Be Careful:  If you come here you will grow!

A Note From Fr. Michael
2 May 2019
[The Second Week of Easter]


 The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia!
ALLELUIA!  Christ is risen!
 NOW WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?


The above, boxed-in proclamation, I submit, is our template for this season of Easter.  The paschal proclamation reminds us that God raised Jesus to reveal what is really real to the world: namely, that fear and death are not the defining elements of life with God.  But our resurrection proclamation is not limited to what happened to Jesus on that first Easter morning – not in the least.  For the truly radical message of Jesus’ resurrection is that God intends for us all to be what we see in the Risen One.  This is what it means to be “Christ-like” or as the Orthodox refer to it, Theosis.

So, what are we going to do about this call to be resurrection people?  What are the practices, the disciplines that help us respond to the divine call to be “awakened to” what life with God is like?  [“Resurrection” means “awaken to” – it’s not about “going to heaven”.]

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This Sunday, May 5, 2019
The Third Sunday of Easter
The Rev. Canon Robert Miner, Celebrant
9 am Study of the Scriptures
Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19
10 am Holy Communion,
Nursery, Sunday School, Fellowship
A Note from our Sr. Warden
To all of St. Philip’s families,
This Easter season has been a busy time at our small church with a big heart.  The activities I see and hear about are exciting and important!  Take and Eat, Communication Committee meetings, Financial committee meetings, website work, music, well attended Sunday morning 9 a.m. studies….it’s all great stuff!

As you should all know now, some of our members are attending a Small Church Summit this Saturday (May 11).  We are but one of many small churches our size in our Diocese.  Which means the struggles we have are shared in varying degrees by all of us (we the small churches of the Western Mass Diocese).  This is a tremendous opportunity to meet, listen, and share:  Meet those like us; Listen to what other congregations our size are doing well; Share what we are doing well in our congregation.  It is my hope that we come away from this gathering with ideas of collaboration, and I hope we celebrate this day of fellowship, and make lasting relationships with neighboring churches.

Each of you has strengths and talents to contribute.  Each of you have come to St. Philip’s (“come here and you will grow”) willingly to work together to grow in God’s love and service.  It is not too late to join us on Saturday, May 11th.  Please consider participating in this important gathering!  Contact Laura in the office or Joe Bianca soon if you are interested.

Finally, thank you for your gifts.  We the Vestry look forward to celebrating the good news we share with one another more frequently.  If you have a ‘shout out,’ let me know!  (What is a shout out?  A joyful and purposeful thank you to some one or some ones for something specific that can be named publicly).  Soon we will be celebrating our thanksgivings much more frequently and much more loudly than we have in the past, and EVERYONE is welcome to contribute.  Stay tuned for more!
Hallelujah!!
Bonnie Katusich
Senior Warden

Small Church Summit: Day of Options

We are looking for a few more members
to attend this timely event, with the Vestry

Please contact Joe Bianca

Saturday May 11, 2019   9-3pm
All Saints’ Church, 7 Woodbridge St
South Hadley, MA  01075

Bring a team of  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 (paid by St. Philip’s)

Goal
To gather small churches from around the Diocese of Western Massachusetts for conversation, sharing stories, facing reality together, inspiration.

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. Read More
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 altonfreth@gmail.com or catch me at coffee hour to set up a time. My schedule is flexible so don’t be afraid.
Happy Easter!
Jason

Easthampton Community Center – Kids Bags

Every month the ECC distributes a supplemental bag of food to each child of the families hat it serves.  We would like to help the community center in this effort over the next two months.  Please consider making a donation of the following needed items:
  • Raman Noodles
  • Granola Bars
  • Pop Tarts
  • 100% Juice Boxes
  • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
  • Peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • Small packages of raisins, fruit chews, etc.
  • Peanut Butter
 Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.
ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
Sunday, May 5th       9:00 am            Lesson Discussion (Parish Hall)
10:00 am           The Third Sunday in Easter
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School,
Nursery, Fellowship
Monday, May 6th      7:00 pm             AA Meeting (Parish Hall)
Thursday, May 9th   7:00 pm             Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, May 11th   9 am – 3 pm      Small Church Summit (All Saints’)
Sunday, May 12th     9:00 am            Lesson Discussion (Parish Hall)
10:00 am          The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Holy Eucharist, Sunday School,
Nursery, Fellowship