Your Religion News: Feb. 8, 2020

Published: 2/7/2020 2:00:09 PM
Modified: 2/7/2020 1:59:57 PM
Tonight: Potluck and Family Game Night

LEVERETT — The Leverett Congregational Church will host a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) followed by a variety of fun family games. To be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m. at the Leverett Town Hall, 9 Montague Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Tonight: 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 its 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, “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.

Sunday: Deitz and Haynes in back-to-back programs

BERNARDSTON — Speaker Barry Deitz and artist/diarist Sandra Haynes will present back-to-back programs Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse.

Deitz will lead the regular UU service with the topic: “A Southerner in New England.” Deitz will explore “How we are influenced by where we have lived” and “how we never really know where we will end up!” Coffee before the service starts at 11 a.m. Service at 11:30 a.m. Music with Lynne Walker, pianist.

After the service at 12:30 p.m. will be a luncheon conversation with featured artist/diarist Sandra Haynes. Haynes’ new exhibit at the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse is an evocative group of mixed media works incorporating her writing, drawing and painting with strong color and collage elements. View the work and hear the artist speak about it over lunch. There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch or bring your own.

Sunday: ‘We Are All Ministers’

GREENFIELD — Ben Tousley will lead the topic: “We Are All Ministers” at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. This topic will reflect the potential of all people to be able to minister to others in their everyday lives. Ben Tousley also will provide music. Coffee hour held after service. The church is on the corner of Main and Hope streets.

Sunday: The Courage to Love

NORTHFIELD — The Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer will lead the service this Sunday at First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian. She says, “Last week at First Parish, the older children and I explored the virtue of courage. This week the whole congregation is invited to join in a meditation on the theme of courage. Our service will be multigenerational with children, youth and adults worshiping together.” All are welcome to the 10 a.m. service held in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street in Northfield.

First Parish young people are gathering packaged foods to carry to the Northfield Food Pantry on Feb. 16. They invite donations this week and next for this project.

Feb 9: Celebrated pianist to perform

DEERFIELD — On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m., Yu-Mei Wei, a native Taiwanese pianist, will perform on “The Brick Church” Music Series at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St. A reception will follow in the Caswell Library at Deerfield Academy. A fundraiser for the church, the suggested donation is $10 to $20 at the door. Wei is a solo artist and chamber musician, currently a member of the Elm Street String Ensemble and is on the music faculty at Deerfield Academy. For more information: Jean Pitman Turner, 413-774-2657.

Feb. 9: ‘Suppressed: The Fight to Vote’

PETERSHAM — On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m., the First Congregational Parish Unitarian Petersham will present “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote,” the new documentary by Robert Greenwald, which weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia that paints a picture of voter suppression during the 2018 mid-term election.

Following the showing, refreshments will be served and a discussion will follow hosted by a parish committee member, Mimi Helen Jones. The parish will loan the DVD to any group that would like to show it, For further information, contact
petershamunitarian.org/visit-or-contact-us/

Feb. 14-15: Fan the Flame Revival

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?

The Traffords have given 35 years to ministering the gospel, appearing as host and regular guests on (TBN) Trinity Broadcasting Network ministering both nationally and internationally.

Feb. 20: ‘Loving Our Neighbors: Spiritual Practices’

GREENFIELD — The Interfaith Council of Franklin County presents “Loving Our Neighbors: Spiritual Practices,” Thursday, Feb. 20, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 399 Main St. How does your spiritual practice assist you in loving your human and non-human neighbors? The program starts with a potluck meal at 5:30 p.m. The interactive program begins at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday service

MONTAGUE CENTER — All are invited to join at the Montague Center First Congregational Church at 4 North St. for a church service at 7 p.m.

Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday observance

GREENFIELD — Ash Wednesday: You are invited to begin an observance of a holy Lent with Ash Wednesday services at Saints James and Andrew on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. in All Saints Chapel and 7 p.m. in the Winter Sanctuary (Parish Hall). Or receive “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m near the corner of Church and Federal streets in front of the church and downtown. You are invited to wear your ashes, to claim repentance, grace and deep relationship with God for the challenges of your daily life. The church is at 8 Church St. To learn more: saintsjamesandandrew.org

March 4: Lenten Discussion Series begins

CONWAY — The 23rd annual Lenten Discussion Series begins Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at the Conway Grammar School. The Rev. Mick Comstock’s sermon is titled, “Asking What God Thinks.” Refreshments will be served after each gathering by the host parish. In case of inclement weather, please contact your pastor for information about a possible cancellation.

March 11: Lenten Discussion Series continues

MONTAGUE CENTER — The 23rd annual Lenten Discussion Series continues Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m., at the Montague Center Congregational Church at 4 North St. The Rev. Dr. Candice Ashenden’s sermon is titled, “Micah Makes It Simple.” Refreshments will be served after each gathering by the host parish. In case of inclement weather, please contact your pastor for information about a possible cancellation.

March 18: Lenten Discussion Series continues

WHATELY — The 23rd annual Lenten Discussion Series continues Wednesday, march 18, at 7 p.m., at the Whately Congregational Church, 177 Chestnut Plain Road. The Rev. Randy Calvo’s sermon is titled, “History as Prophet is a Son of a Gun.” Refreshments will be served after each gathering by the host parish. In case of inclement weather, please contact your pastor for information about a possible cancellation.

March 22 Special performance: ‘My Hiding Place’

GREENFIELD — Living Waters Assembly of God will host a special performance, “My Hiding Place,” by City on a Hill Arts and Stagelife Theater, on Sunday, March 22 at 10 a.m. The Church is at 450 Davis St. The performance portrays recollections from Corrie ten Boom, and is billed as a story of love and forgiveness at any cost. Free admission; donations accepted. For more information: 413-773-9506 or email assemblyofGod01301@yahoo.com.

March 25: Lenten Discussion Series continues

HATFIELD — The 23rd annual Lenten Discussion Series continues Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., at the Hatfield Congregational Church, 41 Main St. The Rev. Sherril Willis’s sermon is titled, “Is Loyalty Underrated?” Refreshments will be served after each gathering by the host parish. In case of inclement weather, please contact your pastor for information about a possible cancellation.

April 1: Lenten Discussion Series concludes

SUNDERLAND — The 23rd annual Lenten Discussion Series concludes Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., at the Sunderland Congregational Church, 91 South Main St. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Harrington’s sermon is titled, “Mary of Magdala: Prostitute, Priestess or Prophet.” Refreshments will be served after each gathering by the host parish. In case of inclement weather, please contact your pastor for information about a possible cancellation.


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