Your Religion News: May 20, 2017



Friday, May 19, 2017
Temple Israel Community Shabbat Dinner: RSVP by May 26

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel is holding a community Shabbat dinner, open to all and free of charge, on Friday, June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Temple Israel at 27 Pierce St. It will be a catered, sit-down meal to celebrate Shabbat and the Temple Israel community. Those interested in learning more about Temple Israel are welcome to participate, as well as Temple members, prospective members and friends of all ages. To attend, RSVP by Friday, May 26, at templeisraelgreenfield.org or call the temple office at 413-773-5884. The event is made possible by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

‘Into the Future’ opens Sunday at Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse

BERNARDSTON — A new art show opens this Sunday, May 21, at the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse, 49 Church St. “Into the Future” is a multimedia theme show featuring 10 artists from the Deerfield Valley Art Association and the Meetinghouse Artists group. Opening Reception is Sunday at 1 p.m., with refreshments and the live piano music of Peter Skolnick. At 2 p.m., there will be a screening of the film by Josh Fox, “How to Let Go of the World and Love All that Climate Can’t Change.” Free and open to the public.

Deerfield man to be ordained today as permanent deacon

SPRINGFIELD — Nine men including Rodney Patten Jr. of Holy Family Parish in South Deerfield, will be ordained today as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Springfield. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral. The candidates have met twice a week at the Elms College in Chicopee as part of their formation and will join 82 active deacons in the diocese. Patten Jr. is retired; he and his wife, Linda have six children, according to information provided by the RC Diocese of Springfield.

The permanent diaconate ministry, which has its roots in early scripture, began in 1983. The permanent deacons are involved in charitable work, preach the Word of God, and assist at the Eucharist. He also can officiate at Benediction, baptize solemnly, bless marriages and preside at wakes, funerals and burials. Deacons can be married but once ordained they cannot remarry if their wife dies. They are not paid.

New pastor to be installed Sunday in Orange

ORANGE — After months of searching and prayer, Mission Covenant Church extended a call to Rev. Dr. Mary Hendrickson of Seattle, Wash., to serve as Pastor of the Church. On Sunday, May 21, at 4 p.m., a special installation service will be held for Rev. Dr. Hendrickson. This celebration will be officiated by the superintendent of the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Rev. Howard Burgoyne. Dinner will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. All are welcome to come and meet Rev. Dr. Hendrickson. The church is at 553 Pleasant St.

Anti-Racism Film Festival is Sunday at All Souls Unitarian in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — All Souls UU Church of Greenfield will offer the 15th annual Anti-Racism Film Festival on Sunday, May 21. They hope it will serve as a bridge promoting tolerance and collaboration at a time when race, religion, ethnicity and class threaten to divide us. Free admission with free child care available. There are three films being shown, each followed by discussion. The Festival begins at 1:30 p.m. with “A Thunder-Being Nation,” directed by Steven Lewis Simpson; discussion leader is Strong Oak. At 3:35 p.m., “13th,” directed by Ava DuVernay, will be shown; discussion leader is Carl McCargo. There will be a break for supper at 6:30 p.m., prepared by Stone Soup Café chef Kirsten Levitt. Sliding scale donation of $4 to $10 is requested. No one will be turned away. At 7:30 p.m., “The Visitor,” directed by Tom McCarthy, will be shown; discussion leader, Momodou Sarr. All Souls UU Church is located at 399 Main St. (corner of Hope and Main). For more information, call the church at 413-773-5018 or Molly Chambers at 413-772-0003.

Blessing of the Gardens: Sunday

ASHFIELD — The rev. Dr. Jill Rierdan will bless gardens on Sunday, May 21. Bring a cup of soil from your farm, garden or flower pots and gather in St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Memorial Garden, Main Street, at 11:30 a.m. for a blessing of your garden and all creation.

Choral Evensong: Thursday

GREENFIELD — Choral Evensong: Evening Music for Contemplation and Reflection, will take place on Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, Federal and Church streets. Evensong is a service of evening prayers, psalms and canticles led by an Officiant and the Saints James and Andrew Choir. This Evensong will celebrate the Ascension of Christ into heaven that took place on the fortieth day after the Resurrection. The event is free, with a basket for donations at the door.