Be Careful:  If you come here you will grow!

A Note From Fr. Michael
10 January 2019
Dear Folks:

MOVING ON: That is one of the experiences we have when we keep time with God.  There is very little room for lingering, for looking back because in the God-life there is always more!  While this is, in fact, a source of great hope for us, it can also be a challenge to keep one’s focus of what’s next.  For example, the difficulty in taking down the Christmas decorations can be a hard next step.

Sunday was the Day of the Epiphany.  January 6th always completes the 12 days of Christmas, the keeping of which is a prime example of Read More

This Sunday, January 13th, 2019
The First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

9 am Study of the Scriptures
Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

10 am Holy Communion,
Nursery, Sunday School,
Fellowship

Holiday Giving Tree 2018
Belated Thank You
For Your Generous Support
While an announcement was made at service on December 30, we want to thank our members for their overwhelming support.  56 ornaments were placed on the tree at the entrance of the church, for pajamas and socks, and all were taken.  On Sunday December 16, a small miracle occurred.  Our Sunday School and Nursery children delivered 60 pairs of PJ’s and socks to the Easthampton Community Center.  Robin Bielecki was overwhelmed by our donation.

Easthampton Community Center – 2019 Focus

During the week, the community center distributes bags of food to those who qualify for food assistance.  Once a month during the winter, they also provide a children’s bag, to supplement their nutritional needs. During the summer, when school is not in session, they provide a children’s bag weekly.  To better support the Center in their efforts to reduce food insecurity, in our local region, we request that our parishioners consider donating the following items during the coming months.
Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Beef Stew
Tuna Fish
Soup
Adult & Children’s Cereal, including individual instant oatmeal packs
Pop Tarts
Peanut Butter
Granola/Fruit Bars
8 oz bags of rice
Canned fruits and vegetables

In addition, the Center is always in need of size 4, 5 & 6 baby diapers.  Last year we donated over 2500 diapers and wipes.  This is a need that continues throughout the year.

Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.
The next meeting of the Berkshire Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross will be Saturday, January 19th, at Grace Church, Amherst. We will gather at 9:30 AM for refreshments, and the program begins around 10, with Eucharist at noon followed by a brown bag lunch.  All women of St Philip’s are welcome. Read More
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PARISH LEADERSHIP DAY

Saturday, March 2 @ The Log Cabin, Holyoke.  8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Come for some new perspectives on approaching stewardship with Chick Lane and Grace Pomroy! They provide a diverse approach to their shared conviction—stewardship belongs at the heart of each individual and each congregation. The day will include presentations by Lane and Pomroy, lunch, time for parishes to brainstorm with their team, and of course, some time with our Bishop. Contact Laura in the office to register.
Take & Eat Ministry is January 26th
See Jon Cartledge for more information.

ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
Sunday, January 13th  9:00 am    Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
10:00 am    The First Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School, Nursery,
Coffee Hour
        2-5:00 pm    Girl Scouts (Parish Hall)

Monday, January 14th    7:00 pm     AA Meeting (Parish Hall)
Thursday, January 17th                     NO Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, January 20th     9:00 am    Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
9:15 am    Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am    The Second Sunday after Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School, Nursery,
Coffee Hour