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

Dear Folks:

Summertime!  Remember what it was like in January, February, March, and early April?  No complaints…

Perhaps it is the onslaught of summer’s heat that calls me to a much slower pace; but what I have to offer in this edition of the NOW is a series of short musings or questions.  This “mid-summer stuff” is best absorbed perhaps with a cool beverage under a shade tree.

WHEN DID KNEELING BECOME A SIGN OF DISRESPECT?  From a spiritual and theological tradition in which kneeling conveys the deepest kind of respect and awe, this posture hit the national conscience when NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, “took a knee” in response to the playing of the National Anthem.  In response, he was run out of the NFL by the political pressure that was offended by his action.  While I never thought Kaepernick was an adequate expressor of his (and others’) position, recent events have painfully revealed the merit in what he saw and did.  And now, the terrible irony of kneeling has turned into an act of murder.

In all this, I hear the words of the Venite (Psalm 95) from the Morning Office [page 82]: “Come, let us bow down and bend the knee and kneel before the Lord our Maker.  For [the Holy One] is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.  Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!”  “…with liberty and justice for all.”

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The Next ZOOM SCRIPTURE STUDY will be
on Saturday, June 27th
at 10 AM
http://lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Pentecost/Aprop8_RCL.html
We are using Track 1

THIS SUNDAY
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday Worship & Coffee Hour
10:00 am on-line only
CLICK HERE FOR SUNDAY BULLETIN
RECTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND SUNDAY

This Sunday, the last Sunday of the month, is RDF Sunday.  Please send your designated check to St. Philip’s with RDF in the memo to help those in need at Fr. Michael’s discretion.  Thank you for your generosity especially in these very difficult times when many are still out of work.

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 THIS SATURDAY June 27th. We will be serving beans and franks.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 with the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4CAEAA2EAAFB6-take

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 jcartledge404@gmail.com, 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

Our Virtual Compline continues
every evening at 8 pm.
Use the link below
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw_UVJG6J_NGZhLONqeMVGgWe are still looking for more people to participate in leading Compline. If you are interested, please let Jason know. It is quite easy and he has simple directions to follow.

Donate USING TITHE.LY

CLICK HERE
You can sign up for an account so that you can make recurring payments or just give one time.
Please continue to honor and maintain your financial pledge, while we are not able to be in church together.  You can still 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: https://tithe.ly/give?c=1332157.  

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

Support of the Easthampton Community Center
During the Covid-19 Pandemic
 
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
directive of Bishop Fisher.
However, Laura IS
working remotely.

Email is best to reach her.

office@stphilipseasthampton.org