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NEWS OF THE WEEK (N.O.W)
A Note from Fr. Michael
Dear Folks:

29 November 2018

In times past, I have referred to the season of Advent as “the Rodney Dangerfield” of liturgical occasions: That is, “it don’t get no respect!”  Clearly, when Christmas wares appear in the stores just after the Columbus Day weekend and Christmas trees are discarded the next day, Advent can be just another calendar term.  While I am not bemoaning the fact that the larger culture regards Christmas (and therefore, Advent) in such a commercial way, nonetheless, I do believe that it is important for those of us within the Christian community to realize what Advent has to say to us and for us to express this meaning in our lives.  So, without presuming at all to have the complete word on Advent, let me mention a couple of things about this spiritual time as a resource for our orientation, hope, and resilience.

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DON’T FORGET:
FALL CLEAN-UP AROUND THE CHURCH THIS SATURDAY
Saturday, December 1st is our rescheduled church clean-up day.  Many hands make light work. Please come at 9 am and bring rakes and a tarp if you have one.  Please see Joe Bianca for more information.
This Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
The First Sunday of Advent 
9 am Study of the Scriptures
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-9
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

10 am Holy Communion,
Nursery, Sunday School, Fellowship

Please Note: Choir Rehearsal will be on Tuesday, December 4th insteadof Thursday this week.  Please contact Karen Banta if you’d like to join.  Falalalala lalalala!
“ADVENT WORSHIP IN THE CHURCH”
ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
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 stay after church on Sunday, December 16th to “Green” the church for our Christmas Eve and Day services.  Many hands make light work to make our church even more beautiful.  Thank you!
ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS BOXES NOW
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 has a  Giving Tree!!!  The tree is set up in the entry way of the church.  Please help us by taking an ornament or two, if you can!!  All unwrapped donations must be under the tree by Sunday, December 16th when our Sunday School will bring our gifts to the Community Center, who will distribute them to families in need later that week.  Thank you!!!
CHRISTMAS CAROLING ON DEC. 16th
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. Read More 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.
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 Read More Get a GREEN form from an Usher or on the table in the Parish Hall.
ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
Sunday, December 2nd   9:00 am          Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
                                                 10:00 am         The First Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School, Nursery,
Coffee Hour
                                   2:00 pm – 5:00 pm     Girl Scouts (Parish Hall)
Mon., December 3rd        7:00 pm            AA Meeting (Parish Hall)
Tuesday, December 4th    7:00 pm           Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, December 5th    7:00 pm    Advent Worship in the Church
Thursday, December 6th
Friday, December 7th
Saturday, Dec. 8th
Sunday, December 9th   9:00 am   Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
                                                10:00 am   The Second Sunday of Advent
                                                                    Holy Eucharist, Sunday School, Nursery,
Coffee Hour