Your Religion News: March 28, 2020

  • Lines strung from the entrance of the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew are festooned with fabric scraps as an expression of cheer and hope. Contributed Photo

  • Candles in the windows of the First Congregational church of Whately are meant as a beacon of hope. Contributed photo

Published: 3/27/2020 3:53:14 PM

(Editor’s note: Because most gatherings have been canceled, we will just list events that organizers report are still scheduled to happen. Send your news to religion@recorder.com by Thursday noon for inclusion in this space.)

Fabric scraps send message of cheer and hope

GREENFIELD — The Rev. Heather Blais, pastor of the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, invites members of the community to participate in their latest project, Scraps of Hope.

In an email, Blais writes, “Our Mission Committee brainstormed how we might offer a visual sign of hope and cheer on our front lawn to compensate for our newly-locked doors. What we came up with is ‘Scraps of Hope.’ Strips of cloth fastened to lines attached to the signs on our front lawn represent our prayers for our community — for the sick, the frightened, and the caregivers, and all whose efforts in the current pandemic support the greater good. We hope the scraps are a sign of cheer and of hope to all who see them.

“We invite other community members as they are out for walks in the neighborhood to say a prayer as they fasten a piece of fabric to our network. There is a container of scraps on the steps, or individuals may bring their own.

“Saints James and Andrew is located on the corners of Church and Federal in downtown Greenfield. Learn more at: www.saintsjamesandandrew.org.”

Watch Mass on GCTV

GREENFIELD — The Catholic Community of Greenfield can tune in to watch Mass on GCTV Channel 15, Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m.

Light in a Time of Darkness

WHATELY — Drive by the Whately church this evening and look at the candles in the windows, invites the Rev. Cynthia Crosson-Harrington, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Whately. “Our church is closed as we respect this time of caring distance for our safety. But the spirit and the light of our faith community is very much alive. God’s light is still in the world and reflected through all of us. Perhaps these lights in the church windows will be a beacon to remind us of all of the hope that is so needed.

“Do you have Christmas window lights that you can put in your windows? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the whole town could join together in displaying these lights — a message that we are in this together, we care for one another and we are united in the hope for the future.

“Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us.”

Ashfield church to do ‘virtual worship’

ASHFIELD — The First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ashfield has announced the following: “Given COVID-19 and our collective need to stay safe and stay in, we will be emailing our virtual worship services on Sunday mornings and encouraging people to worship (virtually) together at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. In addition, we will have printed copies of the bulletin placed in the “mailbox” in the front of the church for folks who don’t have access to email.

The bulletin includes links to vocal music selected by Choir Director Margery Heins, and recorded music played by our Music Director Amy Roberts-Crawford. It also includes Minister David Jones’s sermon, plus Scripture readings and prayers. Anyone can receive the email which is sent by Wendy Prée, Clerk. Her contact information is wendypree@gmail.com. The church’s website also has Minister Jones’s sermons posted. www.ashfielducc.org.

‘Keeping Our Connections’

NORTHFIELD — All are invited to join First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, for worship online at 9 am. The Zoom link will open at 8:30 a.m. People may arrive early to settle into the software and chat with one another.

We will begin with adults and children together andafter about 15 minutes, the children will be invited into a break-out room on Zoom where they will gather for their own time together led by Mary Mayshark-Stavely. It will help if the children are logged in on a different device than their parents so their device can be added to the break-out room.

The Zoom room will continue to stay open for a time after the service for people who want to continue to hang out and have a virtual coffee hour.

Join Zoom Meeting (just click to join by computer) at

https://uuma.zoom.us/j/916966839

One tap mobile (to call in if you have trouble joining by computer)

+16468769923,,916966839# US (New York)

Introducing ‘TCC Takeout’

NORTHFIELD — Trinitarian Congregational Church is offering a weekly Order of Service called TCC Takeout. Members receive it in their email along with a bulletin of announcements. Copies are also linked to tccnorthfield.org. Members who are not online receive printed copies delivered to their doorsteps. To receive either: tedthorn@gmail.com.

Home worship for Shelburne church

SHELBURNE — This Sunday, March 29, the fifth Sunday of Lent will be practiced at home. The Rev. Robert Gormbley is providing worship resources by email to members and via the church’s website, www.shelburnechurch.org or by contacting Diantha Wholey, church clerk, at 413-625-6592. Prayer requests may be sent via email at pastor01089@gmail.com. Requests will be sent out through our church email list for our common prayer life during the week. Please remember all prayer requests received become public knowledge.

Live-streaming from Vernon church

VERNON, Vt. — Vernon Advent Christian Church will be live streaming its service Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Burks, pastor, says, “We will continue to do this each week as long as the ban on assembling remains, then we will continue to live stream for those who aren’t able to come to worship. Folks can access this via Facebook at Vernon AC Church (Public Page).”

You can still walk the labyrinth

GREENFIELD — The monthly facilitated labyrinth walk at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew’s parish hall will not be held because of the coronavirus situation. However, we invite you to walk, at your convenience, the permanent one on the side lawn. This is a good way to reduce stress, and importantly, to pray for all in need of healing energy and direction.

April 1: Nightly class on ‘His last 11 days’ now on Facebook, too

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. The services begin April 1 and continue each night at 6:30 p.m. through April 12. The public is invited to attend these services at Living Waters Assembly of God at 450 Davis St.

Levandusky will be doing a Facebook class on it as well for anyone who wants to participate in that way. To join the class on Facebook, they should go to the Facebook page titled “The Last Eleven Days of Jesus” and request to join the class.

April 9: Passover Seder Meal still a go

GREENFIELD — Robert Specter, president of Rock of Israel Ministries, will be coming to Living Waters Assembly of God Thursday, April 9, to present the Jewish Passover Seder Meal of the Messiah in the Passover. The Passover Service begins at 6 p.m. Specter has traveled to Europe, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Japan, Hungary and Israel, giving him a global perspective, said Pastor David Levandusky. The church is at 450 Davis St.


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