Diocesan News & Events
Thank you from the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee
Many thanks to all members of the Diocese of Michigan who participated in the recent listening sessions and survey about the joys and blessings, challenges and opportunities in our diocese. 

The Search and Nomination Committee was gratified by how many people engaged in the process: we couldn't have done it without you. Over 140 people participated in the general listening sessions, including more than twenty who joined the virtual listening session. Approximately 45 clergy participated in the two clergy listening sessions conducted by our search consultant, Kim Jackson. Members of the search committee also conducted listening sessions with the Standing Committee, the Diocesan Council, the Commission on Ministry, the Trustees, and the diocesan staff and interviewed Bishop Gibbs. The survey, conducted in June and July, elicited more than 550 responses. We have learned so much from talking with you and reading your responses to the survey, and we're grateful for your participation.

Your prayerful and thoughtful responses will help us develop a truly outstanding profile that will represent our diocese faithfully to the candidates who are discerning whether they are called to become our next bishop. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Mission: Possible
August 5-10, 2018

Experience the Jesus Movement in Detroit!

A mission experience for Youth and Young Adults ages 12 and up.

You can stay for the entire week or commute.

Epiphanies Speaker Series: Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism
October 3, 2018 9am - 3pm
All Saints', East Lansing

A self-described Yankee Jewish Feminist, Professor Amy-Jill Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, although she is often quite unorthodox. Known for her dynamic teachings and insight into the Jewish foundation of the New Testament, Amy-Jill is a sought-after conference leader. An affiliated professor at Cambridge University, Dr. Levine's most recent volume is "Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi." For tickets, //CLICK HERE
Sat. Aug. 18, 10am - 3pm
Dozier Rec Center, Inkster 

This will be our biggest Episcopalooza yet! This year, we have joined with St. Clement’s Episcopal Church and many community partners to offer Episcopalooza 2018.

Join us on Saturday, August 18th at Dozier Rec Center (2025 Middle Belt, Inkster, MI) for a free back to school carnival! This carnival will have lots of fun inflatable games like an obstacle course, a climbing wall, as well as a giant slide and moonwalk.

There will be hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and other fun treats available to help kick off the year. The carnival is for all ages! There will be a backpack giveaway from 10am – 2pm, while supplies last. So come early to get a backpack filled with school supplies. And best of all IT IS FREE!!
New Fellowship Opportunity at St. Philip's

Would you like to meet other St. Philip’s parishioners?

Would you like to share fellowship and a meal with other St. Philip's families?  

What is Supper, Talking & Praying?
  • Sign up as a single, a couple, or a family.
  • You will be assigned to a group with 3-4 other singles/couples/families.
  •  Each home takes one turn hosting an informal gathering and a simple meal.
  • The host provides a main entrée.
  • Everyone else brings a dish to share (e.g., appetizer, salad, or dessert).  

We need your help to "Blast Off 2 School"!
Every year, Neighborhood House helps 500+ children head back to school fully prepared for the school year. Neighborhood House will provide grade appropriate school supplies to families in need. Assension Hospital has generously donated all the backpacks for this year’s school supplies drive.
Listed are the school supplies needed. You can bring your donations to the church by August 5 th and we will insure that they are delivered to Neighborhood House. If you wish, you can also take your donations directly to Neighborhood House, 1720 S. Livernois Ave., Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The following items are in need:
  • Flash Drives
  • 3-Ring Binders – 2”
  • Binder Dividers – 5 in a set
  • Composition Books
  • Looseleaf Notebook Paper – wide and college ruled
  • Highlighters
  • Markers – classic and fine point
  • Pocket Folders – with and without prongs
  • Pencil Boxes and Pouches
  • Pencils - #2 & mechanical
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Colored Pencils – 24 count
  • Erasers – large or pencil-top
  • Elmers Glue Sticks
  • Scissors – dull & sharp points
  • Ball Point & Sharpie Pens – blue, back & red
  • Rulers with metrics
South Oakland Shelter
A Call for New Leaders
One of the most significant outreach ministries over the years at St. Philip’s has been SOS, the South Oakland Shelter. Every Spring we have hosted homeless individuals and families either here at St. Philip’s or at the Rochester Church of Christ. This ministry has been a blessing in so many ways—not only the satisfaction of providing hospitality and love to those in need, but also the relationships with fellow parishioners and with members of the Church of Christ and also Abiding Presence Lutheran Church.

We are so grateful to our many dedicated volunteers and especially our SOS dynamic duo—Larry Ciaramitaro and Sue Halbach. Larry has overseen the set-up, tear down, registration and drivers and Sue has coordinated the kitchen and the preparation of dinners and bag lunches. After much consideration and prayer, both Larry and Sue have determined that the time has come to begin to step down from these roles. This means that, if St. Philip’s is going to continue to be involved, new leadership is needed . Both Larry and Sue are willing to work with and train new leaders this next Spring.

We don’t want this to become a crisis next Spring, so please be in prayerful discernment now about whether God might be calling you to step up and take on one of the following leadership roles. We are looking for the following positions:

Provided by the host church (odd years—St. Philip’s, even years—RCC) – both churches share volunteer responsibilities every year. The director’s responsibility is to oversee all the individual parts, coordinating with other leaders and ensuring that the big picture works well. The director works closely with SOS and and team leaders and oversees volunteer signups.

Site Coordinator
The main role is to oversee evening and overnight onsite activity, as well as being on call for overnight emergencies. The Site Coordinator and director make sure that one is present each evening. The Site Coordinator provides leadership and training for overnight hosts.

Transportation Coordinator
The Transportation Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and scheduling the drivers for each morning and evening. Guests are transported to and from the SOS office in Lathrup Village and sometimes to work or school. The coordinator also works ahead of time to borrow one or two vans, which really helps cut down the number of required drivers.

Set-up and Tear-down Coordinator
This person is responsible for recruiting and organizing volunteers to set-up for SOS on the first Sunday and to tear-down and clean up on the final Sunday. This person also arranges for a U-Haul to transport the bedding from the prior church.

Kitchen Coordinator
The Kitchen Coordinator plans the menus for the week and arranges for food donations in the weeks leading up to SOS. This person also recruits and organizes the teams who will be cooking and serving dinner and breakfast and preparing bag lunches for the guests.

Feel free to talk with Larry and Sue if you have any questions about this ministry and the time commitments.

Fr. Eric
St. Philip's News and Events
July 29
Memorial Window Dedication
Laura Monks Celebration
Nursery Coordinator
With the departure this summer of Winifred Powers, St. Philip’s is seeking someone to coordinate the nursery for this coming program year. The nursery provides supervision for children from infancy through age 4 during the 10 am service from September through June. Ideally, we would like to have one paid supervisor and a schedule of volunteers to provide the second person required by our Safe Church guidelines. If you are interested or have more questions, please speak to Fr. Eric or Jean Behl, chair of the Spiritual Formation Committee.  
Newcomer Barbeque
Sunday, August 19
Are you new to St. Philip's?

Are you returning after an absence?

Join us for a Newcomer barbeque at the home of Eric and Susan Williams.

(248) 651-6188
or email at

Please let us know of any
allergies or food restrictions.

Eric & Susan Williams
1948 Hunter's Ridge Drive
Bloomfield Hills
Just off Opdyke near the Square Lake exit off of I-75.

Enjoy Tiger Baseball with St. Philip's
You are invited to join the youth group and families at the Detroit Tigers game on Sunday, August 26th at 1:10pm against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. We have a block of tickets in left-field overlooking the Tigers bullpen, section 148.  The cost is $26 each. Kathy Gravino will have the tickets available for purchase starting this Sunday, August 5 th . Cash, check or digital payment to Kathy. There is a pre-game ceremony to retire Alan Trammell’s number in honor of his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Any questions please contact Kathy Gravino at 248-623-2969 home, 248-505-6110 mobile and text or kgravino@comcast.net .
Help us Plan the Upcoming Church Year
September is quickly approaching! Help us fill up the church calendar by letting us know the dates your committees and groups have scheduled for meetings and events. If you lead a group or committee, please submit (or have a member of your committee submit) a calendar of events to Susan in the church office by Monday, August 13. If you have tentative dates, let us know that as well. We would like to avoid scheduling conflicts, place them on the online calendar and be able to publicize events in advance. Submit by Monday, August 13 to info@stpfeeds.org . Thank you so much! 
Creating Music Workshop
Offered by Music Shapes
August 22, 24, 29

Music Shapes is offering a three day music workshop at St Philip’s Episcopal Church this August! Music Shapes is a 501(c)(3) non profit with a mission to inspire kids to get involved with music. This workshop is to provide kids an opportunity to experience the many sides of music by taking a look behind the music! What is Sound? How are musical instruments made? What goes on in a Recording Studio? Let’s play a kalimba! How does music affect my mind and mood? Each day of the workshop brings a new experience with activities and guest speakers. Throughout the three days, the kids will participate in the building of a Reverie Harp and then present the completed instrument to a health care facility which uses Music Therapy as part of their patient treatments.

Creating Music is made possible in part from a grant from Community Foundation of Greater Rochester. This workshop is open to all kids aged 8-13 yrs! Enroll Today! Bring a friend! Music Shapes may also be able to help with the enrollment fee. Please contact Music Shapes for enrollment details. Class size is limited to 18 curious kids!!

Music Shapes looks forward to having you join this exciting workshop for End-of-Summer fun!

For more information, contact Music Shapes    
phone: 248-509 0081      
email: mimusicshapes@gmail.com      
Newcomer Ministry
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Newcomer Ministry, please attend the "on the job" training session on Sunday, August 12 at 9:00 in the parlor. Sara Sampeer will guide you through the the steps to welcoming visitors. If you have any additional questions, please see Sara at coffee hour or contact her at sarasampeer@gmail.com or 248-892-3794.
This Week at St. Philip's
To update the church calendar,
please contact the church office at info@stpfeeds.org, or call Susan at the church office at (248) 651-6188.
Sunday, August 5-Baptism Sunday
8:00am—Spoken Eucharist (Rev. Eric Williams)
10:00am—Choral Eucharist (Rev. Eric Williams)
Sunday, August 12
8:00am—Spoken Eucharist (Rev. Eric Williams)
10:00am—Choral Eucharist (Rev. Eric Williams)
Sunday, August 19
8:00am—Spoken Eucharist (Rev. Eric Williams)
10:00am—Choral Eucharist (Rev. Eric Williams) 5:00pm - Newcomer Barbeque
Wed, Fri, Wed - August 22, 24 & 29
11:00am—2:30pm Creating Music Workshop
Sunday, August 26
8:00am—Spoken Eucharist (Rev. Eric Williams)
10:00am —Choral Eucharist (Rev. Eric Williams)
1:10pm - Tiger Baseball Outing

Some planned events to save the date and watch the Epistle and bulletin for more information.
October 7—1:15pm
Tour of Holocaust Museum in Farmington Hills
November 3—6pm
2nd Annual Feast Celebration
Altar Guild (8/4 - 8/10): 
E. Hernandez / J. Depp
Acolytes : M. Lindley / E. Farrell
Chalice Bearers:
8:00am C. Smith / J. Behl / G . Dodd
10:00am R. Lindley / I. Ubaydi
Coffee Hour: G. Youngman
Healing Team/Intercessory Prayer:
8:00am Clements / Rios-Doria
10:00am McManus/Wagner/Halbach
8:00am S. Rios-Doria/C. Smith/J. Behl/G. Dodd
10:00am M. Beck / M. Grobbel
Tellers: C. Ciaramitaro / F. Lude
8:00am J. Clements
10:00am T. Griese / K. Griese
Vestry Person: J. Garman / J. Hatchett
Sr. Warden: John Garman Jr. Warden: Rick Maibauer Treasurer: Larry Ciaramitaro
Mary Eberline • Jen Hatchett • Carl Jones • Manosha Joseph 
Sara Sampeer • Dave Shirley • Brianne Turczynski
Read the lessons for Sunday here:
St. Philip's Episcopal Church
100 Romeo St., Rochester, MI 48307
248-651-6188 * info@stpfeeds.org * www.stpfeeds.org