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Your Religion News: May 11, 2019

  • The 4D1G Gospel Quartet: From left, David Welenc of Orange, Dennis MacLaughlin of Greenfield, David Chaplin of Buckland and Dennis Ainsworth of Colrain. Contributed photo

Published: 5/10/2019 10:54:00 AM
Modified: 5/10/2019 10:53:48 AM
Mother’s Day at All Souls UU

GREENFIELD — Sunday, Mother’s Day, Julie Payne Britton will lead worship at All Souls UU church, mining stories from the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament. Payne Britton is a psychotherapist in Greenfield. She is currently enrolled at Chicago Theological Seminary working toward ordination with the United Church of Christ. Join us as we make room for Mother God at 10:30 a.m. at All Souls Church, 399 Main St.

Barry Deitz: ‘A World of Choices’

BERNARDSTON — Barry Deitz is the speaker this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse. In “A World of Choices,” Deitz says, “we’ll look at how living in a world of too many distractions and too much of everything can make it hard to focus on what really matters. Is having so much at our fingertips good for us?” Coffee and conversation at 11; service at 11:30 a.m. Lynne Walker, music.

Friday: Spring concert at Trinity Church

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Recital Chorus, under the direction of Margery Heins, with Amy Roberts-Crawford, accompanist, will perform a spring concert of vocal and choral music on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St. The chorus will present a variety of music from the medieval period to the present. The public is encouraged to come and enjoy this free program, approximately one hour in length. Trinity Church is fully accessible.

Choir and Hymn Sing set for May 19

BERNARDSTON — The Franklin Association of United Church of Christ churches will be holding a choir and hymn sing on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Bernardston. It is part of the annual spring gathering of UCC churches in Franklin County. The combined choirs of the churches will perform hymns jointly, followed by a hymn sing. The event will include a short period of scripture reading and meditation, followed by refreshments and fellowship.

Choir members should arrive at 2 p.m. to rehearse. If you do not have music, contact the Rev. David Neil at 413-648-9306. You do not have to be a UCC church to participate — all churches and singers are welcome.

Gospel Music Revival Concert: May 19

LEVERETT — The Valley Revival Choir and the 4D1G Gospel Quartet and praise band will present a concert on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. in the North Leverett Baptist Church, 70 North Leverett Road.

Northfield church to welcome interim pastor: May 19

NORTHFIELD — Trinitarian Congregational Church of Northfield announces the selection of the Rev. Quentin Chin of Pittsfield as the church’s intentional interim pastor. Rev. Chin plans to lead his first worship service with TCC on Sunday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Rev. Chin has served as an intentional interim pastor in several churches, and also has served as a chaplain in a shelter for homeless veterans and part-time hospice chaplain.

Rev. Chin said, in a letter to the congregation, “I believe the church is the best opportunity to make this world a better place. Our communities need our faith institutions. Our effectiveness, though, requires us to make ourselves more relevant to the communities we seek to serve. That’s the task before most of our churches and one that we will do together during this interim time.”

The church is at 147 Main St.

Green Sunday at Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew

GREENFIELD — The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew’s Green Team is helping organize a Green Sunday for May 19 at the 8 and 10 a.m. services. We will be showing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Lenten video on Creation Care and inviting people to make a pledge to take specific actions to protect our environment.

Also on May 19, a representative from Bethlehem Artworks will be in the Parish Hall from 11 a.m. to noon selling handcrafted religious items made of olive wood. The products are made by a group of Palestinian Christians from the town of Bethlehem. Purchases support their mission to help Palestinian Christians living in the Holy Land.

The church is at 8 Church St.

First Responders Sunday: June 2

GREENFIELD — Join the people of the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew at 8 Church St., on June 2 as they honor regional First Responders during the 8 and 10 a.m. worship services. There will be a special prayer and blessing for first responders and the sermon will be given by Shelburne Falls Fire Chaplain, the Rev. Jane R. Dunning. Any and all First Responders and their families are invited. For more information:

Spring Festival Sunday and Pentecost procession: June 9

GREENFIELD — Join the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew at 8:55 a.m. on the Town Common for a special Pentecost Procession that will depart from the common at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. Participants are invited to wear red and to bring any handbells or drums that you might like to play as we process from the common to the church. There will be one combined service at 9 a.m., where we will hear a special Pentecost story and welcome new members, followed by a special coffee hour organized by the Welcome Team. The church is at 8 Church St. For more information:

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