All Things St. Philip's 

May 25, 2023

On Sunday, May 28th, we will welcome the Diocese of Virginia's newest diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev'd E. Mark Stevenson, for worship and a festive reception. A celebration to honor the birthday of the church and holy baptism of Antoine Pierre Fitzgerald.

This Sunday is Pentecost so remember to wear red when you come to service.

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Dear beloved,

As we celebrate Pentecost this week, we often wear the color red as a sign of the Holy Spirit. We will tell the story of the Spirit in Acts and recognize the Spirit's presence in all of us. This story from long ago reminds us of the presence of the Spirit here and now. We see the Spirit working in and through us in our ministry and in our daily lives. We see it in the St. Francis food pantry distributing food to those in needs, in the adults who volunteered to serve at Barack Obama ES, volunteers who clean the gutters, change light bulbs, refilling oil to make sure the sanctuary candles never goes out and in our daily lives in the world.

Where can you see the Spirit in the world around you? I look forward to seeing you this weekend as we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit!

See you in church!

Worship Service

Sunday, May 28th

No Bible Study - Parish Hall

@ 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist: Rite II; Holy Baptism

Prayer For Those Preparing For Confirmation and 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 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.


What a wonderful Women's Day! Congrats to Melissa Greene on being named woman of the year!


Karen and Harry Savage. Jennifer Royal and Eric Lamberson.

Our garden is growing! Thanks to all who volunteer to water, pick weeds and so much more in our outreach garden!

Events Around the Corner


We are celebrating all those who are graduating this Spring on Sunday, June 11th. In order to honor everyone’s achievements, please send the following information to Diem Miller by Tuesday, May 30th: your photo, your name, your parents’ names, from where you are graduating, and, if applicable, what you majored in. This is not restricted to only High School and College grads. If you are graduating from pre-k, elementary or middle school, we want to know!

We want to honor them all and photos and info will be posted in the e-news prior to Youth Sunday.

Shrine Mont Sunday, June 4, 2023 at the 10:30 am service

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.

Stewardship News

Good News! We’re on track to reaching our Total Giving budget of $333,400. When the budget was developed, we estimated that we would need to receive at least $80,000 in General Contributions each quarter to meet this budget. As of the end of the first quarter, we’ve received $80,073 in general donations so we are on our Click here to continue reading

No Bible Study on Pentecost Sunday

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. 

As Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s term winds down, committee calls for nominees to succeed him

By David Paulsen

The presiding bishop nominating committee identified several qualities needed in “a presiding bishop for our time.” Among the most important characteristics are strong leadership, a love of communicating and faithfulness.

Click here to continue reading the full story.

Due July 14, 2023 | Vence el 14 de Julio de 2023


Every three years the United Thank Offering assembles a small book of gratitude-related prayers, one of the most popular items we give out at each General Convention/Triennial and as long afterward as they last. We get these prayers from everywhere throughout The Episcopal Church, and it's time for you all to start working on prayers for the 2024 edition. We are looking for original, unpublished prayers in any language used in The Episcopal Church.

I look forward to reading and praying all of your prayers.

Gratefully, Sherri Dietrich, UTO Board President

St. Francis Food Pantry

Our St. Francis Pantry, which provides free food to some 65 families every other week, is earnestly in need of Canvas or plastic tote bags and Paper Grocery Bags.

Please ask for these items when you shop and bring them to church to help feed the hungry. Thanking you in advance, your St. Francis Food Pantry team.

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.

Ways to Donate to St. Philip's

Your financial gifts to St. Philip’s are of vital importance to support our ongoing ministries and our outreach to the most vulnerable among us. Please continue to offer your faithful gifts by:

Scan - QR Code

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

Visit our Website

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. Please note our new Zoom link for the 10:30 am service. Do not use the old expired link. Thank you.

A few guidelines:

  • Masks are recommended.
  • 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 Computer:

Our website

Click Virtual Prayer Services on Facebook:

Our Facebook page

Sunday Service Bulletin: May 28, 2023

Wednesday Noon Prayer

Dial-in number: (978) 990-5000

Access code: 870051 #

All are welcome!

Prayer List

Please keep these members of our community in your prayers: 

Marc Albertson, Jean Boone, Cynthia Bentley, Shirley Brown, Beau Baumann, Annie Campbell, Mary Carter, Marilyn Chalmers, Alex Corbett, Nicole Cunningham, Lorraine Fasset, Eva Hicks, Ester Hyatt, John Jenkins, Kevin Jiggetts, Alaina LaVonne, Mary Little, Barbara Lowe, Robinette Miller, Edmund Moore, Romaine Morgan, Lela Morris, Mel Murphy, Tara Plummer, Hortense Powell, Samuel Richardson, Henry Robinson, Clementine Washington, and Louise White.

This Week at St. Philip's Church


Monday, May 29

The Parish Office is closed in observance of Memorial Day

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


Tuesday, May 30

Newsletter Submission must be emailed to Diem, by Noon

9:30 a.m. Worship Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 31

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


Thursday, June 1

6:30 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Friday, June 2

Saturday, June 3


Sunday, June 4

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

9:00 a.m. Bible Study

9:15 a.m. Transitional Deacon Ordination Meeting

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist/Rite II; Shrine Mont Sunday

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments with James Williams, Shrine Mont Camp Director

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.

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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