The first two Sundays in April at St. Philip’s Anglican Church in Blacksburg, Virginia were wonderful events.  On Easter Day, April 1, 2018, the congregation celebrated the new birth of Jasmine Stott, who was baptized in the name of our gracious God – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Jasmine was raised Mormon but came to embrace the historic Christian faith founded upon God’s grace in Christ.  The week after her baptism, on April 8, Jasmine was confirmed by the Most Rev’d Walter Grundorf, bringing her into full communion with Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.  On that day, Bishop Grundorf also received four others into union with the Diocese and as communicant members of St. Philip’s Anglican Church.  Three short years ago, on Easter 2015, there were less than 10 people in attendance for the highest feast of the church year, but in 2018, there were 63 souls celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!  A newly formed choir of trained voices, new members, and ongoing visitors is cause for much celebration in southwestern Virginia.  The Lord who conquered death by His own resurrection has transformed St. Philip’s into a place of optimism and hope.  Alleluia!

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