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Your Religion News: Nov.18, 2017


Friday, November 17, 2017
Hatfield church votes in Rev. Calvo

HATFIELD – Following its Nov. 12 service, members of the First Congregational Church of Hatfield, United Church of Christ, voted to accept Rev. Randolph Calvo as their new settled minister. “I’m excited to be a pastor again,” says Rev. Calvo, who was granted Privilege of Call by the Franklin Association of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC, on Sept. 10. Rev. Calvo wrote about his spiritual journey from priest to minister in the Oct. 14 “Faith Matters” column in the Greenfield Recorder.

Thanksgiving at Charlemont church

CHARLEMONT — Charlemont Federated Church welcomes you to join those of us who do not have family in the area for a free dinner on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 23, at noon. We provide the turkey, potatoes, stuffing and we are delighted if you are able to bring a dish to share. Please reserve a space by calling the church at 413-339-4294.

Sign up by Nov. 30 for braided bread-baking with Chef Yaffee

SHELBURNE FALLS — Please join us for Advent wreath braided bread-baking with Chef Marty Yaffee on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m., at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St. (downstairs in Fellowship Hall/kitchen). Just $5 per person. Reservations needed by Nov. 30. Call 413-625-2341 and leave your name and number.

Deitz on UU Principle #4, Sunday

BERNARDSTON — Speaker Barry Deitz will discuss the fourth in a series highlighting the 7 Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association, “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” Sunday, Nov. 19, at Bernardston Unitarian Church in the 1739 Unitarian Meetinghouse, 49 Church St. Coffee at 11 a.m., service at 11:30 a.m.

Death and Dying series concludes Sunday

GREENFIELD — All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church concludes its four-part series on Death and Dying, Sunday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m., with a workshop considering and completing your “Advance Directives.” Join Carol Coan and Joan Pillsbury for tea, cake and conversation in small groups. Use the Hope Street entrance. Voluntary donations will cover use of the building and refreshments. For more information: katelagrezemason@gmail.com.

North County Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in Leyden on Sunday at 2 p.m.

LEYDEN — The North County Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will take place at Leyden United Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. (Note time change from previous years.)

West County Community Thanksgiving Service is Tuesday

BUCKLAND — All are welcome to attend the annual West County Community Thanksgiving Service held this year at the Mary Lyon Church, Upper Street, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., with a choir rehearsal at 6 p.m. Come sing, pray, listen to an inspirational message of hope rising out of crises and share your own gratitudes with your neighbors. A free will contribution will be collected to assist women and children in Syria. For more information, call Rev. Rich Fournier at 413-634-5451.

Program of lessons and carols set for Dec. 3

TURNERS FALLS — Celebrating its 35th season, Schola Nova opens its 2017-2018 season with “Still, still, still,” a winter holiday program drawing on the tradition of lessons and carols begun in the 19th century at King’s College, Cambridge and now practiced by choirs all over the world. The program will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh St. Music will include pieces by composers from the Renaissance to modern times. Free and open to the public. A goodwill offering will be gladly accepted.

Blue Christmas Service set for Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

SHELBURNE FALLS — Join us for the second annual Blue Christmas Service at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., “Hope in Hard Times.” Ecumenical Communion Service at the start of Advent and the Christmas season. Lighting candles for hope, meditative flute and piano, candles and comfort for all. Co-sponsored by Trinity Church and St. John’s Episcopal, Ashfield. Call 413-625-2341 for more information. All are welcome.

Free Christmas Carol Sing and Concert set for Dec. 9

GREENFIELD — All are invited to a Christmas Carol Sing & Concert at the Greenfield High School on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Features the 4D1G Gospel Quartet and the Valley Revival Choir. Free admission.

Service of Lessons and Carols set for Dec. 10

DEERFIELD — A Community Service of Lessons and Carols is planned for Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m., at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St. The service will include readings, choral and instrumental music and Christmas carols sung by all. Choirs from The Bement School, Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook School, Stoneleigh-Burnham School and The First Church of Deerfield wil participate.