In 2007, St. Philip became the new home of the Good Shepherd Center for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which serves the entire diocese. We have a vital Christian education program for children, adults, and nursery. We have a modern "state of the art" playground. While intentionally remaining a traditional parish, we seek to proclaim the good news of Christ to all people in our community. At the ground breaking ceremony in 1980, Miss Ellen said of the land that she had given for the church, "Many types of rewarding crops have been planted on this good land for more than a century by my family. Today we plant the Cross and by the grace of faith, pray for an abundant harvest. As we attempt to build upon the faithful deeds of those who have gone before us, may we serve our Lord so that his harvest may always increase."
- Stewardship | Mysite
Feel-Good Giving 2 Corinthians 9:5; 7: So I (Paul) thought it was necessary to urge these brothers and sisters to go to you ahead of me and get ready in advance the gift you promised to make. Then will it be ready when I arrive, and will show that you give because you want to, not because you to have to. . . You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. . . A few years ago, a Christian denomination did a study concerning stewardship. The study included various realms of giving, which included the offering of money, time, and talents. What the study concluded was that the people felt a sense of guilt with what they were giving. So contrary to a popular stewardship theme among many congregations, “Give until it hurts”, the real pain was because people felt, as individuals, they could do more, a lot more, than what they were doing. In terms of donations, let us consider “Feel-Good Giving” -- Giving until it feels good! Stewardship is a time of spiritual self-reflection. It is when we take a moment to prayerfully reflect on our commitment to God in terms of sharing our time, talents, and money. As we take this spiritual inventory of ourselves, we need to prayerfully consider what to donate. After all, it is a spiritual promise to our Lord. In this vow, let us look upon stewardship with joy. After all, it is true thanks to God. Donations of our time, talents, and money should be “Feel-Good Giving”. GIVING ONLINE Pledges and Donations Debit or Credit Card Giving We are excited to offer now online payments for offerings through Square. Click on these secure links* for pledges or discretionary fund offerings. It will open up a secure checkout page on Square. Enter the amount of your offering, your email address, full name and credit card information. A confirmation email receipt will be sent to you confirming your payment. We hope this might be useful, particularly during this time. Please note that there will be a 3.5% charge to St. Philip for the use of this service. These links will work with Google Chrome, Edge (new version) and Firefox browsers for computers. Also, for Android, Apple phones and tablets. They will not work with Microsoft Internet Explorer. * PLEDGES & DONATIONS DISCRETIONARY * If you want to make a donation to a specific ministry or fund, please email the the Treasurer of St. Philip to indicate your designated contribution. Thanks! BECOME A VOLUNTEER Volunteer is defined as a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. There is something more to becoming a person who freely gives time and effort to the work of Christ at St. Philip. The feeling of the heart (sometimes called the reason of the heart) is the foundation of being a volunteer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is our challenge to respond to that feeling. Yes, it is our faith that brings us to give our actions freely. HOW YOU CAN HELP The most important thing you can do is to ! This is a simple act that will make our ministries grow in the parish. When we pray, the Lord hears us. PRAY We need workers who will spend the time in the various ministries at St. Philip. If there is something you want to do, speak to a Vestry member or Ft. Terry. The still small voice of the Lord calls you from your prayers. How will you respond? As you pray, be aware that the Lord may call you into a leadership position. It is a simple matter that sometimes you can go beyond your comfort level. Many times, leadership is not sought out, it just happens. Leadership results from of a prayerful harmony of events. Be open to hear a call that rises from your prayers. Read More >> WE NEED YOUR HELP The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:35-38) (
- Charles Wilburn | Mysite
To the memory of the Lord's servant, Charles Wilburn Funeral Service -- Audio Funeral Service -- Video
- Outreach | Mysite
The Emmanuel Center The Emmanuel Center served more than 2,000 people each year through programs that inspire spiritual, physical, and educational growth. They provided recreational activities and continued learning and developing programs that include spiritual direction, social service programs, educational enrichment, and organized sports. This has been an amazing community outreach ministry in our city. The Emmanuel Center was an oasis of hope amongst an area with many statistics. Their statistic, moreover, was at a 100% high school graduation rate with kids going on to do great things! For more information, you can check out their website. Click the link . "Emmanuel" St. Philip Episcopal Church contributes to this important ministry with time, talents, and money. We will continue to work with the Emmanuel Center on two specific projects at the Emmanuel Center: Operation Backpack and Operation Joy. Fr. Terry Street & Liz Stephens Operation Backpack “The Emmanuel Center took a strategic pause this past spring and after prayerful consideration by the board of directors, the center has made some structural changes to its program that will better serve the community in which it resides. As a result, the number of children that will be served will be fewer, but the mission remains the same. For Operation Backpack this year, we will be focusing on students from Kindergarten through Middle School. Four Parishes share in this powerful outreach ministry with time, talent, and money: St. George, St. Andrews, Holy Apostles, and St. Philip Episcopal Churches. We are helping children learn and thrive in school, stay in school and build a bright future. We purchase the required school supplies at wholesale prices that will provide a new backpack with all of the grade-appropriate supplies for approximately $25 per backpack. Your financial support of this Outreach Ministry is requested and always appreciated! Checks can be made out to St Philip with a note for Operation Backpack. Or, click this link to give to our online giving site: DONATION. Questions about this ministry should be directed to the Parish office: firstname.lastname@example.org . Operation Joy In early December, St Philip Episcopal Church has the pleasure to host a Christmas part for the children of the Emmanuel Center. We hope to adopt several children for Christmas. For those who may not be able to adopt a child, you have the ability to make a donation to collectively support one or more children. If you are not sure what to buy, but want to support, We would be happy to be your personal shopper- you just need to let us know! Details on the children such as gender, age, sizes, needs, and wants will be available by early December. For several weeks leading up to the party, volunteers are busy making preparations and buying gifts for the children. If this ministry speaks to you, there are may ways to get involved. All gifts should be purchased and ready for delivery, where we will host the Christmas Party at the center for the children. This is always an amazing afternoon and we look forward to sharing it with you! Don’t worry- if you cannot attend the party, we will get your gifts delivered! If you are not able to adopt a child, you may support the purchase of bikes, helmets, and gift cards for the families by making a financial donation. Just mark the contribution “Operation JOY!” and drop it in the offering plate or by making an online gift: DONATION . Please plan to attend the Christmas Party at the Emmanuel Center on a Sunday in mid-December. It is our prayer that it will HAPPEN. Prayerfully look forward to a wonderful afternoon! Parish Discretionary Fund The Discretionary Fund is received the first Sunday of each month during the Worship times. The loose offering and other gifts so designated are given to St. Philip’s Discretionary Fund for the purpose of helping persons in times of serious need. Regardless of their circumstance, this Parish takes seriously the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 25: "Lord, when did we see you. . ." The Parish Discretionary Fund is administered by our Rector Father Terry Street. If you wish to contribute by check, please make it out to St. Philip and designate: “St. Philip’s Discretionary Fund.” You may contribute to this fund at any time. Your funds are especially needed during this time of crisis and great need. Your checks may be mailed to the church office. Also, you can contribute with a debt or credit card to this much needed ministry by clicking: DISCRETIONARY S t. Philip maintains a "blue barrel" in the Parish Hall where food and non-food items are collected for this ministry. If you would like to give funds, please make your check out to St. Philip and write "Mid-South Food Bank" in the . We will forward the money to this worthy cause. FOR line Missionary work at St. Luke's Leprosarium and Medical Clinic in Mbalotahun, Liberia We have accomplished so much from the beginning when the mission started in 2006! The clinic is one of St. Philip's star projects. It saved many lives in the village and surrounding area. The infant mortality rate has dropped significantly. With the addition of the Mother Waiting House, it continues to improve. Father Terry and Joe Namie led the effort of restoration of the clinic along with the critical leadership and funding from Bishop Alex Dickson and Mrs. Emily Bailey, who were also part of our fellowship. continue. . . The Manna House of Memphis Ministry A long time and essential ministry that has the active support of St. Philip Episcopal Church is the Manna House of Memphis. The parish has donated much money, time, food, and articles of clothing. Each year, we have a time when we collect coats, socks, shoes and underwear so that the "guests" of Manna House can have warmth from the colder temperatures outside. Manna House of Memphis offers hospitality to homeless and poor guests. Hospitality includes welcoming of guests, and the offering of basic services such as clothing, hygiene items, showers, and serving coffee or other beverages. Staff and volunteers seek to interact with their guests and will learn their names and their stories. Manna House is grounded in the spirit of the Catholic Worker Movement and thus seeking to welcome all guests from the streets with a spirit of hospitality that respects their dignity as human beings. In offering hospitality, Manna House affirms that hosting guests involves not only provides needed material goods, but more importantly honors guests’ humanity and personhood. As stated on MHM website: “We are not a social service agency; rather we are persons welcoming other persons to share ourselves, our gifts, and gifts we have received from others. We seek to know our guests as persons with names, histories, and hopes. We seek to be stewards of God’s graciousness, not possessors of power and privilege dispensing charity from above. We seek to build relationships and we are not out to “save” people or remake them in our own image. We recognize and repent of our racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism, and we seek to create a community of hospitality in which all are welcomed as children of God.” : The mission Hospitality to homeless and poor persons in the city of Memphis; Advocacy for persons on the streets; Opposition to violence–on the streets, by the police, through imprisonment, executions & war; Witness to the reign of God. If you want to learn more about the Manna House of Memphis, donate money or become a volunteer for this worthwhile ministry, we invite you to visit their WEBSITE: https://www.mannahousememphis.org/ Beehives for Thistle and Bee St. Philip has partnered with Thistle and Bee to place four beehives on the campus (near the north-east corner of the parish grounds}. As a host site, St. Philip is proud to support a local ministry that helps women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and abuse. You can learn more about and support Thistle and Bee via their website: www.thistleandbee.org . A Letter to St. Philip from Director Alison Chesney Hey Fr Terry! We had another successful honey harvest and wanted to extend a thank you to you and everyone in the congregation that has helped with the success of our honey program. Please see a note attached with a discount code for honey purchases, that can be shared with everyone for their generosity and support! In addition to a successful harvest, the collective bee hives have provided over 300 hours of employment with equipment maintenance, hive care, harvesting, and bottling this year so far. It all helps towards the bigger mission of helping women survivors thrive! Thank you, thank you! Best, Ali Thistle & Bee Enterprises, Social Enterprise Director Your generosity has helped Thistle and Bee harvest over 960 pounds of honey! Your hive site helped in giving our women an amazing team building experience and the rewarding feeling of accomplishment at work. None of this would be possible if it wasn't for you! Your support means we can keep advocating for social justice and grow our Hive. Visit our website where you can find all of our honey and honey-based products! To celebrate our June 2020 harvest, use code BUSYBEE at checkout and enjoy 20% off. You deserve it. Thank you! thistleandbee.org Relief for Victims of the Recent Natural Disasters Considering a way to assist the victims of the recent natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad? Episcopal Relief and Development is working in these areas to provide help to those impacted. You can donate through St. Philip by noting "Relief Fund" in the memo line of your check and placing it in the offering plate. You can also donate directly to the Fund via their website .
- Children's Ministry | Mysite
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd At the very heart of our life in Christ at St. Philip you will find our children. The vision and understanding of the spiritual life of children which we embrace is that of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the spiritual formation of children 3-12 years old which is based on Scripture and Liturgy with underpinnings in the Montessori Method of education. Developed in Rome over 50 years ago by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi, this work is sometimes described as the meeting ground of two Mysteries: the Mystery of God and the Mystery of the Child. The place of this encounter is the “atrium” classroom. These environments are specially prepared spaces with developmentally appropriate materials designed to help the child come closer to God. The atrium is a place of prayer, work, study, and community. There are separate environments for Level I (2 ½-6 years), Level II (1st-3rd grades), and Level III (4th-6th g rades). Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been a mustard seed work for us at St. Philip. It began slowly in 1994 with an environment only for the youngest children, but has grown to include a full scope of this approach for children ages 2 ½ -12 years. In the gospel of Matthew Jesus holds up children as spiritual models when he says, “unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” They may be the smallest, but certainly not the least. We consider our children a very important part of who we are and we do all that we can to respect and to nurture their relationship with Christ.
- Worship | Mysite
WORSHIP In this section, you will find a video of Fr. Terry's sermon at St. Philip. You can click to hear Fr. Terry's most recent sermon , or go to the link podcast page and select the sermon you would like to hear. The sermons are mobile ready to listen with your smart devices. BECOME A PART OF OUR WORSHIPPING FAMILY We invite all to join us as we celebrate the Lord's grace and love. Celebrate with us the Holy Eucharist. All baptized Christians are welcome and we welcome all people to alter to receive a priestly blessing. May the Peace of the Lord that passes all understanding and circumstances of this life be with YOU! During times of crisis, St. Philip Episcopal Church's prayer is that you will find hope and peace. May you find comfort in these words that echo throughout the worship services: “Keep calm and carry on.” “Take heart, do not be afraid.” Pray for protection, healing and restoration. Fortify yourself with spiritual readings and study. Stand firm in our faith. Reach out to those in need. Allow your hearts and homes to be a temple of God. Prepare a place for a sacred space. As Easter People, celebrate Easter – Alleluia! Be patient!
- ECW | Mysite
The ladies of St. Philip at the recent Christmas Ornament Exchange Party If you are a female member of the church, you are a member of the Episcopal Church Women of St. Philip . Please join us for our monthly luncheon meetings, held on Sunday's, once per month at 12:30 PM. Look for dates and times in the service bulletin or Evangel Newsletter Pam Malone ECW President