We welcome all people to the waters of baptism. We believe that in baptism God names us as a beloved child of God and draws us into the Christian family. At the same time, it is just the beginning of a lifelong process of daily remembrance of God’s grace in our life. Baptism is appropriate for children as well as adults.
Baptisms always happen in the context of our Sunday worship service, surrounded by that Christian family which will make promises to pray for you and support you in your faith journey.
As Lutheran Christians, we believe that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are truly the body and blood of Christ, God’s gifts for you. Since we are all on a lifelong journey of understanding the mystery of this sacrament, all are welcome to the Lord’s table. Typically, children receive Holy Communion for the first time when their parents and pastor determine they’re ready.
Does your child show signs of feeling excluded (i.e., asking for Communion)?
Has your child been baptized?
Can your child show a degree of respect for the Communion experience?
If you answered “yes” to all or most of the questions above, your child is likely ready for Holy Communion.
Since most of our members were baptized as infants, with promises made by their parents to nurture their faith, we provide for opportunities for individuals, typically in their teenage years, to come to learn more about the faith of the church and make public profession of their faith through the rite of “Affirmation of Baptism.”
At St. Philip, welcome and support the marriage two people in love regardless of marital history, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Our goal is to provide support as you prepare for your wedding day and the years to come.
We are truly a church family and we mourn with you when you mourn. The inevitable occasion of death in the life of a Christian and their community is quite complex. While we are saddened by the loss of our sibling in this pilgrimage on earth, we remember that loved one now shares fully in new life in Christ. And so while we mourn our loss, we also give thanks to God for the hope of eternal life that we share through Christ.
We will ensure there is pastoral care as the end of life comes near. We will work with you to plan a meaningful funeral at St. Philip.
If you are interested in deepening your faith through one of these sacraments or rites of the Church,
please contact Pastor Paul Kopka at or 847-998-1946.
We look forward to accompanying you on your journey with Christ.