Your Religion News: Jan. 18, 2020

Published: 1/17/2020 3:11:41 PM
Modified: 1/17/2020 3:10:46 PM
Sunday: ‘Sticking with Love’ at All Souls

GREENFIELD — Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.” Join us as we consider these words and how we can put them into action. Julie Payne Britton speaks on “Sticking with Love” at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Keith Rollinson and the All Souls Choir provide music. Coffee hour follows. The church is on the corner of Main and Hope streets.

Sunday: ‘We, the People’ at First Parish

NORTHFIELD — Minister Affiliate Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer will conduct the service at First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, on Jan. 19. Join us this Sunday as we prepare for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a time to reflect on what it means to act together with integrity in these times. This service will be multigenerational. People of all ages are invited to participate.

The service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome at the historic First Parish sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

Sunday: Art program at the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse

BERNARDSTON — The Arts & Activism Program of the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse will host a pastel art workshop this Sunday with artist and teacher Gregory Maichack. The Bernardston Local Cultural Council is co-funding this workshop with funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Our local cultural councils make this program and others throughout the year available free to our local citizens. To participate this Sunday, Jan. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., call or text 413-330-0807. Space is limited. All materials provided.

Monday: ‘I Have A Dream’

SHELBURNE FALLS — Join us at Trinity Church on Monday, Jan. 20, at noon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to watch, hear and remember his words and his life. We will view a film of King preaching his powerful sermon, “I Have a Dream,” and another short film about what was happening in the world and in our country during the time of his leadership. We will also have time to consider and speak out our own dreams for our time and place in the world. The church is at 17 Severance St. For more info, call 413-625-2341.

Wednesday: Bullitt-Jonas on climate

GREENFIELD — The Interfaith Council of Franklin County will present Margaret Bullitt-Jonas in a program about climate issues and how religious congregations can be involved in what is potentially holy work. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Israel, Greenfield. Vegetarian potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. (please label dishes for food allergies: GF, nuts, dairy, etc.). Program with invited speakers begins at 6:30 p.m.

‘Basics of Jewish prayer’ concludes

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel’s three-week class on the basics of Jewish prayer concludes Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Led by Justin Sundell-Thomas, participants will familiarize themselves with traditional and contemporary elements of daily Jewish prayer, consider ways to create a personally meaningful daily practice, discuss barriers they may face integrating regular tefilah into our lives, and strategize to overcome those barriers. Minimum suggested donation $5 for Temple Israel members and $10 for the broader community. All are welcome. 27 Pierce St. Register by calling 413-773-5884.

Tryouts for local talent, variety and fun

ASHFIELD — On Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25, the First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ashfield is inviting local musicians, dancers, comedians, jugglers, storytellers, artists, poets, actors and other talented neighbors, young and old, to try out for the upcoming Variety Show. “All ages are welcome,” said Rochelle Nahmias, organizer for the church.

Tryouts on Friday, Jan. 24, will take place between 6 to 7 p.m. Tryouts on Saturday, Jan. 25, will take place between 11 a.m. to noon. The Variety Show will take place at the church on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The church is located on Main Street in Ashfield, and is accessible.

Jan. 25: Psychic Fair at TNSA

LAKE PLEASANT — The National Spiritual Alliance (TNSA) is holding a Psychic Fair on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our readers are at the top of their field and use a variety of divination modalities. Reiki healing is also available by a Reiki Master and certified spiritual healer. A 20-minute reading or healing is $20. TNSA Thompson Memorial Temple is a Spiritualist church at 2 Montague Avenue. Lake Pleasant is a village in Montague. Online at

Feb. 8: Celebrating local food

ASHFIELD — On Saturday, Feb. 8, the First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ashfield is inviting church members and friends to come together for their annual Local Foods Dinner. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

The Mission and Social Justice Committee is planning this event. Lori Wyman, member of the committee, said, “Our congregation has told us that they want to promote local agriculture, and the Local Foods Dinner is one way to do this. Also, it is fun to share food made with 100 percent locally grown ingredients. Just make something with ingredients that have been grown and processed locally. There are lots of choices at the co-ops, winter farmers markets, and grocery stores.” The event is free. The church is at 429 Main St.

Feb. 14-15: Fan the Flame Services

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Valley Life Assembly of God (VLAG) will be hosting Fan the Flame Revival Services at Frontier Regional School, 113 North Main St. There will be three services: Friday Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. VLAG looks forward to guest speakers Rev. Tim Trafford and his wife, Kathy, of Restoration Ministries. Services will include a time of worship, a message from Pastor Trafford, and extended time of seeking the Lord at the altar in prayer and for healing. All are invited and encouraged to join the congregation for these special services. God is still speaking; what might He say to you? God is still healing, are you in need?

TThe Traffords have given 35 years to ministering the gospel. Itinerating extensively across the United States as evangelist, and contemporary Christian recording artist. Appearing as host and regular guests on (TBN) Trinity Broadcasting Network ministering both nationally and internationally. Their message of hope and healing has changed lives for three decades.

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