All Things St. Philip's 

September 14, 2023

Worship Service

Sunday, September 17th, The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Mid-Year Congregational Meeting & Parish Picnic. One service only at 9:30 a.m.

@ 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist/Rite II

Sunday Service Bulletin: September 17, 2023

There will be NO Bible Study class meeting this coming Sunday. However, the lesson is provided as a "think" piece. Click the link below.

Bible Study "Think" Piece for September 17, 2023

Covid-19 Message

As Covid-19 rates climb in our community and nationally, we asked if you are not feeling well, please stay home and follow along with our online service at 10:30 a.m.

Upon entering the sanctuary, please use the hand sanitizer. Masks are not required, only recommended. Let's stay healthy together. See you at church!

Click here - Picnic Sign Up Genius

This is a casual Sunday, so plan on wearing your

St. Philip's T-shirt or dress comfortably!

Church Corner

Sunday School Registration You can register for Sunday School on Sunday, September 17th and September 24th. Please visit the Sunday School table in the atrium to register or ask questions if you have any.

Recruiting Teachers for Sunday School! The new Formation year is fast approaching and we are working on putting together our roster of teachers for youth formation. If you are interested in being part of our formation teams, please let us know.  Email Parish Office if you are interested.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors Wanted! If you are interested if becoming a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, please contact Nathanial Lewis by phone or email at Nathaniel Lewis . If you are selected for this ministry you will be required to undergo training prior to your first visit.  

Be You. Be loved. Belong! Inquires/Confirmation Class If you are interested in confirming the faith professed at your baptism as an adult, renewing your faith, or being received into the Episcopal Church, then you are likely interested in our next Confirmation class. for classes beginning this coming Fall are October 15th, November 5th and 19th, December 3rd and Dec. 17th at 9:30 a.m. Email Diem Miller at if you are interested.

Christian Formation Kick-Off Sunday! Come help kick off a new year of Christian Formation on Sunday, September 24th after the 10:30 am service, in the Parish Hall to discuss this year's way ahead. Fellowship and Fun with Pizza and Ice Cream

Upcoming Events

St. Thomas Episcopal Gun Violence Worshops

October Workshops: Learning to Lament Gun Violence 

Register here (See your newsletter to register)


Gun violence has left us scared and angry, confused and frustrated, frozen and numb.  As people of faith, we’re called to share these feelings with God—and to call on God to act.   


In the month of October, attend a workshop to do just that.  Learn about the ancient, cathartic practice of lament: The act of raising our fears, questions, and even complaints to God in a faithful manner, all while standing firm on God’s promises to bring about a better world.  One without gun violence.  


Workshops will be led by The Rev. Deacon R. Dale Smith, a former writing professor.  Zoom and in-person options are available, as well as workshops for middle and high school youth.  Click here for workshop details and to register. 


After your workshop, you can offer your lament for use in the upcoming Service of Community Lament, to be held on Sunday November 5 at 5:30 PM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, on Northside.  Click here to learn more about this and other upcoming events addressing gun violence in our city. 


Hear the good news: We do not need to carry the cross of gun violence alone; we can share it with each other and with our God; we can trust that change will come.  Amen.   

Questions? Contact:The Rev. Deacon R. Dale Smith, St Thomas Episcopal Church, 3602 Hawthorne Ave., Richmond, VA 23222, E-mail:

Our Youth

ECW of the Diocese of Virginia Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Sarah Lee! She is the Recipient of the Episcopal Church Women of Diocese of Virginia. She was awarded $800 dollars!

Carmen Jackson, Granddaughter to Alan and Rita Foster

Jayce Nixon, Grandson of LaAnja Gough.

This Week at St. Philip's Church

Monday, September 18

10:00 a.m. Northside Food Pantries Meeting

7:00 p.m. N.A. Meeting


Tuesday, September 19

Newsletter Submission must be emailed to Diem, by Noon

6:00 p.m. Girl Scouts


Wednesday, September 20

12:00 p.m. Noon Prayer; Circle of Love

6:30 p.m. Ex. Committee Meeting


Thursday, September 21

8:00 a.m. Food Pantry Set-up in Parish Hall

6:00 p.m. Pride Service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church


Friday, September 22

9:00 a.m. Food Pantry


Saturday, September 23

4:00 p.m. Movie & Popcorn Night with Anthem LemonAid Stand


Sunday, September 24; The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost; Blessing of the Bookbags, Purses, and Briefcases.

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist/Rite II

9:00 a.m. Bible Study

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist/Rite II

11:40 a.m. Christian Formation Kick-Off and Pizza Party!

Earn for St. Philip's at Kroger

We participate in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Every time you shop, St. Philip's receives a donation based on how much you spend.

St. Philip's code is GT673.

Learn more and sign up here.

Newsletter Article Submission

Items to be included in the newsletter or bulletin are due on Tuesday at NOON. If you have any questions, please email Diem Miller.

Online Giving

Questions? Contact Parish Office: or


These warm-weather adventures will be joyful times for our parish families-but a fun, fast-paced summer can slow down our offering at St. Philip's Church. Online donations help sustain our parish and keep our offering consistent during the busy summer vacation months.

By using Online Giving, you’ll be supporting the parish - even if you are out of town during summer weekends.


Thank you for donating to St. Philip's!


Scan - QR Code Make your gift as the plate is passed, by scanning the QR code.

·       Online Giving or PayPal - Go to our website and click GIVE

·        Text - Text GIVE to (833) 959-2287

·        Check - Send to PO Box 27492, Richmond VA 23261

·        Online Banking & Electronic checks - Set up payment with your bank

Other Ways to Donate to St. Philip's

Check - Send to PO Box 27492, Richmond VA 23261

Credit Card or Bank Account - Click here

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Summer Sunday Service of Morning Prayer is held weekly at 9:30 a.m

The 9:30 service will continue to be livestreamed on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube. Please note our new Zoom link for the 10:30 am service.

A few guidelines:

  • Masks are recommended.

We ask if you are not feeling well, please stay home and follow along with our online service at 10:30 a.m.

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 Computer:

Our website

Click Virtual Prayer Services on Facebook:

Our Facebook page

Wednesday Noon Prayer

Dial-in number: (978) 990-5000

Access code: 870051 #

All are welcome!

Sunday Service Bulletin: September 17, 2023

Prayer List

Please keep these members of our community in your prayers: 

Cynthia Bentley, Shirley Brown, Jean Boone, Dale Brittle, Annie Campbell, Mary Carter, Marilyn Chalmers, Alex Corbett, Lorraine Fasset, Rueben Greene, Yolanda Haynes, Eva Hicks, Ester Hyatt, Bill James, Alaina LaVonne, Barbara Lowe, Robinette Miller, Edmund Moore, Romaine Morgan, Lela Morris, Robert Myers, Tara Plummer, Hortense Powell, Dora Sims, Amy Smith, James E. Smith and Clementine Washington. 

For those serving in the military, we ask you to bless the members of our armed forces. Give them courage, hope and strength.

Isiah Seabrook

Prayer List Update Many names were added to our prayer list. While we are happy to continue praying for these people we want to check if they are still in a state of needing additional prayers. Names will remain on the prayer list for 3 weeks. If you would like a name to remain on the list longer, please notify Diem Miller.

Prayers for those preparing for Confirmation & Reception

Lord, You send out Your Spirit to touch the hearts of all people, so that they may believe in You and in Jesus whom You sent. Look kindly on all candidates for Confirmation and Reception, especially Keith Jones, Lornel Thompkins, Vivienne Brown and Adam Martinez, as they listen to Your voice. Open their hearts to Your Spirit and bring to fulfilment the good work that You have begun in them.

As we prepare these, your children for Confirmation and Reception, make each of us an instrument of Your love. Teach us to appreciate what is holy in

others, and to be patient with what we do not understand. Deepen our faith in the Gospel and help us to pass it on by our example. We pray that You will continue to guide us and sustain us. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Rev. Marlene works Monday-Thursday. She can be reached by phone

(804) 356-8216 or email



Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm

Friday, 9 am - 1 pm

If you have a pastoral care need or an emergency and cannot reach Rev. Marlene directly, contact the Senior Warden, Melissa Greene

(804) 658-9250 or click here to Email Sr. Warden


To schedule a meeting with Rev. Marlene, please call, email, or use this link:

Scheduling Link
Vestry Members, Staff, and Ministry Areas

SENIOR WARDEN: Melissa Greene



TREASURER: Vickie Seymour

REGISTER: Carolyn Lanier

ASST. REGISTER: Sarah McDermott


Carol Arrington-Sims

Tim Brown

Alan Foster, Sr.

Moses Golatt

Joy Lee

Nathaniel Lewis

To learn about a specific ministry or associated programs, please contact the vestry liaison for more information.


Community Engagement

Pastoral Care


Rev. Marlene E. Forrest, Rector

Diem Miller, Office Manager

MINISTER OF MUSIC: Dr. Willis L. Barnett


VERGER: Nathaniel Lewis

SEXTON: Richard LeTang

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