A Note from Fr. Michael
6 December 2018

Dear Folks:

Today is St. Nicholas Day.  For a long time now I have looked to Nicholas and his life and ministry as an anchor for taking the season of Advent seriously.  First of all, St. Nicholas was a bishop of the fourth century.  About 1300 years later (via our Dutch colonial forebears) he morphed into “Santa Claus.”  Our 17th and 18th century Dutch colonials – in what is now New York City and the Hudson River Valley – spoke respectfully and lovingly of St. Nicholas; and in their new world English, their accent spoke of “Sinter Claus.”  It wasn’t long before “Santa Claus” emerged and was culturally popularized by a seminary professor at General Theological Seminary (the Episcopal seminary in New York City).  Professor Clement Clarke Moore’s book remains a mainstay in many of our own Christmas traditions.  I read A Visit from St. Nicholas to my granddaughter’s every Christmas Eve night: t’was the night before Christmas and all through the house …

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This Sunday, December 9th, 2018
The Second Sunday of Advent 
9 am Study of the Scriptures
Baruch 5:1-9
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6
Canticle 4 or 16

10 am Holy Communion,
Nursery, Sunday School, Fellowship

Join us on Wednesdays during Advent, December 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 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.
Our next Take and Eat is on Saturday, December 15th! You can now volunteer via “Signup Genius,” an online signup application. You can sign up for December shifts here:
The big news is that we are partnering with the Westhampton Congregational Church starting in January for the fourth Saturday of the month. Our “debut” will be January 26th. We are especially looking for a few more bakers and drivers. Contact Jonathan Cartledge to find out more!
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!
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!!!
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.
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

Mon., December 10th          7:00 pm           AA Meeting (Parish Hall)
Tuesday, December 11th
Wednesday, December 12th 7:00 pm        Advent Worship in the Church
Thursday, December 13th            7:00 pm          Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 14th                 5:30 pm           Girl Scouts (Parish Hall)
Saturday, Dec. 15th               9:30 am         Take & Eat Ministry

Sunday, December 16th        9:00 am        Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
10:00 am        The Third Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School, Nursery,
                        11:00 am      Greening of the Church, Coffee Hour
6:30 pm        Caroling