A Note from Fr. Michael
Thanksgiving Day
22 November 2018
Dear Folks:

I suspect that most of us will not be paying attention to this edition of the NOW, given that the day’s preparations require our focus.  I hope that included in the “feast” will be the presence of those people in your life who embody God’s love for you.  Our house will contain four generations of family: Something special in and of itself.  So, giving thanks is not only appropriate; it is necessary.

I say this because maintaining an attitude of gratitude is a discipline.  As the astounding prayer of General Thanksgiving expresses it, “grant us an awareness of all [God’s] mercies…”  I don’t always “feel” grateful; nor do I understand why this is; but all of us can be “aware” of the necessity to give thanks and keep working on our awareness that our lives are more than we make of them.  Giving thanks is the antidote to fear’s grabbing and isolation: The “not-enoughness” that so often defines our attitudes and actions.  So, at your table today, take the time to work on that awareness of our life’s blessings, saying “thank you” for the gifts.  For thanksgiving lies at the heart of the life of faith and is the root of all spirituality (that is, life with God).  We are, therefore, Thanksgiving people.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness 
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world b our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace and the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages.  Amen.The Book of Common Prayer, “The Prayer of General Thanksgiving,” page 101.

Saturday, Dec. 1st is our church clean-up day.  Many hands make light work. 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.
This Sunday, November 25, 2018
The Last Sunday after Pentecost
The Feast of Christ the King

9 am Study of the Scriptures
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37
10 am Holy Communion,
Nursery, Sunday School, Fellowship
RDF Collection
The last Sunday of the month is our usual collection for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.  All loose money and any designated checks will go to benefit those in need at Fr. Michael’s discretion.  Please be generous and make your check to “St. Philip’s Church” and memo “RDF”.  Thank you!
The Church Office is now closed until Tuesday, November 27th at 1:00 pm!
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.
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 is set up in the entry way of the church. 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.
Please use the “CHRISTMAS PLANT FUND” form to donate so that our Altar Guild can purchase plants for the festive Christmas Eve service. Honor and give thanks for loved ones in a way that brings joy to all. Just fill out the form and drop it in the collection plate on Sunday mornings with a check to St. Philip’s with “Christmas Plant” noted on the memo line or put form and cash in an envelope or mail/drop off the form and check/cash to the church office. Price of plant is $15.00 but any amount would be appreciated.  Get a GREENform from an Usher or on the table in the Parish Hall.
Saturday, November 24th  9:00 am       Fall Church Clean-Up (Outside)
Sunday, November 25th  9:00 am          Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
10:00 am         The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 29
The Feast of Christ the King
RDF Collection
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School, Nursery,
Coffee HourMon., November 26th   7:00 pm            AA Meeting (Parish Hall)

Tuesday, November 27th    7:00 pm       Vestry Meeting

Wed., November 28th

Thurs., November 29th     7:00 pm        Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 30th   5:30 – 7:30 pm   Girl Scouts (Parish Hall)

Saturday, December 1st
Sunday, Dec. 2nd            9:00 am        Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
10:00 am      The First Sunday in Advent
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School,
Nursery, Coffee Hour
2:00-5:00 pm   Girl Scouts (Parish Hall)

Dec. 5, 12, 19         7:00 pm            Advent Worship in the Church
Dev. 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