Your Religion News: April 30, 2022

Published: 5/5/2022 8:46:46 AM
Modified: 5/5/2022 8:45:15 AM
Today: Psychic Medium Fair at TNSA

LAKE PLEASANT — The National Spiritual Alliance (TNSA) is holding a Psychic Medium Fair on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our readers are at the top of their field and use a variety of divination modalities including Tarot, channeling and mediumship. A 25-minute reading is $30. Vendors will also be on hand offering handmade jewelry, and other arts and crafts. Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment for a reading and to view the vendors list, go to tnsausa.keepandshare.com. TNSA is a Spiritualist church located at 2 Montague Ave. in Lake Pleasant.

Today: Visiting organists to play historic Johnson organ at St. John’s

ASHFIELD — In celebration of its 200th year, and the beginning of its third century, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ashfield has invited David and Permelia Sears, co-ministers of music at the First Congregational Church, Milford, N.H., to give an organ recital on Saturday, April 30, at 3 p.m.

“‘Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,’ says the psalmist in Psalm 100,” said Rev. Vicki Ix, vicar at St. John’s. “We are so thrilled to celebrate the beginning of St. John’s third century by highlighting our historic organ. Music in church opens our hearts to receive the love of God. We are blessed that Permelia and David Sears will bring their enormous talents and knowledge about organs to our members and friends.”

The church is on the corner of Main and South streets in the center of Ashfield. The recital on April 30 at 3 p.m. is free. Masks may be required. For more information, visit www.stjohnsashfield.org or call the office at 413-628-4402.

Sunday: Celebrating Justice Jackson with Reggie Harris

BERNARDSTON — Join the Bernardston Unitarians this Sunday, May 1, when Singer/Songwriter Reggie Harris leads us in a celebration of the first Black Woman Supreme Court Justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson. Reggie Harris brings his joyful music to this happy occasion, on Zoom for all to join in. Text 413-330-0807 with your name and email for a Zoom invitation. The service begins at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday at First Parish

NORTHFIELD — Lay Reader Dan Tinen will conduct the Sunday service for First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, at 10 a.m. on May 1. His sermon will be titled “Back to the Drawing Board.” All are welcome to participate in the service at the church, corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street in Northfield, or online. Contact fpnorthfieldma@gmail.com for the Zoom link. There will be religious education for younger children. Masks will be required for those coming to the church.

Sunday at First United Methodist

GREENFIELD — Sunday service at 10 a.m., May 1, will focus on our need to forgive and serve others as Jesus forgives Peter and asks him to “Feed his sheep.” Join them at First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St, Greenfield for 10 a.m. Worship Service.

Federated Church Annual Meeting

CHARLEMONT — The Charlemont Federated Church will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, May 1, directly after the church’s 9:30 a.m. service. This is an occasion for receiving annual reports, signing up for ministries, and sharing pie (a popular tradition for decades now). The meeting will take place under the tent on the church lawn. Anyone is welcome to attend, although only church members may vote on questions and officers. For more information, call the church office at 413-339-4294.

Sunday: Organ and Trumpet Concert

OLD DEERFIELD — “The Brick Church” Music Series will be presenting local musicians Thomas Bergeron, trumpet, and Thomas Pousont, organ, on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m., at The First Church of Deerfield in Old Deerfield. This is a fundraiser for the church with a suggested donation of $10 to $20 at the door. Both are accomplished artists who will be playing music covering several centuries of festive organ and trumpet music. For further information, please contact Jean Pitman Turner: 413-774-2657. Masks will be required with designated seating offered.

Firefighter Sunday

PETERSHSAM — Orthodox Congregational Church will be holding a special service to honor local firefighters and EMS personnel on Sunday, May 1, at 10 a.m., with special refreshments to follow. An antique fire truck as well as various other items from the Petersham Fire Department will be present. All area firefighters and EMS personnel are invited to attend.

Congrega. Church of Montague news

MONTAGUE CENTER — A reminder that for this Sunday Only our worship service has been moved to 9 a.m.

Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed. Janet Andrews is deacon for the month of May.

The Lead by Spirit Pot Luck will be Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcomed.

May 15 at 2 p.m., Pastor James Koyama will be installed by the Franklin Association as our minister. This will be held in person but also available via Zoom.

New time: First Church of Christ Scientist

GREENFIELD — Beginning Wednesday, May 4, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Greenfield, (110 Federal St.) will hold its Wednesday evening testimonial meetings at 6 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Sundays: Spirituals at All Souls UU

GREENFIELD — “Spirituals That Lead to Freedom” is presenter Gloria Matlock’s topic, on Sunday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m., at All Souls Church, 399 Main St., as hosted by Molly Chambers and Kirsten Johl Levitt. A performer, educator, dancer, poet, and playwright, Matlock grew up singing gospel and spirituals with The Robinson Singers, directed by her mother — songs that had been passed down from her great-great grandmother. She has presented workshops using music to heal racism at libraries, churches, public and private schools, universities, and other groups, in the U.S. and Europe.

Youth-led Creation Care Service

GREENFIELD — You are invited to join the people of Saints James and Andrew for a special Creation Care service on Sunday, May 1, at 10 a.m. The church’s youth group collaborated with the church’s Green Team to plan the entire worship service, from liturgy to music, and will also be delivering the sermon. Following the service, we will plant two trees on campus and chat over a cup of coffee. All are invited and welcome. Located at 8 Church St., Greenfield. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

May 6: Table Tipping at TNSA

LAKE PLEASANT — The National Spiritual Alliance (TNSA) is holding a Spiritualist’s Table Tipping Workshop led by Frank Staves. Experience the phenomenon of table-tipping, a method of contacting the spirit world to receive answers or information from those who are deceased. The workshop is 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/table-tipping-workshop-led-by-frank-staves-tickets-323569664577

May 8: Teaching Sermon

GREENFIELD — You are invited to the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew for the next installment in our monthly teaching sermon series. This month’s topic will be ordination. If you are curious about the sacramental rite of ordination, and what it means, please join us on Sunday, May 8, at 10 a.m. For more information on our teaching series, or to view the livestream visit: www.saintsjamesandandrew.org/teaching-sermons Located at 8 Church St, Greenfield.

News from Sunderland Congregational Church

SUNDERLAND — The worship Service on Sunday, May 1, will begin at 11 a.m. This is a Communion Sunday. The Bell Choir will also be performing.

The monthly meeting of the Church Cabinet will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m.

All are welcome to join us as we continue to celebrate the Easter mystery. We are meeting in person and online. For the Zoom login, please email randyc1897@gmail.com.

May 7: World Labyrinth Day, an invitation

GREENFIELD — The violence of war and suffering in today’s world can sometimes feel overwhelming, and the community labyrinth, located on the lawn of the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew in downtown Greenfield, provides a place to find calm and focus in these turbulent times.

Saturday, May 7, is World Labyrinth Day. In honor of this 14th annual celebration, members of the local Community Labyrinth Coalition are inviting neighbors to join the thousands of people who will walk labyrinths around the globe at 1 p.m. local time with the idea of blessing the world with a rolling wave of energy: “to walk as one at one,” as the Veriditas website says.

Enter from the north where the path begins. Then follow the meandering path to the center, where you may wish to pause for a few moments. Then retrace your path back out to the starting point. In walking any labyrinth, it is customary to complete the pattern by following the path both inward and outward.

The labyrinth awaits your visit, whether or not you can join us on World Labyrinth Day. All are welcome any day, any time. There are handouts in the wooden cabinet nearby. For more information, both The Labyrinth Society (labyrinthsociety.org) and Veriditas (veriditas.org) are good resources. To contact the local Community Labyrinth Coalition, please refer to our Facebook page or send an email to communitylabyrinthfc@gmail.com.


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