Your Religion News: May 18, 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: 5/17/2019 5:06:58 PM
Modified: 5/17/2019 5:06:45 PM
Pirkot to present story of All Souls UU building Sunday

GREENFIELD — On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Russ Pirkot, a 20-year member of the congregation of All Souls UU church, will present a story and pictures of the current building for its upcoming Quasquicentennial, or 125th anniversary. Nancy Buchanan will share recollections of joining the church in the 1950s, and Keith Rollinson will play piano for hymns of the era. Coffee/social hour will follow the service. The church is at 399 Main St.

Flower service at Bernardston UU

BERNARDSTON — A Flower Communion Service Sunday at the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse will feature singer/songwriter Jim Scott at 11:30 a.m. If your garden is blooming, bring a flower to add to the flower exchange. No flowers? Then come get one. This service will be mostly sing-along to familiar tunes about gratitude for spring, gardening and our flowering plants. Coffee and conversation starts at 11 a.m. The church is at 49 Church St.

Choir and hymn sing set for Sunday

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: Sunday

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: Sunday

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 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.

It’s Green Sunday at Saints James and Andrew church

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 Sunday, 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 made support their mission to help Palestinian Christians living in the Holy Land.

The church is at 8 Church St.

Memorial Day service in Petersham

PETERSHAM — The Community Interfaith Committee of Petersham, which involves the three churches in town, will hold a special Memorial Day service on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. in the Orthodox Congregational Church, 21 North Main St. All are invited to attend and honor the country’s military, both past and present. Fellowship and light lunch will follow the service.

Help build the labyrinth: May 30

Our labyrinth walk at the Episcopal Chuch of Saints James and Andrew on May 26 is cancelled because we are building a permanent labyrinth on our lawn on Thursday, May 30. Volunteers from all over town are coming to put it in and we welcome all who care to join us in this adventure. Wear work gloves, bring a shovel and/or trowel, and join us anywhere from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will be installing pavers and serving lunch to all who sign up and work. Let us know if you are coming at: or call 413-773-1683.

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 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 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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