FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQs

What does it mean to be Lutheran?


The Lutheran movement of the Christian church has its roots in the Protestant Reformation in 16th century Germany. At our core, Lutherans confess that we are saved by grace through faith. In other words, God's love extends to each and every one of us - no matter who we are, where we're from, or what our background is. And we think that's pretty amazing news. St. Philip is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We invite you to speak with our pastor or visit the ELCA website to learn more.




What programs do you offer for children and families?


We love kids and their families and want them to be a part of worship! On Sundays, we have a children's area where age-appropriate materials, books, and games enable children and their families to connect with and engage in our liturgy while still being part of it. We also have a Joyful Noise Room (nursery) with changing tables and nursing facilities, as well as toys for very little ones, in the narthex (lobby/entrance area). The Joyful Noise Room is also equipped with a volume-controlled speaker so kids and their grown-ups can still hear the service. We also believe our faith is active Monday-Saturday too. One of our flagship ministries is a weekly program on Wednesdays called GLOW, an intergenerational faith formation experience (complete with a meal) for everyone. For more resources and to learn more, please visit our Children and Families page.




What programs do you offer for adults?


Our life of faith is never static, and we believe that we are constantly being formed and shaped by the experiences and communities around us. That's why we offer regular opportunities for bible study, small group faith discussions, adult forums, and outreach/volunteer opportunities. Please visit our Faith Formation page for more information. The best way to get involved with current opportunitieis is to sign up for our weekly e-news, published every Friday morning.




How are you involved in your community?


We believe in being good neighbors and being active in our community, and we encourage our members to do the same. Within the walls of our congregation, we host 13 AA recovery groups throughout the week, a monthly Memory Loss Caregivers Support Group, as well as a free, volunteer-run Clothes Closet with clothing for all ages and sizes. We also regularly partner with PADS, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, the Northfield Township Food Pantry, Church World Service, Vitalant, Family Services Center, the Josselyn Center, and the Night Ministry.




Is there a dress code?


No, please come as you are!




What about communion?


At St. Philip, we welcome all to Christ's table, including children. We practice eucharistic hospitality and offer both wheat bread and gluten-free wafers and red wine and non-alcoholic white grape juice. If you would like communion brought to you at your seat, please let an usher know. If you do not wish to receive communion, you are invited to come forward for a blessing or remain in your seat. If you are not a baptized Christian, we encourage you to speak with our pastor to find out more about our faith practices and becoming a member of our community.




When can I join you for worship?


We worship on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. year-round. You are welcome to join us in-person, on YouTube, or on Facebook. During the summer months (June-August), we also offer a brief outdoor worship service at 8:00 a.m. During Advent, Lent, GLOW, and other occasional times and seasons, we also gather for midweek worship on Wednesdays. These liturgies are shorter (about 20-30 minutes) and more contemplative in nature. The pattern and style of liturgy changes, but typically there is scripture, reflection, music, and prayer. For more information about our worship style, including a video archive of past services, please visit our Worship Services page.




Where are you located?


The church is tucked back into a quiet residential neighborhood at the intersection of East Lake Avenue and Pfingsten Road in Glenview, just down the street from Glenbrook South High School and Glenbrook Hospital. Find us on your GPS at 1609 Pfingsten Rd, Glenview, IL 60025, or click here for a map and finding directions from your specific location.




How can I support the ministries of St. Philip?


We are grateful for all of the ways our members give of their time and gifts. Many members and friends of the congregation also choose to give financially. If you wish to make a one-time donation, you may do so during the offering time on Sunday, mailing in a check to the church office, or online. We're also on Venmo @stphilipglenview. All gifts to St. Philip are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting inclusive and affirming ministry in Glenview and helping us share Christ's love with our neighbors!




Is St. Philip affiliated with a particular denomination?


St. Philip is a congregation of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are also a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation. We invite you to speak with our pastor or visit the ELCA website to learn more to learn about our faith and how it impacts our life in our communities and in the world.




This all sounds amazing! How do I become a part of it?


Our pews and our doors are always open! The best way to get to know us is by joining us for worship on a Sunday or drop in for bible study or GLOW during the week. Newcomers are welcome at anytime, and you don't have to be a member to participate in the life of our community. If you join us on Sundays, please be sure to see an usher for a special welcome gift! The best way to get involved and stay up-to-date on church events is to sign up for our weekly e-news, published every Friday morning. If you have more questions not covered here or are interested in becoming a member, please contact Pastor Josh Evans.