FAITH IN ACTION
UPAJ – United Power for Action and Justice
United Power is an organization of organizations and St. Philip is an active member. It is made up of churches, synagogues, mosques and community organizations. It is non- partisan: moderates, conservatives, liberals and radicals committed to acting on our social values for the common good.
Currently our major campaigns are related to mental health support and services in the area and Do Not Stand Idly By, a campaign to curb gun violence.
We meet regularly with area leaders to influence change and attend rallies and assemblies.
PADS – Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter
PADS provides temporary shelter and food to those in need in our communities. St. Philip partners with St. Mark Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect, and we provide meals on the third Monday of October, November, January, March, and April.
Look out for details about how you can donate food and/or serve at PADs.
CROP Hunger Walk – Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty
Every October we join other faith communities in the area and across the country to raise funds for Church World Service to stop world hunger. 25% of all money raised stays local, supporting the Northfield Township Food Pantry. This year our team raised $2000!
Greater Chicago Food Depository and Feed My Starving Children
Twice a year we serve at the Greater Chicago Food Depository where hours worked are turned into buying power for the Northfield Township Food Pantry.
We also volunteer once a quarter at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville, where we pack nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.
Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook
We at St. Philip have been supportive of Youth Services of Glenview and Northbrook in several ways.
For many years we have participated in their Holiday Gift Program by sponsoring families of our community who are in need. We are given the wish lists of approximately 20-25 individuals and share in donating funds, shopping, and providing gifts for them. We also have the opportunity to participate with the mass gift wrapping project that Youth Services organizes.
During the summer months, we choose a day to provide nutritious lunches for 50-55 youth who are part of the Youth Services Summer Camp Program. This year we also helped sponsor the first PRIDE Picnic.
In addition to these hands-on services, St. Philip has had members who have served on the board of Youth Services.
Mats for the Homeless
We make lightweight, waterproof sleeping mats for the homeless out of crocheted plastic grocery bags. We use grocery size or larger plastic bags and people to cut and inter weave them into "plarn". The “plarn” is then used to crochet into mats. They are much appreciated.
In the Fall of 2017 we co-sponsored our first refugee family with RefugeeOne and Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Lincolnshire, IL. As part of this project we helped collect items to furnish an apartment, raised between $8000 dollars, and welcomed this new family when they arrived in Chicago.
In 2019 we have been collecting items to help furnish the kitchens of newly arrived families!
We open the clothes closet and pet food pantry three times a week, providing clothes to those registered with Northfield Food Pantry. We always welcome volunteers to come and help sort and fold donated clothes and help our clients. Donations are always welcome but request that they be clean and only gently used. You can drop off during the times that the Clothes Closet is open
(Thursdays 9-11am, Saturdays 10-noon) or by scheduling a
drop-off by calling the church office at 847-998-1946 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.