Your Religion News: June 17, 2017





  • Members of Second Congregational Church and the Historical Society of Greenfield plant a red maple tree at the Historical Society headquarters on Church Street. Contributed photo



Friday, June 16, 2017
Second Congregational Church plants trees in honor of its 200th anniversary

GREENFIELD — Second Congregational Church, Greenfield, is celebrating their 200th anniversary this year. As part of their mission and community outreach, they planted two trees, a sycamore and a red maple, at the Historical Society of Greenfield at its headquarters at 43 Church St., on June 10. Both organizations benefit from planting for future generations.

Visiting minister from Palestine
to speak Sunday in Montague

MONTAGUE CENTER — The Rev. Loren McGrail, a visiting minister from Palestine, will be preaching at the June 18 service at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Montague, 4 North St. McGrail has been living and working in Palestine for four years. She is the Communications, Advocacy and Church Relations Officer for the YWCA of Palestine. She will be preaching on the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37. The title of her sermon is “Go and do Likewise and Fix the Road, for God’s Sake.” All are welcome. For more information: 413-367-9467.

Go to church in a museum: Sunday

ATHOL — First Church Unitarian of Athol will hold its worship service at the Athol Historical Society — its former church home — on June 18 at 10 a.m. The Athol Historical Society is located at 1307 Main St. (Rte. 2A) in Uptown Athol. The subject of the sermon will be: “The First 100 Years of Unitarian Religious History in Athol.” All are welcome.

With the exception of this special service on June 18, First Church Unitarian of Athol will be open all summer at 10 a.m. for its regular worship services at 478 Main St. (set back behind the maple trees). FCUUAthol.org. 978-249-8142.

Singer, songwriter to lead Father’s Day service, Sunday

BERNARDSTON — Singer, songwriter Jim Scott will lead a Father’s Day service with special guest musician, world-class bassist Jose Piensola, at Bernardston Unitarian Church at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18.

Summer services begin for Halifax Union Society

HALIFAX, Vt. — The Halifax Union Society begins its summer worship season this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at the church at the crossroads in Halifax Center. A “Welcome Back” potluck picnic will be held on the lawn in front of the church starting at 4:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey will lead the service with Merrilyn Courser playing request hymns on the Society’s antique Carpenter reed organ. The theme for this summer is “Who’s Your Daddy? Our Biblical Family History.” The Halifax Union Society has offered nondenominational worship services and programs since 1891. All are invited to attend. for more information: 802-368-7164.

Ft. Piotr Pawlus appointed temporary administrator

ORANGE — Fr. Piotr (Pete) Pawlus has been appointed temporary administrator of St. Mary’s Parish in Orange until a permanent pastor is assigned to this Parish in the Springfield Diocese. Fr. Pete comes from the Newman Center in Amherst, where he was associate director. He has served as Curate of Our Lady of the Valley in Easthampton and as administrator of St. Francis Cabrini in West Springfield, serving during transitory times at both parishes. He grew up in Poland and is going to Poland soon on a previously scheduled trip to visit family.

International Day of Yoga event set for Wednesday

SUNDERLAND — The Natural Path Meditation Center at 267 Amherst Road (Route 116) will celebrate the International Day of Yoga on Wednesday, June 21, by presenting a livecast and meditation with Daaji, the Heartfulness Meditation Global Guide. Programs will be presented at 4 and 7 p.m., and attendees will have an opportunity to personally experience Heartfulness Meditation, a simple, dynamic daily practice with roots in the ancient system of Raja Yoga. This event is free and open to the public. The entrance and parking are located at the back of the building. For more information, call Rick at 413-559-1974 or Mary at 413-512-0617.

Ice Cream Social marks 300 years of fellowship: June 24

SUNDERLAND — The First Congregational Church of Sunderland celebrates 300 years of fellowship with an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social in the chapel on Saturday, June 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. Historic memorabilia will be on display in the chapel; Quilts and a church time line will be on display in the sanctuary.

June 24: TCC Warwick presents ‘A Night of Magic!’

WARWICK — Trinitarian Congregational Church of Warwick will host a roast beef dinner and performance, “A Night of Magic!” on June 24 at 6 p.m. in Warwick Town Hall. The performance features magician and mentalist Eaden Marti. Adult tickets are $15; Children, 5 to 12, $8, 5 and under, free.

For tickets and more information, call Mary at 978-544-0126.

Holy Family Parish Summerfest Picnic is June 25

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Holy Family Parish, 29 Sugarloaf St., will host its first Summerfest Picnic from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, rain or shine, and open to the public. Events will include children’s games, an obstacle course, Roaming Railroad, face painting, a dunking booth, lottery tree, and entertainment by TJ and the Peepers. Admission, $10 for adults, includes one hot dog, one hamburger, coleslaw, pickles, dessert and soda or water. Children under 12, free. There will be a food court and beer and wine will be available. For tickets or for more information, call 413-665-3070.

June 29 Interfaith Dialogue on end-of-life care

AMHERST — Speakers from the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Prostetant communities will engage in a public conversation on end-of-life care on Thursday, June 29. Sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, the forum will take place at the Newman catholic Center, 472 North Pleasant St., Amherst. The program is free and open to the public and will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The forum will focus on resources, wisdom and practices that are helpful in coping with end-of-life care and critical decision-making for ourselves and loved ones. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and share in small interfaith groups with team members from Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice.

The Newman Center is handicap accessible with overflow parking in the lot across from the entrance. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information and to register, call 888-554-4234 or visit cooleydickinson.org/events/interfaith/

Book study continues June 27 in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Global activist, pastor and theologian Brian McLaren claims that the Christian faith is not dying, but rather is “embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift.” We invite all to join us in the lounge (side door) at Trinitarian Congregational Church for lively discussions of McLaren’s new book, “The Great Spiritual Migration.” Books can be purchased at any bookstore. Even if you don’t have the book, you may enjoy our thoughtful conversations. We’ll meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. on June 27, July 11 and 25, and Aug. 8. We’ll read and discuss two chapters at a time. The church is at 147 Main St.

New Day service: July 15 in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Trinitarian Congregational Church (147 Main St.) will resume its Saturday services today with the New Day Silence and Song Service from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Services are comprised of repetitive chants (mostly Christian, some from other faith traditions) followed by short periods of silence. A wisdom reading and opening words will start the service. Communion concludes the Gathering. Join us on the second Saturday of the Month.

Yantra Yoga: July 24-28 in Buckland

BUCKLAND — Early bird registration for “Yantra Yoga: The Tibetan Yoga of Movement,” with Laura Evangelisti, is underway for the course set for July 24-28 at Khandroling in Buckland. There is a discount for registering by June 24. Evangelisti is one of two main international Yantra Yoga instructors. She has been teaching and supervising prospective teachers for more than 20 years. This course is open to the public. For more information about location and registration, contact secretary@tsegyalgar.org or call 413-369-4153.