Be Careful:  If you come here you will grow!

A Note From Fr. Michael
ROOM AT OUR INN!
Dec. 26, 2018Dear Rev. Bullock,

On Christmas Day I was visiting family in Southampton and knowing that I would not be able to attend my home church, All Saints’ Parish in Peterborough, NH, I found St. Philip’s on the internet and decided to go to your Christmas Day service.  As I approached the address on Christmas morning, I saw the big white church on the corner, parked across the street and started walking up to the door.  I noticed that there was no one else entering even though it was just 10 minutes before the start of the 11 am service, but I tried the door and it was locked.  I started crying but walked around to try the other two doors, both locked.  Still crying and wondering what I was going to do, I saw the sign for St. Philip’s parking and a woman in that lot, getting out of her car.  I saw the brown building and followed her to the door.  When I entered the sanctuary and saw no one in the pews, I was confused, but then saw you motioning me to come up to the choir loft and I realized that everyone was there.  I was so relieved!

The service was very beautiful; intimate and glorious. Your message about not wanting the church locked on Christmas morning, even if you ended up by yourself, was perfect for me on that day.  And the reminders that we are made in His image and likeness lined up with my recent efforts to believe that I am a beloved child of God.

Once again, the Episcopal Church has provided a real and meaningful Christmas for me.  Thank you very much for being there on Christmas Day.

May God bless you and everyone at St. Philip’s Church.
Deb D.
Jaffrey, NH

This Sunday, January 20th, 2019
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
9 am Study of the Scriptures
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5-10
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11
10 am Holy Communion,
Nursery, Sunday School, Fellowship
St. Philip’s is teaming with the Westhampton Congregational church to provide meals on the 4th weekend of every month starting on January 26th.  You can now volunteer via “Signup Genius”, an online signup application. You can sign up for shifts for the next few months here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4CAEAA2EAAFB6-take
We are still looking for a few drivers and packers.
Contact Jonathan Cartledge to find out more!
RDF  LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
The last Sunday of the month, January 27th, all loose change and designated checks will go to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund to help those in need.  Thank you for your support of this important ministry.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIZABETH MCANULTY
Who received her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy (an OTD), from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  Way to go Elizabeth!
ANNUAL MEETING FEBRUARY 3rd

Following the service we will begin with a Brunch.  Please let Bonnie Pelland know what you can bring to share.  It is very important that everyone attend this Annual Meeting.

BISHOP’S VISITATION
On Sunday, February 10th our The Right Rev. Dr. Douglas John Fisher
IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts will be making his annual visit to St. Philip’s during our 10:00 am service.  Please be here to welcome him to St. Philip’s.
Upcoming Safe Church Workshops
The Rev. Tanya Wallace, Diocesan Safe Church Officer, will be leading Safe Church workshops on the following dates:
Tuesday, February 12th @ St. Stephen’s, Pittsfield (full-day only)
Saturday, March 2nd @ St. Andrew’s, Longmeadow (combined)
Please register early to avoid workshop cancellation.
For more information and/or to register click here.
Easthampton Community Center – 2019 Focus

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.
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.
ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
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
       2-5:00 pm          Girl Scouts (Parish Hall)Monday, January 21st   7:00 pm            AA Meeting (Parish Hall)

Thursday, January 24th   7:00 pm             Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, January 26th    7:30–11:30 am        Take & Eat Ministry

Sunday, January 27th  9:00 am            Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
10:00 am           The Third Sunday after Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School,
Nursery, Coffee Hour

UPCOMING
Sunday, February 3rd       11:00 am           ANNUAL MEETING & BRUNCH
Sunday, February 10th      10:00 am           Bishop’s Visitation