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Your Religion News: March 7, 2020

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Published: 3/6/2020 3:00:36 PM
Sunday: ‘Women’s Everyday Heroics’

GREENFIELD — Eveline MacDougall, author, mother, teacher, musician, and founder and director of the musical group Fiery Hope, will speak at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. on the work and heroics performed everyday by women. This sermon, “Women’s Everyday Heroics,” is inspired by International Women’s Day. Laura Josephs will provide music. A coffee hour will follow the service. The church is on the corner of Main and Hope streets.

Sunday: ‘God’s Epic — New Life’

SHELBURNE — The sermon at First Congregational Church of Shelburne this Sunday will be “God’s Epic — New Life,” at 10 a.m. After the service during coffee hour there will be the second Lenten Conversation, which is focused on the direction of our church ministries going forward. All are welcome to join in this important discussion.

Sunday: Zen Wisdom

NORTHFIELD — The sermon at the 10 a.m. service at First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, will be delivered by the Rev. Cynthia Frado on the theme of attachment. In religious education, Ann Linge will lead the older youth in a social justice curriculum, on the topic of A Call to Peace. The elementary-school-aged youth will engage in an environmental study with Stephanie Ciccarello. The youngest children will play and read stories with Mary Mayshark-Stavely. All are welcome at the historic First Parish sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street in Northfield.

Sunday: Lunch with Sandra Haynes

BERNARDSTON — On Sunday, March 8, 11:30 a.m., at the Bernardston Unitarian Church (49 Church St.), the service will be led by Barry Deitz, who will speak on “How does where we are from affect who we become?” Music by Lynne Walker. Coffee at 11 a.m.

At 12:30 p.m., the church will host a luncheon conversation with exhibiting artist Sandra Haynes. Pizza will be provided. Bring a sandwich if you have dietary restrictions. Haynes states, “All my art practice involves me creating a vessel for an aspect of my private thoughts and private life to travel in as it crosses through that membrane into the public realm and out of my control.”

Sunday: Annual Pete Seeger Sing-along

ASHFIELD — For the seventh year, folk singers will gather on Sunday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ashfield Congregational Church, 429 Main St., to celebrate the life and legacy of Pete Seeger with songs that renew us and bind us together. Singing on International Women’s Day, much of the content will relate to raising women’s voices and joining in solidarity in struggle for a better world. Cost: Free, with optional donation to the Carry It On Fund. Wheelchair accessible from the side door. This sing-along will be led by a dozen gifted musicians ranging in age from teens to 70s.

Wednesday: Lenten Discussion Series

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.

Wednesday: ‘The Soloist’ in Warwick

WARWICK — Wednesday night at the movies, March 11, will screen “The Soloist,” free, at 6:30 p.m. in the Metcalf Chapel, 32 Athol Road. This series offers powerful, hopeful and beautiful films that highlight the power of love and perseverance.

Friday: Soup, bread and Devotions

ORANGE — Join us each Friday during Lent at 6 p.m. for a free supper of soup and bread followed by a brief Lenden Devotion, sponsored by the Orange Clergy and the Interfaith Neighbors Connecting. Friday, March 6: Hosted by Orange United Methodist Church, 104 South Main St.

March 15: ‘Discerning Our Call’

WARWICK — Discuss what our calling as a Christian means in terms of where our money is invested, what we could do with that money in our community, what we could be doing to reduce our impact on the climate, what we could do to promote and support resiliency in extreme weather conditions. 11:30 a.m. in the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Warwick’s Metcalf Chapel, 32 Athol Road. Continues on March 29.

March 18: Lenten Discussion Series

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 19: Song for Australia

GREENFIELD — The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Greening Greenfield are co-sponsoring “Song for Australia: Bringing It Home,” a ceremony to honor the preciousness of life and to commit ourselves to our unique role in caring for creation. Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m., at Temple Israel Greenfield, 27 Pierce St. Enter on Myrtle Street.

March 20: Soup, bread and Lenten Devotions

ORANGE — Join us each Friday during Lent at 6 p.m. for a free supper of soup and bread followed by a brief Lenden Devotion, sponsored by the Orange Clergy and the Interfaith Neighbors Connecting. Friday, March 20: Hosted by North Orange Community Church, 48 Main St.

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 24: The Stations of the Earth

SHELBURNE FALLS — A West County Ecumenical Lenten service will take place Tuesday, March 24, at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St. Soup, bread and fellowship start at 6 p.m. Program begins at 6:45 with a Lenten message in word, picture and silence, reflecting on how our faith is inextricably bound with our earth. For more information call 413-625-2341

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.

March 25: Wednesday night at the movies

WARWICK — Wednesday night at the Movies, March 25, will screen “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring,” free, at 6:30 p.m. in the Metcalf Chapel, 32 Athol Road. This series offers powerful, hopeful and beautiful films that highlight the power of love and perseverance.

March 26: Public forum on the sex offender registry

GREENFIELD — A public forum on the needs of sex offenders and the attitudes and policies which often stigmatize them will take place on Thursday, march 26, at the Second Congregational Church on Court Square. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, the program will begin with a potluck at 5:30 p.m. and discussion at 6;15 p.m. A five-person panel will identify current restrictions put on sex offenders, programs both local and national to help offenders heal and get out of homelessness and unemployment and how faith communities can respond. Presentations by the panel will be followed by discussion. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hetty Startup at hms1815@gmail.com.

March 27: Soup, bread and Lenten Devotions

ORANGE — Join us each Friday during Lent at 6 p.m. for a free supper of soup and bread followed by a brief Lenden Devotion, sponsored by the Orange Clergy and the Interfaith Neighbors Connecting. Friday, March 27: Hosted by St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 19 Congress St.

March 28: Making It:  Re-Entry After Incarceration

ASHFIELD — St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ashfield is sponsoring a half-day conference on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., titled “Making It:  Re-entry After Incarceration. Speakers and attendees will explore how previously incarcerated individuals experience re-entry, what kinds of support they need to adjust to life outside of prison, and ways to help ease that transition.

A grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts in Springfield has made it possible for this event to be FREE. It is open to the public. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at St. John’s Corner House across the street from the church. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be served. The program will begin at 9 a.m. St. John’s is located on the corner of Main and South streets in Ashfield.  For more information, call and leave a message at 413-628-4402, stjohnsashfield@gmail.com.

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.

April 3: Brass Ensemble Concert

BUCKLAND — A 10-piece brass ensemble concert to benefit the stained-glass window restoration will be held on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lyon Church, 17 Upper St. The variety of music is arranged by Dave Sporny, a retired trombone professor from UMass Amherst. The concert will feature a variety of music including folk tunes, marches and jazz. A pass-the-hat free-will collection will go toward the window restoration project. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

April 3: Soup, bread and Lenten Devotions

ORANGE — Join us each Friday during Lent at 6 p.m. for a free supper of soup and bread followed by a brief Lenden Devotion, sponsored by the Orange Clergy and the Interfaith Neighbors Connecting. Friday, April 3: Hosted by Orange Unitarian Universalist Church, 31 North Main St.

April 4: GCC chorus concert

GREENFIELD — A performance of 19th-century choral music will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, Church Street. As part of the program, an enlarged chorus comprised of GCC Chorus members joining with guest singers will perform the masterful central movement of the Brahms Requiem, “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place.” The performance is sponsored by the GCC Music Department and conducted by Margery Heins, with Henry Gaida, accompanist. The concert is free and accessible.

April 5: Vocal concert

BUCKLAND — On Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m., the “Singing Trooper,” Daniel Clark and his wife, Mary Colarusso Clark, will be performing a concert of spiritual and inspirational music in the Mary Lyon Church, 17 Upper St., to benefit the church’s stained-glass window restoration project. The Clarks have performed for former President and First Lady Barbara Bush as part of their efforts during the Bush-Clinton Katrina relief. A pass-the-hat free-will collection will go toward the window restoration project. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

April 8: ‘Babbette’s Feast’ in the Metcalf chapel

WARWICK — Wednesday night at the Movies, April 8, will screen “Babbette’s Feast,” free, at 6:30 p.m. in the Metcalf Chapel, 32 Athol Road. This series offers powerful, hopeful and beautiful films that highlight the power of love and perseverance.

April 22: Church screens film for Earth Day

WARWICK — All are invited to view “The Time of the Sixth Sun,” described as an “inspiring and uplifting documentary about the shift in the global consciousness and the emerging movement to find a new way to walk more lightly on this earth,” Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the Metcalf Chapel, 32 Athol Road.




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