Given the month we have had, the idea of yard cleanup seems daunting. With the early snow in November we never quite got the leaves cleaned up and before you know it we will be mowing the lawn. SO, we invite anyone to come over this Saturday, April 27, 9:30 – 2-drop in is fine. (2 S. Main Street in Haydenville). Bring a rake or weeding tools and we can get the yard spiffed up for the coming warm weather. We will provide light snacks and water. If you are able to make it, please drop me an email – email@example.com
AN INVITATION TO THE WOMEN OF THE PARISH
The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross will be meeting THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 27 at The Church of the Atonement, 36 Court Street, Westfield. Women are invited Read More
TAKE AND EAT MINISTRY THIS SATURDAY
Is this the month to get involved? Our next Take and Eat meal is THIS Saturday, April 27th, and you would be very welcome to join in any way that works for you.
I cannot tell you how much I have missed you and specifically missed being with you during Holy Week and now Easter Day. Thank you for your prayers, your support and encouragement both during my time of surgery and now recovery. I don’t know how people go through these things alone and on their own. Thanks for being there. I am doing well – quite well in fact. Once we got to handling the fact that I threw a blood clot, I have been more and more myself, gaining strength and confidence.
This Sunday, April 28, 2019 The Second Sunday of Easter The Rev. Canon Robert Miner, Celebrant 9 am Study of the Scriptures
John 20:19-31 10 am Holy Communion, Nursery, Sunday School, Fellowship
We are very thankful for The Rev. Canon Robert Miner who will be our Celebrant for the next few weeks. Thank you Fr. Bob!
An Invitation from Jason
Dear Friends in Christ,
I have been with you for nearly three months now and would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for your generous abundance of hospitality. I am feeling quite settled in at St. Philip’s and am ready to get to work. Most of the work of a deacon, or in my case a deacon intern, takes place away from the life of a parish. As I have mentioned before much of my ministry work revolves around mental health and supporting the young people in my secular vocation as a teacher. One function of a deacon is to bring the church to the world, well you and I are the church and I am eager to get us into the world as much as possible, but first I have some questions for you. First is, what are we currently doing to spread God’s kingdom in Easthampton and secondly, what else can we do, together, that will both glorify God and spread the good news of Christ? While I have some ideas, I would prefer to hear from you and to help make that happen I am officially extending an invitation to join me for a beverage of your choice so that we can chat. I am open to meeting in small groups or one on one. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (to answer your next question my email address references my favorite Dungeons and Dragons character from middle school and yes I still play D&D) or catch me at coffee hour to set up a time. My schedule is flexible so don’t be afraid.
Small Church Summit: Day of Options
Led by Sally O’Brien and Jonathan Anderson
Saturday May 11, 2019 9am-3pm All Saints’ Church, 7 Woodbridge St South Hadley, MA 01075
Bring a team of 3-5 people from your church! -it is very important to come with a team from your leadership since conversations will happen with the larger group and within your parish group- $10 per person (will be paid by St. Philip’s)
To gather small churches from around the Diocese of Western Massachusetts for conversation, sharing stories, facing reality together, inspiration.
Topics for the Day
A new understanding of being church
Exploring how the role of church has changed and what people need from a faith community now.
Self-Assessment of realities
How urgent is the need for change in your congregation?
Accomplishments and best practices from the attending parishes, and how other congregations have adapted and transformed their worship, space use, involvement with their community, increased their income, and refocused on sharing the faith.
Participants will receive a loaded ZIP drive
to help bring information back to their parish.
There may be the opportunity for further follow-up and deeper work for congregations that find energy and imagination to explore new ways to thrive!