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Since we cannot safely gather to celebrate in our usual styles of food, fellowship, presentations, etc... let us gather virtually.  Please write a very brief paragraph containing the theme - "What St. Philips means to me."  These writings can take any form which is comfortable to you - a few sentences, a poem, a lyric, a phrase, or a scripture.  What connects YOU to St Philips?  Family, friends, geography, past moments, future hopes?

I would like to collect these and then publish them on our webpage, facebook, NOW, Sunday bulletin, etc..  Please take some time to consider participating in this exercise.  My prayer is that it will be very uplifting to all.

If you may have pictures or brief videos capturing moments of St Philips' Parish life, these will be welcome also.  These can involve special events in the sanctuary, parish hall, church grounds, or at other venues connected with the many missions and ministries of the people of St Philips.

You may send your selections to sbailey@hcc.edu or sdbailey316@charter.net.  Thank you for your participation!

Steve Bailey

This Week's Submission

I Love St. Philip's

by Mary Rubeck

I love St Philip's because of the fun-loving, God-loving people who are members.

The 2nd reason I love St. Philip's is because my great-grandparents James & Elizabeth Pollard were members of the church when it began along with their children.

My grandfather Thomas Pollard was their youngest child and was a member also.  Grandfather was one of the members of the church who wanted to have a church in Easthampton. His name is on the document given to them from the diocese of Massachusetts on January 8,1871.

The first service was held in the lower floor of old Town Hall on Main Street. 

A few years later the parish purchased land on the corner of Union St, and Chapman Ave. where they built and used Union Chapel for a few years.  In 1899 the parish purchased land at 128 Main St from The Sawyer Estate and laid a cornerstone there.  On Dec 25,1901 the church was consecrated and in July, 1902 the church was dedicated. The corner stone dated 1902 is at the southwest, right front of the church. 

I was born Aug 2, 1928 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, the daughter of James & Edith (Cory) Pollard. Since my parents were members of the church I guess I can say I was born into the faith.

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