You are invited to a special meeting of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. THIS Saturday, November 17Alinda Stanley, our former Companion-in-Charge, will give a talk entitled “Choosing a Life of Gratitude and Thanksgiving.” The event is right here at St Philip’s, starting with refreshments at 9:30 AM and concluding with a noon Eucharist in the Church.  Questions? Karen Banta, SCHC, kdbanta@gmail.com or Barbara Weeks.  Learn more athttp://www.adelynrood.org/companions/
This Saturday, Nov. 17. You can now volunteer via “Signup Genius”, an online signup application.  You can signup for November’s shifts here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4CAEAA2EAAFB6-take.
A Note from Fr. Michael
15 November 2018
Dear Folks:
Driving in the dark to Amherst last week, I saw my first house alit for Christmas!  Ugh …  Columbus Day marked the opening of the Christmas wares at the Home Depot!  And television commercials are now plugging the holiday at full speed two weeks before Thanksgiving.  All of which indicates that it will be a long haul before we meet Christmas – in any fashion.  Brace yourself …

Now don’t get me wrong: I am not one of those clerics who decries losing Christmas to the secular world.  In fact, I bristle at those who beat the drum of putting “Christ back into Christmas.”  I don’t want Christmas to be defined like that, just as I don’t want the public schools to form our children’s pray life.  Christmas is our responsibility, and by “our” I mean the church’s, yours and mine, those who follow and claim Jesus.  So, do we have something meaningful to celebrate, to offer?  Is there something that can’t be overshadowed by all that December finally presents?

If St. Philip’s is called to be a place where issues of the Spirit and soul are addressed and tended, then in what ways can we who are St. Philip’s have some answers to these questions?  In a word, the answer is “Advent,” which brings me to my point.

On the first three Wednesday evenings of Advent [December 5, 12, and 19], a time of Advent will be offered simply and quietly in the church.  Beginning at 7 p.m. and ending thirty-five minutes later, we will offer a time to retreat, regather, recall, and to re-enter: A time to catch our breathes, to reconnect with the God-life, and to remember that Advent speaks to the reality of our daily life of faith.  I say this because you and I and all who follow Jesus live and work and move in-between the reality of Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection and the Lord’s return in fulfillment.  This is to say that we live in the “in-between” time that has already shown its cards (resurrection) yet still awaits the last hand (the Return of the Lord).

In this regard, I am taken by the reflective words of the late monk Thomas Merton.  He has written the following: A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all.  No [one] can serve two masters.  Your life is shaped by the end you live for.  You are made in the image of what you desire.  To me, this describes the nature and necessity of Advent: namely, to clarify our life’s aim, what we are truly living for, and to take steps that allow us to be made (and re-made) in the image of God and the likeness of Christ.  Such a spiritual practice takes time, and it takes support from others to keep.  How else can we be sure to celebrate Christmas as God’s ongoing Incarnate presence among us?

So, please join us on these Advent Wednesdays, not only to prepare for Christmas but also to help us keep living what Christmas starts.

This Sunday, November 18, 2018
The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
9 am Study of the Scriptures
Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16
Hebrews 10:11-25
Mark 13:1-8
10 am Holy Communion,
Nursery, Sunday School, Fellowship
THANK YOU to all who donated to “Change Sunday”.  We collected about $200 for Episcopal Relief and Development for Hurricane Relief.  Thanks also to Ann Truehart for heading this up.
Saturday, November 24th will be our church clean-up day.  Please come at 9 am and bring rakes and a tarp if you have one.  It’s a great way to work off eating all that Turkey!  Please see Joe Bianca for more information.
Chris Sanborn is taking orders for Christmas Boxes until December 15th.  The cost is $25 and all of the proceeds will go to St. Philip’s.  Please call Chris at (413) 586-1156 or see her on Sunday.
Please note:  May not be as pictured.

Easthampton Community Center –  THANKSGIVING PROGRAM
THIS SUNDAY IS THE LAST DAY that we are collecting food donations to support the center’s efforts to help those in need have a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.  Any of the following items will help the Community Center in their efforts,
  • Stuffing
  • Potatoes
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Cake mixes
  • Bread mixes
  • Gravy
  • Flour
  • Sugar
The Community Center will also be providing turkeys for Thanksgiving to those in need.  Donations in support of these can be made directly to the Center.  Over the last few years the Center has provided 700 – 800 turkeys for Thanksgiving alone.  On November 18th, our Sunday School children will again be bringing the Thanksgiving donations to the Community Center as part of their ministry. This year, we will also continue with our Giving Tree for Christmas.  We will provide more information regarding this in the next couple of weeks.
This Christmas Season the Easthampton Community Center has expressed a need for children’s pajamas, socks, and gloves.  To help fulfill this need St. Philip’s will again be having a Christmas Giving Tree!!!  The tree will be set up in the entry way of the church on Sunday November 25. Our Sunday school children will decorate the tree with ornaments, requesting specific gender and size of these items.  Please help us by taking an ornament or two, if you can!!
All unwrapped donations must be under the tree by Sunday, December 16th.  Our Sunday School will be bringing our gifts to the Easthampton Community Center, who will be distributing them to families in need later that week.     Thank you!!!
Join us on Wednesdays during Advent, December 5th, 12th and 19th from 7:00 pm until 7:35 pm.  Invite others to come during this season of Advent.  See Fr. Michael for more information.
Please mark your calendars for an old fashioned Christmas caroling party on December 16th at 6:30 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite family and friends to join us singing Christmas carols to our neighbors on a frosty winter evening. We will meet in the Parish Hall at 6:30 to warm up and then go caroling from 7 to 8, coming back to the Parish Hall for hot cider and Advent cookies.
ECC – Christmas Food Drive
 Starting Sunday, Nov 18, we will be collecting food donations to support the center’s efforts to help those in need have a traditional Christmas Dinner.  Any of the following items will help the Community Center in this effort,
  • Stuffing
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Cake mixes
  • Bread mixes
  • Gravy
  • Flour
  • Sugar
On December 16, our Sunday School children will again be bringing our Christmas donations to the Community Center as part of their ministry.Thank you for your continued support.
Supporting survivors of Domestic Abuse thru Safe Passage is one of our outreach ministries and thank you for your support. Collections thru November 25. Checks are made out to St. Philip’s and in the Memo write “Safe Passage”. The team name is: Maureen Lee/St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Speak to Maureen for more information.
Sunday, November 18th  9:00 am   Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
10:00 am  The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after
Pentecost: Proper 28
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School,
Nursery, Coffee Hour
                  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm    Girl Scouts (Parish Hall)

Mon., November 19th        7:00 pm         AA Meeting (Parish Hall)
Tuesday, November 20th
Wed., November 21st
Thurs., November 22nd  THANKSGIVING DAY
NO Choir Rehearsal
Friday, November 23rd
Saturday, Nov. 24th   9:00 am  FALL CHURCH CLEAN-UP
Sunday, Nov. 25th        9:00           Scripture Study
10:00 am      The Last Sunday after Pentecost:
Proper 29
The Feast of Christ the King
RDF Collection
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School, Nursery,
Coffee Hour

Nov. 27th                   7:00 pm             Vestry Meeting
Dec. 5, 12, 19           7:00 pm             Advent Worship in the Church
Dec. 16th                    6:30-8:30 pm   Caroling around Town
Dec. 18th                    7:00 pm             Vestry Meeting
Dec. 24th                   5:00 pm            Prelude and Carols
                                    5:30 pm            Festal Choral Eucharist
Dec. 25th                   11:00 am          Christmas Day Service
Dec. 25th-Jan. 1st      Church Office Closed
February 3rd             Annual Meeting & Brunch