Your Religion News: Oct. 23, 2021

  • Jerry Noble, Kara Noble, Bob Sparkman Trio Photo/Jon Crispin

Published: 10/22/2021 3:36:00 PM
Today: A ‘scary’ fundraiser

ASHFIELD — Pauline Productions Theatre Co., in partnership with the First Congregational Church of Ashfield, presents “Whispering Bones” on Saturday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Ashfield. “Whispering Bones” is an evening of ghost stories, featuring storytellers from upstate New York as well as local tellers. “The show is curated by Kelvin Karaga, a well known regional storyteller,” said Jeannine Haas, Pauline Productions producer, “and it’s a second showing in Ashfield.” Karaga will be joined by storytellers including Haas and Delta Carney of Ashfield.

Middle East expert Ted Thornton is Sunday speaker at Bernardston UU

BERNARDSTON — This Sunday, Oct. 24, Bernardston Unitarian Church will host Ted Thornton, who will speak to the historic and recent Afghanistan issues. Thornton has lived, worked and traveled extensively in the Middle East and is a wealth of historical information and perspectives on the region. A professor of history and religion, Thornton speaks Arabic and is able to interpret nuances of geo-political activity in the region.

The program starts at 11:30 a.m. Participants will meet in person at the 1739 Meetinghouse, 49 Church St., with a Zoom capability for those who need to view from home. Text 413-330-0807 with your name and email to request a Zoom link. Meeting in person requires a vaccination and masks to protect each other. Guests welcome. Schedule updates and directions at

Sunday: ‘Joy: The Uncommon Religious Value’

NORTHFIELD — Continuing the October theme at First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, The Rev. Alison Cornish will conduct this week’s service on “Joy: The Uncommon Religious Value” at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

Jenny Wooster will be leading RE this Sunday, as an all-ages group. After the Story for All Ages, children and youth will plant bulbs, and do other movement-based activities, so they can stay warm on a chilly Sunday morning!

The service will take place at the church, outdoors as weather permits, and by online videoconference. Send an email message fo to obtain the Zoom link.

Sunday: Dan Tinen at All Souls Church

GREENFIELD — Dan Tinen’s sermon title is: “Letting Loose vs. Bottling Up.” Psychotherapist Guy Winch notes that many of his patients have problems directly confronting the people or things that trouble them. When is it time to speak up, and when is it best to “hold your tongue”? All Souls board co-chair Dan Tinen will offer some thoughts in this week’s socially-distanced, masked and vaxxed, humming-the-hymns service at All Souls, that will also be available on Zoom and YouTube. Music will be provided by Julia Bady. Services are at 10:30 a.m., 399 Main Street, Greenfield.

Sunderland Congregational news

SUNDERLAND — The worship Service on Sunday, Oct. 24, will begin at 11 a.m. A guest minister, the Rev. Linda Rhinehart Neas, will lead the worship.

The online Bible study group will meet on Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. If you would like to join us, please send an email to for the login.

Northfield: Worship outdoors

NORTHFIELD — All are welcome to join Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St., Sundays at 10 am. Weather permitting, we will continue to have outdoor worship. In case of bad weather, the service will be held in Fellowship Hall. State and federal guidelines will continue to be observed for the well-being of all in attendance. For more information contact the church office at 413-498-5839.

Oct. 30: ‘Trunk or Treat’ for Halloween

GREENFIELD — Trick-or-treaters are invited to drop by the parking lot of Living Waters Assembly of God Church, 450 Davis St., from 2 to 5 p.m., for some Halloween fun going from “trunk to trunk” of the assembled cars, collecting treats.

Oct. 30: Organ Celebration Concert

ASHFIELD — First Congregational Church of Ashfield announces the second concert of the Organ Celebration Series that marks the restoration of the church’s historic George W. Reed pipe organ. The performance is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30. It features the Bob Sparkman Trio with Jerry Noble, piano and organ; Bob Sparkman, clarinet; and Kara Noble, bass, as well as Tinky Weisblat, soprano. Please wear masks and bring a folding chair or blanket if you choose to listen from the lawn.

A rain date of Sunday, Oct. 31, has been reserved. The trio will play songs by Thomas “Fats” Waller, Hoagy Carmichael and others from the Great American Songbook. With the concert taking place on Halloween weekend, “Love Potion No. 9” has been programmed, with Tinky Weisblat as guest singer.

The series is supported by First Congregational Church of Ashfield, an anonymous donor, and the Cultural Councils of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Plainfield and Shelburne, made possible through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Oct. 30: Phychic Fair

LAKE PLEASANT — Get into the spirit of Halloween by receiving a reading at the TNSA Psychic Medium Fair on Saturday, Oct. 30. The fair is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spiritualist church located at 2 Montague Ave in Lake Pleasant. Readers are at the top of their field and use a variety of divination modalities including Tarot, oracle and angel cards, channeling, and mediumship. A 25-minute reading is $30. Vendors will also be on hand offering handmade jewelry and other arts and crafts. To make an appointment for a reading and to view the vendors list go to

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