There are many ways to be of service in our community. Highlighted below are several of our ongoing ministries.
Families Moving Forward
St. Philip the Deacon serves as a host congregation three times a year for Families Moving Forward (FMF) housing families experiencing homelessness. FMF is an interfaith network of churches that provides hope to families with children who are experiencing homelessness. Three times a year, SPD welcomes families who spend a week at the church. Individuals from the church provide food for lunch, prepare and serve dinner and breakfast, serve as overnight hosts, launder linens, and play with children.
Sign up to help! (use Security Code 7795)
The success of this program is rooted in the generous spirit of our many helpers. To try to make it easier for service helpers to sign up for various tasks, visit our CareCalendar website. Once there, enter the Security Code 7795 and click the Login button. That will bring you to the calendar. On the calendar you can click on any task to claim it, and enter your information in the form that pops up. It’s that easy!
For more information:
Email Sandy Dockter
or Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson (763-475-7126)
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)
Since 1979, IOCP had been leading, rallying and igniting the power of people in the western suburbs to address the critical needs of people living right here—our neighbors. What started as a small food shelf has become a resource for thousands of families in eight west Hennepin County communities.
Volunteers from St. Philip the Deacon are invited to help with the food shelf and resale store. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to serve together.
For more information contact: Cindy Carlson at 763-475-7115 or by email.
Sharing and Caring Hands
Each month on the first Saturday from 8:30-10:30 a.m., SPD helps to serve breakfast at Sharing and Caring Hands. Sharing and Caring Hands is a safety net organization to help those who could not obtain help from the welfare system. They serve over 20,000 people each month, providing meals, clothing, showers, shelter, transportation help, rent deposits, rent help, medical assistance, dental care, furniture, school expenses, and more. They rely solely on donations of time, goods, services and money from the community, and receives no federal or state funding.
For more information contact: Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson, Pastor of Adult Ministry at 763-475-7126 or by email or Ginny Steele by email.
Meals on Wheels
During the months of March, July and November, SPD provides drivers to deliver hot meals in the Wayzata/Plymouth area for Meals on Wheels. Drivers pick up the food at the Carlson Towers (intersection of I-394 and I-494) at 10:15 a.m. The routes are generally completed by 12:30 p.m. Drivers will receive very specific instructions and directions.
For more information contact: Nicki Nereson by email.
The opportunities to share God’s love are endless. How is God calling you?
The outreach ministries highlighted above are some of the ministries that go on throughout the year, regardless of vacation or holiday schedules. In addition, there are many other ways for you to share your gift of time and talents. For instance:
You can serve as a small group leader for Faith Creek Church School or Confirmation, be a Worship Assistant (usher, communion server, Altar Guild), help in the Childcare Center, host the coffee on Sunday morning, participate in the blood drive, or bake or serve for funeral receptions.