A Note From Fr. Michael
24 January 2019

Dear Folks:

The Annual Meeting of the parish occurs on Sunday, February 3.  As is our custom, we will meet after worship in the parish hall first for a meal, followed by our meeting.  But I dare say, this Annual Meeting will be different than all the others.
COME AND SEE
(as our Patron, Philip, said to the skeptical Nathanael – [John 1:45-46])
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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!
This Sunday, January 27th, 2019
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
9 am Study of the Scriptures
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21
10 am Holy Communion,
RDF Collection,

Nursery, Sunday School, Fellowship
RDF  LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
This Sunday, 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.
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:
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.
SAVE THE DATES
March 15th, March 29th,
and April 5th.
Friday Night Lenten Soup Suppers
5:00 pm
More info to come.
SAVE THE DATE
March 5th
Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Supper
5:00 pm
More info to come.
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 27th      9:00 am    Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
10:00 am    The Third Sunday after Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School,
Nursery, Coffee Hour
2:30 pm    Girl Scouts (Parish Hall)

Monday, January 28th      7:00 pm    AA Meeting (Parish Hall)

Thursday, January 31st         7:00 pm    Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, February 3rd            9:00 am    Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
10:00 am    The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School,
Nursery
11:00 am     ANNUAL MEETING & BRUNCH

UPCOMING
Sunday, February 10th        10:00 am    Bishop’s Visitation
Saturday, March 2nd     8:00 am – 3:00 pm    Parish Leadership Day
Tuesday, March 5th             5:00 pm    Mardi Gras Shrove Tuesday Supper
Wednesday, March 6th     Noon & 7 pm    Ash Wednesday Liturgy
March 15, 22, April 5      5:00 – 7:00 pm    Friday Night Lenten Soup Suppers