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St. Philip's Episcopal Church

Easthampton, MA
Be careful:  If you come here, you will grow!
Palm Sunday
April 10, 2022

Our Holy Eucharist service is in-person AND  streamed online at 10:00 am.
The Prelude starts at 9:55 am.

Due to the fast-changing Covid situation, we now wear masks for worship.

We stream live on our website:
Sunday Lectionary Study is at 8:45 a.m.

Meeting ID: 832 0782 9066   |    Passcode: 270862

To Join by Telephone
Audio conferencing participant (joining by telephone) will need to call: +1 929 436 2866 US AND follow the verbal instructions. Enter the meeting ID you wish to join followed by the # key. If you are asked for a password, enter the password followed by the # key. You will be asked to enter your participant ID. If you do not know your participant ID, simply press the # key.

Join Us for Worship in this Sacred Time in the Church Calendar.

Maundy Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 pm

Good Friday Liturgy. April 15 at 7:00 pm

Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 17 at 10:00 am

Easter Flowers: 
Sunday is the last day to donate towards flowers for Easter in thanksgiving for/or in memory of a loved one. You can make a donation by using the Easter Flower envelopes available with the ushers. Place your envelope in the collection plate or return to the office.  Please write ‘Easter  flowers’ in the memo line of your check. 


of Recent Meetings

Learn what your Vestry has been discussing and deciding for the parish. Click on the the links below to read the minutes from recent meetings.

March 22, 2022 (Draft)

February 22, 2022

January 25, 2022

December 21, 2021

November 23, 2021

October 26, 2021

March 2022 Treasurer Outlook

One of my fiduciary responsibilities as Treasurer, is to keep track of income and expenses and report these to our parishioners on a regular basis.  From time to time however, it is necessary to report an issue to you, that should not wait for a monthly or quarterly report.

As of the end of February our current year pledges, were $2181 below budget. We also received 2021 pledges of $1545 vs a budget of $500.  This is a wonderful expression of commitment to St. Philip’s and it reduced the shortfall in total pledge income to -$1136 (-2181+1045)

I hoped this trend would not continue into March, unfortunately it looks like it has.  While I do not have all the details yet, review of the weekly counter sheets indicate we may be looking at a shortfall in 2022 pledge income of another $1500 to $2000.  While some of this may be made up by other income, it does create a cash flow issue, that may require withdrawing funds from our endowment sooner than we planned.

I am bringing this to your attention so you know the reasons for any future decision to withdraw endowment funds.   

I know, like you, that the cost of food, gas, heating oil and natural gas and other costs are climbing everyday and putting a dent into our personal and household budgets.  

Please make every effort to keep your pledge to the church.  If you are not able to pay the full monthly pledge amount, please donate what you can.  It all adds up in the end.  If you  are  having difficulty meeting your pledge please talk with Rev. Bullock or Bonnie Katucish.

Thank You for all you do,
Joe Bianca, Treasurer
Prayer vigil for peace to start in on Monday, April 11 at 12:15pm.  
As the war in Ukraine continues, one important thing we followers of Jesus can do is to pray together for peace. As a way to offer a public witness as peacemakers, St. Philip’s will open its doors to our congregation and to the public Monday to Friday, 12:15 to 1:00pm starting in Holy Week.  All are invited, as they are able, to come for any part or all of that 45 minute period of prayerful silence.  Please spread the word.  Extend an invitation to family and friends.  Our doors are open in radical welcome.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the prayer hosting team, please contact Sue Breines ( or Becky Taylor (  Two people from this team will be present in the church each day, to open up, welcome participants, and make sure the church is secure at 1pm.

The Pioneer Valley Power Pack (PVPP) Update

Since restarting the PVPP program on January 7, the number of participating children has grown from 100 to 120.  Participating schools include, Pepin & Center, Maple Elementary and Pre-K, and Mountain View Middle School (formally White Brook Middle School) in Easthampton and Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. 
Weekend food bags are packed by volunteers on Wednesday early evenings and delivered to the schools on Thursday (for Pre-K) and Friday mornings each week. 

As of the end of March we will have delivered over 1300 meal bags, containing 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items and 2 snacks, to children in need. Our volunteer packers and deliverers have spent over 90 hours of time making the program a huge success. 

Plans to expand the program in the 2022-2023 school year are underway.

Thank You to all our St. Philip’s volunteers,
Joe Bianca
Hello Everyone,

Our next Take and Eat service will be April 23rd. We'll be serving pasta and meatballs with a salad. You can get to the sign-up

Keep in mind that our current safety protocols will remain in place. For reference, I've listed them below.

All the Best,

Jon and the T&E Team

Kitchen staff, our coordinators will be improving our social distancing protocol this session, so make sure to check in when you arrive for details. As always, we ask that you wash hands on entry, wear gloves and an apron, and clean surfaces after every use . Please come with a clean hat and clothes, and bring your own mask. If your mask is cloth, we will provide you with a surgical mask for double-masking. 

Drivers, 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.

Remember, if you feel ill, please stay home. Contact Jon if you cannot attend. Only come to a service if you have signed up, as we need to operate with a smaller crew to reduce exposure. We also ask that children stay home.
Easthampton Community Center - Easter Food Drive

The Community Center is in need of the following items to round out their Easter food distribution.

Cake, bread and brownie/dessert mixes
Instant potatoes
Canned vegies, anything but corn

The need for food is unusually high. While we are all affected by the high price of food, gasoline and heating oil/natural gas,  Acting Together, We Can Make a Difference. If you can help in any way, please bring donations to the church by April 10 or to the Community Center by April 12.

Yours in Christ,
Joe & Mary Bianca
  Announcement from the Communications Office

Concert for the Human Family
St. Matthew's, Worcester April 22nd
St. Peter's, Springfield April 25th
To: All the Faithful
From: Canon for Communications
Re: Concert for the Human Family
Date: April 2, 2022
Join GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer Kory Caudill and Wordsmith, a Baltimore-based hip-hop and spoken word artist for an intimate evening of music and Beloved Community storysharing. The Concert for the Human Family tour is an inspiring collaboration between musicians and church leaders who believe in the power of music and storytelling to foster Beloved Community. Experience genre-crossing original music that bridges jazz, hip-hop, rock and bluegrass, performed by a performed by a multi-cultural, award-winning team of recording artists. Guided by their music and friendship, Kory and Wordsmith invite concertgoers into an exploration of Beloved Community and the power of racial reconciliation through relationship.
Kory Caudill + Wordsmith: The Concert for the Human Family Tour
Friday, April 22 – 7 PM
St. Matthew’s Church | 695 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01610

More information at tickets:
*Hosting congregations will receive a discount code for their hospitality
Concert for the Human Family - Worcester, MA - April 22, 2022
Kory Caudill + Wordsmith: The Concert for the Human Family Tour
Monday, April 25 – 7 PM
St. Peter’s Church | 45 Buckingham St, Springfield, MA 01109

More information at tickets:
*Hosting congregations will receive a discount code for their hospitality
Concert for the Human Family - Springfield, MA - April 25, 2022

Office Hours
Tuesday - Thursday, 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Since not all afternoons are in person,
please call or email for an appointment. 

Phone: 413-527-0862

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