Be Careful:  If you come here, you will grow!
A note from The Rev. Michael A. Bullock
14 May 2020

Dear Folks:

I’ve been thinking more and more lately about our pandemic experience of worship, how we are reliant upon “zoom-church” on Sundays [thank you, Bonnie Katusich, for being our facilitator and host!], and the shifts and changes we are making in how we worship from Holy Communion to Morning Prayer and Compline.  We have had to make adjustments; haven’t we?  The most striking change has been electronic!  Using “zoom” and “YouTube” as the means by which we “meet” and “gather” for worship is stunning.  I will admit to moments of enormous frustration trying to sort the digital requirements out.  For instance, not being able to “sign on” has the capacity to tick that unredeemed place within me that eagerly tells me that I am not good enough to be included!  Or getting the sound right (another electronic challenge) is only trumped by how bad we can look on screen either in the glaring light or the obscuring shadows.  [“Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my scene!”]. But the adaptation that is most significant is the shift from one liturgical familiarity to another.

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In many circumstances of life, we end up sharing life with people we would not have chosen, some of whom we inevitably find quite challenging. The monastic tradition has a name for these sometimes-quite-difficult people: “teachers.” They teach us about ourselves; they expose us to what otherwise we may not see in ourselves or show to others.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
May 12, 2020
Love of Neighbor Guides Our Way Forward
A Pastoral Directive from the Bishop: Love of Neighbor…

To the faithful of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts: A prayer from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, minds and souls, and love our neighbors as…

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on Saturday, May 23rd
at 10-11 AM

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sunday Worship & Coffee Hour
10:00 am on-line onlyJoin Zoom Meeting hosted by The Rev. Jason Burns




I knew I needed a better mask than my homemade one. Serendipitously, I received an email from the CM Almy Company, “Outfitters to the Church and Clergy since 1892.”  Generally, their employees are busy stitching fine vestments and choir robes.  St Philip’s recently purchased a badly-needed choir robe from Almy. During the pandemic, they have turned their talents to making high-quality fabric masks.  I immediately purchased a pink one and I love it!  (If your face is any bigger than mine, get a large, not a medium.) There is no tax, shipping is free, and it arrived in three days.  It’s also possible to buy one, donate one to Partners for World Health.  The company is in Maine, and this project also keeps their employees working.  It’s a win all around.
Karen Banta, Minister of Music

Hello Everyone,

The Take & Eat coordinators would like to thank you for continuing to volunteer for our Saturday service. We (and our clients) really do appreciate your help. Our next service will be on May 23rd. We will (hopefully) be serving a chicken and noodle dish.

As with the last two months, we will continue to operate with a smaller crew to reduce exposure. If you feel ill in anyway, please stay home. Contact Jon and he will let the kitchen coordinators know. Please only come to a service if you have signed up, as we need to keep the number of folks in the kitchen low. Due to the risk, we ask that children stay home. You can sign up here:

Cooks and Packers, we ask that you wash hands on entry, wear gloves, and clean surfaces after every use . Please come with clean hat and clothes, and wear a clean apron and mask provided by T & E.

Drivers, before you arrive, please sanitize the bags and coolers you use to transport food. Pickup will take place at the picnic tables outside the kitchen. During delivery, handle the food with gloves or use hand sanitizer, and when you drop off the food, please leave it outside and call the recipient to let them know.

NEW Backups list!

If you find that the signup is full, but are still interested in volunteering, please email Jon at, and he will put you on the backup list. We have had folks who need to drop out for everyone’s safety. Should that happen, Jon will email you the night before to see if you are still available.

Thanks again for all your help. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this challenge to our ministry.

All the Best,

Jon & the Take & Eat Team

Hello Friends,
Our Virtual Compline continues every evening at 8 pm.  Use the link below to get to Jason’s YouTube channel which is where you will find the videos both there and on our Facebook page.
Jason’s YouTube Channel.
THANK YOU for Maintaining Our Financial Health
During the Covid-19 Pandemic

First, we would like to thank our parishioners for their continued support during these trying times. This is wonderful, considering all the changes we have experienced over the last two months.

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Please continue to honor and maintain your financial pledge, while we are not able to be in church together.  You can mail your weekly pledge directly to St. Philip’s at 128 Main Street, Easthampton, MA 01027, attention Joe Bianca, OR you can now pay your pledge or other donations securely online here:  

Thank you again and God bless you all,
The Finance Committee

Support of the Easthampton Community Center
During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Over the last two months the ECC has signed up 200 new families for food aid.  These families are victims of the economic fallout associated with the pandemic and the closure or curtailment of other services in the area.  This has placed a strain on volunteers and staff as well as funding.  The center continues to provide food aid to each family, as well as distributing a “Kids Bag” to every child every week.  Most of these children participate in the school free lunch program.There are several ways for us to continue our support of the Centers efforts.  Donations of food items can be made directly to the center, located at 12 Clark Street.  Monetary donations can be made directly to the center, via their Face Book page, or through St. Philip’s by sending a check to 128 Main Street, Easthampton.  If you send a check to the Community Center please put St. Philip’s in the “For” line.  If you send a check to St. Philip’s please put EHCC in the “For” line.

Thank You for continuing to support this ministry.

The church office and our buildings are closed until further notice due to the advice of Bishop Fisher and Governor Baker.
However, Laura IS working from home.

Email is best to reach her.
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