NOVEMBER 2020 NEWS & UPDATES | STPHILIPS1600.ORG
Cookin' with Aunt Bette 
Mark your calendar to tune into our virtual fundraising event, “Cookin’ with Aunt Bette” on November 17, 2020 from 6-7pm. Local chefs Chad Houser of Café Momentum, Sharon Van Meter of 3015 at Trinity Groves, and Tisha Crear of Recipe Oak Cliff along with St. Philip’s very own Musco Family, will demonstrate how to make healthy side dishes and entrees using items available in Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry. Funds raised for this event will be matched 1:1 by the Perot Family and help endow Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry.

We are excited and honored to have Ann Mahowald, Dotti Singhal, Abigail Sinwell, and Tina Stansbury as Co-Chairs of this inaugural virtual event.

Click here more information about the event and how you can tune in!
Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration
St. Philip’s is pleased to host our Thanksgiving Feast in a safe format this year that still allows us to serve our community. On November 14th there will be a Thanksgiving Box Giveaway from 10am-1pm in the parking lot of St. Philip's School and Community Center. 400 neighbors will receive a Thanksgiving box of nonperishable goods, produce, milk and a turkey as part of the Pastors Turkey Box Giveaway 2020.

Vouchers will be distributed to non-pantry clients on Monday, 11/9 and Wednesday, 11/11 from 8-11am at Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry. Vouchers can also be obtained by contacting LaSheryl. Walker at 214.421.5221 (ext.140), or community@stphilips.com. (Pantry clients will receive their Thanksgiving Boxed Meals when they visit the pantry on their scheduled appointment day.)

The distribution event at Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry will be a service project of the Dallas Spurs and Liverpool Supporters Soccer Club of DFW. We are grateful to have St. Philip's volunteer needs for the Thanksgiving Box Giveaway covered by these two organizations! However, many volunteers will be needed for the Turkey Box Giveaway at other centralized locations. For those wishing to volunteer – please visit the North Texas Food Bank page to register and sign up.

Thank you to the Sponsors of the Pastors Turkey Box Giveaway 2020 for helping us feed our community.
Harvest Days 
As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, we would like to extend our Harvest Days Celebration in memory of the late Mrs. Gwen Barjon. We are asking St. Philip’s friends and supporters to bring a gift of fresh produce to be donated to our food pantry. A drop-off box for produce donations will be placed in the front of the school Monday-Friday from 8am-6pm through November 20th. Help us meet our goal of 2500 pounds of produce! (Suggested produce: Potatoes, apples, oranges, cabbage, onions, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, butternut squash and spaghetti squash.)
Annual Christmas Store 
We are accepting donations and enlisting volunteers for our Annual Christmas Store on December 19, 2020. Our Christmas store serves approximately 175 families each year, providing a wonderful selection of donated holiday gifts. To keep everyone safe this year, our Christmas Store will be a curbside pickup event. Each family must apply to participate. To apply, sign up to volunteer, or view this year’s wish list and make a donation, click here.
ICYMI: Praise in the Park 
Every October, we gather for Fellowship Sunday with our St. Philip's families, supporters, and community members. This year was a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions, so along with Victory Baptist Church, Cornerstone Baptist Church, and St. Luke Community United Methodist, we brought our fellowship to Klyde Warren Park. The morning was filled with songs, praise and worship, and an amazing word from pastor Stephen Brown, Senior Pastor of Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church. Thank you to our Chapel Committee for organizing this event.
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November Virtual Admissions Preview 
Join us for a Virtual Admissions Preview, November 11th at 8:00am. Learn more about our curriculum which gives students hands-on learning experiences in the areas of math, science, social studies, technology, foreign language and performing arts. Register now..
Visit our Admissions Office Virtually! 
Our virtual admissions office is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11am to 1pm. We are here to answer your questions about St. Philip's School & Community Center, our admissions process, our academics, and more.
Spread the Word: New Student Applications are Now Open!
New Student Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 school year! You are our best ambassadors; tell a family you know to apply today!
REVIEW OUR SCHOOL: You can also review our school to help spread the word! Reviews on various websites help promote our school. Information and links to share your experience can be found here.
NEW STUDENT REFERRAL INCENTIVE PROGRAM: Earn tuition credit for your student! For each new student you refer that enrolls and attends St. Philip’s, your family will be awarded a $200 tuition credit through our referral program!
Alumni News 
Semaj Musco (Class of 2015): Senior Editor of the St. Mark’s School of Texas Magazine is making his voice heard in the fight for justice and equality. Musco and his classmates published the FOCUS Magazine, discussing the topic of social and racial justice in the September 2020 issue. (Musco’s articles are on page 36-37, and 40-41)

The high school senior also took part in a writing program over the summer hosted by the Detroit Writing Room. One of his articles, "The New Black Lives Matter" was selected to be featured on the Detroit Writing Room website.
Girls Night Out Goes Virtual!
This fun-filled mentorship and networking program for young ladies in 1st through 12th grades has gone virtual! Girls will engage with Junior League mentors in small and large groups for fun, educational, creative, and meaningful activities. Themes will include goal-setting, health and wellness, public speaking, and leadership. Each night will end with the broadcast of a popular movie (optional)! Sign up for our next Girls Night Out event on November 13th.
Virtual Legal Clinic
Our Legal Clinic is now being offered virtually. This is a free legal aid clinic in collaboration with the D.V.A.P (Dallas Volunteer Attorneys Program). The clinics offer free legal advice and consultation in civil matters for those who qualify under Legal Aid’s income eligibility guidelines. The virtual clinic is offered every Thursday. Find out more or sign up for legal assistance, please sign up here.
Dr. Flowers' Words of Wisdom
We hope you were inspired by Dr. Flowers latest blog post and were Unmuted on November 3rd. This message pushes every eligible American citizen to let their voices be heard on for all elections. Enjoy this inspirational and thought-provoking message informed by his faith, ministry in education, and community development

Friends of St. Philip’s 
Friends of St. Philip’s (Friends) was established in February 2019 as a group of men and women committed to supporting St. Philip’s School and Community Center as ambassadors through service and fundraising. In its first year, Friends focused primarily on faculty and staff appreciation with luncheons, celebrations, and motivational support, while also volunteering in the Pantry and at Community Center events. Additionally, this year they will assist with the new “Wellness Wednesdays” initiative for faculty and staff. Their inaugural event, “Bingo, BBQ, & the Blues,” which was postponed last spring, is rescheduled for Thursday, September 9, 2021.

If you would like to join, renew, or become more involved by joining the expanding board of Friends of St. Philip’s click here.
San Fernando Farms Honey Fundraiser
In early October, Erik Spafford hosted a Honey Sale and donated the $500 in proceeds to Friends of St. Philip’s, where his mom serves as Treasurer. Erik’s family started beekeeping in their Forest Hills backyard approximately four years ago and developed their own brand, San Fernando Farms Honey, derived from their street name. As their hives grew in number to seven, production increased significantly. After numerous requests for refills and returned empty jars, the Spaffords decided to hold regular honey sales with proceeds donated to a different organization each time, one of those being Friends of St. Philip’s. The Spaffords were pleased to hold a sale benefiting Friends and the wondrous works they are doing to support faculty and staff, particularly in a difficult year for all.
Book Drive 
Friends of St. Philip’s is pleased to partner with Interabang Books to provide new books to all clients and families of Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry at St. Philip’s School & Community Center. By purchasing a book here, you can share the gift of reading with our community clients. Friends of St. Philip’s will hand deliver your purchased books to Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry where clients may select the literature of their choice to take home to share with their families. This is the last week to purchase books for the Pantry through Interabang Books. Please support our neighbors today!
Volunteers in Action!
Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas has committed to sending four seniors to Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry every Wednesday morning for 30 weeks as part of their Commitment to Justice program. The senior service experience provides Jesuit students the opportunity to understand more deeply the systems of oppression and injustice that deny others their basic human rights and how they have knowingly and unknowingly contributed to such systems. By examining and putting into practice the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching, Jesuit seniors are challenged to consider how they might live their lives in selfless service to others and choosing this as their primary ambition. Thank you, Jesuit Seniors for your service!
April Landry is the manager of the Snap Kitchen Fitzhugh location and not only does her store donate surplus meals daily to Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry, but she has committed to collecting food from her family and customers to help support our pantry. Thank you for going above and beyond to serve our pantry!
When 14-year-old Mae Flanagan’s grandparents asked what she wanted for her 14th birthday, she suggested that in lieu of a present, they donate to Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry. Mae has volunteered in the pantry with her mom, Courtney Flanagan (SPSCC Board Member). Nancy and Larry Newman are so proud of their granddaughter and were thrilled to make a donation to the pantry in honor of her 14th birthday.
Board Members Dee Velvin, Dotti Singhal, and Abigail Sinwell give their time in Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry regularly. Your commitment to our ministry is deeply cherished. Thank you!
Aunt Bette's Community Pantry
Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry needs Volunteers! There is an opportunity for a limited number of volunteers to sign up for shifts on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45am-11:30am. All volunteers must wear masks and gloves, maintain safe social distancing, and neighbors are required to wear masks upon arrival. Masks are provided for those without one. Sign up to volunteer.

Recycle Your Paper or Plastic Bags! We are always in need of paper and plastic shopping bags for Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry. In addition to regular sized grocery bags, we also need slightly larger bags, similar to those from Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. Please feel free to drop off your bags at our pantry during hours of operation, Mondays and Wednesday from 8:00 am -11:00 am.

We are also in need of wrapped plastic cutlery, such as those given with take-out orders. These are distributed to our neighbors receiving Snap Kitchen meals. If you have gently used rolling duffle bags and suitcases to donate, we would appreciate those as well. These would enable clients without transportation to easily transport their groceries home.
Tackle Hunger Souper Bowl of Caring
Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry has been selected to participate in the Tackle Hunger Souper Bowl of Caring. Souper Bowl of Caring uses the energy around football’s biggest celebration to inspire youth to tackle hunger across the country. Each campaign runs throughout the American football season, starting in September through the Super Bowl. St. Philip’s supporters can make donations to our campaign portal which directly supports our pantry. Donate today!
Experience Feedback Box
We want to hear from you! We now have an anonymous form that can be submitted electronically to offer feedback regarding your experience, suggestions, or compliments.
How You Can Help
For those who have asked what you can do to support St. Philip’s – PRAY and DONATE. Our needs and that of those we serve continue and grow daily. You can make an online charitable donation here to support our families.
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