self portrait Episcopal Deacon David Pendleton Oakerhater

self portrait Episcopal Reverend Deacon David Pendleton Oakerhater

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:

The calendar of the church, the way the community of faith keeps track of time (which is God’s basic gift in life), honors first the life of Jesus Christ and those major figures (like the Apostles) who reflect what life is like with God.  Yet, if we follow the calendar as it applies to the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer), we encounter what the Episcopal Church designates as the lives of “Holy Women and Men”.  These are the “ordinary” folks (perhaps more like us) whose lives testify to the God-life and to the Good News of Jesus the Christ.  In many cases, the life of faith that is depicted in these faithful souls is more “recent”, more identifiable, more accessible than the spiritual “super stars” we see in the more distant past.

This past Tuesday (September 1st), the Church calendar dedicates the day to “David Oakerhater”, and I have a connection with him that I’d like to share with you. 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!
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 will return to Sunday mornings beginning September 13 at 8:45 a.m. via same Zoom link used for worship and coffee hour. See you there?
From our Members:

Because one article just wasn’t enough, there is another short mention of Take & Eat in the 8/28 edition of the Gazette!  Way to go, team!
See the article here!

**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