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Your Religion News: March 14, 2020

Published: 3/13/2020 2:52:25 PM
Modified: 3/13/2020 2:52:09 PM
Sunday: Annual Celtic service and carnival at St. Paul’s

GREENFIELD — Please join us at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. for our annual Celtic service followed by our carnival potluck. Ragged Blue will play Celtic music for a special Celtic liturgy. Special guest Rosemary Caine will accompany us on Celtic harp. Afterward, there will be hot dogs, cotton candy, helium-filled balloons, snow cones, face painting and an entertainer. This is a great Sunday to invite friends of all ages. St. Paul’s is at 23 Long Ave. All are welcome to this joyous occasion.

Sunday: ‘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.

Sunday: ‘Purim’ at All Souls UU

GREENFIELD — Julie Payne Britton speaks on the celebration of Purim at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. The festival of Purim honors the salvation of the Jewish people in an ancient Persian Empire. It is celebrated today with feasting and charity to others, especially with gifts of food. Keith Rollinson and the All Souls Choir will provide music. Coffee hour follows the service. The church is on the corner of Main and Hope streets.

Wednesday: 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.

Thursday: ‘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.

Friday: Soup, bread, 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 Lenten 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 25: Lenten Discussion Series

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’ 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: 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 that 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. Program is free. For more info, contact Hetty Startup at hms1815@gmail.com.

March 27: 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 Lenten 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.

March 29: Eventide Singers Annual Concert

GREENFIELD — The Eventide Singers will present their annual concert March 29, 3 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. The Eventide Singers are volunteers who offer songs of hope and comfort for the ill, homebound, dying, their families, and others who may benefit from the healing gift of music.

Music director Joe Toritto has put together a program of 21 songs illustrating the wide range of music in Eventide’s repertoire: from sacred chants to “golden oldies” such as What a Wonderful World, I Believe and The Parting Glass, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Bobby McFerrin’s Twenty-third Psalm.

Suggested donation: $12 to $15. More information at www.eventidesingers.com or contact Joe Toritto at (413) 774 5828 or email joetoritto@yahoo.com.

April 1: Nightly class on ‘His last 11 days’

GREENFIELD — From his newly revised published book, “The Last Eleven Days of Jesus — Countdown to Passover, Crucifixion and Resurrection,” Pastor David Levandusky will be teaching a nightly class for 11 days following the footsteps of Jesus during His last 11 days. It will be a daily chronological order of his events from his last trip in Jericho and on to Jerusalem. Out of 3½ years of ministry, 33 percent of all the Gospels deal with just these last 11 days. The services begin April 1 and continue each night at 6:30 p.m. thru April 12. The public is invited to attend these services at Living Waters Assembly of God 450 Davis St.

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 Lenten 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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