Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena at the dedication on Sept. 14, 335, of a complex of buildings in Jerusalem on the sites of the crucifixion and Christ's tomb.

Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena at the dedication on Sept. 14, 335, of a complex of buildings in Jerusalem on the sites of the crucifixion and Christ’s tomb.

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:

As I have conveyed in these NOW articles of mine, the church’s liturgical calendar is one of my prayerful (and educational) resources.  Another case in point occurred last Monday.  September 14 marks “Holy Cross” day, and as familiar as the Cross of Christ is to us, I myself was challenged to identify what its meaning is for me and for us all.

The history behind the day’s occasion (of course) first stems from our Lord’s manner of death on Good Friday.  Observed on September 14, the day honors Christ’s self-offering on the cross for our salvation. The collect for Holy Cross Day recalls that Christ “was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself,” and prays that “we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him” (BCP, p. 192).  Read More

WE HAVE A NEW PARISH ADMINISTRATOR!
With the invaluable assistance of Senior Warden Bonnie Katusich and parishioner Ann Truehart (who joined me in staffing a “search committee”), I am pleased to announce that I have called and hired a new Parish Administrator.  Beau Bowler (pronounced like the hat or one who rolls at ten pins) has agreed to serve in this lynchpin ministry.  Read More
We are looking forward to having Bishop Douglas Fisher join us this Sunday morning, September 20.  At 11:30 a.m. he will be meeting with our Vestry members.  Welcome, Bishop Fisher!
JOIN via ZOOM:
SCRIPTURE STUDY at 8:45 a.m.
WORSHIP SERVICE at 10 a.m.
COFFEE HOUR following the service

on Sunday, September 13th
CLICK HERE FOR SUNDAY BULLETIN

Nightly Compline

Effective September 13, there is a new link to our nightly Compline service.  Simply click the image of our beloved St. Philip above, to get to our facebook link.  Good newsyou do not need to have a Facebook page in order to participate!

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
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
Scripture Study is back!  8:45 a.m. Please use the Zoom link for worship and coffee hour.  
Click here for the days’ readings – Track 1
**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: 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
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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Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena at the dedication on Sept. 14, 335, of a complex of buildings in Jerusalem on the sites of the crucifixion and Christ's tomb.

Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena at the dedication on Sept. 14, 335, of a complex of buildings in Jerusalem on the sites of the crucifixion and Christ’s tomb.