Martyrs of Memphis

Martyrs of Memphis

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:

Two dates this week demand our attention and speak of our place as witnesses of Jesus.  Tomorrow, 9/11, is the nineteenth anniversary of the day when our country was attacked by outside enemies, the result of which were thousands of deaths and a dreadful awakening to the fact that we cannot take for granted our life together.  Much will be written and spoken in remembrance of September 11, 2001; but as tragic a time as that day and its aftermath were, for a moment our nation drew together and gained strength and hope in that common wealth.  May we have the courage to draw from that well again.

The second date occurred yesterday and is not nearly as well-known or honored as the first.  On the church’s calendar, September 10th is devoted to “the Martyrs of Memphis”.  In the summer of 1878, through the unrecognized vehicle of mosquitoes, Yellow fever broke out in cities throughout the South.  Read More

The Vestry has authorized the purchase of a separate internet connection to the church, plus a camera and microphone that will allow us to live-stream our Sunday liturgy from the church building.  In addition to providing live communication from our worship space, we anticipate an easier and clearer connection for all concerned.More details about the specifics and how parishioners can participate will be forthcoming.  In any event, those among us who do not have internet access will still be able to join us.  Stay tuned!

[For now] Continue to join via ZOOM

Sunday. September 13th
SCRIPTURE STUDY at 8:45 a.m.
COFFEE HOUR following the service

Nightly Compline
One of the purposes of Compline is to close down the day and prepare ourselves for rest, but it is also a part of the larger purpose of having a book of common prayer. Read More
Scripture Study is back!  8:45 a.m. Please use the Zoom link for worship and coffee hour.  
Click here for the days’ readings
Our Facilities Reopening Team has been hard at work preparing documents for approval by our Diocese for reopening plans.  Click here to see our reopening plan for the Church, and click here for the reopening plan for the Parish Hall.  

**Financial Update August 2020**

After a great start to the year, our pledge receipts during the second quarter were $900 short of our budget goal.  While this is not uncommon for this time of year they have continued to fall in July and August.  As of September 1, we are a surprising $7,280 below budget.  Most of this shortfall, $4568, occurred in August.
Until this development, we were on track, with the help of the Covid-19 Pay Check Protection plan, to significantly reduce the need to withdraw funds from our endowment to cover our 2020 costs.
Our pledge goal for the year was based on the expressed commitment of our members, during our 2020 canvass.  With your help we can still make “our” pledge goal and end the year in a great financial position.  We thank you for your continued investment.
Yours in Christ,  Joe Bianca Treasurer

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
During the past summer months, the ECC has experienced an increasing need for food assistance.  Approximately 630 families a week receive food distributed at the Center.  Another 212 families receive food delivery on the weekends. An increasing number of these families are victims of the economic fallout associated with the pandemic and the closure or curtailment of other services in the area.  Read More
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