All Things St. Philip's 
May 12, 2022

The Celebration of New Ministry and Installation
Rev. Marlene E. Forrest
as the 23rd Rector
of St. Philip's Episcopal Church
Saturday, May 14th @ 1 pm
will be livestreamed on
the following platforms:

Episcopal Church Women News
  • The ECW is now accepting applications for the Beblon G. Parks ECW Youth Endowment Scholarship Award and the ECW Book/Technology Award. Deadline for both applications is June 2. For more information about the scholarships and to apply, click the buttons below. For questions or to submit applications, email
  • Calling all high school and college graduates! If you have a graduating high school or college student, please notify the church office by June 2 in preparation for our Youth Celebration on June 12.
Janettarose Greene, Seminarian

Janettarose Greene, a rising senior at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), will be joining us as our seminarian for two weeks during May and August. Janettarose is excited to be coming to St. Philip’s as part of the VTS Contextual Ministry program, designed to help seminarians assimilate theology, practical ministry skills, personal life, and call exploration through experiences with the members of our church. Janettarose retired in February 2021 after 37 years of federal service to pursue her studies full-time. She has augmented her academic work with wide-ranging roles in the seminary community. She serves as a sacristan in the chapel and research assistant to the dean on two book projects. This past year she was elected to serve as member-at-large of the junior class and co-leader of the Seminarians of Color Union. Most recently she was elected to be student body president. She expects this role to be especially important over the next 12 months, as it is the seminary’s bicentennial anniversary. Originally from Pennsylvania, Janettarose lives with her family in McLean, VA.
An Update on the Nominees and
Petition Process for the 14th Bishop 

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Virginia announced the decision of a majority of its members not to add any petition candidates to the slate for the election of the 14th Bishop Diocesan. Some of you have heard the news with surprise. I write to you with a reflection and an invitation as you receive this news and as we as a Diocese move toward the election on June 4.
The Standing Committee is made up of six clergy and six lay members who are elected by the delegates to Diocesan Convention. Two clergy and two lay persons are elected each year from a slate of those nominated by their congregations, regions or other organizations, or who self-nominate. The delegates to Convention who elect them are themselves elected by vestries, who are elected by congregations. Through this democratic process, all people of the Diocese have a voice in electing the Standing Committee and responsibility for the work of the Standing Committee. 
Responsibility for the selection of nominees for a Bishop, according to the Canons (Church laws) of the Diocese of Virginia, rests in the hands of the Standing Committee. The Bishop calls for an election, then the Standing Committee designs the process, appoints the Search and Transition Committees and oversees the petition process. Our Standing Committee has done that work according to the process they designed. 

The design and outcome of the process belong to the Standing Committee and questions may be addressed to them at  Just as importantly, responsibility for our democratic election process in The Episcopal Church and in the Diocese of Virginia belongs to all the people of this Diocese, both lay and ordained.  
Sunday Services are held weekly at 8 and 10:30 am

The 10:30 service will continue to be livestreamed on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.

A few guidelines:
  • Masks are required to be worn by all.
  • Although registration is not required, sign-in and temperatures will be taken upon arrival to the service.
  • Coffee hour will not resume at this time.
  • Bible study takes place at 9 am, immediately following the 8 am service, and will continue to serve those that call in.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to the office at (804) 321-1266 or We look forward to seeing you at St. Philip’s!
By Phone:
Dial: (301) 715-8592
Meeting ID: 842 9248 5996
By Computer:
Click Virtual Prayer Services on Facebook:
Bishop's Meditation
by Porter Taylor

"Courageous Conversations"
Sunday Morning Bible Study

Dial-in: (978) 990-5000
Access Code: 656298#

Please note: Church School/Bible Study will be held at 9 am following the 8 am service, and we will continue to serve those who dial-in at 9.  
Tuesday Night Prayer
8 pm

Join us online from our website or Facebook profile.

For the other nights of the week, we encourage you to create
your own practice and end your day in conversation with God.
Wednesday Noon Prayer

Dial-in number: (978) 990-5000
Access code: 870051 #

All are welcome!
A year with Johnson Service Corps is an opportunity to dedicate yourself to the work of service, social justice, and spiritual growth. It’s a time to learn more about your faith, yourself, and the world. It’s a time to reflect, pray, and consider what is next -- all in a well-supported community of your peers.

JSC is accepting applications from young adults ages 21-28 for a service year in the Durham-Chapel Hill, NC community. The program runs from August 2022 through July 2023. Applications must be received by June 1, 2022.
Episcopal Service Corps Seeks Applicants for Remaining Posts
The Episcopal Church invites young leaders ages 21 to 32 to join Episcopal Service Corps, a nationwide movement focused on transforming the world through leadership, community building, and personal and spiritual growth.
Announcing "Soul Fire Saturday"
June 18
Stay tuned for more information
  • The parish hall renovation is almost complete. In the coming weeks, look for information about the dedication.

  • We have established a lay committee to provide support to our seminarian, Janettarose Greene, who will be with us May 13-26 and August 19 - September 4. Committee members are Thomas Beatty, Moses Golatt, Nathaniel Lewis, and Vickie Seymour.

  • All St. Philip's worship services are livestreamed for our online congregation. By participating in this service, you acknowledge that you may be visible on live broadcast or archived video.
Mark Your Calendars

May 14th, 1 pm: Celebration of New Ministry (livestreamed)

May 15th, 10:30 am: Women’s Day

May 20th, 11 am - 4 pm: Red Cross Blood Drive

June 4th: Special Convention To Elect the 14th Diocesan Bishop (livestreamed)

June 12th, 10:30 am: Youth Sunday and celebration of graduates

June 18th: SoulFire Saturday (more details to come)
Prayer List for This Week

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. James’s in Richmond; St. Luke’s, Wellington in Alexandria; and St. Stephen’s in Richmond

Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer: The Scottish Episcopal Church

Metropolitan Richmond Cycle of Prayer: We pray for the criminal justice system in Metropolitan Richmond: For all chaplains, staff, and volunteers who minister in jails and prisons, half-way houses, work-release and after-care programs

Members of Our Sister Church: St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Boipatong, South Africa

All in Need of Healing: Deborah Bowser, Mary Carter, Alexander Corbett, Bradley Fassett, Lorraine Fassett, Eva Hicks, Robinette Miller, Edmund Moore, Romaine Morgan, Lela Morris, Pam Southall, Eileen Sullivan, Clementine Washington, Ed West, and Beverly Woody

Members of Our Armed Forces: Satchel Bacon, Brian Beatty, Reginald Coleman, Talon Cowgill, Tanya Cowgill, Deja Freeney, Deneisha Freeney, Vernon Harmon, Chauncey Hodge, Sa’ad McNeil, Franklin Morton Jr., Joseph Murray III, Benjamin Neely, Kevin B. Stallings, Vernon Threatt, and Travis Tuck
WARNING About Emails Spoofing Clergy

Please be aware that Rev. Marlene will NEVER reach out to you individually asking for any type of gift card or financial contribution. Our clergy will ONLY email you from their church addresses with the domain of If you receive an email that claims to be from Rev. Marlene with an urgent request, please check the email address, do not respond and report the email to your ISP. If you have questions or concerns call the church office at (804) 321-1266.
Ways to Donate to St. Philip's

Check - Send to PO Box 27492, Richmond VA 23261
Credit Card or Bank Account - Click here
Online Banking & Electronic checks - Set up payment with your bank
PayPal - Click here to donate or go to our website and click GIVE
Text - Text GIVE to (833) 959-2287
Rev. Marlene works remotely on Mondays and Wednesdays and can be reached by phone (804) 356-8216 or email

Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am - 2 pm
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

If you have a pastoral care need or an emergency and cannot reach Rev. Marlene directly, contact the Senior Warden, Thomas Beatty 
(804) 310-4742
To schedule a meeting with Rev. Marlene, please call, email, or use this link:
Vestry Members, Staff, and Ministry Areas
Rev. Marlene E. Forrest, Rector
SENIOR WARDEN: Thomas Beatty

TREASURER: Vickie Seymour

REGISTER: Carolyn Lanier

Ernie Armstrong
Carol Arrington-Sims
Tim Brown
Alan Foster, Sr.
Melissa Greene
Nathaniel Lewis
Sarah McDermott
To learn about a specific ministry or associated programs, please contact the vestry liaison for more information.

Community Engagement:
Ernie Armstrong

In the near term, vestry liaisons will be assigned to:
WORSHIP (All things Sunday morning)


MINISTER OF MUSIC: Dr. Willis L. Barnett
VERGER: Nathaniel Lewis
SEXTON: Richard LeTang
St. Philip's Episcopal Church
(804) 321-1266