Your Religion News: July 20, 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

  • Caity Mans and Pastor David Jones Contributed photo

Published: 7/19/2019 12:19:40 PM
Modified: 7/19/2019 12:19:27 PM
Ashfield church calls new minister

ASHFIELD — The Church Council of the First Congregational Church announces that members of the congregation voted unanimously on July 14 to call David McLean Jones to be its next pastor. Jones was raised in rural Ontario, Canada, and has a Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto. He is currently serving the Riverside United Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Fla., where his focus is in community ministries. “Mainline Protestant churches have tremendous work to do in the coming years and decades,” Jones told the congregation in Ashfield. “The United Church of Christ is especially well positioned to accomplish this task given its progressive credentials, community focus and history of thoughtful, effective ecumenism.”

“The Search and Call Committee worked for nine months to find the right person for our church,” said Richard Pree, co-chairman of the committee. “After an intensive search, we believe that David Jones will be the partner we are looking for in Ashfield. We are so pleased that our members agreed with us after meeting David and hearing him preach. We look forward to his leadership.”

Jones, joined by his wife, Caity Mans, will begin his service in Ashfield on Sept. 1.

Today: Celebrate church’s renovation

HALIFAX, Vt. — The Halifax Union Society will host a community celebration and service starting at 4 p.m. today. This is to acknowledge the support given by the larger community to the exterior restoration project, completed in 2018, of the society’s historic building in Halifax Center. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey and organist Marrillyn Courser will lead the service. A focus of the program is the history of churches in Halifax and the story of the Union Society, which was organized in 1891. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. All are invited to attend.

The Halifax Union Society is nondenominational and meets on most Sunday evenings during the summer at 44 Stowe Mountain Road. However, due to today’s celebration, there will be no Sunday service this weekend.

D.L. Moody Days: Revival tonight at 7

NORTHFIELD — D.L. Moody Days concludes tonight with Tom Savistano: “D.L. Moody Revival” at the Moody Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Heat warnings cancel Sunday service

BERNARDSTON — The Sunday service and potluck lunch at Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse is canceled due to severe heat warnings. The summer service with Dan Tinen is postponed until August.

‘Wild and Precious’ worship service

DEERFIELD — “Wild and Precious” — a service of worship inspired by the work of poet Mary Oliver, with music from local singer/songwriter/fiddler Claire Dacey — is set for Sunday, July 21, at 10 a.m. at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St.

Music series continues Friday with Bella Voce and Jerry Noble

GREENFIELD — The Music Series of the First United Methodist Church of Greenfield continues on Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. with Bella Voce and Jerry Noble. Bella Voce’s Teri LaFleur is known for her diverse vocal abilities; Lisa Woods is known for her warm, rich mezzo soprano. Joining LaFleur and Woods is composer and pianist Jerry Noble. Noble’s works have been performed by the Boston Chamber Music Society and the Springfield Symphony. Their program spans The Great American Songbook to Broadway and Beyond at 25 Church St. $10 suggested donation.

July 28: Blessing of the Bicycles

DEERFIELD — Ride your bike to church, suggests the Rev. Liza B. Knapp of The First Church of Deerfield. A blessing of the bicycles service, set for 10 a.m. on July 28, will feature reflections of a nine-year veteran of the Pan Mass Challenge, and music by cellist Mark Fraser. An interfaith blessing of bicycles is set for 11 a.m. on the church lawn, for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The church is at 71 Old Main St.

Montague Center church hosts concert Wednesday

MONTAGUE CENTER — The First Congregational Church of Montague Center, 4 North St., will host the Sugarloaf String Band on the church lawn on Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. In case of rain, concert is moved to the sanctuary.

June 28: Pancake Breakfast with the Rev. Steve Wilson

BERNARDSTON — Enjoy a pancake breakfast with the Rev. Steve Wilson at Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse on Sunday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. A service follows the breakfast at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Wilson returns to preach from his present position as minister of the Pacific Unitarian Universalist Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Rev. Wilson was pastor of the Bernardston Unitarian Church from 2005 to 2017. Sermon topic: “A ‘Castaway’ trying to be a ‘Survivor.’” Music by pianist Lynne Walker.

C.S. Lewis series continues Thursday

NORTHFIELD — On Thursday, July 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the C.S. Lewis Study Center presents “Francis Schaeffer: The Heart of His Apologetics,” with Dr. Gayne J. Anacker, California Baptist University and Board Chair, C.S. Lewis Study Center. The program takes place at the historic home known as “Green Pastures” at 199 Main St. Admission is free. suggested donation, $5.

CROP Hunger Walk Recruitment Rally set for Aug. 15

SUNDERLAND — The 2019 Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk will hold a recruitment rally on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:02 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Sunderland, 91 South Main St. Coordinator Steve Damon says, “A first step in the voyage of eradicating worldwide hunger and poverty is having someone in your group become a recruiter, attending this recruitment rally, where all pertinent information will be distributed. A light supper will be provided. For more information, call Damon at 413-863-2850.


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