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:

Christmas raises all kinds of emotions for us. Under what we used to call “normal” circumstances, the emotions surrounding Christmas had the capacity to toss us about with highs and press us with lows, joys and disappointments. As a young priest in my first parish, I remember overhearing the brutally honest words of an older woman, who asserted: “I hate Christmas because it reminds me of all the love I missed; and I hate New Years because it reminds me of all the fun I am not having.” Entering this, our “Covid-Christmas”, we may not choose this person’s emotional mapping, but in this last year all of us have been bounced around quite a bit by extremes.

I just received an article that a South Carolina friend wrote. In it, she described what you and I have gone through in this pandemic time. If ever there was a time for humans to be able to hold the paradox of life, this year has been one of those times. The challenges and the rewards, the fear and the courage, the vitriol and the kindness, the resilience and the exhaustion—ultimately we have had a year of grief and awakening. READ MORE

CHRISTMAS SEASON AND EPIPHANY SERVICES
will be live-streamed on our Facebook channel
and also available on phone audio for those without internet access.
The Christmas Eve liturgy will be a Communion service.

Christmas Eve: Holy Communion at 4:00 p.m.
Christmas Day: Morning Prayer at 11:00 a.m.
Christmas 1 (December 27): Morning Prayer at 10:00 a.m.
The Epiphany [transferred to January 3 from January 6] at 10:00 a.m.

http://facebook.com/stphilipseasthampton/live/

Click on the links below for the bulletins:
Christmas Eve
There is no bulletin for Christmas Day service
First Sunday after Christmas – coming soon

 

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 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.

 

Read the complete News of the Week HERE