An Important Message from Rev. Lucie Thomas on May 6, 2017
Dear Members and Friends of St. Philip’s:
On Sunday, April 30th, after our joint 10:30 bilingual service, Brian Nordwick, Canon to the Ordinary, the Bishop’s right hand man, met with those of us present to speak about future growth plans for St. Philip's.
Prior to this Bishop Mary had met with Vestry leaders from our church and a similar group from Holy Family Church (formerly Holy Child and St. Joseph) to discuss bringing our two churches together here on the East Side of San Jose.
On Sunday. April 23rd, Jesus Reyes met with Holy Family and spoke with them about what a process for our two churches to come together might look like and to take questions and answers.
And this last Sunday Brian Nordwick came and did the same with those of us who were present.
As you know St. Philip's membership has been growing very slowly. The Diocese has worked with us on several restoration plans, which have not produced much growth. A good Sunday's attendance is around 35 to 40 with 4 or 5 kids. If we get all the kids together on one Sunday there are only about 10.
Holy Family has been renting space in a Methodist Church in Milpitas for many years and they average about 65 on Sunday. They also have more children, close to thirty, although not all their kids are present every Sunday either.
At the end of Brian's presentation, and after many questions and discussion, most of us present were supportive of the possibilities of the idea. The same was true for the members of Holy Family.
As you can imagine there are many details to consider, and it will take some time for us to work them all out. It looks like we can enter a conversation with Holy Family to envision moving forward together.
For those not present last Sunday, you may contact me or members of the Vestry and the committee members who were present at the meeting on Sunday, John LeSchofs, Paul Denlinger, Guadalupe and Martin Hernandez, Maria Garcia, Maria Elena Reyes, and John Bower, as well as other members of St. Philip's who attended.
You are also encouraged to come this Sunday, May 7th, to bring your questions and comments to help our Vestry members who will be meeting after coffee hour to make a formal decision to explore this with representatives from Holy Family.
Let us pray for God's guidance as we enter into the esploration together.
Blessings to each one of you,
Special note: All interested are encouraged to leave their opinions on the proposed merger on the St. Philips Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/St-Philips-Episcopal-Church-115961908426188/
Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! E komo mai! Hau!
Saint Philip, Deacon and Evangelist Episcopal Church extends a sincere welcome to all sojourners whether it be a reason, season or a lifetime that your spiritual journey leads to our faith community. We are an Episcopal parish tucked in just below the foothills of east San Jose in the culturally rich and diverse neighborhood of Alum Rock.
Together we celebrate communion using the collective languages of our parishioners, from English to Spanish, Hawaiian to Lakota. Together we strengthen the ties that bind through gatherings of worship and acts of service, expressions of love and a commitment to justice. By our words and our actions, by faithfulness and the grace of God, by example and determination to follow the example of Jesus Christ we humbly but steadfastly strive for a world that embraces all creatures great and small at all times and in all places. Add your language, your heart and hands to our circle.
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Peace, Paz, Maluhia, Wowaste'
The Rev. Lucie Thomas