Be careful: If you come here, you will grow!

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
Easthampton, MA

 

A note from the Rev. Michael A. Bullock

Dear Folks:

Deadlines being what they are, I write to you just before we have a new President and just before our new President gives his inaugural speech. Based on what Mr. Biden said in his presidential campaign, we can expect that the tone of his first speech as President of the United States will be one of an invitation to heal our painful and deep divisions so we may do our parts in developing “a more perfect union”. In a desire to encourage our “better angels”, many people of faith and many parishes in the church are keeping prayer vigil for our nation and for this new beginning. St. Philip’s, in its formal offering of the “Night Prayers: Compline”, is but one example of this prayerful hope and intention.

All this has gotten me thinking about inaugurations. They are by definition “new beginnings”: The official act or ceremony that puts someone in a key position; the commencement of a new start, period, or activity.” The inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, irrespective of one’s political perspective, is a new start. Who among us would wish (much less pray for) abject failure for this new start in our nation? So it is that as a key part of the prayers offered formally, regularly, and publicly at St. Philip’s, we will pray for the leadership and well-being of Joseph Biden, President.    READ MORE

 

This Sunday we celebrate the Third Sunday after the Epiphany.

Our service is streamed online at 10:00 am on Facebook Live.
The Prelude starts at 9:55 am.
You do not need a Facebook account to view this Livestream of our service.
https://www.facebook.com/stphilipseasthampton/live/

Please click HERE for the bulletin to follow along with the liturgy.

 

Sunday Lectionary Study is at 8:45 a.m.
and Coffee Hour follows the service on Zoom

USE THIS ZOOM LINK
Meeting ID: 845 1770 3924 / Password: 270862

To Join by Telephone
Audio conferencing participant (joining by telephone) will need to call: +1 929 436 2866 US AND follow the verbal instructions. Enter the meeting ID you wish to join followed by the # key.
If you are asked for a password, enter the password followed by the # key. You will be asked to enter your participant ID. If you do not know your participant ID, simply press the # key.

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH 
will be held (via Zoom) on Sunday, 7 February 2021
immediately after the day’s liturgy. Please mark your calendars
and join us in the election of new Vestry and visual reports
on the life and ministry of St. Philip’s.

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PHOTOS AND/OR VIDEOS
that members may have taken that convey what we do.
Please forward them to the Rev. Deacon Jason Burns,
altonfreth@gmail.com. Contributions will be made into
a video to be presented at the Annual Meeting.

 

 

 

 

THE ANNUAL CANVASS TO SUPPORT THE 2021 PARISH BUDGET is set to conclude. Thanks to all those who have sent in their 2021 financial commitment to the life, ministry, and mission of St. Philip’s. Senior Warden, Bonnie Katusich, and the Vestry would like to wrap-up this asking period so that an operating budget for next year can be adopted. If there are any questions or concerns about making a pledge, please speak with Bonnie or Fr. Michael.

 

Bending toward Justice, Annual Day of Prayer and Discernment: Join us as we pray and discern the work of justice in our time and place. Come, meet others who are passionate about the issues. Listen to the Word, discern how the Spirit is calling the Church to action on Saturday, January 23rd, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Keynote Speaker: The Reverend Stephanie Spellers. Register HERE.

Good News Gardens Webinar: Getting into the Weeds: Join us January 26, 5pm-6pm, for a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, January 26, to discuss the Good News Gardens program in greater detail. Leaders from two churches in the Diocese of Western Mass. will discuss their experience with gardening and cast a vision for how it might look in our varied contexts. This is our second Good News Gardens webinar. We will host a webinar every month so that everyone who wants to participate is ready when spring comes and the planting season begins. Please join us! The Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event. Register HERE.

Diocesan Training to License Lay Worship Leaders, January 28 @ 7:00 PM: The Rev. Meredyth Ward, our Urban Missioner in Worcester, and the Rev. Jane Griesbach, Deacon at St. Francis Holden, will offer two Zoom trainings to interested laypersons who want to learn how to lead the Daily Offices, in particular Morning Prayer. This is for brand new persons or can be a refresher for folks who are being called on more often during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each training is limited to 20 people. This is an online event. You will receive the link to the event content in your order confirmation email, and in a reminder email before the event starts. Register HERE.

Bement Waterfield Grant Applications for March 2021: Our Diocese provides grant funding for post-secondary education for young people who are active in our parishes and missions. Please publicize this information to inform your students of the upcoming grant year. Applications for 2021 grants are due March 1, 2021. Please advise your students that all information on the B/W educational grants program is listed on our website. A trifold brochure is available for printing. Application guidelines, application form, reference form and clergy reference form are all available on the website, as is the history of the B/W Grants Program. Questions? Contact kwarren@diocesewma.org

 

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