Your Religion News: Aug. 19, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017
Neighborhood Labyrinth Community Supper

GREENFIELD — On Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew (8 Church St.), all are welcome to share a meal and help us identify first steps to bring a Community Labyrinth to Greenfield. We have a dream and we are looking for partners to help bring it to life. The evening will include a 20-minute film about the remarkable process that brought an outdoor labyrinth to the Hampshire County House of Correction and the ways that it is changing lives at that facility. The film will be followed by a conversation with several individuals for whom walking labyrinths has brought significant benefit. RSVP by Sept. 11 to communitylabyrinthfc@gmail.com. Questions? Call Elise at 413-834-1998.

Montague Old Home Days at First Congregational

MONTAGUE CENTER — Montague Old home Days continue today and Sunday at First Congregational Church of Montague, 4 North St. Today’s events include a giant indoor tag sale, road race, craft vendors, quilt show in church sanctuary, lots of music and dancing. Parade comes down Main Street at 1:30 p.m. In case of rain, some events will be moved to the Common Hall. Sun’s 10 a.m. Worship Service features Kurt Pearson, Certified Lay Reader from United Methodist of Greenfield, as guest speaker. Becky Walton and John Fuller will provide special anthem music. Fellowship and refreshments follow.

Ice Cream Social set for today

GREENFIELD — First United Methodist Church of Greenfield is having an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 25 Church St. Please bring school supplies or a monetary donation and get an ice cream sundae. You will have choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream and choice of toppings. We will also have ice cream cones, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and watermelon wedges available. We are collecting school supplies for distribution to students in our community. Come join us for this fun and tasty event. For more information, call 413-772-6935.

Summertime church meets Sunday at 6 p.m.

HALIFAX, Vt. — The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey reviews the Old Testament story of Jacob and Esau this Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Halifax Union Society. The service begins at 6 p.m. in the church at 44 Stowe Mountain Road. Marrillyn Courses plays request hymns on the Carpenter reed organ. Nonperishable food donations to benefit Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. All are invited to attend this summer evening service.

Village Fair set for today

NORTH ORANGE — On Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Community Church of North Orange and Tully will hold their annual Village Fair in Goddard Park, North Orange (rain or shine). The event begins with the Unfair 5K, marked by a long (and unfair to some) hike up Royalston Road Hill. The race begins at 7:30 a.m.

Tom Ricardi, large bird rehabilitator and expert, will give a presentation of his “Birds of Prey” at 11 a.m. Singer-songwriter Richard Chase will perform at Goddard Park beginning at 1 p.m.

New this year: “Storyward,” inspired by the Story Corps segment on National Public Radio and facilitated by Rev. Don Erickson. There will be a buffet lunch, a quilt raffle, handmade crafts and baked goods and more.

Acoustic Worship Service set for Sunday

GREENFIELD — Join the congregation Sunday at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, Greenfield for beautiful acoustic music led by members including local folk singers and instruments with guitar and violin. An original welcoming song by member Leigh Labrie, “A Place for You,” will be performed. Rev. Dr. Michael Penn-Strah will offer a sermon about faith as a journey.

Blessing of the Backpacks: Sunday

GREENFIELD — The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew welcomes all Franklin County students, teachers and backpack wearers of all ages to join us at our Sunday, Aug. 20, services at 8 and 10 a.m. to have their backpacks blessed with prayers for a good, fun and joy-filled school year. Located at 8 Church St. For more information, call 413-773-3925 or visit www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

Annual All Faiths Picnic set for Aug. 27

GREENFIELD — Members of all faiths are invited to come together for fellowship and fun on Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area, 31 Nash’s Mill Road, from noon to 4 p.m. This has become a great way to get to know other members of our local churches, synagogues and other faith traditions. Share a potluck lunch and lawn games. Please bring a side dish, chips, salad or dessert and your own drinks. Meat and veggie burgers will be provided. Swim in the Green River (no lifeguard). For more information, call 413-475-0846.