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!