A Letter From Rev. Marlene to St. Philip's

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

I am so very excited to be called as your Priest-in-Charge at St. Philip’s and I look forward to all that God has in store for us. I would like to thank the Discernment Committee and the Vestry for all the hard work they have done to get us to this point. God is faithful to those who trust in Him. You as a church have rallied together over this past year and have persevered. For that we give God all the praise.

We Have a New Priest-in-Charge!

Dear St. Philip’s Sisters and Brothers,

The Wardens and Vestry of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church are delighted to announce the calling of The Reverend Marlene E. Forrest as our parish’s new Priest-in-Charge.

Rev. Marlene (as she prefers to be called) comes to St. Philip’s from St. Peter’s in the Woods, in Fairfax Station, Virginia, where she has served as the Assistant Rector for Youth and Family Ministries since 2018.  

Priest-in-Charge Key Qualities and Process Next Steps

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

Priest in Charge Key Qualities and Search Process Next Steps

Based on input from the parish and the Discernment Committee’s analysis of all information and comments received, key qualities we desire in a priest were identified. The following was submitted to the diocese to guide their search for our next priest:

Questions and Answers:  St. Philip’s Priest-in-Charge Search Process

Q. Does the diocese have a formal process to guide our church during the search process? Will the process include helping us determine our vision for the future of our church?

A. Yes. The diocese has provided the vestry a formal guide book that includes tools and resources for seeking a new priest, along with self-study questions to help us know who we’ve been, who we are, and who God is calling us to be. The diocese will also be available to us as a consultant.

Q. What is the time-frame of the Priest-in-Charge process?

Second Parishwide Vestry Letter

January 7, 2019

Dear St. Philip’s Sisters and Brothers,

On this past Sunday, January 6, the Rev. Dr. Mary Thorpe, Canon to the Ordinary, was our guest priest. Dr. Thorpe, who has diocesan responsibility for clergy transition, provided an overview of the Priest-in-Charge process we will use to call a new rector and answered questions from the congregation.

First Parishwide Vestry Letter

December 31, 2018

Dear St. Philip’s Sisters and Brothers,

Happy New Year! We hope you and your families are receiving and enjoying the blessings of this Christmas season. As we enter the season of Epiphany, we are reminded of the manifestation of Christ to the peoples of the earth and the spread of the good news to the wider world. We believe that we, St. Philip’s, are also part of the good news!