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Your Religion News: Nov. 9, 2019

Published: 11/8/2019 9:43:28 AM
Sunday service to honor veterans

MONTAGUE CENTER — The First Congregational Church of Montague, 4 North St., will honor all Veterans with a special service on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. Local poet and Vietnam Vet Al Miller will share his works, drawn primarily from his experiences in combat in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with V Device.

Miller will be joined cellist/composer Mark Fraser, director of the Mohawk Trail Concert Series, instructor at Eaglebrook School and member of the Hilltop Trio. Fraser will also provide music for the prelude and anthem.

Light refreshments will be offered following the service.

Sunday: Nina Gross and Laura Siersema at All Souls

GREENFIELD — Nina Gross and Laura Siersema have created “Improvisation, Synchronicity, Presence” for the All Souls UU service for November 10th at 10:30.

Musical artist and poet, Nina Gross, grew up in the Hudson Valley. She was drawn to the viola for its depth and ability to emote and sing, much like the human voice. She is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist.

Laura Siersema is a composer, vocalist and poet. Her current, large work “Aberfan” (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue) denotes the coal mining disaster in Wales that killed a schoolhouse full of children in 1966.

Corner of Hope and Main streets. Stay for coffee and fellowship.

Mind Treasures: Reflections from a Bhutanese Traveler

NORTHFIELD — Lorrie Byrom has just returned from a trip to the primarily Buddhist country of Bhutan. She will speak at First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, on Sunday, Nov. 10. Her talk will focus on the spiritual “mind treasures” by which the Bhutanese live, and on how these treasures can support deeper meaning and a richer life for those living elsewhere in the world. All are welcome to the 10 a.m. service held in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

Sunday: Barry Deitz on animated films

BERNARDSTON — Barry Deitz takes us through an odyssey of animated films and talks about the morality lessons in them. Are we living by the lessons we teach our children in this important and popular cultural expression? This talk is certain to peak your interest and reaction. Come for coffee at 11 and service at 11:30 a.m. Lynne Walker provides musical accompaniment. Bernardston Unitarian calendar updates are at

Sunday: Sacred Choral Music concert at Our Lady of Czestochowa

TURNERS FALLS — Greenfield Community College Chorus will present a free concert on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K St. The chorus will be under the direction of Margery Heins with Henry Gaida, accompanist, soloists from the chorus and guest instrumentalists.

The featured work will be Franz Joseph Haydn’s 1775 “Kleine Orgelmesse” (Little Organ Mass). The work gets its name from the extensive organ solo in the “Benedictus” section of the mass. In addition to other pieces with organ accompaniment, there will be traditional Hebrew songs, African-American and shape-note music, and a contemporary setting of two traditional southern/midwestern camp songs woven together by composer Susan Brumfield in “No Time.”

The organ at Our Lady of Czestochowa is a 1901 tracker organ.

Tuesday: Suicide: Myths and Facts

TURNERS FALLS — Suicide rates rise after the holidays so Our Lady of Peace Church Hall, 80 Seventh Street, will be offering a workshop Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fr. Casey Hall, with guest speaker Heather White, Area Director, Western Mass. and Vt. Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This workshop is free and open to the public. Call Marguerite for information at 413-863-2585, Ext. 106.

Thursday: DivorceCare and DivorceCare For Kids Special Seminar

GREENFIELD — Divorced? Separated? Know someone who is?

When a marriage ends, the holiday season can be especially painful. Our Surviving the Holidays seminar helps participants face challenges and discover:

■How to deal with emotions

■Helpful tips for surviving any social event

■Ways to help children through the holidays

■How to find hope for the future.

Plan now to attend this one-night seminar. Cost is $5 but can be waived if financial hardship.

Date: Nov. 14th at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Living Waters AG, 450 Davis St. Greenfield. For more information and desire to attend, call: 413-773-9506 or 413-774-4032.

Nov. 23: Concert by Norman Schell for Gill Church

GILL — A benefit concert for Gill Church will feature a special performance by renowned Pioneer Valley Singer/Songwriter Norman Schell at the Gill Church, 6 Center Road, on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. A contribution of $10 will be asked to help defray the cost of the new handicapped access addition to the church. However, organizers say no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The performance will include such Christian favorites as “Eternal Father,” “Amazing Grace” and “Green Pastures” as well as Schell’s compositions, “The Hand Upon the Tiller,” Not Enough Time,” “By the Banks of Stormy Jordan” and “Oh Jerusalem.” For more information, call 413-768-9543.

Dec. 7: Free Christmas Carol Sing and Concert

TURNERS FALLS — Enjoy a Christmas Carol Sing and Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at JaDuke Performing Arts Center, 110 Industrial Blvd. Featured is 4D1G Gospel Quartet, the Valley Revival Choir, Dennis Ainsworth on piano and other special guests. Free admission.

Dec. 15: “Christmas in Colrain” concert

COLRAIN — “CHRISTMAS IN COLRAIN” is a free concert at the First Baptist Church on Foundry Village Road. Concert starts at 2 p.m. and includes free refreshments.

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