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Front page in the May issue of St. Philip's monthly newsletter, "The Friend"
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St. Philip's Miracle Anniversary Celebration: Celebrating a Heritage of Faith, Courage and Hope
I have come to learn and greatly appreciate the stories people have to share about St. Philip's. Charter members are one of the sources. The 45th Anniversary Committee gathered charter members and invited them to tell their stories. That was one of the most delightful afternoons I have spent in a long time. There was a lot of chatter and uproarious laughter. They included tales about a young person who said he had committed adultery because he had obeyed his parents (they are adults), to the wheelbarrow left in the tree after the tornado, to the transforming power of the Bethel Bible series and the difference St. Philip's has made to their families. Words like courage, faith and hope explain the vitality of this group and their love for St. Philip's.
Youth have their stories to tell. Their words, songs and written and spoken testimonies of St. Philip's vitality are impressive. Among the common themes are quality worship and music; dynamic children's and youth ministry; service to the community and the world and strong lay involvement.
One charter member spoke about how he got to be on the church board. Pastor Egge, the first pastor of the congregation, came to him and talked about him being on the church board. He said, "I don't think so." Pastor Egge replied, "I wasn't asking if you wanted to be; I am telling you that you are."
On Sunday, May 18, as part of the anniversary celebration, there will be a thank offering received. Give thanks to God for the faith, courage and hope that you have received at St. Philip's and that you want to assure will continue to pour out from the work and ministry of this fine congregation.
Included in this issue of "The Friend" is an offering envelope for this purpose. I encourage you to be very, very generous. These funds are needed to replace funds cut from this year's budget and to decrease deficits.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Jerry Hoffman
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