Your Religion News: Jan. 29, 2022

Published: 1/28/2022 4:35:36 PM
Modified: 1/28/2022 4:34:18 PM
Today: Shabbat morning service at Temple Israel Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel invites you to join them today, Saturday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m., for Shabbat morning service with Rabbis Andrea Cohen-Kiener and Deb Kolodny, in person and on Zoom.

For more details and information on how to join, visit or call 413-773-5884.

Today: Cancelled — Psychic Medium Fair at TNSA

LAKE PLEASANT — The National Spiritual Alliance (TNSA) is holding a Psychic Medium Fair scheduled for today, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., has been cancelled due to the predicted snow storm. Organizers say the event will be rescheduled in the spring.

Sunday at All Souls Church

GREENFIELD — Carl McCargo’s topic is “The Complexities of Reparation and Our Roles in Them” at All Souls Church, on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 10:30 a.m. Information at

A member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield since 1985, McCargo is African-American from an intact family of 10 children and grew up on an 80-acre family farm in rural Oklahoma. He attended elementary school in the all-Black town of Langston, Okla., through sixth grade. While his father was a Baptist preacher, the family made seasonal trips to New Mexico to pick cotton until he was 13 years old. Now, McCargo is directing his attention to healing America from the devastating aftermath of the chattel enslavement era. He feels that the very soul of America is at stake if reparations cannot be implemented.

Sunday: ‘Guitar journey’ at First Parish

NORTHFIELD — The classical guitar and its music will be the focus of the Sunday online church service for First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, at 10 a.m. on Jan. 30. Teacher and performer Malgorzata Lach will describe the history of the guitar in words and music. Lach is an adjunct teacher of guitar at Mount Holyoke College, belongs to the band, Lavender Defense, and teaches private students. For the link to participate in the service, send a request to fpnorthfieldma@gmail.

Sunday: Zoom service with Barry Deitz, ‘The Roads to Walden’

BERNARDSTON — The Bernardston Unitarian Church will hold an online Zoom service led by Barry Deitz this Sunday, Jan. 30, at 11:30 a.m. Topic: “The Roads to Walden”

Deitz explains: In 2018, the Thoreau biographer, Kevin Dann, walked to Walden Pond from his apartment in Manhattan. It took 12 days. We are going to look at the roads we take and don’t take, the paths we avoid and the paths that take us where we least expect to go.

For a link to this Zoom service, text your name and email to 413-330-0807.

Sunday at First United Methodist Church

GREENFIELD — You are invited to join worshippers at First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., for 10 a.m. worship service, Sunday, Jan. 30. Its Mutual Ministry Team members will give the meditation related to the importance and power of love. Masks are recommended.

News from Sunderland Congregational Church

SUNDERLAND — Due to the dangerously high COVID numbers, the congregation is conducting only online worship until Feb. 13. If you would like to join via Zoom, please send an email to The worship service begins at 11 a.m. and this Sunday the Bell Choir will perform.

The online Bible study group will meet on Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. If you’d like to join, send an email to the above address for the login.

Sunderland’s Church Cabinet will meet online on Thursday at 6 p.m.

News from First Congregational Church of Montague

MONTAGUE CENTER — The First Congregational Church of Montague, UCC, Pastor James Koyama, will conduct in-house worship Sunday at 10 a.m. and via Zoom. Please contact Pastor Koyama if you plan to use Zoom.

Worship has been moved to Fellowship Hall; social distancing and masks still required.

There will be a brief called meeting of the congregation immediately following the service to act on membership.

The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Feb 6.

Sunday at Trinitarian Congregational Church

NORTHFIELD — Worship service at Trinitarian Congregational Church will be in-person on Sunday, Jan. 30. Annual reports will be available for you to pick up. Services for the month of February will be on Zoom. Services begin at 10 a.m. If you would like a Zoom link, please contact the church at by Thursday morning.

Feb. 12: Lasagna Grab ’n’ Go Dinner

NORTHFIELD — St. Patrick’s Church will offer a Lasagna Grab ’n’ Go Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 12. Menu is lasagna (meat or veggie, please specify), salad, roll and dessert. $12. Reservations are requested by Tuesday, Feb. 8, by calling Phyllis at 413-648-5313. Pick-up is from 3 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 12. The church is at 80 Main St., Northfield.

Ashfield churches to ring bells for climate

ASHFIELD — The two churches in Ashfield, First Congregational Church and St. John’s Episcopal, will join with other faith communities around the country in an initiative called 11th Hour Bell Ringing to Save Our Climate.

Rev. David Jones explained, “Ashfield churches are joining with interfaith groups around the country to ring our church bell for 11 minutes at the 11th hour, and to do this every 11th day of each month. This is part of a national effort to express our commitment to address the climate crisis.”

Each month, members of the churches and anyone from the community are invited to gather around the bell towers of either church. “Bring your own noisemakers, and join in,” said the Rev. Vicki Ix, Vicar of St. John’s. “The climate crisis affects us all, and solving it will require all of us working together.”

Climate actions in Ashfield have been occurring to address the crisis. The next drive will be from Citizens Climate Lobby which holds its next meeting on Saturday, Feb. 12, the day after the next bell ringing (Feb. 11). “Anyone can attend via Zoom,” said Richard Prée. “We hope that the bell ringing will raise awareness for local actions. One of the things CCL is working on is getting a policy about carbon pricing on the Massachusetts state ballot. We will bring some information about this to the bell ringing sessions.”

“This Ashfield Churches Together initiative is about our shared spiritual commitment to save our planet,” said Rev. Jones. “We hope many residents of Ashfield and surrounding towns will join us for this simple, and we hope, effective reminder of the work ahead.”

For more information, visit St. John’s website (

Or First Congregational Church’s website,


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